Planning to buy a laptop with amazing features but something that fits your budget too? Acer Aspire 5 might be what you are looking for! I used this device for a month, and here’s what I liked and what I didn’t.
Design and Build Quality
Acer Aspire 5 is a 14-inch laptop which is generic but admittedly handsome. The silver and black trim with black keycaps gives this laptop a business-like outlook and makes it attractive. While the laptop lacks flair, it is excused by its solid and durable feel.
This laptop might not be the lightest, but it will easily slip into most laptop bags and is light enough to make you forget that you are even carrying it. The power adapter is also small, making it a perfect laptop to carry around without worrying too much.
Coming to the keys, the key layout is spacious yet compact. After spending hours on it, writing and editing, I have found the keys to being accurate, quick, and comfortable. The keyboard lacks a backlight, making it difficult for you to work in a dark room.
The touchpad surface measures around 4.25-inches, which is typical for small machines. However, the surface looks a little cramped due to a lack of space. An external mouse attached works best with this laptop unless you have some light work going on.
Acer Aspire 5 11th Gen Specs
The Acer Aspire 5 pairs an Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with 8GB of RAM and packs Intel’s iRIS Xe graphics with 80 execution units. Notably, this isn’t the fastest integrated graphics option, but it still is a giant leap from Intel UHD graphics found in most 10th-generation hardware.
- CPU: Intel Core i5-1135G7
- Memory: 8GB
- Graphics/GPU: Intel Iris Xe
- Display: 14-inch 1080p LCD
- Storage: 256GB PCIe solid state drive
- Webcam: 720p
- Connectivity: 2x USB 3.2 Type-A, 1x USB 2.0 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C (data only), 1x Ethernet, 1x HDMI 1.4, 1x 3.5mm combo audio, 1x DC-in barrel plug
- Networking: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5
- Biometrics: None
- Battery capacity: 53watt-hour
- Dimensions: 0.71 x 8.88 x 12.9 inches
- Weight: 3.75 pounds
Display and Audio
The Acer Aspire 5 packs a 14-inch, 1080p display with a matte coat. The display has a limited color gamut, and the color accuracy is pretty average, to say the least. However, what makes up for it is the strong contrast ratio of 1300:1, which is pretty good for a budget laptop. The 1080p resolution ensures crisp and sharp text.
Coming to the audio, the voice is loud at the maximum and clear and crisp at mid-range. It is suitable for listening to podcasts, YouTube or streaming movies as the dialogue tends to stand out.
There are three USB Type-A ports (two USB 3.2 and one USB 2.0), one USB 3.2 Type-C supporting up to 5Gbps of bandwidth, full-sized HDMI, Ethernet, and a 3.5mm combo audio jack.
The wireless connectivity includes the usual combination of Wi-Fi 6 with Bluetooth, both provided by MediaTek’s MT7921 wireless LAN card. The Wi-Fi performance was reliable, and I faced no problem connecting my mouse and headphones.
Acer Aspire 5 packs a 53-watt-hour battery which is quite respectable for a budget laptop. Aspire 5 has an endurance of six hours which is an average result.
For a laptop that costs less than 50,000 rupees, Aspire 5 delivers in value. It is small, compact, easy to carry, and performs well with average battery life. With its affordable price, decent performance, and robust build, the Acer Aspire 5 is a great budget option for most people.