Acer Aspire E 15: Conclusion

September 14, 2015 by Charles P Jefferies Reads (41,896)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 6
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 6
    • Design
    • 5
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 5
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 5
    • Total Score:
    • 5.57
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

Home users looking for a moderately powerful desktop replacement will find that the Acer Aspire E 15 offers an attractive value proposition, at least on paper. Our $799.99 review model includes not only an Intel Core i7-5500U processor but dedicated Nvidia GT 940M graphics and a whopping 16GB of RAM. We did find the included 1TB hard drive to be painfully slow, however, which brought down its overall performance numbers. Also, the GT 940M graphics are only good enough for medium settings in the latest game titles.

The rest of the notebook falls short of both more expensive notebooks and even some cheaper laptops. The E 15’s full HD display shows plenty of detail but has limited viewing angles and isn’t all that colorful; the full-size keyboard has a great layout but a lackluster feel and no backlighting; and although the all-plastic construction is solid, it doesn’t impart the classy feel of aluminum found on some competing notebooks in this price range. Perhaps the Aspire’s most glaring deficiency is its abysmal battery life; the notebook ran for less than two and a half hours in our testing, which is only 50 to 60 percent of what we’ve seen in competing notebooks. We might have been able to overlook the other issues and send the Aspire E 15 off with a partial recommendation, but at present, we have a hard time recommending it at all unless battery life is truly immaterial to your purchase decision.

As we mentioned previously, Acer’s own Aspire V 15 Nitro currently costs only $100 more at several retail stores and is a significant upgrade over the E 15 in every way.

Acer Aspire E 15

Acer Aspire E 15

 

Pros:

  • Good price to performance ratio
  • Full HD display resolution
  • Available in multiple colors

Cons:

  • Abysmal battery life
  • All plastic design
  • Lackluster keyboard feel and no backlighting
  • Slow hard drive

 


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  1. HiDesertNM

    I bought a Acer a while back. Big mistake. I know too well about their crappy KB and horrid battery life. But the main reason to steer away from this or ANY other Acer is that if you have issues you will deal with the support center in Temple Texas. Compared to Lenovo/HP/Dell there service centers are rinky dink at best. I had them replace my screen and after that, my extended battery (which supplemented the internal battery) quit working.. which was a genuine Acer battery. They told me that the warranty does not cover accessories and that they won’t cover the repair. It was obvious that they jacked up something on the MB when they replaced the screen so the external battery would not work. So now that machine gets around 2 hours on the miserable 3 cell battery. Taiwanese culture does not regard service as important. Building cheap junk and lower price points is their main priority with their business model. Service is an afterthought.