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.
- Good price to performance ratio
- Full HD display resolution
- Available in multiple colors
- Abysmal battery life
- All plastic design
- Lackluster keyboard feel and no backlighting
- Slow hard drive