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Acer Aspire E5-571G Notebook Review Update

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 02/13/2015

Long-lasting all-rounder. The Aspire boasts a strong processor and gaming-suitable GPU — but users will not have to sacrifice long battery runtimes in exchange for its high-performance hardware.

For the original German review, see here.

Acer offers 15.6-inch, all-around laptops within its Aspire E5-571G lineup. In the summer of 2014, we tested one member of this range in form of the Aspire E5-571G-536E. Now we have an updated version of this series with a new Broadwell processor in place of the earlier Haswell processor. Our report evaluates whether the new generation of processors provides an advantage.

Some of the Aspire's rivals are Toshiba's Satellite S50-B-12U, the Asus X555LN-XO112H and Lenovo's IdeaPad Z50-75.

Since both tested Asus models are identical in build, this review will not go in-depth about casing, connectivity, input devices, screen or speakers. This information can be found in found in the Aspire E5-571G-536E review.

Display

Although both of the E5-571G models we tested feature the same screen, their rates differ slightly. This is normal: no two screens, even if they are from the same production batch, will ever be one hundred percent identical.

225
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
213
cd/m²
223
cd/m²
215
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 235 cd/m² Average: 226.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 223 cd/m²
Contrast: 290:1 (Black: 0.77 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.13 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 11.68 | - Ø
52% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.92
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
TN 1920x1080
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
TN 1920x1080
Asus X555LN-XO112H
TN 1366x768
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
TN 1366x768
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
TN 1366x768
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
TN 1920x1080
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
IPS 1920x1080
Screen
-18%
-34%
13%
29%
10%
33%
Brightness
226
217
-4%
184
-19%
208
-8%
211
-7%
250
11%
299
32%
Brightness Distribution
91
91
0%
92
1%
88
-3%
90
-1%
85
-7%
77
-15%
Black Level *
0.77
1.1
-43%
2.2
-186%
0.41
47%
0.34
56%
0.63
18%
0.54
30%
Contrast
290
193
-33%
86
-70%
495
71%
674
132%
403
39%
554
91%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.13
12.4
-22%
7.77
23%
9.93
2%
8.27
18%
9.71
4%
5.96
41%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.68
13.94
-19%
8.82
24%
10.84
7%
9.01
23%
10.4
11%
5.52
53%
Gamma
2.92 82%
3.08 78%
2.43 99%
2.24 107%
2.28 105%
2.37 101%
2.29 105%
CCT
12592 52%
17672 37%
9275 70%
11605 56%
10614 61%
11978 54%
5831 111%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
52
49.2
-5%
48
-8%
38
-27%
41.4
-20%
50
-4%
51
-2%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

Performance

Acer's 15.6-inch laptop has enough computing power for both routine use and computer games. The long battery life also allows for on-the-go use. Our review sample currently has a price tag of around 650 Euros/740 USD. Acer offers many other configurations. The priciest model (the E5-571G-795A) sells for approximately 750 Euros/854 USD. It features (with the exception of its Core i7 5500U CPU) the same components as our review sample.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWINfo
System information: Acer Aspire E5-571G-620X

Processor

Processor

The Aspire's Intel dual-core Core i5 5200U (Broadwell) has a 15 watt TDP like its Haswell precursors and supports hyper threading (two threads can be processed per core). We ran Cinebench CPU benchmark tests at full clock speed in AC mode. The CPU operates at a base speed of 2.2 GHz, which can be boosted to 2.5 GHz (both cores) and 2.7 GHz (one core) via Turbo. It ran at 2.2 GHz in battery mode.

As the processor's name suggests, it is the successor of the Core i5 4200U (Haswell). The Core i5 5200U clocks at a higher base speed (1.6 GHz vs. 2.2 GHz) and higher turbo levels (2.3 GHz vs. 2.5 GHz; 2.6 GHz vs. 2.7 GHz). These speeds, in conjunction with the improved Broadwell architecture, leads to a higher computing performance than the Core i5 5200U. The benchmarks we performed show a 5 to 20 percent advantage. This advantage is greater in multi-thread applications than in single-thread applications.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8664
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6013
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4161
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.9 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.1 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
40.16 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
49.92 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
261 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
109 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
109 Points ∼59%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
102 Points ∼55% -6%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
83 Points ∼45% -24%
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
101 Points ∼55% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
58 Points ∼31% -47%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
56 Points ∼30% -49%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
119 Points ∼64% +9%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
261 Points ∼17%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
215 Points ∼14% -18%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
236 Points ∼15% -10%
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
240 Points ∼15% -8%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
159 Points ∼10% -39%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
169 Points ∼11% -35%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
272 Points ∼18% +4%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.1 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.19 Points ∼4% +8%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.13 Points ∼4% +3%
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1.12 Points ∼4% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.68 Points ∼3% -38%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.68 Points ∼3% -38%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
1.35 Points ∼5% +23%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.9 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2.38 Points ∼3% -18%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.54 Points ∼4% -12%
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2.53 Points ∼4% -13%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.81 Points ∼3% -38%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.89 Points ∼3% -35%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2.92 Points ∼4% +1%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4161 Points ∼59%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1992 Points ∼28% -52%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1943 Points ∼28% -53%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
4527 Points ∼64% +9%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
8664 Points ∼25%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5276 Points ∼15% -39%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5369 Points ∼15% -38%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
9148 Points ∼26% +6%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5328 Points ∼33%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3772 Points ∼23% -29%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4085 Points ∼25% -23%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
5301 Points ∼32% -1%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2672 Points ∼57%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1632 Points ∼35% -39%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1760 Points ∼38% -34%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2646 Points ∼57% -1%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (IE 11)
109.7 ms * ∼3%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive (IE 11)
176.9 ms * ∼4% -61%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU (IE 11)
113.7 ms * ∼3% -4%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (IE 11)
2565.4 ms * ∼4%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive (IE 11)
4430.4 ms * ∼7% -73%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU (IE 11)
2321.3 ms * ∼4% +10%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (IE 11)
12860 Points ∼28%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive (IE 11)
8302 Points ∼18% -35%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU (IE 11)
13750 Points ∼30% +7%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (IE 11)
2466 Points ∼40%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU (IE 11)
2698 Points ∼44% +9%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system ran smoothly, and we did not encounter any problems. Its PCMark benchmark scores are good and are roughly on par with the scores of Acer's Haswell processor-equipped Aspire E1-571G-536E. Our sample's stronger Broadwell processor does not provide much of an advantage in everyday use. Its benefit would be more noticeable in very performance intensive applications or when combined with an installed solid state drive.

PCMark 7 Score
2710 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2962 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3239 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3760 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2962 Points ∼52%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2772 Points ∼49% -6%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2945 Points ∼52% -1%
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3223 Points ∼57% +9%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2742 Points ∼48% -7%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2685 Points ∼47% -9%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
3291 Points ∼58% +11%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2710 Points ∼34%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2809 Points ∼35% +4%
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2766 Points ∼34% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2875 Points ∼36% +6%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2788 Points ∼35% +3%

Storage Device

Aspire owners will not be looking for more storage anytimr soon. Acer outfits its E5-571G with a 1 TB Toshiba  hard drive that spins at 5400 revolutions per minute. Crystal Disk Mark recorded a read speed of 97.6 MB/s, and HDTune delivered an average transfer rate of 78.5 MB/s - both normal rates for a 5400 rpm hard drive.

Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Transfer Rate Minimum: 36.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 109.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 78.5 MB/s
Access Time: 18.5 ms
Burst Rate: 2.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.4 %

Graphics Card

Two graphics cards are installed in the Aspire: Intel's HD Graphics 5500 graphics core and Nvidia's GeForce 840M GPU. They create a switchable graphics solution (Optimus). The GeForce core is active in applications with high requirements, such as computer games. Intel's GPU requires little energy and is therefore enabled in routine use and in battery mode. Switching is automatic, but the user can always intervene and change the assigned core for an application. The GeForce GPU is a mid-range model. It supports DirectX 11 and clocks at a base speed of 1029 MHz. Its speed can be boosted to 1124 MHz via turbo. The 3DMark scores for this configuration are on par with those of comparable laptops, such as Asus X555LN-XO112H and the E5-571G's sister model.

3DMark 06 Standard
11575 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2391 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
45771 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5723 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1355 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2391 Points ∼9%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2361 Points ∼9% -1%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2327 Points ∼9% -3%
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1922 Points ∼8% -20%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2101 Points ∼8% -12%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1899 Points ∼7% -21%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
1905 Points ∼8% -20%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Combined (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
460 Points ∼6%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
456 Points ∼6% -1%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
455 Points ∼6% -1%
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
330 Points ∼4% -28%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
410 Points ∼5% -11%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
484 Points ∼6% +5%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
327 Points ∼4% -29%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5106 Points ∼11%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5069 Points ∼11% -1%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4117 Points ∼9% -19%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
3740 Points ∼8% -27%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5723 Points ∼16%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5543 Points ∼15% -3%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5634 Points ∼15% -2%
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
4366 Points ∼12% -24%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4368 Points ∼12% -24%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4561 Points ∼12% -20%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
4307 Points ∼12% -25%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
45771 Points ∼23%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
40293 Points ∼20% -12%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
59788 Points ∼30% +31%
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
45334 Points ∼23% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
37550 Points ∼19% -18%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
35590 Points ∼18% -22%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
30990 Points ∼16% -32%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
11575 Points ∼30%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
10127 Points ∼26% -13%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
7170 Points ∼19% -38%

Gaming Performance

An all-round laptop is expected to render computer games. The Aspire is capable of this. The computer can smoothly display many up-to-date games in HD resolution (1366 x 768 pixels) using medium and, sometimes, high quality settings. Users who value Full HD that will have to find another laptop: the Full HD screen can only be fully used in a few games because the installed hardware can reproduce only a few games in Full HD resolution. Models with a GeForce GTX 850M or GTX 860M core would be recommended for gamers who demand full HD. However, devices with this configuration are correspondingly more expensive. For example, the Lenovo Y50 with a GeForce GTX 860M starts at 800 Euros/910 USD (without an operating system).

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 124.8623316.6fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 83.148.330.312.9fps
Thief (2014) 36.523.618.99fps
Tomb Raider
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
33 fps ∼7%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
29.5 fps ∼6% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
33.6 fps ∼7% +2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
33.6 fps ∼7% +2%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
30.7 fps ∼6% -7%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
21.3 fps ∼4% -35%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
62 fps ∼11%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
59.9 fps ∼11% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
47.1 fps ∼8% -24%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
45.2 fps ∼8% -27%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
36.2 fps ∼6% -42%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
124.8 fps ∼20%
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
125.2 fps ∼20% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
61.3 fps ∼10% -51%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
69 fps ∼11% -45%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
68.7 fps ∼11% -45%
BioShock Infinite
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
30.3 fps ∼10%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
38.16 fps ∼13% +26%
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
24.9 fps ∼9% -18%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
33.3 fps ∼11% +10%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
30.9 fps ∼11% +2%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
48.3 fps ∼17%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
47.36 fps ∼17% -2%
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
31.75 fps ∼11% -34%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
38 fps ∼13% -21%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
35.7 fps ∼12% -26%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
83.1 fps ∼25%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
83.09 fps ∼25% 0%
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
53.22 fps ∼16% -36%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
51.6 fps ∼15% -38%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
45.8 fps ∼14% -45%
Thief
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
18.9 fps ∼14%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
10.6 fps ∼8% -44%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
12 fps ∼9% -37%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
23.6 fps ∼18%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
13.1 fps ∼10% -44%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
12.9 fps ∼10% -45%
1024x768 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
36.5 fps ∼26%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
15.8 fps ∼11% -57%
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
14 fps ∼10% -62%

Emissions

System Noise

The Aspire is almost noiseless throughout the entire load range. Its fan permanently spins at a low speed in idle mode, but the hard drive's noise drowns it out. A virtually silent operation can be achieved by replacing the hard drive with a solid state drive. The fan does not speed up excessively during load. We measured a noise level of 37.8 dB - a very good rate. We are used to rates of at least 40 dB from laptops in this performance category (e.g., rivals Toshiba's Satellite S50-B-12U and Asus' X555LN-XO112H).

Noise Level

Idle
32.7 / 32.7 / 32.7 dB(A)
HDD
32.7 dB(A)
DVD
35.4 / dB(A)
Load
34.2 / 37.8 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)
The Aspire in the stress test
The Aspire in the stress test

Temperature

The Aspire's graphics core performed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark, both run for at least one hour) at 1124 MHz in both AC and battery mode. The processor clocked at 2.5 GHz in AC mode and 2.2 GHz in battery mode. The Aspire does not get particularly warm. Forty degrees Celsius was only surpassed in three measuring spots during the stress test.

Max. Load
 36.5 °C39.5 °C27.5 °C 
 36.5 °C41.3 °C29.2 °C 
 30 °C35 °C32 °C 
Maximum: 41.3 °C
Average: 34.2 °C
27.5 °C38.5 °C44 °C
28.1 °C37.5 °C40.3 °C
33 °C36.6 °C33.4 °C
Maximum: 44 °C
Average: 35.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  50.4 °C | Room Temperature 21.7 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Aspire's power consumption is, for the most part, on par with contenders like Toshiba's Satellite S50-B-12U and Asus' X555LN-XO112H. Both proved slightly more frugal in idle mode than the Aspire. This was not surprising: these laptops sport Haswell processors, and are known for very low idle consumption. On the other hand, the Aspire has a slight lead in load. All three laptops have an inconspicuous power requirement for their performance category.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.4 / 8.2 / 10.5 Watt
Load midlight 36 / 46.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The Aspire's battery lasted 13:15 hours in idle mode. Toshiba's Satellite S50-B-12U (8:10 h) is drained much faster. Idle mode was tested using Battery Eater's Readerwith the screen set to minimum brightness, the energy saving profile enabled, and the radio modules off. The Aspire shut down after 2:52 hours of load, defeating the Satellite (at 1:56 h) again. We used Battery Eater's Classic test for load runtime using maximum screen brightness, the high-performance profile, and enabled wireless modules.

Acer's laptop stopped the real-world Wi-Fi test after 6:52 hours. The Satellite (5:06 h) and Asus X555LN-XO112H (4:16 h) cannot compete with that. Websites were opened automatically every 40 seconds with the energy saving profile enabled and a screen brightness of approximately 150 cd/m² in this test. We tested the video playback time by running the short movie Big Buck Bunny (H.265 encoding, 1920 x 1080 pixels) in a loop with the wireless modules disabled, and the screen's brightness set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Aspire lasted 7:04 hours. We did not perform this test with either contender.

 

 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 15min
WiFi Surfing
6h 52min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
7h 04min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 52min
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Aspire E5-571G-536E
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Asus X555LN-XO112H
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U
Radeon R7 M260, 4210U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A10-7300, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW
Radeon R7 M265, FX-7500, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
Battery Runtime
-20%
-38%
-32%
-67%
-44%
-20%
Reader / Idle
795
651
-18%
490
-38%
266
-67%
368
-54%
Load
172
134
-22%
116
-33%
63
-63%
109
-37%
WiFi
412
335
-19%
256
-38%
306
-26%
136
-67%
272
-34%
328
-20%
H.264
424
128
-70%
203
-52%

Verdict

Acer's Aspire E5-571G-620X is a well-conceived, 15.6-inch all-rounder. Its computing power is more than enough for routine use, and can also render games smoothly without producing a lot of noise. It provides decent input devices and boasts a very good (i.e., ultrabook runtime standards) battery life. We have to criticize Acer for the Full HD screen that serves up low brightness and contrast. We are also unimpressed with the lack of a maintenance cover: the entire laptop casing has to be opened to replace the hard drive. The E5-571G-620X is approximately 650 Euros/740 USD, but lower priced versions are also available: for example, the E5-571G-539F (Core i5-4210U, GeForce 840M, Full HD screen, 500 GB SSHD, 4 GB of working memory, no Windows operating system) is currently available for about 500 Euros/570 USD.

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In Review: Acer Aspire E5-571G-620X. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de.
In Review: Acer Aspire E5-571G-620X. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de.

Specifications

Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X (Aspire E15 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2048 MB, Core: 1029-1124 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, ForceWare 347.25 (9.18.13.4724, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3, dual-channel, two memory banks (both filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics B156HTN03.1, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABD100, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 880 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Broadwell PCH-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: brightness sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8HC
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25.3 x 381.6 x 256 ( = 1 x 15.02 x 10.08 in)
Battery
56 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Acer Video Player, Cyberlink PhotoDirector 3, Cyberlink PowerDirector 10, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.5 kg ( = 88.19 oz / 5.51 pounds), Power Supply: 329 g ( = 11.61 oz / 0.73 pounds)
Price
650 Euro

 

Acer Aspire E5-571G.
Acer Aspire E5-571G.
The casing is comprised of black plastic.
The casing is comprised of black plastic.
The laptop features a matte, Full HD screen.
The laptop features a matte, Full HD screen.
The hinges keep the lid firmly in position.
The hinges keep the lid firmly in position.
The memory card reader is on the front.
The memory card reader is on the front.
Aspire E5-571G - input devices.
Aspire E5-571G - input devices.
A number pad is installed.
A number pad is installed.
The battery can be removed.
The battery can be removed.
There is no maintenance cover. Removing all screws on the underside...
There is no maintenance cover. Removing all screws on the underside...
...makes it possible to lift off the base unit's upper side. The user can then access the fan, hard drive, and Wi-Fi module.  The motherboard would have to be removed to access the working memory.
...makes it possible to lift off the base unit's upper side. The user can then access the fan, hard drive, and Wi-Fi module. The motherboard would have to be removed to access the working memory.
Replacing the hard drive is no problem.
Replacing the hard drive is no problem.
The fan can be cleaned.
The fan can be cleaned.
Good: two Wi-Fi antennas are available.
Good: two Wi-Fi antennas are available.

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Pro

+Matte, Full HD screen
+Gaming suitability
+High storage capacity
+Very long battery life
+Low system noise
 

Cons

-Dark, low-contrast screen
-No maintenance cover

Shortcut

What we like

The long battery life and low noise development.

What we'd like to see

A brighter, higher contrast IPS screen.

What surprises us

Nothing

The competition

Toshiba Satellite S50-B-12U, Asus X555LN-XO112H, Asus X555LD-XX283H, Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD, Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75, Acer Aspire E5-551G-F1EW 

Rating

Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X - 02/14/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
78 / 98 → 80%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
67 / 81 → 83%
Weight
62 / 67 → 89%
Battery
90%
Display
75%
Games Performance
81 / 85 → 95%
Application Performance
77 / 92 → 84%
Temperature
89%
Noise
88 / 95 → 93%
Audio
54%
Camera
58 / 85 → 68%
Average
75%
80%
Multimedia - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2015-02-13 (Update: 2015-02-15)