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Acer Aspire E5-573G Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 07/25/2015

All-rounder.Acer treats its brand new all-rounder to a powerful mid-range CPU and a gaming-suitable GPU. The battery life is basically satisfactory, but was better in the previous model.

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For some years, Acer has been offering affordable 15.6-inch all-rounders within its Aspire E1 and E5 series. Although the various models have not achieved top ratings in our test, we could always confirm the good price-performance ratio. Acer now presents the successor of its E5-571G , the Aspire E5-573G. Not only have the innards been updated, the casing has also been revamped completely. Our report reveals whether the Aspire is compelling.

There is no lack of low-priced all-round laptops. Virtually every manufacturer has at least one corresponding line in its portfolio, and thus the Aspire faces many rivals. We would, for example, name the HP Pavilion 15, the Toshiba Satellite L50-B, the Lenovo Z50-75, and the Dell Inspiron 15.

Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785 (Aspire E5 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 940M - 2048 MB, Core: 1072-1176 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, DDR3, 64 bit interface, ForceWare 353.30 (10.18.13.5330), Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, dual-channel, two memory banks (both filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, Chi Mei N156BGE-E32, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 420 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Broadwell PCH-LP High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 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), Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUC0N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24.9 x 381.6 x 256 ( = 0.98 x 15.02 x 10.08 in)
Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.8 V, 2500 mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink PhotoDirector 5, Cyberlink PowerDirector 12, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.4 kg ( = 84.66 oz / 5.29 pounds), Power Supply: 338 g ( = 11.92 oz / 0.75 pounds)

 

Case

Like its various precursors, the Aspire is encased in a plastic casing. The display bezel and base unit's upper side feature a dark-gray color ("Charcoal Black"), and the base tray and lid's back are black. In addition, the lid's back, base tray and base unit's upper side are textured. The laptop does not have a maintenance hatch; the casing has to be opened for accessing the hardware.

The casing does not exhibit any major manufacturing flaws. A minor protrusion of material on the base unit's front edge would be noteworthy. It has not been trimmed completely. The stability does not give much reason for complaint. The casing can be dented slightly on both sides of the keyboard and below the touchpad - but this is common in most laptops. However, in our opinion the base unit could be slightly more robust. The same is true of the lid. It exhibits image distortions when trying to warp it or pressing against its back. With some finger dexterity, it is possible to open  the lid with one hand.

Connectivity

The interface diversity and positioning correspond to that of the Aspire V3-574G. This is not surprising since both laptops feature identical innards. Acer has opted for a selection that we find in most laptops. Two of the three USB ports support the USB 3.0 standard. Most ports are on the left on the same level as the wrist rest. Consequently, the area beside the wrist rest will not remain free of cables.

Left: Kensington Lock slot, VGA-out, Gigabit-Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, combo audio
Left: Kensington Lock slot, VGA-out, Gigabit-Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, combo audio
Right: USB 2.0, DVD burner, power socket
Right: USB 2.0, DVD burner, power socket
Memory card reader on the front
Memory card reader on the front

Communication

The installed Wi-Fi module also includes Bluetooth 4.1. In addition to the 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi standards, the Qualcomm chip (QCA9377) supports the high-speed ac standard. The connection between laptop and router was never interrupted, and was always stable at a distance of 15 meters (~49 ft) around the router. The Aspire can also boast with one of the most popular Gigabit-Ethernet chips: A model from Realtek's RTL8168/8111 family. As always, the chip performed impeccably.

Accessories

The laptop comes with usual documents as well as a quick start poster and safety information.

Operating System

The Aspire is shipped with Windows 8.1 (64-bit) preloaded. A recovery DVD is not included.

Maintenance

Since the laptop does not have a maintenance hatch, the casing has to be opened for maintenance/upgrading. First, the optical drive has to be removed. Then, all screws on the underside have to be released. After that, the base tray can be loosened with, for example, a putty knife. This has to be done carefully because the clips can break easily. Care is also needed when removing the base tray: The speakers are mounted on the base tray and connected to the motherboard via a cable. The laptop's innards feature two working memory banks that are both filled. The hard drive is easy to exchange. The Aspire is equipped with the same motherboard and battery model as that of the Aspire V3-574G.

Warranty

Acer includes a two-year warranty on the Aspire, including pick-up service. Extending the warranty is possible. For example, a three-year warranty costs around 60 to 70 Euros (~$66 to ~$77).

Input Devices

Keyboard

Acer has installed an unlit chiclet keyboard in the Aspire. Users who appreciate a backlit keyboard should look at the Aspire V3-574G that uses the same keyboard unit, but with a backlight. The flat, slightly roughened keys of the E5-573G provide a short drop and clear pressure point. The keyboard rocked a little while typing on it, but that did not have any adverse effects. Acer has a very decent keyboard in its portfolio that will certainly satisfy demands that go beyond home use. 

Touchpad

The multitouch ClickPad in the Aspire has a size of approximately 10.6 x 7.8 cm (~4.2 x 3.1 in). Thus, there is enough room for using gesture controls. The texture used on the base unit's upper side is not extended to the ClickPad. Instead, the fingers will find a smooth surface that does not prevent them from gliding. The pad has a short drop and clear pressure point.

Input Devices
Input Devices

Display

The Aspire is equipped with a matte, 15.6-inch screen that has a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Neither the screen's brightness (230.7 cd/m²) nor the contrast (381:1) are impressive, and both should be better. Although the Aspire E5-573G series is essentially a low-cost laptop, nowadays we expect better rates even in this sector. A brightness of 250 cd/m² and contrast of 500:1 should be the minimum.

249
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
215
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 249 cd/m² Average: 230.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 197 cd/m²
Contrast: 381:1 (Black: 0.63 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.51 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 11.51 | - Ø
60% sRGB (Argyll) 38% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.27
Aspire vs. sRGB
Aspire vs. sRGB
Aspire vs. AdobeRGB
Aspire vs. AdobeRGB

The Aspire's screen cannot display either the sRGB or AdobeRGB color space. The coverage rates are 60% (sRGB) and 38% (AdobeRGB). The screen has a DeltaE 2000 deviation of 10.51 in delivery state, which is a normal rate in the low-price sector. The target would be a rate less than 3. The screen also has a distinct bluish tint.

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CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
Discussion

Acer has installed a viewing angle dependent TN screen in the Aspire, and thus the screen cannot be read from every position. Changing the vertical viewing angle quickly leads to image distortions. It looks better horizontally, and even several people can look at the screen at the same time. The Aspire can be used outdoors, but the sun should not be too bright because the screen's brightness is dimmed in battery mode.

Viewing angles: Aspire
Viewing angles: Aspire
The Aspire outdoors
The Aspire outdoors
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
TN LED, 1366x768
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
TN LED, 1920x1080
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
TN LED, 1920x1080
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
TN LED, 1920x1080
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
IPS, 1920x1080
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
IPS, 1920x1080
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
1366x768
Screen
-0%
-3%
-3%
30%
37%
9%
Brightness
231
226
-2%
329
42%
280
21%
299
29%
176
-24%
224
-3%
Brightness Distribution
86
91
6%
87
1%
83
-3%
77
-10%
78
-9%
89
3%
Black Level *
0.63
0.77
-22%
1.02
-62%
0.8
-27%
0.54
14%
0.15
76%
0.42
33%
Contrast
381
290
-24%
336
-12%
366
-4%
554
45%
1180
210%
536
41%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.51
10.13
4%
10.9
-4%
13.19
-25%
5.96
43%
8.52
19%
11.59
-10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.51
11.68
-1%
12.09
-5%
13.41
-17%
5.52
52%
9.72
16%
11.86
-3%
Gamma
2.27 106%
2.92 82%
2.01 119%
3.38 71%
2.29 105%
1.85 130%
2.3 104%
CCT
12512 52%
12592 52%
10388 63%
13185 49%
5831 111%
5036 129%
14580 45%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38
52
37%
46.1
21%
51
34%
51
34%
39
3%
39
3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
60
61
2%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

Acer offers affordable 15.6-inch all-round laptops within its Aspire E5-573G series. Our review sample is one of the highest performance models of the range. It has enough computing power for everyday use, and can render games smoothly. Acer also offers versions without a dedicated graphics core. Since our review sample was not listed in any of the common price search engines at the time of testing, we cannot confirm a retail price although it will probably be between 600 and 700 Euros (~$662 and ~$773) based on the  other versions of the E5-573G.

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Processor

The Core i5-5200U processor powers the Aspire. It is a mid-range CPU from Intel's latest Broadwell processor series. The TDP of this CPU is 15 watts. The processor clocks 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. The CPU performed our tests at its base speed (2.2 GHz) in battery mode. The Broadwell processor has an average of 10% lead when comparing the test outcomes of the Core i5-5200U with that of its Haswell precursor (Core i5-4200U). This is primarily due to the improved Broadwell architecture since the work speeds of both CPUs are virtually identical.

Memory card reader on the front
The processor is soldered
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5856
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8579
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4003
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
38.22 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.76 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.26 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
59.53 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
258 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
107 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
107 Points ∼56%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
109 Points ∼57% +2%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
63 Points ∼33% -41%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
103 Points ∼54% -4%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
85 Points ∼45% -21%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
119 Points ∼63% +11%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
108 Points ∼57% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
40 Points ∼21% -63%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 59-428149
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
106 Points ∼56% -1%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
258 Points ∼16%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
261 Points ∼16% +1%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
176 Points ∼11% -32%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
235 Points ∼14% -9%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
217 Points ∼13% -16%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
272 Points ∼16% +5%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
261 Points ∼16% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
126 Points ∼8% -51%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 59-428149
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
241 Points ∼15% -7%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.26 Points ∼15%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.1 Points ∼14% -13%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.66 Points ∼8% -48%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1.18 Points ∼14% -6%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.97 Points ∼12% -23%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
1.35 Points ∼17% +7%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.26 Points ∼15% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
0.54 Points ∼7% -57%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 59-428149
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.2 Points ∼15% -5%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.76 Points ∼16%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.9 Points ∼16% +5%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.91 Points ∼11% -31%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2.59 Points ∼15% -6%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2.32 Points ∼13% -16%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2.92 Points ∼17% +6%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.8 Points ∼16% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1.97 Points ∼11% -29%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 59-428149
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.6 Points ∼15% -6%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4003 Points ∼54%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4161 Points ∼57% +4%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2059 Points ∼28% -49%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3114 Points ∼42% -22%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
4527 Points ∼62% +13%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4137 Points ∼56% +3%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1471 Points ∼20% -63%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 59-428149
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3992 Points ∼54% 0%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8579 Points ∼25%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
8664 Points ∼25% +1%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5531 Points ∼16% -36%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
7222 Points ∼21% -16%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
9148 Points ∼26% +7%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
8642 Points ∼25% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
4165 Points ∼12% -51%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 59-428149
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8042 Points ∼23% -6%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5312 Points ∼20%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5328 Points ∼20% 0%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3801 Points ∼14% -28%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4597 Points ∼17% -13%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4540 Points ∼17% -15%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
5301 Points ∼20% 0%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5304 Points ∼20% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
3319 Points ∼12% -38%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2675 Points ∼57%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2672 Points ∼57% 0%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1492 Points ∼32% -44%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2348 Points ∼50% -12%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2167 Points ∼47% -19%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
2646 Points ∼57% -1%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2653 Points ∼57% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1487 Points ∼32% -44%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive (IE 11)
124.7 ms * ∼3%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (IE 11)
109.7 ms * ∼3% +12%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive (IE 11)
226.8 ms * ∼6% -82%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680 (IE 11)
160.3 ms * ∼4% -29%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU (IE 11)
113.7 ms * ∼3% +9%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (IE 11)
115.6 ms * ∼3% +7%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive (IE 11)
2577.5 ms * ∼4%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (IE 11)
2565.4 ms * ∼4% -0%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive (IE 11)
4634.3 ms * ∼8% -80%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680 (IE 11)
3232.3 ms * ∼5% -25%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU (IE 11)
2321.3 ms * ∼4% +10%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (IE 11)
2554 ms * ∼4% +1%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive (IE 11)
11380 Points ∼25%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (IE 11)
12860 Points ∼28% +13%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive (IE 11)
7568 Points ∼17% -33%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680 (IE 11)
10182 Points ∼23% -11%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU (IE 11)
13750 Points ∼30% +21%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (IE 11)
12753 Points ∼28% +12%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive (IE 11)
2397 Points ∼39%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (IE 11)
2466 Points ∼40% +3%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive (IE 11)
1411 Points ∼23% -41%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680 (IE 11)
1946 Points ∼31% -19%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU (IE 11)
2698 Points ∼44% +13%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (IE 11)
2420 Points ∼39% +1%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly; we did not encounter any problems. The PCMark benchmark scores are very good. The Aspire performs better than other laptops based on a comparable CPU-GPU configuration. This is due to the installed hybrid hard drive (a conventional hard drive with built-in SSD cache). The system performance could only be improved by replacing the hard drive with a solid-state drive. Laptops with a quad-core processor are not really an alternative for the Aspire. Not only do they not provide any advantage in routine use, they require more energy and cooling. Nor should their higher price be ignored. A quad-core processor would only exhibit its higher performance in CPU-driven applications.

Two working memory banks are installed
Two working memory banks are installed
PCMark 7 Score
3607 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3377 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3733 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4286 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3377 Points ∼60%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2962 Points ∼52% -12%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2622 Points ∼46% -22%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2457 Points ∼43% -27%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2972 Points ∼52% -12%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
3291 Points ∼58% -3%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2830 Points ∼50% -16%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3607 Points ∼45%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2710 Points ∼34% -25%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2627 Points ∼33% -27%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2525 Points ∼31% -30%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2574 Points ∼32% -29%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2736 Points ∼34% -24%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1835 Points ∼23% -49%

Storage Device

The Aspire is equipped with a hybrid hard drive from Seagate for storing data. It has a capacity of 500 GB and spins with 5400 revolutions per minute. In addition, an SSD cache is built into the hard drive (8 GB) ensuring the fast loading of frequently used applications. CrystalDiskMark recorded a read speed of 107.2 Mbps, and HD Tune delivered an average transfer rate of 89.3 Mbps. These are good rates for a 5400-rpm hard drive.

Replacing the hard drive is no problem
Replacing the hard drive is no problem
Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Transfer Rate Minimum: 15.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 115.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 89.3 MB/s
Access Time: 17.5 ms
Burst Rate: 231.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.2 %

Graphics Card

In addition to the mid-range processor, a mid-range GPU, GeForce 940M is installed in the laptop. The former Aspire E5-571G that we have previously tested featured the same processor as our current review sample. The graphics core was the precursor of the GeForce 940M graphics core - the GeForce 840M. Therefore, a performance comparison would make sense here because the processors do not have a major impact. The 3DMark benchmark results differ only by a few percent. However, this is not surprising: Both GPUs are based on Nvidia's Maxwell architecture, and their maximum speeds (1124 MHz vs. 1176) are very close. Consequently, there is no compelling reason to switch to a GeForce 940M laptop. A less expensive GeForce 840M laptop would suffice.

The GeForce graphics core in conjunction with Intel's HD Graphics 5500 GPU forms a graphics switching solution (Optimus). Nvidia's core is enabled in performance-demanding applications, such as computer games. Intel's GPU is responsible for routine tasks and battery mode. Switching between the cores is automatic and the user does not have to intervene.

2048 MB of DDR3 memory supports the GPU
2048 MB of DDR3 memory supports the GPU
3DMark 11 Performance
2539 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
59535 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
6492 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1499 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2539 Points ∼10%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2391 Points ∼9% -6%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1904 Points ∼8% -25%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2316 Points ∼9% -9%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1766 Points ∼7% -30%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
1905 Points ∼8% -25%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1793 Points ∼7% -29%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1857 Points ∼7% -27%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 59-428149
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2320 Points ∼9% -9%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1499 Points ∼6%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1355 Points ∼6% -10%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
963 Points ∼4% -36%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1346 Points ∼6% -10%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1045 Points ∼4% -30%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
946 Points ∼4% -37%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1050 Points ∼4% -30%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
518 Points ∼2% -65%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 59-428149
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1316 Points ∼6% -12%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5644 Points ∼12%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5106 Points ∼11% -10%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3793 Points ∼8% -33%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4976 Points ∼11% -12%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3907 Points ∼8% -31%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
3740 Points ∼8% -34%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3984 Points ∼9% -29%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1722 Points ∼4% -69%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6492 Points ∼18%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5723 Points ∼16% -12%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3902 Points ∼11% -40%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
5477 Points ∼15% -16%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5142 Points ∼14% -21%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
4307 Points ∼12% -34%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5193 Points ∼14% -20%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
2663 Points ∼7% -59%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 59-428149
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5411 Points ∼15% -17%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
59535 Points ∼30%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
45771 Points ∼23% -23%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
39475 Points ∼20% -34%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
45583 Points ∼23% -23%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
53548 Points ∼27% -10%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
30990 Points ∼16% -48%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
44189 Points ∼22% -26%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
26540 Points ∼13% -55%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-70 59-428149
GeForce 840M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
45327 Points ∼23% -24%

Gaming Performance

The CPU-GPU configuration of the Aspire can render many games smoothly using the HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) with medium to sometimes high quality settings. For instance, the Full HD resolution via an external monitor is possible with only a few games. The lower the game's hardware requirement, the more likely it is. The resolution/quality level has to be reduced in some games in order to achieve a playable frame rate. We would mention "The Witcher 3" and "Assassin's Creed: Unity" here. The hardware is not powerful enough for the game "Batman: Arkham Knight".

Since the Aspire only manages somewhat higher frame rates than a GeForce 840M laptop, the buyer can confidently take a device based on the latter and save money. Considerably higher frame rates go hand in hand with a higher price. Laptops equipped with a GTX 850M/GTX 950M core or GTX 860M/GTX 960M core would be alternatives here.

low med. high ultra
Crysis 3 (2013) 41.624.618.67.3fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 138.568.337.119.1fps
Thief (2014) 40.82621.111.4fps
Watch Dogs (2014) 43.631.79.96.1fps
Sims 4 (2014) 172.289.141.834.2fps
The Crew (2014) 41.432.816.18.8fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 192.248.924.312.5fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 32.219.210.56.2fps
Tomb Raider
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
37.1 fps ∼7%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
33 fps ∼7% -11%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
23.5 fps ∼5% -37%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
28.1 fps ∼6% -24%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
25.4 fps ∼5% -32%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
21.3 fps ∼4% -43%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
25.7 fps ∼5% -31%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
25.5 fps ∼5% -31%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
68.3 fps ∼12%
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
GeForce 840M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
62 fps ∼11% -9%
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
41.1 fps ∼7% -40%
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
GeForce 840M, 4210U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
52.2 fps ∼9% -24%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
42.9 fps ∼8% -37%
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
Radeon R7 M260, 4510U, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256GMCU
36.2 fps ∼6% -47%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
43.3 fps ∼8% -37%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
Radeon R6 M255DX, A8-7100, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
39.7 fps ∼7% -42%

Emissions

System Noise

The Aspire does not produce an excessive amount of noise. The fan spun at very low speeds while idling. It was never inactive. However, it was only audible in quiet environments. The noise level climbed up to 43.1 dB(A) during the stress test. This level is acceptable in view of the hardware configuration.

Noise Level

Idle
32 / 32 / 32.2 dB(A)
HDD
32.1 dB(A)
DVD
37.6 / dB(A)
Load
43.1 / 43.5 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)
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
5200U, GeForce 940M
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
5200U, GeForce 840M
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
4210U, GeForce 840M
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
A10-5745M, Radeon R7 M260
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
4510U, Radeon R7 M260
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
A8-7100, Radeon R6 M255DX
Noise
6%
2%
-5%
8%
-5%
5%
Idle Minimum *
32
32.7
-2%
31.4
2%
29.6
7%
33.5
-5%
32.4
-1%
Idle Average *
32
32.7
-2%
31.5
2%
32.2
-1%
29.6
7%
33.5
-5%
32.9
-3%
Idle Maximum *
32.2
32.7
-2%
32.1
-0%
32.2
-0%
29.6
8%
33.5
-4%
33.1
-3%
Load Average *
43.1
34.2
21%
41.5
4%
45.3
-5%
37.7
13%
45.9
-6%
37
14%
Load Maximum *
43.5
37.8
13%
43.6
-0%
49.4
-14%
41.7
4%
45.3
-4%
36.4
16%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The Aspire in the stress test
The Aspire in the stress test

As mentioned earlier, the same motherboard including heatsink/fan is inside the Aspire as in the recently reviewed Aspire V3-574G. Consequently, both devices behave in very much the same way during the stress test. The E5-573G performed the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in a similar manner in both AC and battery mode. The graphics core clocked at full speed in AC mode (1176 MHz). This was also the case in battery mode, but it regularly throttled to 293 MHz abruptly. The processor's speed fluctuated between 500 MHz and 2.5 GHz (AC mode) and 2.2 GHz (battery mode). The temperature development of both Aspire models is also very similar. Both laptops exceeded 60 degrees Celsius (~140 degrees Fahrenheit) on the measuring point in the proximity of the vent. Otherwise, the temperature increase was moderate. Such high temperatures will normally not be reached in routine use.

Max. Load
 40 °C44.7 °C30.5 °C 
 39.8 °C45.6 °C31.1 °C 
 30.2 °C35.3 °C33 °C 
Maximum: 45.6 °C
Average: 36.7 °C
28.8 °C38.1 °C61 °C
29.8 °C40.5 °C44.1 °C
34.8 °C34.2 °C30.7 °C
Maximum: 61 °C
Average: 38 °C
Power Supply (max.)  54.8 °C | Room Temperature 24 °C | Voltcraft IR-360
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
5200U, GeForce 940M
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
5200U, GeForce 840M
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
4210U, GeForce 840M
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
A10-5745M, Radeon R7 M260
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
4510U, Radeon R7 M260
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
A8-7100, Radeon R6 M255DX
Heat
20%
17%
15%
8%
25%
18%
Maximum Upper Side *
45.6
41.3
9%
39.6
13%
38.7
15%
45.4
-0%
35.7
22%
39.5
13%
Maximum Bottom *
61
44
28%
42.2
31%
46
25%
57.7
5%
38.5
37%
40
34%
Idle Upper Side *
32.5
26.1
20%
29.6
9%
29.6
9%
26.9
17%
26
20%
28.6
12%
Idle Bottom *
34.1
26.7
22%
29.4
14%
30.2
11%
30.4
11%
26.6
22%
29.7
13%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Acer has placed the speakers on the laptop's underside. Their sound is neither a positive nor a negative surprise. They are average speakers that produce an overall decent sound. It is possible to listen to them even for prolonged periods.

The speakers are on the underside
The speakers are on the underside

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Aspire does not have an excessively high-energy requirement. Its idle power consumption climbed up to 7 watts - a good rate. The power consumption fluctuated in the stress test because the processor recurrently throttled for a short time. The maximum of 58 watts cannot be criticized. Rates of around 44.5 watts (+/- 5 watts) should be expected in gaming routine. The power supply has a nominal output of 65 watts. The Aspire V3-574G needed slightly more power because it is equipped with a higher resolution screen.

The power supply has a nominal output of 65 watts
The power supply has a nominal output of 65 watts
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.8 / 7 / 7 Watt
Load midlight 44.5 / 58 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
5200U, GeForce 940M
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
5200U, GeForce 840M
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
4210U, GeForce 840M
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
A10-5745M, Radeon R7 M260
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
4510U, Radeon R7 M260
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
A8-7100, Radeon R6 M255DX
Power Consumption
-8%
-10%
-86%
-6%
15%
-20%
Idle Minimum *
4.8
5.4
-13%
4.7
2%
10.3
-115%
4
17%
4.3
10%
6.8
-42%
Idle Average *
7
8.2
-17%
9.1
-30%
15.7
-124%
8.4
-20%
6.5
7%
9.6
-37%
Idle Maximum *
7
10.5
-50%
9.7
-39%
16.5
-136%
9.4
-34%
7.4
-6%
11.4
-63%
Load Average *
44.5
36
19%
41.4
7%
56.7
-27%
42.4
5%
33.3
25%
41.6
7%
Load Maximum *
58
46.7
19%
53.3
8%
73.3
-26%
56.4
3%
36.3
37%
38.6
33%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The Aspire achieved an idle runtime of 12:11 hours. HP's Pavilion 15-p008ng (8:41 h) shuts down earlier. Idle mode is determined by Battery Eater's Reader's test using minimum screen brightness, enabled energy saving plan, and disabled radio modules. The Aspire shut down after 1:52 hours of load. The Pavilion (1:40 h) is depleted a bit sooner. The load runtime is determined by Battery Eater's Classic test using maximum screen brightness, enabled high-performance profile, and enabled wireless modules.

Acer's laptop stopped our real-world Wi-Fi test after 5:47 hours. Again, the Pavilion (4:45 h) lags behind. This test simulates opening websites using the "Balanced" profile, and a screen brightness of approximately 150 cd/m². We checked the video playback time by running the short movie "Big Buck Bunny" (H.264 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless modules are off, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Aspire lasted 5:57 hours. The Pavilion managed a runtime of 4:47 hours.

The Aspire's battery life cannot be criticized. Although satisfactory,  they are disappointing compared with that of the former Aspire E5-571G. Acer has installed a battery with a considerably lower capacity in its E5-573G (37 Wh vs. 56 Wh).

The battery can be removed; it is not fastened with screws
The battery can be removed; it is not fastened with screws
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 11min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (IE 11)
5h 47min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 57min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 52min
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
37 Wh
Acer Aspire E5-571G-520X
56 Wh
HP Pavilion 15-p008ng
41 Wh
HP Pavilion 15-p151ng
41 Wh
Toshiba Satellite L50-B-1TD
44 Wh
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
40 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75
32 Wh
Battery Runtime
27%
-20%
-50%
-8%
-51%
Reader / Idle
731
795
9%
521
-29%
351
-52%
666
-9%
311
-57%
Load
112
172
54%
100
-11%
61
-46%
103
-8%
74
-34%
WiFi
412
285
181
328
155
WiFi v1.3
347
337
-3%
H.264
357
424
19%
287
-20%
174
-51%
315
-12%
140
-61%

Pro

+ Matte screen
+ Decent application performance
+ Gaming suitability
+ Good input devices

Cons

- No maintenance hatch
- Dimmed screen brightness in battery mode

Verdict

In Review: Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785. Test model courtesy of Acer Germany.
In Review: Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785. Test model courtesy of Acer Germany.

Acer's 15.6-inch E5-573G is aimed at price-conscious buyers. It does not lack decent computing power. The installed Core i5 processor has enough performance for all usual application scenarios. Thanks to the GeForce graphics core, the laptop can even render games. The laptop does not produce much noise and barely heats up during normal use. Not only the casing but also the screen shows the E5-573G's lower price level compared with the Aspire V3-574G. The E5-573G is equipped with a viewing angle dependent TN screen that should have a higher contrast and brightness. The lack of a maintenance hatch also has to be criticized in this laptop.

We have tested various all-rounders from Acer's Aspire E1 and E5 series over the years, and we could confirm that all laptops had a good price-performance ratio. This is only very conditionally true for the E5-573G. In our opinion, the price has been set slightly too high.

HP's Pavilion 15-p008ng mentioned in the report would be an affordable alternative for the Aspire. Although this model has been discontinued,  HP has comparable models in its lineup. For example, HP's Pavilion 15-p110ng (Core i5-4210UGeForce 840M, matte Full HD screen, Windows 8.1 64-bit) is currently available for around 530 Euros (~$585).

Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785 - 07/20/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
70 / 98 → 71%
Keyboard
71%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
66 / 81 → 81%
Weight
60 / 67 → 85%
Battery
87%
Display
76%
Games Performance
84 / 85 → 99%
Application Performance
79 / 92 → 86%
Temperature
82%
Noise
82 / 95 → 86%
Audio
60%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
72%
78%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-07-25 (Update: 2015-07-27)