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Acer Aspire E5-771G Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Martina Osztovits), 02/22/2015

Broadwell all-rounder. With the Aspire, Acer offers a 17.3-inch all-rounder equipped with the latest Broadwell Core i7 processors. Furthermore, it features a GeForce graphics card, two storage devices (SSD and HDD) and a bright Full HD display.

For the original German review, see here.

Intel's new Broadwell CPU models gradually replace their Haswell predecessors. The Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT is a notebook with such a CPU. The series is not new. We already reviewed the Aspire E5-771G-553Q with Haswell hardware several months ago and it could only achieve a "good" rating (80%). Our review will reveal whether the Broadwell model performs better.

Currently, the Aspire is available for about 900 Euros (~$1025). Its competitors can be found in the same price range and include the Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130 and the Lenovo Y70.

Since the two Aspire models reviewed by us use the same design, we will not cover case, connectivity, input devices, and speakers here. Information about these is available in the Aspire E5-771G-553Q review.

Display

The Aspire E5-771G-71PT and the Aspire E5-771G-553Q have the same display. The measurements we recorded were a little different for the two panels, but this is normal. Two structurally identical displays never register 100% identical results.

343
cd/m²
385
cd/m²
403
cd/m²
302
cd/m²
392
cd/m²
342
cd/m²
359
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 403 cd/m² Average: 358.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 75 %
Center on Battery: 392 cd/m²
Contrast: 784:1 (Black: 0.5 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.72 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 11.35 | - Ø
60% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.08
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
TN 1920x1080
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
TN 1920x1080
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
TN 1600x900
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
IPS 1920x1080
HP Envy 17-k104ng
TN 1920x1080
Asus N751JK-T4144H
TN 1920x1080
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1774P
TN 1920x1080
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
TN 1600x900
Screen
7%
-38%
24%
-4%
5%
10%
17%
Brightness
359
365
2%
202
-44%
325
-9%
280
-22%
306
-15%
306
-15%
203
-43%
Brightness Distribution
75
86
15%
80
7%
91
21%
86
15%
76
1%
84
12%
81
8%
Black Level *
0.5
0.42
16%
1.21
-142%
0.381
24%
0.45
10%
0.68
-36%
0.24
52%
0.32
36%
Contrast
784
931
19%
176
-78%
865
10%
673
-14%
510
-35%
1392
78%
650
-17%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.72
9.92
7%
9.54
11%
4.45
58%
11.48
-7%
6.45
40%
12.48
-16%
3.14
71%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.35
11.1
2%
11.41
-1%
3.45
70%
13.28
-17%
3.39
70%
13.21
-16%
2.28
80%
Gamma
2.08 115%
2.5 96%
2.48 97%
2.03 118%
2.53 95%
2.3 104%
2.64 91%
2.18 110%
CCT
11606 56%
12328 53%
14605 45%
6623 98%
21312 30%
7038 92%
15919 41%
6623 98%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60
54
-10%
50
-17%
57.81
-4%
64
7%
64
7%
43
-28%
50
-17%

* ... smaller is better

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Gray levels
CalMAN - Gray levels
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation

Performance

With the Aspire E5-771G-71PT, Acer offers a 17.3-inch all-rounder with good components. The computer brings more than sufficient performance for everyday tasks and can also run computer games smoothly. Our test model is priced at about 900 Euros (~$1025). In addition, Acer offers many other variants with different components.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
System information: Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT

Processor

The Aspire uses a Core i7-5500U dual-core processor (Broadwell) with a base clock of 2.4 GHz. The clock rate can be increased to 2.9 GHz (two cores) or 3 GHz (one core) by the Turbo technology, which is used extensively: During the Cinebench benchmarks the CPU clocks at 2.8 to 2.9 GHz (multi-thread) and 2.9 to 3 GHz (single-thread), respectively, in mains operation as well as battery mode.

The CPU is the successor of the Core i5-4500U processor (Haswell). Both processors feature a maximum clock rate of 3 GHz. The Core i5-5500U's base clock rate is higher (2.4 GHz vs. 1.8 GHz) and the two cores permanently use a higher (2.9 GHz vs. 2.7 GHz) clock. Thanks to higher clock rates and improvements in the Broadwell architecture, the Core i5-5500U performs about 5 to 15% better, which is proved by the benchmarks we ran. However, the ULV Broadwell Core i7 processor cannot keep up with a standard-volt mobile CPU like the Core i7-4710HQ (Haswell) in the Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130. In particular, multi-thread applications profit from the Core i7-4710HQ's four cores and its higher clock rates.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4627
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
10004
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6232
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.42 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.15 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
115 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
293 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
49.72 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
115 Points ∼62%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
102 Points ∼55% -11%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
132 Points ∼71% +15%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
132 Points ∼71% +15%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
120 Points ∼65% +4%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
116 Points ∼63% +1%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
103 Points ∼56% -10%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
117 Points ∼63% +2%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
293 Points ∼18%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
225 Points ∼14% -23%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
535 Points ∼32% +83%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
508 Points ∼31% +73%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
226 Points ∼14% -23%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
499 Points ∼30% +70%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
238 Points ∼14% -19%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
265 Points ∼16% -10%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
1.42 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
0.89 Points ∼3% -37%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1.54 Points ∼6% +8%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
1.45 Points ∼5% +2%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
1.35 Points ∼5% -5%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
1.48 Points ∼5% +4%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.18 Points ∼4% -17%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.32 Points ∼5% -7%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
3.15 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2.44 Points ∼3% -23%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
6.33 Points ∼9% +101%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
5.44 Points ∼8% +73%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
2.65 Points ∼4% -16%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
6.55 Points ∼9% +108%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.61 Points ∼4% -17%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.85 Points ∼4% -10%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
4627 Points ∼66%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
5040 Points ∼72% +9%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
4523 Points ∼64% -2%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
4700 Points ∼67% +2%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4296 Points ∼61% -7%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
10004 Points ∼29%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
14856 Points ∼43% +49%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
8243 Points ∼24% -18%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
15404 Points ∼44% +54%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
8747 Points ∼25% -13%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
6044 Points ∼22%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5534 Points ∼21% -8%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
2927 Points ∼63%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2851 Points ∼61% -3%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD (IE 11)
101.7 ms * ∼3%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
154.7 ms * ∼4% -52%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
97.6 ms * ∼2% +4%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
204.7 ms * ∼5% -101%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD (IE 11)
2290 ms * ∼4%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
1274.3 ms * ∼2% +44%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
2375 ms * ∼4% -4%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1638.1 ms * ∼3% +28%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD (IE 11)
13819 Points ∼31%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
29193 Points ∼65% +111%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
14118 Points ∼31% +2%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
22007 Points ∼49% +59%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD (IE 11)
2697 Points ∼44%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The powerful processor and the fast Solid State Drive ensure a fast and smoothly running system. Windows boots very quickly and we did not face problems. The results of the PCMark benchmarks are also very good. Because of its SSD, the Aspire performs much better than more powerful notebooks like the Lenovo Y70 in the PCMark 7 benchmark, since an SSD has a great impact here. In the PCMark 8 benchmark, the impact of an SSD is much smaller.

Our comparison table shows that the PCMark 8 results of the Aspire are not far worse than more powerful notebooks' results, like the Lenovo Y70's. The more powerful and significantly more power-hungry processor of the Lenovo computer hardly brings advantages over the ULV processor of the Aspire in everyday tasks. Only CPU-intensive applications will benefit from it.

PCMark 7 Score
5236 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3301 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3864 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4355 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
3301 Points ∼58%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2850 Points ∼50% -14%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3791 Points ∼67% +15%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3096 Points ∼55% -6%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
3144 Points ∼55% -5%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
3328 Points ∼59% +1%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2486 Points ∼44% -25%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2948 Points ∼52% -11%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
5236 Points ∼65%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2787 Points ∼35% -47%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
3278 Points ∼41% -37%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3496 Points ∼43% -33%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
4854 Points ∼60% -7%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
5266 Points ∼65% +1%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2841 Points ∼35% -46%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2913 Points ∼36% -44%

Storage Devices

The system drive is a Solid State Drive from Kingston. The model features an M.2 format and a capacity of 128 GB. About 90 GB is available to the user. The read rates of the SSD are good, but the write rates fall significantly behind modern SSDs'. Faster models are available. Apart from the SSD, the notebook also comes with a conventional 2.5-inch hard drive with a capacity of 1 TB and a revolution speed of 5400 rpm.

Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
Sequential Read: 509.4 MB/s
Sequential Write: 339.8 MB/s
512K Read: 340.8 MB/s
512K Write: 332.9 MB/s
4K Read: 31.05 MB/s
4K Write: 54.76 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 177.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 238.2 MB/s
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
Eurocom X8
GeForce GTX 980M SLI, 4940MX, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120GB mSATA
Schenker XMG P724
GeForce GTX 880M SLI, 4810MQ, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 500GB mSATA
AS SSD
15%
2%
54%
75%
Access Time Write *
0.043
0.056
-30%
0.063
-47%
0.04
7%
0.03
30%
Access Time Read *
0.112
0.106
5%
0.142
-27%
0.083
26%
0.097
13%
4K-64 Write
95.1
193.9
104%
99
4%
142.49
50%
270.54
184%
4K-64 Read
195.92
216.56
11%
310
58%
336.57
72%
355.24
81%
4K Write
76.82
62.31
-19%
66
-14%
98.18
28%
109.87
43%
4K Read
35.91
26.6
-26%
29
-19%
37.58
5%
40.83
14%
Seq Write
145.14
268.73
85%
239
65%
496.9
242%
483.65
233%
Seq Read
498.98
463.91
-7%
477
-4%
504.2
1%
503.58
1%

* ... smaller is better

Graphics Card

The Aspire features switchable graphics consisting of Intel's HD Graphics 5500 graphics core and Nvidia's GeForce 840M graphics card. The GeForce chip is used in demanding applications like computer games. The graphics cards are automatically switched. If required, the user can select them manually. The GeForce is a mid-range graphics card, supports DirectX 11 and it uses a base clock of 1029 MHz. Thanks to Turbo, the clock rate can be increased to 1124 MHz. The results of the 3DMark benchmarks are on par with comparable computers like the Asus X750LN.

3DMark 06 Standard
11890 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2471 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
44471 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
6514 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1381 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
2471 Points ∼10%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2361 Points ∼9% -4%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2977 Points ∼12% +20%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
5081 Points ∼20% +106%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
4495 Points ∼18% +82%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1384 Points ∼5% -44%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2459 Points ∼10% 0%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
1381 Points ∼6%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1324 Points ∼6% -4%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1963 Points ∼8% +42%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
3518 Points ∼15% +155%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
2510 Points ∼11% +82%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
2765 Points ∼12% +100%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
840 Points ∼4% -39%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1387 Points ∼6% 0%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
5355 Points ∼11%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2904 Points ∼6% -46%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
6514 Points ∼18%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5540 Points ∼15% -15%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
9950 Points ∼27% +53%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
13488 Points ∼37% +107%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
8392 Points ∼23% +29%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
13223 Points ∼36% +103%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4558 Points ∼12% -30%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
6087 Points ∼17% -7%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
44471 Points ∼22%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
82166 Points ∼42% +85%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
42871 Points ∼22% -4%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
96955 Points ∼49% +118%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
47380 Points ∼24% +7%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
53742 Points ∼27% +21%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
11890 Points ∼31%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
10204 Points ∼27% -14%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
15426 Points ∼40% +30%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
21431 Points ∼56% +80%
HP Envy 17-k104ng
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, ADATA AXNS381E-256GM-B
14494 Points ∼38% +22%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
10318 Points ∼27% -13%

Gaming Performance

The hardware of the Aspire can run many current games in HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) with medium to partly high quality settings. The native Full HD resolution can only be used in a few games. Older games and games with low demands on hardware should run in maximum resolution. If significantly more gaming performance is needed, you have to select another computer, for example, the Lenovo Y70 with GeForce GTX 860M. Entry-level models of the latter are available from 900 to 1000 Euros (~$1025 to ~$1139).

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 127.762.434.116.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 87.347.539.413.4fps
Thief (2014) 40.325.519.99.2fps
Tomb Raider
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
34.1 fps ∼7%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
52.6 fps ∼10% +54%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
97 fps ∼19% +184%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
31.4 fps ∼6% -8%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
21.9 fps ∼4% -36%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
62.4 fps ∼11%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
75.8 fps ∼13% +21%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
61.2 fps ∼11% -2%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
38.4 fps ∼7% -38%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
127.7 fps ∼20%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
149.9 fps ∼24% +17%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
129.1 fps ∼21% +1%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
78 fps ∼12% -39%
BioShock Infinite
1366x768 High Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
39.4 fps ∼13%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
38.7 fps ∼13% -2%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
54.9 fps ∼18% +39%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
102 fps ∼33% +159%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
40 fps ∼13% +2%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
26.4 fps ∼9% -33%
1366x768 Medium Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
47.5 fps ∼15%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
47.7 fps ∼15% 0%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
64.1 fps ∼20% +35%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
49.3 fps ∼15% +4%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
31.4 fps ∼10% -34%
1280x720 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
87.3 fps ∼24%
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
GeForce 840M, 4210U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
79.9 fps ∼22% -8%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
123.8 fps ∼34% +42%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
86.7 fps ∼24% -1%
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
55.1 fps ∼15% -37%
Thief
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
19.9 fps ∼15%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
23.5 fps ∼18% +18%
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
GeForce GTX 860M, 4710HQ, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
43 fps ∼33% +116%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
17.6 fps ∼13% -12%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
6.8 fps ∼5% -66%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
25.5 fps ∼19%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
27.2 fps ∼20% +7%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
21.7 fps ∼16% -15%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
7.9 fps ∼6% -69%
1024x768 Very Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
GeForce 840M, 5500U, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD
40.3 fps ∼29%
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
Radeon R9 M265X, 4710HQ, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
37.8 fps ∼27% -6%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
32.9 fps ∼24% -18%
Asus N751JK-T4144H
GeForce GTX 850M, 4710HQ, SanDisk X300s SD7SB3Q-128G
15.9 fps ∼11% -61%

Emissions

System Noise

While idle, the Aspire sometimes works silently, but usually the fan runs at low speed and/or the noise of the 2.5-inch hard drive is audible. Under load, the fan gets louder. We measured a noise level of 43.7 dB during our stress test. Overall, the Aspire is quieter than the Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130 and the Lenovo Y70 when load is applied. The latter two are equipped with standard-volt CPUs (no ULV) and feature more powerful graphics cards.

Noise Level

Idle
33.2 / 33.2 / 33.4 dB(A)
HDD
33.5 dB(A)
DVD
35.9 / dB(A)
Load
40.4 / 43.7 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)

Temperature

The Aspire during the stress test.
The Aspire during the stress test.

The case of the Aspire never gets too hot. Even during the stress test, the temperatures remain significantly lower than 40 °C in all parts of the case. Despite low temperatures, the Aspire does not throttle. During the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run simultaneously for at least one hour) the CPU clock rate is about 2.5 to 2.6 GHz. The graphics core works at full speed (1124 MHz). On battery, it is pretty much the same, but the GPU clock rate abruptly falls to 281 MHz after about 10 minutes once again. The cases of the Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130 and the Lenovo Y70 get significantly warmer.

Max. Load
 35.3 °C35.3 °C29.1 °C 
 35.5 °C30.6 °C28.2 °C 
 26.3 °C24.1 °C24.8 °C 
Maximum: 35.5 °C
Average: 29.9 °C
38.2 °C32.3 °C35.4 °C
31.8 °C27.1 °C38 °C
24.6 °C24 °C24.8 °C
Maximum: 38.2 °C
Average: 30.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  53 °C | Room Temperature 21.7 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

While idle, the Aspire's power draw is up to 11.5 Watt, which is good for a 17.3-inch notebook. Thanks to the ULV CPU, the energy demand of 55.1 Watt is moderate during the stress test, too. The Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130 (up to 86 Watt) and the Lenovo Y70 require significantly more energy when load is applied, since they come with more powerful graphics cards and more powerful and more power-hungry mobile processors (no ULV).

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.2 / 10.8 / 11.5 Watt
Load midlight 41.2 / 55.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

While idle, the battery of the Aspire lasts for 7:35 h and ranks in between the Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130 (7:48 h) and the Lenovo Y70 (7:18 h). Idle mode is simulated with Battery Eater's Reader's test using the screen's minimum brightness, enabled energy-saving profile, and disabled wireless modules. The Aspire shut down after 1:24 h of load. The Satellite (0:46 h) performs worse, while the Y70 runs for a few more minutes. The load runtime is ascertained using Battery Eater's Classic test. The screen's brightness is set to maximum, the high-performance profile is enabled, and the radio modules are on.

The Acer stopped our realistic WLAN test after 4:43 h. The battery runtimes of the Satellite (3:17 h) and the Y70 (3:38 h) are shorter. In this test, websites are automatically opened every 40 seconds, the energy-saving profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to roughly 150 cd/m². We check the video playback time by running the short movie Big Buck Bunny (H.264 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless modules are disabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Aspire lasted 5:01 h and the Satellite (2:51 h) performed far worse. We did not perform this test on the Lenovo Y70. 

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 35min
WiFi Surfing
4h 43min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 01min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 24min
Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT
5500U/GeForce 840M/SSD
Acer Aspire E5-771G-553Q
4210U/GeForce 840M/HDD
Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130
4710HQ/Radeon R9 M265x/HDD
Lenovo Y70 DU004HUS
4710HQ/GeForce GTX 860M/HDD
HP Envy 17-k104ng
4510U/GeForce GTX 850M/SSD
Asus N751JK-T4144H
4710HQ/GeForce GTX 850M/SSD
Asus F751LDV-TY178H
4210U/GeForce 820M/HDD
Battery Runtime
-31%
-29%
-6%
-25%
-22%
29%
Reader / Idle
455
468
3%
438
-4%
329
-28%
356
-22%
334
-27%
Load
84
46
-45%
92
10%
76
-10%
42
-50%
205
144%
WiFi
283
195
-31%
197
-30%
218
-23%
176
-38%
298
5%
200
-29%
H.264
301
171
-43%

Verdict

With the Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT, you will get an all-rounder with a size of 17.3-inches. The used Core i7 processor is more than sufficient for everyday tasks. Together with the GeForce graphics core, the Aspire can also run computer games. Thanks to two storage devices (SSD and HDD), the computer works very fast and also offers a lot of capacity. The notebook gets hardly warmer and produces hardly any noise in everyday scenarios. We also liked the display: It is bright and contrast-rich. Unfortunately, Acer used a TN panel instead of an IPS panel. However, the TN model belongs to the better ones of its kind. Its viewing angles are significantly wider than usual for its type. Unfortunately, the computer lacks a maintenance hatch. You have to remove the underside of the base unit to get to the hardware. Currently, the Aspire is available for about 900 Euros (~$1025), but it is possible to save money. If you can accept a few compromises in hardware and software, the E5-771G-531K model (Core i5-4210U, GeForce 840M, SSHD, matte Full HD display, no Windows OS) is already available from 580 Euros (~$661).

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The Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT. Test model courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
The Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT. Test model courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

Specifications

Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT (Aspire E17 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2048 MB, Core: 1029-1124 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, ForceWare 347.25 (9.18.13.4725), Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3, Dual-Channel, two slots (both occupied)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, Chi Mei N173HGE-E11, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3128GD, 128 GB 
, + WDC WD10JPVX-22JC3T0 (1 TB, 5400 rpm), 1016 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Broadwell PCH-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audiokombo, 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 UJ8E2Q
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27.9 x 423.3 x 289.9 ( = 1.1 x 16.67 x 11.41 in)
Battery
48 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
3 kg ( = 105.82 oz / 6.61 pounds), Power Supply: 461.6 g ( = 16.28 oz / 1.02 pounds)
Price
700 Euro

 

The Acer Aspire E5-771G.
The Acer Aspire E5-771G.
After removing all the screws,...
After removing all the screws,...
...you can remove the underside of the base unit.
...you can remove the underside of the base unit.
The Aspire features two RAM slots.
The Aspire features two RAM slots.
It is not difficult to replace the hard drive.
It is not difficult to replace the hard drive.
An SSD in M.2 format is the system drive. You have to remove the battery in order to reach it.
An SSD in M.2 format is the system drive. You have to remove the battery in order to reach it.
Processor and graphics core are soldered.
Processor and graphics core are soldered.
It is possible to clean the fan.
It is possible to clean the fan.
Good: There are two WLAN antennas.
Good: There are two WLAN antennas.
It is possible to replace the BIOS battery.
It is possible to replace the BIOS battery.
The battery can be removed. It is fixed by two screws.
The battery can be removed. It is fixed by two screws.
The battery capacity is 48 Wh.
The battery capacity is 48 Wh.

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Pro

+Bright FHD panel with strong contrast
+Fast SSD
+Lots of storage space
+Barely heats up
+Ready for gaming
+Good battery life
+Decent input devices
 

Cons

-No maintenance flap

Shortcut

What we like

Acer offers a well-made bundle.

What we would like to see

A maintenance hatch and an IPS display.

What surprises us

Nothing.

The competition

Toshiba Satellite L70-B-130, Lenovo Y70, HP Envy 17-k104ng, Asus N751JK-T4144H, Acer TravelMate P276-MG-56FU, Wortmann Terra Mobile 1774P, Asus F751LDV-TY178H.

Rating

Acer Aspire E5-771G-71PT - 02/04/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
78 / 98 → 80%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
67 / 81 → 83%
Weight
57 / 67 → 79%
Battery
84%
Display
82%
Games Performance
82 / 85 → 96%
Application Performance
85 / 92 → 92%
Temperature
94%
Noise
80 / 95 → 84%
Audio
50%
Camera
58 / 85 → 68%
Average
75%
81%
Multimedia - Weighted Average
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