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Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Martina Osztovits), 12/24/2015

Premium all-rounder. Quad-core processor, GeForce GTX 950M graphics core and 8 GB DDR4 RAM turn the Aspire into a gaming capable multimedia all-rounder. In general, the computer left a good impression, but its display is a bit weak.

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The Aspire V5-591G belongs to the premium models among the multimedia all-rounders. Under the hood is the power to generate high performance. With a Skylake quad-core processor and a GeForce graphics core, it is well equipped for most application scenarios. Our current test model has nothing in common with the previous models of the Aspire V5 series like the Aspire V5-573G. The previous models are significantly slimmer and feature more aluminum parts. Visually, the V5-591G is definitely a step backwards - but this is a matter of taste. Our review will reveal, whether the V5-591G is convincing. Its competitors include computers like the HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng, the Asus GL552JX, and the Dell Inspiron 15 7559.

Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M - 4096 MB, Core: 993-1124 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, DDR3, 128-bit, ForceWare 359.06 (10.18.13.5906), Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2133, dual channel, two RAM slots (both occupied)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, ChiMei N156HGE-EAL, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB), 500 GB 
, + free M.2 slot (2280), 420 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - 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: audio combo, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: brightness sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27.5 x 382 x 260 ( = 1.08 x 15.04 x 10.24 in)
Battery
56 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Foxit PhantomPDF, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.4 kg ( = 84.66 oz / 5.29 pounds), Power Supply: 577 g ( = 20.35 oz / 1.27 pounds)
Price
999 Euro

 

Case

The Aspire uses dark colors. Apart from the top side of the base unit, which is anthracite and imitates brushed metal, all components are black. Acer has embedded an aluminum plate with a texture in the lid, which is called "Patterned Aluminium Cover". The computer lacks a maintenance hatch. In order to upgrade or maintain the device, you have to open the case. The battery is fixed.

There are no major issues regarding build quality. The computer appears well made. You can also not complain much about the stability. The case shows the usual weaknesses, which we find in most notebooks. For example, the case can be slightly depressed on the left beside the keyboard and under the touchpad. The base unit twists only minimally, but the lid is not that stiff. It twists easily without applying much force. Pressure at the center of the lid causes image distortions. One-handed opening of the lid is possible, but it is not smooth.

Connectivity

The Aspire comes with the usual interfaces, which most computers provide today. Two of three USB ports are USB 3.0. In addition, there are two video outs (HDMI, VGA). The interface layout is a point of criticism. Most of the interfaces are on the left on the same level as the wrist rest. Consequently, the area beside it will not remain free of cables. The right side only houses a USB 2.0 port. Since the Aspire does not feature an optical drive, there is a lot of unused space, which could have been used for additional ports - for example a DisplayPort or further audio ports

left: Kensington security lock slot, VGA out, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, audio combo
left: Kensington security lock slot, VGA out, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, audio combo
right: USB 2.0, power-in
right: USB 2.0, power-in
The front side only houses the memory card reader.
The front side only houses the memory card reader.

Communication

Acer has equipped the Aspire with a Wi-Fi module from Qualcomm (QCA6174). It supports the WLAN standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and provides Bluetooth 4.1. We did not have connection issues at a distance of 15m (~49 feet) to the router. The connection was always stable. As most of the notebooks reviewed by us, the Aspire has a Gigabit Ethernet from Realtek's RTL8168/8111 family on board. It works flawlessly.

Card Reader

The memory card reader from the Aspire belongs to the slower ones of its kind. It reaches a maximum transfer rate of 25 MB/s when copying big data blocks. Moving 250 jpg files (5 MB each) is done at only 13 MB/s. We always test memory card readers with our reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).

Accessories

Apart from the usual documents like a quick start poster and security information, the computer does not include further accessories.

Operating System

The Aspire comes with preinstalled Windows 10 Home (64-Bit). The computer does not include recovery media.

Maintenance

The Aspire also belongs to the many notebooks without maintenance hatches. Therefore, to change the hard drive, for example, you have to open the case. This requires removing the bottom of the base unit. In order to do so, you have to remove all screws from the underside of the computer. Turn the top side up again and detach the top side from the bottom with a flat spatula or a putty knife. Now, put the device upside down again and remove the bottom. Take care: the top shell is connected to the motherboard with a short cable.

Once the case is open, the hardware is visible: The Aspire features two RAM slots, which are both used. It is easy to replace the 2.5-inch drive. In addition, there is a free M.2 slot for connecting an SSD. The battery is inside the case and neither fixed with screws nor glued in. Thus, it is not a big problem to replace it in case of a defect. Moreover, the fan can be cleaned without problems.

Warranty

The Aspire includes a 2-year warranty including pick-up service. The Pavilion 15-ak003ng only includes a 1-year warranty. It is possible to extend the warranty period of the Aspire, for example, a 3-year warranty costs 80 Euros (~$87).

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Aspire features a keyboard with backlight with only one brightness level, which can be switched on and off via a function key. The keyboard layout conforms to the current Acer design. The flat, minimally roughened keys have a short travel and a decent pressure point. However, the resistance should be crisper. The keyboard does not yield during typing. Overall Acer delivers a decent keyboard, which is very suitable for home use.

Touchpad

The mouse replacement is a multi-touch capable ClickPad (touchpad without dedicated mouse buttons) with a size of 10.6 x 7.8 cm. (~4.2 x 3.1 in) Thus, there is plenty of space for gesture control. The smooth surface allows the fingers to glide easily. The touchpad features a short drop and a clear pressure point.

Input devices of the Aspire
Input devices of the Aspire

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The Aspire comes with a 15.6-inch, matte display with a native resolution of 1920x1080. Brightness (240 cd/m²) and contrast (0.48 cd/m²) are average at best. We would have expected more for a price of just under 1000 Euros (~$1093). The display shows PWM flickering at 200 hertz at brightness level 90 percent and below. This might cause eye problems in sensitive persons

240
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
229
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
224
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 261 cd/m² Average: 240 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 249 cd/m²
Contrast: 519:1 (Black: 0.48 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.15 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 12.13 | - Ø
100% sRGB (Argyll) 74% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.48

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 200 Hz90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 200 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 200 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 56 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 519 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 10420) Hz was measured.

Aspire vs. sRGB
Aspire vs. sRGB
Aspire vs. AdobeRGB
Aspire vs. AdobeRGB

The colors are not exactly inspiring. A DeltaE 2000 shift of 10.15 is acceptable for a budget device, yet not for a 1000 Euro notebook. Moreover, the display is bluish. The display covers the sRGB color space to 100 percent. The coverage is about 74 percent of AdobeRGB.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color Saturation
CalMAN - Color Saturation

The built-in display is a viewing angle dependent TN panel. Thus, it is not possible to read it from all angles. The viewing angles are wider in the horizontal direction. Therefore, the display is readable for several persons. The image quickly distorts when the vertical viewing angle is altered. The Aspire can also be used outdoors if the sun does not shine too bright.

Viewing angles of the Aspire
Viewing angles of the Aspire
The Aspire outdoors
The Aspire outdoors

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 56 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (28.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 172 (maximum) ms. » 55 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (43 ms).
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
5500U, GeForce GTX 950M
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
6500U, GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Screen
15%
-12%
25%
-5%
20%
23%
5%
Brightness240241
0%
226
-6%
317
32%
273
14%
310
29%
325
35%
253
5%
Brightness Distribution8678
-9%
88
2%
91
6%
85
-1%
86
0%
90
5%
85
-1%
Black Level *0.480.27
44%
0.48
-0%
0.31
35%
0.78
-63%
0.33
31%
0.37
23%
0.44
8%
Contrast519941
81%
500
-4%
1052
103%
354
-32%
994
92%
870
68%
600
16%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *10.153.54
65%
12.14
-20%
4.14
59%
4.05
60%
4.74
53%
3.77
63%
4.34
57%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *12.132.29
81%
12.74
-5%
5.46
55%
4.68
61%
3.15
74%
5.36
56%
4.21
65%
Gamma *2.482.52.492.442.552.512.392.48
CCT134456698
-50%
15295
14%
7574
-44%
6871
-49%
6336
-53%
7163
-47%
6573
-51%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)7441
-45%
38
-49%
64
-14%
58
-22%
54
-27%
61
-18%
49
-34%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)10064
-36%
59
-41%
97
-3%
90
-10%
82
-18%
77
-23%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

The Acer Aspire V3-591G is a multimedia all-rounder. It can run all current games smoothly and delivers sufficient performance for other applications. Our test model is priced at just under 1000 Euros (~$1093). At the time of testing, we could also find several other configurations. The currently cheapest models cost about 900 Euros (~$983). They feature a Core i5-6300HQ processor and 8 GB of RAM, while the other components are the same as in our test model.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
HWInfo
LatencyMon
 

Processor

The Aspire does not lack performance. Acer has equipped the computer with a Core i7-6700HQ (Skylake) quad-core processor. This CPU belongs to the high-end processors and delivers enough performance for all usual application scenarios. It is not a ULV processor (TDP: 15 watts), but a standard volt mobile processor (TDP: 45 watts). The CPU works at a base clock of 2.6 GHz. Thanks to Turbo, the clock can increase to 3.1 GHz (four cores), 3.3 GHz (two cores) and 3.5 GHz (one core), respectively. The Turbo is used intensively. The processor works at full speed in mains operation and on battery.

The Skylake processor can only outperform its direct Broadwell predecessor (Core i7-5700HQ) in single thread applications. This is due to improvements in the Skylake architecture, since both CPUs feature a maximum clock rate of 3.5 GHz. The Broadwell processor performs better in multithread applications because of its higher Turbo clocks. The improvements of the Skylake architecture are not sufficient to make up for the higher clock rates.

The processor is soldered.
The processor is soldered.
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6721
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
20433
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5547
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
41.46 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
7.48 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.68 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
47.46 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
677 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
148 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
677 Points ∼44%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
675 Points ∼44% 0%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
250 Points ∼16% -63%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
258 Points ∼17% -62%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
682 Points ∼44% +1%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
669 Points ∼43% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
319 Points ∼21% -53%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
673 Points ∼43% -1%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
170 Points ∼11% -75%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
329 Points ∼21% -51%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
642 Points ∼41% -5%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
259 Points ∼17% -62%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
517 Points ∼33% -24%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
694 Points ∼45% +3%
Gigabyte P55 V4
GeForce GTX 970M, 5700HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
721 Points ∼47% +6%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
148 Points ∼81%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
149 Points ∼82% +1%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
108 Points ∼59% -27%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
108 Points ∼59% -27%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
143 Points ∼79% -3%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
133 Points ∼73% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
124 Points ∼68% -16%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
146 Points ∼80% -1%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
95 Points ∼52% -36%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
132 Points ∼73% -11%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
138 Points ∼76% -7%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
96 Points ∼53% -35%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
135 Points ∼74% -9%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
142 Points ∼78% -4%
Gigabyte P55 V4
GeForce GTX 970M, 5700HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
144 Points ∼79% -3%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
7.48 Points ∼42%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
7.48 Points ∼42% 0%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.74 Points ∼16% -63%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
2.78 Points ∼16% -63%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
7.53 Points ∼43% +1%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
7.35 Points ∼42% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
3.55 Points ∼20% -53%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
7.29 Points ∼41% -3%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.89 Points ∼11% -75%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3.63 Points ∼21% -51%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
7.07 Points ∼40% -5%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
2.84 Points ∼16% -62%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
5.36 Points ∼30% -28%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
7.7 Points ∼44% +3%
Gigabyte P55 V4
GeForce GTX 970M, 5700HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
6.89 Points ∼39% -8%
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
1.68 Points ∼78%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
1.68 Points ∼78% 0%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.28 Points ∼59% -24%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
1.26 Points ∼58% -25%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
1.66 Points ∼77% -1%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
1.54 Points ∼71% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
1.45 Points ∼67% -14%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
1.55 Points ∼72% -8%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
0.97 Points ∼45% -42%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
1.49 Points ∼69% -11%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
1.56 Points ∼72% -7%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
1.13 Points ∼52% -33%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
1.51 Points ∼70% -10%
MSI GP72-2QEi781
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.62 Points ∼75% -4%
Gigabyte P55 V4
GeForce GTX 970M, 5700HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
1.54 Points ∼71% -8%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
20433 Points ∼59%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
20380 Points ∼59% 0%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8369 Points ∼24% -59%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
8699 Points ∼25% -57%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
18785 Points ∼54% -8%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
19276 Points ∼55% -6%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
11004 Points ∼32% -46%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
20320 Points ∼58% -1%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
6379 Points ∼18% -69%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
11050 Points ∼32% -46%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
19831 Points ∼57% -3%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
8509 Points ∼24% -58%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
15274 Points ∼44% -25%
Gigabyte P55 V4
GeForce GTX 970M, 5700HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
20801 Points ∼60% +2%
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
5547 Points ∼79%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
5475 Points ∼78% -1%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4470 Points ∼63% -19%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
4131 Points ∼59% -26%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
5449 Points ∼77% -2%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
5104 Points ∼72% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
4871 Points ∼69% -12%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
5316 Points ∼75% -4%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3150 Points ∼45% -43%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
4924 Points ∼70% -11%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
5123 Points ∼73% -8%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
4176 Points ∼59% -25%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
4938 Points ∼70% -11%
Gigabyte P55 V4
GeForce GTX 970M, 5700HQ, Lite-On LMT-128L9M
5516 Points ∼78% -1%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
3519 Points ∼76%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
3469 Points ∼74% -1%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
2654 Points ∼57% -25%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
2816 Points ∼60% -20%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3278 Points ∼70% -7%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
3302 Points ∼71% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
2942 Points ∼63% -16%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
12829 Points ∼78%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
12649 Points ∼77% -1%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
5268 Points ∼32% -59%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
6092 Points ∼37% -53%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
6785 Points ∼41% -47%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
12551 Points ∼77% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
11275 Points ∼69% -12%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB) (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
74.5 ms * ∼2%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
83 ms * ∼2% -11%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
99 ms * ∼2% -33%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD (IE 11)
119.8 ms * ∼3% -61%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
83.1 ms * ∼2% -12%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS (Edge 20)
85.9 ms * ∼2% -15%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
77 ms * ∼2% -3%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
290 ms * ∼7% -289%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
83 ms * ∼2% -11%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (IE 11)
94.4 ms * ∼2% -27%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP (IE 11)
88.9 ms * ∼2% -19%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB) (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
244.68 Points ∼1%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
251.79 Points ∼1% +3%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS (Edge 20)
189.6 Points ∼1% -23%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB) (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
1014 ms * ∼2%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
969.1 ms * ∼2% +4%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD (IE 11)
2609.1 ms * ∼4% -157%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
1951.6 ms * ∼3% -92%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS (Edge 20)
1103.9 ms * ∼2% -9%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
961.1 ms * ∼2% +5%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1515.4 ms * ∼3% -49%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
1081 ms * ∼2% -7%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (IE 11)
1979.1 ms * ∼3% -95%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP (IE 11)
2004.9 ms * ∼3% -98%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB) (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
37089 Points ∼82%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
38945 Points ∼86% +5%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD (IE 11)
12452 Points ∼28% -66%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
17193 Points ∼38% -54%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS (Edge 20)
29745 Points ∼66% -20%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
36103 Points ∼80% -3%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
16700 Points ∼37% -55%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
32544 Points ∼72% -12%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (IE 11)
16556 Points ∼37% -55%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP (IE 11)
16413 Points ∼36% -56%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB) (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
3195 Points ∼52%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
3322 Points ∼54% +4%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD (IE 11)
2335 Points ∼38% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS (Edge 20)
3055 Points ∼49% -4%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU (IE 11)
3036 Points ∼49% -5%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP (IE 11)
2921 Points ∼47% -9%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The very good hardware makes for a balanced and smoothly running system. We did not face any problems. Thus, the Aspire also achieves good results in the PCMark benchmarks. According to our comparison figure, the Aspire is on par with the almost identically equipped Pavilion 15-ak003ng in the PCMark 8 sub-benchmark. The SSD of the Pavilion does not bring it an advantage in this benchmark. An SSD makes for a faster system and a faster system boot, but neither is covered in this benchmark. The Aspire can also be equipped with an SSD, since it comes with a free M.2 slot (2280). Other options for improving the system performance of this notebook do not exist.

Although the Aspire features a quad-core processor and a powerful GPU, it does not perform much better than ULV notebooks like the Aspire V3-574G. This is due to the fact that everyday tasks to not really profit from powerful hardware. Usually, replacing the HDD with an SSD has a bigger impact than migrating from a dual-core processor to a quad-core CPU. Powerful hardware makes more sense when applications are run that use its potential. For example, the faster processor can be advantageous when using applications optimized for multiple cores.

There are two RAM slots
There are two RAM slots
PCMark 7 Score
4673 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3719 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4278 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4747 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
3719 Points ∼66%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
3665 Points ∼65% -1%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
3187 Points ∼56% -14%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
3920 Points ∼69% +5%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
3637 Points ∼64% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
3595 Points ∼63% -3%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
2907 Points ∼51% -22%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3237 Points ∼57% -13%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3447 Points ∼61% -7%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
3019 Points ∼53% -19%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3612 Points ∼64% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
2554 Points ∼45% -31%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
4673 Points ∼59%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
5628 Points ∼71% +20%
Acer Aspire V3-574G-59MA
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC150S37256GD
4857 Points ∼61% +4%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3760 Points ∼47% -20%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
6411 Points ∼81% +37%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
5829 Points ∼73% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
5102 Points ∼64% +9%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
5636 Points ∼71% +21%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2764 Points ∼35% -41%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
3624 Points ∼46% -22%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
5804 Points ∼73% +24%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
5071 Points ∼64% +9%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
4921 Points ∼62% +5%

Storage Device

A hybrid hard drive from Toshiba provides storage. It features a capacity of 500 GB and works at 5400 RPM. Furthermore, the hard drive comes with 8 GB of SSD cache, which ensures that frequently used applications open faster. The transfer rates of the HDD are usual for 5400 RPM models. The Aspire provides a free M.2 slot (2280), which allows adding a compatible SSD.

A hybrid hard drive is on board.
A hybrid hard drive is on board.
There is a M.2 slot (2280) for a compatible SSD.
There is a M.2 slot (2280) for a compatible SSD.
Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
Transfer Rate Minimum: 53.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 107.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 85 MB/s
Access Time: 17.4 ms
Burst Rate: 38.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.3 %

Graphics Card

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 950M graphics card works inside the Aspire. It supports DirectX11 and belongs to the upper mid-range. The GPU has 4096 MB of DDR3 VRAM clocked at 1000 MHz available. As a result, the Aspire performs slightly better than the Pavilion 15-ak003ng with the same CPU-GPU in the 3DMark benchmarks and the gaming benchmarks, since the latter's graphics core only works at 900 MHz. The maximum clock rate of the GTX 950M core is 1124 MHz. Thus, it works only slightly faster than its direct predecessor (GeForce GTX 850M; 1084 MHz). Since both cores are based on the Maxwell architecture, the performance differences are only small.

Apart from the GeForce GPU, the computer can also use Intel's HD Graphics 530 graphics chip. Thanks to graphics switching (Optimus), the Nvidia graphics card is used in demanding computer games, while Intel's CPU is used for everyday tasks and on battery. The graphics cards are switched automatically, but it is possible to manually change the settings.

The graphics card is fixed, too.
The graphics card is fixed, too.
3DMark 06 Standard
22237 points
3DMark 11 Performance
4703 points
3DMark (2013) Ice Storm Standard Score
84441 points
3DMark (2013) Cloud Gate Standard Score
14828 points
3DMark (2013) Fire Strike Standard Score
2918 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
4703 Points ∼22%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
4644 Points ∼22% -1%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3276 Points ∼16% -30%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
4892 Points ∼23% +4%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
4488 Points ∼21% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
2689 Points ∼13% -43%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
5572 Points ∼26% +18%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2877 Points ∼14% -39%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
4160 Points ∼20% -12%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
5398 Points ∼26% +15%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3269 Points ∼16% -30%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
5486 Points ∼26% +17%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
84441 Points ∼46%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
76562 Points ∼41% -9%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
30956 Points ∼17% -63%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
105776 Points ∼57% +25%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
34736 Points ∼19% -59%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
49633 Points ∼27% -41%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
44588 Points ∼24% -47%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
83675 Points ∼45% -1%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
42649 Points ∼23% -49%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
14828 Points ∼46%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
14471 Points ∼44% -2%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5196 Points ∼16% -65%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
16297 Points ∼50% +10%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
14081 Points ∼43% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
7083 Points ∼22% -52%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
16805 Points ∼52% +13%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
7913 Points ∼24% -47%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
9618 Points ∼30% -35%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
16151 Points ∼50% +9%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
5932 Points ∼18% -60%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
13326 Points ∼41% -10%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
10586 Points ∼28%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
10597 Points ∼29% 0%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
12230 Points ∼33% +16%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
11584 Points ∼31% +9%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
2918 Points ∼12%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
2761 Points ∼12% -5%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2304 Points ∼10% -21%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
3026 Points ∼13% +4%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
2726 Points ∼12% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
1654 Points ∼7% -43%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2
4026 Points ∼17% +38%
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-572G-54YG
GeForce 945M, 6200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2434 Points ∼10% -17%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
2722 Points ∼12% -7%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
3914 Points ∼17% +34%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
1514 Points ∼6% -48%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
3907 Points ∼17% +34%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
22237 Points ∼58%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
21645 Points ∼56% -3%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
24148 Points ∼63% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
12983 Points ∼34% -42%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
17956 Points ∼47% -19%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
11543 Points ∼30% -48%

Gaming Performance

The data sheet of the Aspire indicates that the computer can run games. The notebook can actually run all current games smoothly, but often resolution and quality settings have to be reduced. The results of the tested games show that the frame rates are usually high enough for HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) and medium quality settings. Only a few titles can cope with the device's maximum display resolution (1920x1080 pixels). This is true for games with low hardware requirements, for example FIFA 16 and World of Warships. As already mentioned above, the Aspire delivers slightly higher frame rates than the comparable Pavilion 15-ak003ng, since it features faster VRAM (1000 vs. 900 MHz).

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 272.1130.271.834.6fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 210123.981.727.1fps
Risen 3: Titan Lords (2014) 50.955.823.716.5fps
The Evil Within (2014) 6051.435.1fps
The Crew (2014) 60593216.3fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 128.7112.839.623.4fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 225.9102.960.224.6fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 60.937.619.711.2fps
World of Warships (2015) 114.898.975.851.2fps
FIFA 16 (2015) 205.2119.379.4fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 89.848.921.98.8fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015) 94.454.62723.9fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 106.764.62924.7fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 114.972.639.429fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 69.554.42724.5fps
Tomb Raider - 1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
71.8 fps ∼14%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
66.5 fps ∼13% -7%
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 5500U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
63.9 fps ∼13% -11%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
GeForce GTX 950M, 5700HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
71.6 fps ∼14% 0%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
64.4 fps ∼13% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
42.7 fps ∼8% -41%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
109.6 fps ∼22% +53%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
36.2 fps ∼7% -50%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
112.6 fps ∼22% +57%
GRID: Autosport - 1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
81.7 fps ∼41%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
71.4 fps ∼36% -13%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
67.8 fps ∼34% -17%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
30.1 fps ∼15% -63%
The Evil Within - 1366x768 Medium / Enabled AA:FX (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
51.4 fps ∼37%
The Crew - 1366x768 Medium Video Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
59 fps ∼98%
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Toshiba HG6 THNSNJ256G8NU
60 fps ∼100% +2%
Dirt Rally - 1920x1080 High Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
60.2 fps ∼38%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
54.9 fps ∼35% -9%
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
GeForce GTX 950M, 4720HQ, Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF
52.2 fps ∼33% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
25.6 fps ∼16% -57%
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
GeForce GTX 950M, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B128
43.11 fps ∼27% -28%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
24.8 fps ∼16% -59%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, 4710HQ, Samsung SSD PM851 512 GB MZ7TE512HMHP
70.8 fps ∼45% +18%
World of Warships - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:High FX AF:16x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
51.2 fps ∼32%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
13.3 fps ∼8% -74%
FIFA 16 - 1920x1080 High Preset AA:4x MS (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
79.4 fps ∼28%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
15.6 fps ∼5% -80%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 - 1366x768 Medium / Off (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
54.6 fps ∼30%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
28 fps ∼16% -49%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2 (ForceWare 359.00)
72.1 fps ∼40% +32%
Star Wars Battlefront - 1366x768 Medium Preset AA:FX (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
64.6 fps ∼32%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
59.8 fps ∼30% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560-20EWS00000
Radeon R7 M370, 6500U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
32.8 fps ∼16% -49%
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, SK hynix SC300 M.2 (ForceWare 359.00)
88.4 fps ∼44% +37%
Rainbow Six Siege - 1366x768 Medium Preset AA:T AF:2x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
72.6 fps ∼24%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
67.4 fps ∼22% -7%
Just Cause 3 - 1366x768 Medium / Off AF:4x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
54.4 fps ∼33%
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung CM871 MZNLF128HCHP
51.6 fps ∼31% -5%
Discussion

Emissions

System Noise

Despite powerful hardware, the Aspire is not noisy. When idle, the fans usually stand still and only the noise of the hard drive is audible. During the stress test, the fan speeds up. We measured a noise level of up to 45.5 dB(A), which is all right in view of the hardware. During everyday gaming, the noise level is about 42.7 dB(A). The almost identical Pavilion 15-ak003ng gets louder under load.

The fan does not get too loud.
The fan does not get too loud.

Noise Level

Idle
32.6 / 32.6 / 32.6 dB(A)
HDD
32.6 dB(A)
Load
42.7 / 45.5 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 Arta (15 cm distance)
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
5500U, GeForce GTX 950M
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
6500U, GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Noise
-7%
1%
7%
-1%
1%
2%
-1%
Idle Minimum *32.634
-4%
32.9
-1%
30
8%
32.6
-0%
29.6
9%
30
8%
29.6
9%
Idle Average *32.635
-7%
32.9
-1%
30
8%
32.6
-0%
32.1
2%
32.2
1%
31.1
5%
Idle Maximum *32.636
-10%
36.7
-13%
31.3
4%
32.6
-0%
32.8
-1%
35
-7%
34.3
-5%
Load Average *42.744
-3%
37.2
13%
36.9
14%
40.5
5%
41.4
3%
41.7
2%
45
-5%
Load Maximum *45.551
-12%
42
8%
44.7
2%
49.1
-8%
48.4
-6%
42.6
6%
49.2
-8%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

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

In our stress test, (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour), the Aspire behaves differently in mains operation and on battery. On battery, the CPU (1.8 to 1.9 GHz) and GPU (800 MHz) work at lower clock rates. If the stress test is run in mains operation, the graphics core works at full speed (1124 MHz). After about 15 minutes, the clock rate falls to 1071 MHz. Afterwards, the clock rate hovers between 1000 and 1100 MHz. The processor clocks at 2.7 to 2.8 GHz at the beginning of the stress test. Its clock rate falls to 2.5 GHz soon and remains there. The Aspire gets quite hot under load. During the stress test, it exceeds 60 degrees Celsius (140 Fahrenheit) in two spots. The Pavilion 15-ak003ng remains cooler overall thanks to its harder working fan. Since its fan is permanently active (can be disabled in the BIOS) when idle, the Pavilion is also cooler in this scenario. In contrast, the Aspire's fan stands still most of the time while idling.

Max. Load
 53 °C55.7 °C40.8 °C 
 61 °C67.7 °C43 °C 
 25.8 °C40.7 °C33.1 °C 
Maximum: 67.7 °C
Average: 46.8 °C
20.8 °C37.6 °C47.1 °C
23.9 °C42 °C43.6 °C
32.3 °C33.8 °C41.3 °C
Maximum: 47.1 °C
Average: 35.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  41.8 °C | Room Temperature 19.2 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
5500U, GeForce GTX 950M
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
6500U, GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Heat
5%
5%
10%
4%
14%
-14%
0%
Maximum Upper Side *67.759.3
12%
49
28%
46.3
32%
54
20%
48.4
29%
53
22%
58.8
13%
Maximum Bottom *47.161.2
-30%
51.9
-10%
41.5
12%
53.4
-13%
46
2%
53.2
-13%
51.9
-10%
Idle Upper Side *34.126.4
23%
31.5
8%
33.6
1%
30.4
11%
28.9
15%
38.6
-13%
33.1
3%
Idle Bottom *30.625.6
16%
32.6
-7%
32.7
-7%
31.3
-2%
27.9
9%
45.9
-50%
32.5
-6%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Acer has moved the speakers to the underside of the device. They generate a rich sound, which lacks bass. Thanks to the preinstalled Dolby Digital Plus Software the sound can be tuned. Overall, the sound of the speakers is acceptable. You can listen to it for a long time without causing earache.

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

Energy Management

Power Consumption

When idle, the Aspire requires a maximum of 11.4 watts - a good value. During the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour), the power consumption increases to up to 113.5 watts. This value is slightly surprising since the identically equipped Pavilion 15-ak003ng requires less energy (89 watts), although CPU and GPU work at the same speed. This is also true for gaming where the Pavilion (69 watts +/-5 watts) performs significantly better than the Aspire (84 watts +/-5 watts). HP appears to have better energy management - at least under load. While idling, the Aspire performs better.

The power adapter is rated at 135 Watt.
The power adapter is rated at 135 Watt.
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.5 / 0.65 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6 / 9.8 / 11.4 Watt
Load midlight 84 / 113.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
5500U, GeForce GTX 950M
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 950M
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
6500U, GeForce GTX 950M
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
4720HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
4710HQ, GeForce GTX 960M
Power Consumption
-8%
37%
0%
-33%
16%
-81%
-39%
Idle Minimum *67
-17%
4.1
32%
6.2
-3%
9.4
-57%
5.2
13%
16.2
-170%
10.9
-82%
Idle Average *9.811
-12%
6.9
30%
10.3
-5%
14.4
-47%
9.4
4%
20.2
-106%
14.9
-52%
Idle Maximum *11.417
-49%
9.2
19%
12.2
-7%
15
-32%
10.8
5%
22.8
-100%
15.9
-39%
Load Average *8469
18%
45.3
46%
77
8%
102
-21%
60
29%
96.4
-15%
101
-20%
Load Maximum *113.589
22%
47.7
58%
105
7%
120
-6%
80.9
29%
126.9
-12%
115.5
-2%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The battery runtimes of the Aspire are alright overall: The maximum battery life is just under 12 hours. This is a very good result for a notebook of its performance class. The Acer lasts 4:15 h in our realistic Wi-Fi test, which simulates the load during web surfing. The profile "balanced" is active and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². The Aspire achieves 4:01 h in our video test. We test the battery life during video playback by playing the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264 coding, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The Wi-Fi modules are disabled and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m².

The battery runtimes prove what our energy readings have already shown: The Pavilion 15-ak003ng lasts longer than the Aspire in realistic tests. While idling and under load, the Aspire performs better. This is due (in no small part) to a higher battery capacity (56 vs. 48 Wh).

The battery is rated at 56 Wh.
The battery is rated at 56 Wh.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
11h 55min
WiFi Surfing v1.3 ( Edge 25.10586.0.0)
4h 15min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
4h 01min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 48min
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
56 Wh
HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng
48 Wh
HP Envy 15-ae020ng
56 Wh
Asus GL552JX-CN154H
48 Wh
Dell Inspiron 15 7559
74 Wh
Acer Aspire VN7-572G-72L0
53 Wh
Acer Aspire VN7-591G-727P
52 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
55 Wh
Battery Runtime
-7%
21%
-30%
-13%
19%
-45%
-26%
Reader / Idle715572
-20%
753
5%
223
-69%
709
-1%
761
6%
216
-70%
388
-46%
Load10862
-43%
148
37%
100
-7%
76
-30%
118
9%
58
-46%
84
-22%
WiFi v1.3255304
19%
308
21%
221
-13%
232
-9%
359
41%
166
-35%
203
-20%
H.264241283
17%
176
-27%
207
-14%

Pro

+ matte display
+ high computational performance
+ DDR4 RAM
+ free M.2 slot
+ decent input devices
+ good battery runtimes

Cons

- no maintenance hatch
- brightness and contrast of the display are fair

Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2. Test model provided by Campuspoint.
In review: Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2. Test model provided by Campuspoint.

The Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2 is currently available for just under 1000 Euros (~$1093). For this price, you will get a multimedia all-rounder with a very powerful processor. Together with its GeForce graphic card, the laptop can run all the current games smoothly. Moreover, the notebook uses cutting-edge DDR4 RAM. The storage device is not impressive: A 500 GB hybrid hard drive is available. However, there is a free M.2 slot inside the case for adding a Solid State Disk. As there are no maintenance hatches, you would need to open the case if you want to do so, which is a tiresome task. The input devices are alright and sufficient for home use.

The display of the Aspire is not convincing.

Acer has incorporated a Full HD matte display with average brightness and contrast. Since it is a TN type, the viewing angles are narrow. In addition, the color shift is clearly visible to the user and calibration is required.

With the HP Pavilion 15-ak003ng, we have reviewed a direct competitor a short time before the Aspire. There is no clear winner. The Pavilion can score points with a much better IPS display, longer battery runtimes in our realistic tests, a higher RAM capacity, and a lower energy demand under load. What is more, it comes, unlike the Aspire, with an optical drive. In contrast, the Aspire carries more modern DDR4 RAM, faster VRAM and a 2-year warranty. We do not take the SSD and the bigger hard drive of the Pavilion under account, since the Pavilion costs 200 Euros (~$218) more. In addition, it would be possible to equip the Aspire like this after buying, which would make the Aspire equally expensive.

Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2 - 03/09/2016 v5
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
77 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
44 / 81 → 55%
Weight
60 / 67 → 85%
Battery
84%
Display
80%
Games Performance
75 / 85 → 88%
Application Performance
78 / 92 → 84%
Temperature
81%
Noise
79 / 95 → 83%
Audio
60%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
71%
79%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-12-24 (Update: 2015-12-31)