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Acer Aspire 5 A514 Laptop Review: Not Intel Comet Lake at its Best

Underperformer. It may be equipped with Intel's latest 10th gen processor, but almost everything else about the laptop feels rather dated. The Aspire 5 is heavier and larger than many other 14-inch alternatives without offering any notable advantages.

The Aspire series is home to Acer's budget to mid-range laptops in contrast to the higher-end Swift series. It's divided into the Aspire 1 lineup of netbooks, Aspire 3 lineup of budget multimedia laptops, Aspire 5 lineup of mid-range multimedia laptops, and the Aspire 7 lineup of budget gaming laptops.

The test unit here can be found online for $700 and it comes equipped with Intel's latest 10th gen Comet Lake-U Core i5-10210U CPU to succeed the older Kaby Lake-R Core i5-8250U and Whiskey Lake-U Core i5-8265U processors. The Aspire 5 A514-52G SKUs includes discrete GeForce MX250 graphics while our A514-52 configuration does not. The FHD display is otherwise fixed across all 14-inch configurations.

Direct competitors include budget to mid-range multimedia subnotebooks like the Walmart Motile, Asus VivoBook 14, Dell Inspiron 14, HP Pavilion 14, or the Lenovo IdeaPad S540.

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Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 26.20.100.6911
Memory
8192 MB 
, 4 GB soldered, 4 GB DDR4-3200, 10-10-10-28, Dual-Channel
Display
14 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, Chi Mei N140HCA-EAC, IPS, CMN14D4, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Comet Lake-U PCH-LP Premium
Storage
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G, 512 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (a/b/g/h/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 17.95 x 328.8 x 236 ( = 0.71 x 12.94 x 9.29 in)
Battery
51 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.7 kg ( = 59.97 oz / 3.75 pounds), Power Supply: 239 g ( = 8.43 oz / 0.53 pounds)
Price
700 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Best Price
79 %
02/2020
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620
1.7 kg17.95 mm14"1920x1080
84 %
09/2019
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620
1.3 kg16.5 mm14"1920x1080
81 %
01/2020
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
i5-10210U, GeForce MX250
1.2 kg16 mm14"1920x1080
75 %
01/2020
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
i7-1065G7, GeForce MX230
1.8 kg21 mm14"1920x1080
78 %
11/2019
Walmart Motile M142
R5 3500U, Vega 8
1.1 kg18 mm14"1920x1080

Case

Unsurprisingly, the 14-inch Aspire 5 utilizes the same plastic chassis materials as the 15.6-inch Aspire 5 for an overall similar feel and impression. The outer lid in particular flexes more than we would like when twisting its corners or applying pressure down the outer center. We were hoping that the relatively thick display bezels would provide some additional rigidity, but that is not the case. The base also exhibits minor-but-audible creaking when attempting to twist its corners. For a budget laptop, however, these drawbacks are par for the course.

Overall chassis quality is still slightly better than both the VivoBook 14 and MateBook D as the keyboard deck feels firmer on the Acer. Hinge rigidity is uniform at all angles and stronger than expected with no teetering when typing.

Because of the aforementioned thick bezels, the Aspire 5 is bigger and heavier than many of its competitors. The Asus VivoBook 14 and Walmart Motile, for example, are 400 g and 600 g lighter, respectively, to be easier to carry than our Acer. The Lenovo IdeaPad C340 convertible and Dell Inspiron 14 are each closer in weight and size.

Smooth matte plastic surfaces from top to bottom
Smooth matte plastic surfaces from top to bottom
The gray color masks fingerprints quite well
The gray color masks fingerprints quite well
Bottom "chin" bezel is thick by today's standards
Bottom "chin" bezel is thick by today's standards
Lid can open up to 180 degrees
Lid can open up to 180 degrees
Hinge is very taut especially for a budget laptop
Hinge is very taut especially for a budget laptop
The integrated RJ-45 port is uncommon for a subnotebook
The integrated RJ-45 port is uncommon for a subnotebook
339 mm / 13.3 inch 242 mm / 9.53 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs328.8 mm / 12.9 inch 236 mm / 9.29 inch 17.95 mm / 0.707 inch 1.7 kg3.75 lbs328 mm / 12.9 inch 229 mm / 9.02 inch 17.9 mm / 0.705 inch 1.7 kg3.64 lbs323 mm / 12.7 inch 208 mm / 8.19 inch 16.5 mm / 0.65 inch 1.3 kg2.91 lbs322 mm / 12.7 inch 222 mm / 8.74 inch 16 mm / 0.63 inch 1.2 kg2.69 lbs320 mm / 12.6 inch 213 mm / 8.39 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.1 kg2.49 lbs

Connectivity

Port options are most similar to the Walmart Motile. Notable omissions are Thunderbolt 3 and the integrated SD card reader likely to save on production costs. The majority of the ports are packed tightly along the left edge for easy accessibility.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: 3.5 mm combo audio, USB 2.0 Type-A, Kensington Lock
Right: 3.5 mm combo audio, USB 2.0 Type-A, Kensington Lock
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: AC adapter, Gigabit RJ-45, HDMI, 2x USB 3.1 Gen. 1 Type-A, USB 3.1 Gen. 1 Type-C
Left: AC adapter, Gigabit RJ-45, HDMI, 2x USB 3.1 Gen. 1 Type-A, USB 3.1 Gen. 1 Type-C

Communication

Our unit comes configured with an Intel AX201 for Wi-Fi 6 compatibility and integrated Bluetooth 5, but some SKUs may come with Wi-Fi 5 instead. Transfer rates average about 1.3 to 1.5 Gbps when standing one meter away from our Netgear RAX200 router and 2.5 Gbps server connection.

M.2 WLAN module
M.2 WLAN module
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1282 (min: 1203, max: 1358) MBit/s ∼100%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1128 (min: 1084, max: 1146) MBit/s ∼88% -12%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
632 MBit/s ∼49% -51%
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
610 MBit/s ∼48% -52%
Lenovo Ideapad S540-15IML
Intel Wireless AC 9462
119 MBit/s ∼9% -91%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
1563 (min: 1461, max: 1779) MBit/s ∼100%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
1244 (min: 889, max: 1355) MBit/s ∼80% -20%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
Realtek RTL8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCIe Adapter
676 MBit/s ∼43% -57%
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
479 MBit/s ∼31% -69%
Lenovo Ideapad S540-15IML
Intel Wireless AC 9462
122 MBit/s ∼8% -92%

Maintenance

The bottom panel requires just a Philips screwdriver to remove for easier accessibility than most other laptops in this price range. The HP Pavilion x360 15, for example, has hidden screws to make servicing more difficult than it needs to be. Owners get direct access to two storage bays, one SODIMM slot, and the removable WLAN module.

Accessories and Warranty

A metal 2.5-inch SATA mounting bracket is included alongside screws and a ribbon cable. The standard one-year limited warranty applies.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The backlit keyboard offers quieter clatter than expected to be a good fit if typing in noise-sensitive environments. The drawback to this is the shallow travel and spongier key feedback; keys on the VivoBook series, MateBook X series, or IdeaPad series all feel deeper and more satisfying to type on. If you plan on typing a lot, you'll have to get used to the weak key feedback of the Aspire 5.

Touchpad

The Precision-enabled clickpad (10.5 x 6.5 cm) is smaller than the clickpads on both the Asus VivoBook Flip 14 (10.6 x 7.5 cm) and Walmart Motile (11.7 x 7.3 cm). Traction is smooth and reliable at most speeds with no cursor skipping issues. However, moving smoothly and accurately can be challenging at slower speeds since the finger tends to stick to the surface.

The integrated mouse keys are shallow in travel with relatively quiet and soft clicks. If you've used other inexpensive laptops in the past, then the clickpad on this Acer should be of no surprise. We much prefer dedicated mouse buttons instead for both improved accuracy and better one-handed usability.

Standard keyboard layout with Power button on top-right corner. Fingerprint reader is optional
Standard keyboard layout with Power button on top-right corner. Fingerprint reader is optional
No LED indicator lights such as for Caps Lock or Mute
No LED indicator lights such as for Caps Lock or Mute
Multi-touch clickpad works well enough, but its integrated mouse keys could have been firmer
Multi-touch clickpad works well enough, but its integrated mouse keys could have been firmer
Cramped Arrow keys
Cramped Arrow keys

Display

The Aspire 5 A514 uses the exact same Chi Mei N140HCA-EAC IPS panel as found on the Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA and Walmart Motile M142. Thus, all three systems share similar display response times, color reproduction, contrast ratios, and even brightness levels.

Display quality is good relative to the price. It doesn't suffer from the usual drawbacks found on most budget laptops like an overly cool color temperature or an extra-grainy matte overlay. Brightness and crispness are still a few steps below pricier alternatives like the XPS 13, Huawei MateBook 14, or the Asus ZenBook 14, but there's not much else to complain for its affordable category.

Top bezel is thick by today's standards
Top bezel is thick by today's standards
Side bezels are average in thickness
Side bezels are average in thickness
Matte subpixel array
Matte subpixel array
Minor uneven backlight bleeding along the corners
Minor uneven backlight bleeding along the corners
237.9
cd/m²
248.6
cd/m²
252.2
cd/m²
223.9
cd/m²
237.8
cd/m²
241.4
cd/m²
207.3
cd/m²
217.5
cd/m²
209.7
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei N140HCA-EAC
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 252.2 cd/m² Average: 230.7 cd/m² Minimum: 22.63 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 237.8 cd/m²
Contrast: 743:1 (Black: 0.32 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.41 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9, calibrated: 3.12
ΔE Greyscale 1.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
62.2% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 39.5% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.05
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Chi Mei N140HCA-EAC, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Chi Mei N140HCA-EAC, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Chi Mei N140HCE-EN2, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Chi Mei 140HCA, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Walmart Motile M142
Chi Mei N140HCA-EAC, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
BOE CQ NV140FHM-N48, IPS, 14, 1920x1080
Response Times
9%
1%
-25%
16%
-31%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
55.6 (24.4, 31.2)
40.8 (22.8, 18)
27%
39.2 (20.8, 18.4)
29%
41 (23, 18)
26%
35.2 (23.6, 11.6)
37%
43 (23, 20)
23%
Response Time Black / White *
27.6 (17.2, 10.4)
27.2 (16.4, 10.8)
1%
35.6 (21.2, 14.4)
-29%
31 (18, 13)
-12%
25.2 (14.8, 10.4)
9%
32 (18, 14)
-16%
PWM Frequency
24510 (19)
24510 (20)
0%
25000 (28)
2%
2500 (20)
-90%
25000 (34)
2%
208 (90)
-99%
Screen
-16%
37%
-17%
-13%
-30%
Brightness middle
237.8
250
5%
324.1
36%
226
-5%
240.3
1%
285
20%
Brightness
231
236
2%
301
30%
214
-7%
233
1%
273
18%
Brightness Distribution
82
78
-5%
87
6%
92
12%
82
0%
87
6%
Black Level *
0.32
0.27
16%
0.22
31%
0.17
47%
0.27
16%
0.4
-25%
Contrast
743
926
25%
1473
98%
1329
79%
890
20%
713
-4%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.41
5
-47%
1.63
52%
5.21
-53%
4.22
-24%
5.62
-65%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
15.73
20.7
-32%
4.25
73%
22.15
-41%
23.32
-48%
17.22
-9%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
3.12
4.3
-38%
1.42
54%
4.43
-42%
3.76
-21%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.2
2.4
-100%
2.2
-83%
3.27
-173%
2.3
-92%
3.97
-231%
Gamma
2.05 107%
2.05 107%
2.26 97%
2.36 93%
2.39 92%
2.28 96%
CCT
6395 102%
6697 97%
6887 94%
6538 99%
6585 99%
6848 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39.5
38.9
-2%
60.2
52%
40
1%
39.9
1%
38
-4%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
62.2
61
-2%
95
53%
62
0%
62.1
0%
58
-7%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-4% / -11%
19% / 29%
-21% / -18%
2% / -7%
-31% / -30%

* ... smaller is better

Color space covers approximately 40 percent and 62 percent of the AdobeRGB and sRGB standards, respectively, to indicate a budget panel. The display on the pricier MSI Modern 14, for example, covers nearly all of sRGB for deeper and more accurate colors. You'll want to look beyond the Acer Aspire series if you intend to do a lot of video or photo editing.

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

Further measurements with an X-Rite colorimeter reveal a well-calibrated display out of the box which is surprising for a budget to mid-range laptop. Average grayscale and color DeltaE values sit at just 1.2 and 4.57, respectively, and our own attempt to calibrate the display results in no major improvements. Nonetheless, colors still become increasingly inaccurate at higher saturation levels due to the limited color space mentioned above. Additionally, the panel seems to have issues accurately reproducing the color Blue as it appears Blue Violet instead.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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
27.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17.2 ms rise
↘ 10.4 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. » 58 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
55.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24.4 ms rise
↘ 31.2 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 636 (maximum) ms. » 90 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.3 ms).

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 24510 Hz ≤ 19 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 24510 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 19 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 24510 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 50 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18300 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is poor especially when under sunlight. Though glare from the matte panel is minimal, colors will become washed out anyway since the display backlight was not designed for outdoor scenarios. You'll have to invest in pricier Ultrabooks with significantly brighter displays like the MacBook Pro, Samsung Notebook 9, HP EliteBook 1040, or the Dell XPS 13 where brightness can approach 500 nits or greater.

Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles. Contrast and colors shift if viewing from extreme angles
Wide IPS viewing angles. Contrast and colors shift if viewing from extreme angles

Performance

The Intel Core U-class CPUs and optional GeForce MX250 graphics target office and home users who mostly browse, stream, and multitask between common multimedia applications. SKUs with the faster quad-core Core i7-10510U are available, but there appears to be none with the hexa-core Core i7-10710U for now.

As for RAM, 4 GB comes soldered with 1x SODIMM slot for expansion. LatencyMon shows no recurring DPC latency issues unlike what we discovered on the HP Pavilion x360 15.

Note that all our tests below were performed on the default Acer power profile instead of the usual High Performance profile due to a performance bug detailed here. Running these tests on High Performance mode would have resulted in significantly lower scores across the board even after running Windows updates and Acer Care updates. We recommend avoiding the High Performance profile or else the CPU will throttle to just 500 MHz when stressed.

Processor

CPU performance is disappointing. Of the 10 laptops in our database equipped with the same Core i5-10210U CPU, our Acer Aspire 5 A514 is the slowest at 17 to 22 percent slower than the average. Multi-thread performance is essentially on par with the two-generation old Core i7-8550U while being 35 percent slower than the Core i5-8265U in the Lenovo IdeaPad C340-15 IWL. Single-thread performance, however, is where we expect it to be.

Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop reveals an initial score of 488 points before dropping to around 430 points to represent a performance dip of 12 percent over time.

See our dedicated page on the Core i5-10210U for more technical information and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R15
CineBench R15
CineBench R20
CineBench R20
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Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3 UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø431 (399.28-488)
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø565 (559.89-595.69)
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77 GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-8565U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø669 (651.9-718.51)
Lenovo ThinkPad L590-20Q70019GE UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Toshiba XG6 KXG6AZNV512G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø492 (488.36-508.63)
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U
497 Points ∼93% +20%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
460 Points ∼86% +11%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
460 Points ∼86% +11%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Core i7-8565U
444 Points ∼83% +7%
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC
Intel Core i5-9300H
418 Points ∼79% +1%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (395 - 428, n=15)
416 Points ∼78% 0%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Core i5-10210U
415 Points ∼78%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-15IWL-81N5004QGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
403 Points ∼76% -3%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
383 Points ∼72% -8%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
381 Points ∼72% -8%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
334 Points ∼63% -20%
CPU (Multi Core)
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
2598 Points ∼26% +132%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U
1897 Points ∼19% +69%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1799 Points ∼18% +61%
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC
Intel Core i5-9300H
1737 Points ∼17% +55%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Core i7-8565U
1645 Points ∼16% +47%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-15IWL-81N5004QGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
1564 Points ∼16% +40%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1499 Points ∼15% +34%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
1392 Points ∼14% +24%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (1105 - 1820, n=15)
1316 Points ∼13% +18%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
1138 Points ∼11% +2%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Core i5-10210U
1120 Points ∼11%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U
202 Points ∼90% +22%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
191 Points ∼85% +15%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
184 Points ∼82% +11%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Core i7-8565U
181 Points ∼81% +9%
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC
Intel Core i5-9300H
173 Points ∼77% +4%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (154 - 174, n=20)
167 Points ∼75% +1%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Core i5-10210U
166 Points ∼74%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
156 Points ∼70% -6%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-15IWL-81N5004QGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
154 Points ∼69% -7%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
148 Points ∼66% -11%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
135 Points ∼60% -19%
CPU Multi 64Bit
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
1103 Points ∼25% +126%
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
Intel Core i7-10510U
813 Points ∼19% +67%
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC
Intel Core i5-9300H
797 Points ∼18% +63%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-15IWL-81N5004QGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
748 Points ∼17% +53%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
733 Points ∼17% +50%
Asus ZenBook 15 UX534FT-DB77
Intel Core i7-8565U
683 Points ∼16% +40%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
672 Points ∼15% +38%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Ryzen 7 2700U
670 Points ∼15% +37%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (479 - 783, n=20)
612 Points ∼14% +25%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
494 Points ∼11% +1%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Core i5-10210U
488 Points ∼11%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (1.71 - 1.91, n=4)
1.85 Points ∼72%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
1.52 Points ∼59%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
7.56 Points ∼17%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (5.69 - 8.66, n=4)
7.34 Points ∼17%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (6410 - 6613, n=3)
6478 Points ∼60%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
6212 Points ∼57%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-15IWL-81N5004QGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
5904 Points ∼54%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Lenovo Ideapad C340-15IWL-81N5004QGE
Intel Core i5-8265U
22962 Points ∼35%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U
  (15037 - 22164, n=3)
17758 Points ∼27%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U
15324 Points ∼23%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
166 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
488 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
55.05 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks are generally below average when compared to other laptops with the same Core i5-10210U CPU and integrated GPU. Its PCMark 10 and PCMark 8 Home scores, for example, are 6 percent and 10 percent below what we were expecting. The slower-than-average CPU performance mentioned above is a likely contributor.

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4461 Points ∼34% +79%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3466 Points ∼27% +39%
Walmart Motile M142
Vega 8, R5 3500U, BIWIN SSD 256 GB
3253 Points ∼25% +31%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (2487 - 4463, n=15)
3135 Points ∼24% +26%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3050 Points ∼24% +23%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
2706 Points ∼21% +9%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
2487 Points ∼19%
Productivity
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7040 Points ∼68% +2%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
6889 Points ∼66%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
6868 Points ∼66% 0%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6099 - 7317, n=15)
6726 Points ∼65% -2%
Walmart Motile M142
Vega 8, R5 3500U, BIWIN SSD 256 GB
6074 Points ∼58% -12%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5914 Points ∼57% -14%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5898 Points ∼57% -14%
Essentials
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (7172 - 10000, n=15)
8593 Points ∼75% +3%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
8415 Points ∼73% +1%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
8367 Points ∼73%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
8300 Points ∼72% -1%
Walmart Motile M142
Vega 8, R5 3500U, BIWIN SSD 256 GB
7950 Points ∼69% -5%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
7861 Points ∼69% -6%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
7595 Points ∼66% -9%
Score
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4497 Points ∼55% +20%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3752 - 4353, n=15)
4044 Points ∼50% +8%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3972 Points ∼49% +6%
Walmart Motile M142
Vega 8, R5 3500U, BIWIN SSD 256 GB
3868 Points ∼48% +3%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
3862 Points ∼48% +3%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3752 Points ∼46%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3692 Points ∼46% -2%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
4992 Points ∼76% +8%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
4955 Points ∼75% +7%
Walmart Motile M142
Vega 8, R5 3500U, BIWIN SSD 256 GB
4907 Points ∼74% +6%
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4286 - 5102, n=12)
4880 Points ∼74% +5%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
4805 Points ∼73% +4%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
4642 Points ∼70%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4613 Points ∼70% -1%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Average Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (3182 - 4284, n=12)
3668 Points ∼60% +15%
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
Vega 8, R5 3500U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3538 Points ∼58% +11%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
3515 Points ∼58% +10%
Walmart Motile M142
Vega 8, R5 3500U, BIWIN SSD 256 GB
3500 Points ∼57% +10%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ
3464 Points ∼57% +9%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
GeForce MX230, i7-1065G7, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe
3355 Points ∼55% +5%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
3182 Points ∼52%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3182 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4642 points
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Storage Devices

Owners get a primary M.2 2280 slot and a secondary 2.5-inch SATA III bay. Installation of the 2.5-inch drive, however, is slightly more involved than usual. Users must first install the SATA bracket, SATA port, and ribbon before the 2.5-inch drive can be used. All the necessary pieces are included in the retail box.

Our test unit comes with a budget 512 GB Western Digital SN520 NVMe SSD compatible with up to PCIe x2 speeds instead of PCIe x4. As such, sequential read and write rates average around 1300 MB/s each versus ~2500 MB/s on the more expensive Samsung PM981 series. For the target audience, however, an inexpensive NVMe drive will be more than enough in terms of performance.

See our table of SSDs and HDDs for more benchmark comparisons.

Accessible M.2 slot
Accessible M.2 slot
HDD receptacle for installing an optional 2.5-inch drive. It's strange that the laptop doesn't come with the components pre-installed
HDD receptacle for installing an optional 2.5-inch drive. It's strange that the laptop doesn't come with the components pre-installed
AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Lenovo Ideapad S540-15IML
Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
AS SSD
23%
-14%
-19%
66%
Copy Game MB/s
1161.43
1320.4
14%
1196.12
3%
370.35
-68%
Copy Program MB/s
496.64
565.2
14%
774.94
56%
167.2
-66%
Copy ISO MB/s
1637.41
2145.1
31%
1093.22
-33%
700.22
-57%
Score Total
2326
3640
56%
1821
-22%
2488
7%
4790
106%
Score Write
1064
1726
62%
678
-36%
552
-48%
2142
101%
Score Read
821
1299
58%
761
-7%
1314
60%
1753
114%
Access Time Write *
0.027
0.039
-44%
0.025
7%
0.046
-70%
0.027
-0%
Access Time Read *
0.045
0.07
-56%
0.073
-62%
0.077
-71%
0.072
-60%
4K-64 Write
789.22
1502.49
90%
453.18
-43%
338.56
-57%
1753.41
122%
4K-64 Read
649.62
1020.22
57%
604.92
-7%
1024.83
58%
1430.77
120%
4K Write
135.1
99.71
-26%
149.72
11%
81.91
-39%
145.29
8%
4K Read
46.86
43.29
-8%
41.52
-11%
42.97
-8%
58.03
24%
Seq Write
1393.38
1235
-11%
752.41
-46%
1318.2
-5%
2432.84
75%
Seq Read
1244.22
2357
89%
1146.57
-8%
2464.71
98%
2642.24
112%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
17%
-16%
-4%
23%
Write 4K
166.6
93.61
-44%
149.9
-10%
116
-30%
170.7
2%
Read 4K
46.72
41.87
-10%
46.13
-1%
42.73
-9%
49.51
6%
Write Seq
1458
1697.86
16%
969.9
-33%
1222
-16%
1156
-21%
Read Seq
1387
1978.04
43%
1085
-22%
1608
16%
1136
-18%
Write 4K Q32T1
419.5
383.06
-9%
460.8
10%
280.1
-33%
420.5
0%
Read 4K Q32T1
487.8
326.86
-33%
410.3
-16%
333.6
-32%
526.7
8%
Write Seq Q32T1
1456
2778.1
91%
662.4
-55%
1291
-11%
2984
105%
Read Seq Q32T1
1733
3119
80%
1728
0%
3183
84%
3550
105%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
20% / 21%
-15% / -15%
-12% / -14%
45% / 48%

* ... smaller is better

WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 1733 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1456 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 487.8 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 419.5 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1387 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1458 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 46.72 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 166.6 MB/s

GPU Performance

The UHD Graphics 620 is awfully outdated by today's standards. The competing Radeon RX Vega 8 and RX Vega 10, for example, are significantly faster by at least 60 percent according to 3DMark benchmarks. Still, users aren't going to buy this Aspire 5 for its graphics performance and so the modest GPU here should be a non-issue. Streaming 4K content or playing the occasional browser game still works smoothly.

See our dedicated page on the UHD Graphics 620 for more technical information and benchmarks.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Time Spy
Time Spy
 
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
3028 Points ∼20% +684%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
1164 Points ∼8% +202%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
862 Points ∼6% +123%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
852 Points ∼6% +121%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
847 Points ∼6% +119%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 2500U
649 Points ∼4% +68%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 3500U
618 Points ∼4% +60%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
404 Points ∼3% +5%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
386 Points ∼3%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel UHD Graphics 630, i5-9300H
382 Points ∼3% -1%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
381 Points ∼3% -1%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (299 - 443, n=55)
370 Points ∼2% -4%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
7774 Points ∼19% +528%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
3845 Points ∼9% +211%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3062 Points ∼8% +148%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
2999 Points ∼7% +142%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
2874 Points ∼7% +132%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 2500U
2310 Points ∼6% +87%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 3500U
2020 Points ∼5% +63%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 2700U
1835 Points ∼5% +48%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
1281 Points ∼3% +4%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
1239 Points ∼3% 0%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1237 Points ∼3%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel UHD Graphics 630, i5-9300H
1178 Points ∼3% -5%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (557 - 1418, n=171)
1140 Points ∼3% -8%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
23376 Points ∼12% +144%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
22113 Points ∼11% +131%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
20784 Points ∼11% +117%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
18633 Points ∼10% +94%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
17892 Points ∼9% +87%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 2500U
15186 Points ∼8% +58%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 3500U
13919 Points ∼7% +45%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 2700U
10773 Points ∼6% +12%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
10335 Points ∼5% +8%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel UHD Graphics 630, i5-9300H
9765 Points ∼5% +2%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
9592 Points ∼5%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
9528 Points ∼5% -1%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (6910 - 11436, n=185)
9160 Points ∼5% -5%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
78094 Points ∼11% +77%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 2500U
68150 Points ∼9% +55%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 3500U
65039 Points ∼9% +48%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
59626 Points ∼8% +35%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
44641 Points ∼6% +1%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
44007 Points ∼6%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (29002 - 59483, n=55)
43327 Points ∼6% -2%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
10350 Points ∼46% +510%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
4596 Points ∼20% +171%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4045 Points ∼18% +139%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
3707 Points ∼16% +119%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
3247 Points ∼14% +91%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 2500U
2683 Points ∼12% +58%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 3500U
2003 Points ∼9% +18%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 2700U
1945 Points ∼9% +15%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
1775 Points ∼8% +5%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel UHD Graphics 630, i5-9300H
1763 Points ∼8% +4%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
1746 Points ∼8% +3%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1696 Points ∼8%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (959 - 2142, n=200)
1557 Points ∼7% -8%
1280x720 Performance GPU
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-10710U
11542 Points ∼23% +533%
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i5-10210U
4920 Points ∼10% +170%
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15 i7-1065G7
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4612 Points ∼9% +153%
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 5585
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 3700U
4165 Points ∼8% +129%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
3560 Points ∼7% +95%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 2500U
3549 Points ∼7% +95%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, R5 3500U
3332 Points ∼7% +83%
Dell Latitude 14 5495
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10, R7 2700U
3080 Points ∼6% +69%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8265U
1845 Points ∼4% +1%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U
1822 Points ∼4%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel UHD Graphics 620, i5-8550U
1764 Points ∼3% -3%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel UHD Graphics 630, i5-9300H
1750 Points ∼3% -4%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (1235 - 2006, n=200)
1728 Points ∼3% -5%
3DMark 11 Performance
2023 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
8289 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1136 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
442 points
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BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
37.8 fps ∼100% +294%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
30 fps ∼79% +213%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX230
26.2 fps ∼69% +173%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
15.4 fps ∼41% +60%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
15.3 fps ∼40% +59%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
10.4 fps ∼28% +8%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel Core i5-9300H, Intel UHD Graphics 630
9.8 fps ∼26% +2%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
9.6 fps ∼25%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4.5 - 17, n=168)
9.18 fps ∼24% -4%
1366x768 Medium Preset
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
117.5 fps ∼100% +234%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
104 fps ∼89% +195%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX230
71.3 fps ∼61% +103%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
38.3 fps ∼33% +9%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
37 fps ∼31% +5%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
35.2 fps ∼30%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel Core i5-9300H, Intel UHD Graphics 630
34.7 fps ∼30% -1%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (11.5 - 45.5, n=179)
32.7 fps ∼28% -7%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
189.7 fps ∼100% +183%
Asus Zenbook 14 UX433FN-A6023T
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
152.8 fps ∼81% +128%
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
Intel Core i7-1065G7, NVIDIA GeForce MX230
148.5 fps ∼78% +122%
Walmart Motile M142
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
91.2 fps ∼48% +36%
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
Intel Core i5-8265U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
69.3 fps ∼37% +3%
Dynabook Portege A30-E-174
Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
68.7 fps ∼36% +3%
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
Intel Core i5-10210U, Intel UHD Graphics 620
67 fps ∼35%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (18.3 - 90.2, n=179)
60.6 fps ∼32% -10%
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
Intel Core i5-9300H, Intel UHD Graphics 630
58.7 fps ∼31% -12%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
21.5 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (4.2 - 8.8, n=13)
5.71 fps ∼27%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
38 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (8 - 12.1, n=20)
9.94 fps ∼26%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
Intel Core i5-10210U, NVIDIA GeForce MX250
68.1 fps ∼100%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 620
  (9.59 - 20.7, n=44)
15.6 fps ∼23%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 67 35.2 30.1 9.6 fps
Rocket League (2017) 20.1 fps

Emissions

System Noise

The cooling solution is relatively small as one would expect from a Core U-series laptop. If configuring with the dedicated GeForce MX250 GPU, however, expect warmer temperatures and/or louder fan noise due to the higher load.

Our test unit is almost always silent during low processing loads like browsing, streaming, or word processing. The fan may occasionally pulse to 31.5 dB(A) when launching applications before quickly winding back down to 30 dB(A) against a background of 29.1 dB(A). Extreme loads will induce a steady fan noise of 36 dB(A) to still be quieter than many competitors when under similar processing conditions.

We're able to notice slight electronic noise or coil whine when placing an ear near the keyboard keys. It's thankfully minor enough to be unnoticeable when sitting at a normal distance from the laptop.

Single ~50 mm fan and short copper heat pipe
Single ~50 mm fan and short copper heat pipe
Notice the empty sockets reserved for the optional GeForce MX250 GPU and its two VRAM modules
Notice the empty sockets reserved for the optional GeForce MX250 GPU and its two VRAM modules
Single SODIMM slot sits adjacent to the CPU
Single SODIMM slot sits adjacent to the CPU
Empty volume for housing a 2.5-inch drive
Empty volume for housing a 2.5-inch drive
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
UHD Graphics 620, i5-10210U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G
Dell XPS 15 7590 i5 iGPU FHD
UHD Graphics 630, i5-9300H, Toshiba XG6 KXG60ZNV512G
Asus VivoBook S15 S532F
GeForce MX250, i7-8565U, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-256G
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
Vega 8, R5 2500U, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Lenovo Ideapad S540-15IML
GeForce MX250, i5-10210U, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ
MSI Modern 15 A10RB
GeForce MX250, i7-10510U, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-512G
Noise
-1%
-5%
-7%
-14%
-12%
off / environment *
29.1
29.3
-1%
28
4%
30.13
-4%
30
-3%
28.3
3%
Idle Minimum *
29.1
29.3
-1%
28
4%
30.13
-4%
30
-3%
32
-10%
Idle Average *
29.1
29.3
-1%
28
4%
30.13
-4%
32
-10%
32
-10%
Idle Maximum *
29.1
29.8
-2%
30
-3%
30.13
-4%
37
-27%
32
-10%
Load Average *
33.5
32.4
3%
41.4
-24%
38.8
-16%
41
-22%
34.5
-3%
Load Maximum *
36.1
37.2
-3%
41.5
-15%
38.8
-7%
42
-16%
50.9
-41%
Witcher 3 ultra *
41.5
39
39.5

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
29.1 / 29.1 / 29.1 dB(A)
Load
33.5 / 36.1 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.1 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2044.640.842.442.42539.936.338.141.83137.839.537.336.54039.637.238.437.35039.337.938.136.96338.837.137378035.435.23537.110034.334.933.333.912534.835.934.534.216033.432.932.93420036.134.13535.225033.831.73233.231531.831.731.53340031.730.730.831.750030.829.429.731.563030.629.529.530.580029.629.22930.710003028.728.630.7125030.328.528.331.2160031.728.428.331.8200029.528.128.131.3250029.427.827.930.5315028.627.827.929.2400028.227.627.728.6500028.127.627.728.563002827.427.628.3800027.827.527.428.31000027.827.427.3281250027.827.327.327.91600027.827.327.228SPL41.740.540.542.3N4.4444.5median 30median 28.5median 28.3median 30.7Delta2.42.22.12.2hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAcer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3

Temperature

Surface temperatures are always warmer on the left half of the laptop than the right because of the how the motherboard and cooling apparatus are positioned. When under extreme loads, hot spots on the left side can be as warm as 44 C compared to just 26 C on the right side. Nonetheless, the system never becomes uncomfortable on the palms or lap. Hot spots on the thinner Walmart Motile laptop can be much warmer at up to 58 C when under similar stressful conditions.

Rear exhaust
Rear exhaust
AC adapter after running heavy loads for over an hour
AC adapter after running heavy loads for over an hour
Max. Load
 37.2 °C
99 F
39.2 °C
103 F
28.8 °C
84 F
 
 37 °C
99 F
37.4 °C
99 F
26.4 °C
80 F
 
 27.2 °C
81 F
24.4 °C
76 F
23.6 °C
74 F
 
Maximum: 39.2 °C = 103 F
Average: 31.2 °C = 88 F
28.4 °C
83 F
46 °C
115 F
45 °C
113 F
25.6 °C
78 F
36 °C
97 F
44.4 °C
112 F
25.4 °C
78 F
25.8 °C
78 F
29 °C
84 F
Maximum: 46 °C = 115 F
Average: 34 °C = 93 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.4 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.2 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.2 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 46 °C / 115 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 21.1 °C / 70 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27.2 °C / 81 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29 °C / 84.2 F (+1.8 °C / 3.2 F).
System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)

Stress Test

We stress the system with synthetic loads to identify for any potential throttling or stability issues. When running Prime95, clock rates would fluctuate between 400 MHz and 3.4 GHz for the first 20 seconds or so before stabilizing at 2.2 GHz and 63 C. This behavior is definitely strange and undesirable as it indicates unsteady Turbo Boost performance during a period when Turbo Boost is normally reliable. The MSI Modern 14 with the same Core i5 CPU, for example, would boost and remain steady at the 2.7 GHz to 3 GHz range temporarily before stabilizing at 2.3 to 2.5 GHz when under similar Prime95 conditions.

Running both Prime95 and FurMark will throttle the CPU down to just 1 GHz while maintaining a core temperature of 65 C to be about average for a Core U-powered Ultrabook. We suspect that SKUs with the dedicated GeForce MX250 GPU will run warmer since both processors will share the same copper heat pipe.

Performance between battery power and AC adapter power is essentially the same. A 3DMark 11 run on battery power returns Physics and Graphics scores of 6436 and 1817 points, respectively, to be nearly identical to the scores when on mains.

System idle
System idle
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle -- -- 34
Prime95 Stress 2.2 -- 63
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 1.0 -- 65

Speakers

Audio quality is nothing special for a budget laptop and not dissimilar to the HP Pavilion x360 15 in terms of both maximum volume and bass reproduction as exemplified by their similar pink noise graphs. Maximum volume introduces no static or heavy imbalances and only minor vibrations on the palm rests surface.

Pink noise at maximum volume
Pink noise at maximum volume
Stereo speakers located near front corners
Stereo speakers located near front corners
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2043.140.843.12544.636.344.63138.439.538.4403837.2385037.437.937.46336.337.136.38036.435.236.410034.434.934.41253435.93416041.232.941.220051.234.151.225058.331.758.331563.831.763.840067.430.767.450063.629.463.663066.529.566.580070.829.270.8100066.328.766.3125061.128.561.116006228.462200063.128.163.1250061.327.861.3315063.127.863.1400063.927.663.9500069.527.669.5630070.927.470.9800063.727.563.71000066.527.466.51250063.627.363.61600059.927.359.9SPL78.140.578.1N45.1445.1median 63.6median 28.5median 63.6Delta3.92.23.935.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAcer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 16.5% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 50% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 19%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 28% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Our Aspire is very power efficient even for its class likely due to its below average CPU performance. Idling on desktop demands between 2 W and 5 W depending on the brightness level compared to 5 W and 14 W on the AMD-powered Walmart Mobile or 2 W and 6 W on the Asus VivoBook 14 with the older Core i5-8265U CPU. Running 3DMark 06 consumes about 35 W for the first 30 seconds or so before falling to 26 W thereafter.

We're able to measure a maximum consumption of 45.4 W from the small (~9.3 x 3.8 x 2.7 cm) 45 W AC adapter when running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously. However, this lasts for only about 20 seconds as shown by our graph below before falling and stabilizing at 28.2 W. Note that the higher-end A514-52G SKUs with dedicated Nvidia graphics will ship with a more capable 65 W AC adapter.

Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption becomes unsteady for the first 20 seconds or so before stabilizing at 29 W
Prime95 initiated at 10s mark. Consumption becomes unsteady for the first 20 seconds or so before stabilizing at 29 W
Prime95+FurMark initiated at 10s mark. Consumption spikes to about 45.3 W temporarily before inevitably falling due to thermal throttling
Prime95+FurMark initiated at 10s mark. Consumption spikes to about 45.3 W temporarily before inevitably falling due to thermal throttling
Consumption when running 3DMark06 is highest during the first 25 seconds or so when frame rates are higher
Consumption when running 3DMark06 is highest during the first 25 seconds or so when frame rates are higher
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.17 / 0.32 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.7 / 3 / 4.6 Watt
Load midlight 29.3 / 45.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, WDC PC SN520 SDAPNUW-512G, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
i5-10210U, GeForce MX250, Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
i7-1065G7, GeForce MX230, Toshiba KBG40ZNS512G NVMe, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Walmart Motile M142
R5 3500U, Vega 8, BIWIN SSD 256 GB, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
R5 3500U, Vega 8, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 14
Power Consumption
-18%
-75%
-69%
-115%
-77%
Idle Minimum *
2.7
2.7
-0%
4.2
-56%
4.7
-74%
5.3
-96%
5.1
-89%
Idle Average *
3
4.6
-53%
5.9
-97%
6.6
-120%
8.6
-187%
7.2
-140%
Idle Maximum *
4.6
5.2
-13%
7.2
-57%
5.9
-28%
13.1
-185%
9.7
-111%
Load Average *
29.3
35.9
-23%
63.4
-116%
56
-91%
50.6
-73%
40
-37%
Load Maximum *
45.4
46
-1%
67.4
-48%
60.2
-33%
61.6
-36%
49
-8%
Witcher 3 ultra *
53.5

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The internal 51 Wh battery is typical in size for a budget multimedia laptop. Still, real-world WLAN runtimes are long for its category at about 9.5 hours of use compared to "only" 7.5 hours on the Walmart Motile or Lenovo IdeaPad C340. Recharging from empty to full capacity takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.

It is not possible to recharge the laptop with a USB Type-C charger meaning that the proprietary AC adapter must not be lost. Such a feature would have been a boon for travelers.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
22h 40min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
9h 24min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 01min
Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
i5-10210U, UHD Graphics 620, 51 Wh
Asus VivoBook 14 X403FA
i5-8265U, UHD Graphics 620, 72 Wh
MSI Modern 14 A10RB-459US
i5-10210U, GeForce MX250, 50 Wh
Dell Inspiron 14 3493-4KWCF
i7-1065G7, GeForce MX230, 42 Wh
Walmart Motile M142
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 47 Wh
Lenovo Ideapad C340-14API 81N6004UGE
R5 3500U, Vega 8, 45 Wh
Battery Runtime
39%
-16%
-30%
-18%
-21%
Reader / Idle
1360
2141
57%
986
-27%
830
-39%
WiFi v1.3
564
761
35%
515
-9%
390
-31%
462
-18%
448
-21%
Load
121
153
26%
105
-13%
98
-19%

Pros

+ two internal storage bays
+ well-calibrated display
+ relatively inexpensive
+ RJ-45, full-size HDMI
+ easy serviceability
+ long battery life
+ quiet fan noise
+ rigid hinge

Cons

- relies on proprietary AC adapter; no USB Type-C charging
- keyboard keys have weak feedback and shallow travel
- below average CPU performance
- large footprint; thick bezels
- heavy for its screen size
- CPU performance bugs
- spongy clickpad keys
- no SD card reader

Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3
In review: Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3

The Acer Aspire 5 A514 doesn't excel at any one particular category which is fine since it is supposed to be an affordable laptop. Still, that doesn't mean it can't be behind in some key aspects. Users choosing a 14-inch laptop over a 15.6-inch laptop are more likely to value the portability of the smaller form factor. The thick bezels and thus heavier weight of the Acer make it an inferior option to lighter alternatives like the Asus VivoBook or Walmart Motile. The larger dimensions of the Acer would have been fine had it offered advantages like improved rigidity or additional features, but we don't see any of that here.

The CPU performance bug we encountered is another blemish on the system. It thankfully won't impact day-to-day performance since the Aspire 5 doesn't target demanding workloads, but it's undesirable nonetheless. Even when not taking into account the bug, raw CPU performance is on slower than most other laptops equipped with the same Core i5-10210U processor.

There are a few highlights to the system worth mentioning. The display is well-calibrated out of the box and there are two internal storage options instead of just one. Fan noise is almost always quiet during low to low-medium loads and battery life is respectable for its category. Even so, the Aspire 5 A514 has fallen behind when compared to newer and similarly priced subnotebooks from competing OEMs.

The display may be nice for the price, but almost everything else about the Aspire 5 A514 feels dated. It may be time for Acer to redesign the chassis in order to be more competitive in the 14-inch laptop market.

Acer Aspire 5 A514-52-58U3 - 02/14/2020 v7
Allen Ngo

Chassis
73 / 98 → 74%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
48 / 80 → 60%
Weight
67 / 20-72 → 90%
Battery
87 / 95 → 92%
Display
82%
Games Performance
51 / 90 → 57%
Application Performance
83 / 90 → 92%
Temperature
93%
Noise
95 / 95 → 100%
Audio
71%
Camera
30 / 85 → 35%
Average
72%
79%
Multimedia - Weighted Average
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Allen Ngo, 2020-02-15 (Update: 2020-02-24)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.