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Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G (i7-8550U, MX 150, Full-HD) Laptop Review

Sebastian Bade (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 11/01/2017

Fit primarily for work! The new Aspire 5 is based on Intel's 8th-gen Core series. On top of that, the 17-incher offers a dedicated graphics card. Unfortunately, it will only manage to impress casual gamers. In this review, you will learn how well the new CPU generation stacks up against the old guard.

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With the current Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G, Acer conducts product maintenance and replaces the presently widespread seventh-generation Intel Core i Kaby Lake processors. The new CPUs form the foundation of the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G. To be exact, we find in our test device the Intel Core i7-8550U, which has 8 GB of RAM at its disposal. An Nvidia GeForce MX150 ensures good multimedia performance. The operating system is located on a 256 GB SSD, and a 1 TB hard drive offers enough storage space for other data. Together with the 17-inch Full HD IPS panel, buyers are going to have to fork out 1089 Euros for the device with our review configuration, which Acer currently offers in its in-house store. However, in the lowest configuration, the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G costs 699 Euros. In this case, one must forgo the dedicated graphics card and an SSD. One will have to make certain concessions with the display, as well. Because the lower-priced device offers only a resolution of 1600x900 pixels. The processor still offers four cores, however now it goes by the name of “Intel Core i5-8250U”.

You can see the devices we have selected for this review in the table below. Both HP devices are based on the faster Intel Core i7-7700HQ processors. Nevertheless, we used these devices to show what the 8th generation can offer in terms of performance.

Acer Aspire V17 HP Omen 17 Acer Aspire F17 Acer Aspire V17 HP Pavilion 17
CPU Intel Core i5-7300HQ Intel Core i7-7700HQ Intel Core i5-7200U Intel Core i5-7300HQ Intel Core i7-7700HQ
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
Panel 17.3 Zoll 1.920 x 1.080 17.3 Zoll 1.920 x 1.080 17.3 Zoll 1.920 x 1.080 17.3 Zoll 1.920 x 1.080 17.3 Zoll 3.840 x 2.160
RAM 8 GB 16 GB 8 GB 16 GB 8 GB
Speicher 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD 256 GB SSD
Wertung 87% 81% 82% 87% 76%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L (Aspire 5 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 - 2048 MB, Core: 1469 - 1532 MHz, Memory: 6000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 382.48, Nvidia Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2133, max. 16 GB
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, LG Display, LP173WF4-SPF5, aSi TFT, IPS, Acer ComfyView Full-HD IPS Display (matt), glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U iHDCP 2.2 Premium PCH
Storage
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN, 256 GB 
, M.2-SSD + WDC WD10SPZX-21Z10T0, 1 TB HDD, 5400 RPM, 1130 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Combo Audio/Mic jack (3.5mm), Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
Asus Slimtype DVD A DU8AESH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 28.25 x 423.3 x 289.9 ( = 1.11 x 16.67 x 11.41 in)
Battery
48 Wh, 3220 mAh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 7 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Primary Camera: 0.9 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Acer TrueHarmony Technology, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, AC adapter, Acer Care Center, Acer Configuration Manager, Acer Portal, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.878 kg ( = 101.52 oz / 6.34 pounds), Power Supply: 314 g ( = 11.08 oz / 0.69 pounds)
Price
1089 EUR

 

Case

The case of the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G is made predominantly out of plastic. However, the upper side of the chassis has been given an Aluminium finish. In terms of color, the device is rather conservative. Silver accents spice up the look of an otherwise black-colored case. The display lid is adorned by an Acer logo and a vertically-striped texture, which we have already seen in the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro. The chassis is quite rigid, albeit the device responds to our twisting attempts with creaking sounds. In our flex test, the chassis exhibits only minimal bending, which is well within reasonable bounds. The same applies to the display lid, which can be bent with some effort. However, this does not result in rippling on the screen. The hinges do a great job and have no trouble keeping the 17-inch display in a set position. Unfortunately, the lid wobbles slightly, but, in our view, the wobbling is more than acceptable. On a positive note, the device can be opened with one hand. However, what we must criticize are the surfaces, which are highly susceptible to fingerprints. Although, the fingerprints can be removed easily with a wet cloth.

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Size Comparison

It is clear from the size comparison that all of our devices have a similar footprint. The fact that the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G takes up a surface area of 42.3 x 28.9 centimeters (16.6 x 11.4 in) is not surprising, for a 17-inch laptop. With a weight of 2.9 kilograms (6.4 lbs), our test device, along with the Acer Aspire F5 and the HP Omen 17, belongs to the lightest devices in our comparison chart. The AC power adapter adds another 314 grams (0.7 lbs) to the total.

Connectivity

With the Aspire 5 A517-51G, the manufacturer does not follow the trend and grants the device an optical disc drive. All in all, our test device offers 4 USB ports, 2 of which are based on the older USB 2.0 standard. Both USB 3 ports find their place on the left side, and we have determined that one of them is based on the Type-C standard. Therefore only one USB 3.0 port is available, which should not be the case, these days. The only port for connecting an external monitor that the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G offers is an HDMI output. A USB Type-C to HDMI adapter refused to work and, therefore, it cannot serve as an alternative solution. The ports are well-positioned and well-spaced. There should not be any problems when using multiple ports at the same time. The manufacturer has also given some thought to the power connector (because of the angled shape it will lead the power cable directly behind the device).

left side: Kensington Lock, modular connector, one USB 3.1 Type-C port, one HDMI output, one USB 3.0 port, SD card reader
left side: Kensington Lock, modular connector, one USB 3.1 Type-C port, one HDMI output, one USB 3.0 port, SD card reader
right side : combo audio/mic jack (3.5mm), two USB 2.0 ports, Status LED`s, DVD burner (Double Layer), DC power socket
right side : combo audio/mic jack (3.5mm), two USB 2.0 ports, Status LED`s, DVD burner (Double Layer), DC power socket
backside: fan grill
backside: fan grill
frontside: no ports
frontside: no ports

SD card reader

The SD card reader is located on the left side and supports all the latest formats. However, inserted cards protrude quite prominently from the card slot, which can easily lead to damage to the data storage device. The performance of the SD card reader shows that it operates with USB 3.0 speeds. With our reference SD card, Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II, we have reached a sequential read speed of 84 MB/s. When copying JPG files, the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G took second place in the comparison chart below, with a transfer rate of 74,9 MB/s.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
HP Omen 17-w206ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
76 MB/s ∼100% +1%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
74.9 MB/s ∼99%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
 
72.1 MB/s ∼95% -4%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
60.5 MB/s ∼80% -19%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.7 MB/s ∼31% -68%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
23.2 MB/s ∼31% -69%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
 
90.59 MB/s ∼100% +8%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼96% +4%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼96% +4%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
84 MB/s ∼93%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
25 MB/s ∼28% -70%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
24.6 MB/s ∼27% -71%

Communication

Wi-Fi module
Wi-Fi module

LAN and Wi-Fi enable access to the internet. The Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G has a Gigabit Ethernet port. The Wi-Fi module Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 is responsible for the wireless communication. Within the scope of our measurements, the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G reached a data reception speed of 347 MB/s and a data transmission speed of 310 MB/s. Therefore the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G takes a spot near the bottom of our comparison chart. According to the spec sheet, the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168 has a max speed of 433 MB/s. Unfortunately, a boost in performance is only possible with a faster Wi-Fi module.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
687 MBit/s ∼100% +98%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
599 MBit/s ∼87% +73%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174
594 MBit/s ∼86% +71%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
547 MBit/s ∼80% +58%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
347 MBit/s ∼51%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
344 MBit/s ∼50% -1%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4
664 MBit/s ∼100% +114%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174
638 MBit/s ∼96% +106%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
542 MBit/s ∼82% +75%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
533 MBit/s ∼80% +72%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
342 MBit/s ∼52% +10%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
310 MBit/s ∼47%

Security

With the Aspire 5 A517-51G, Acer forgoes biometric security measures. Only a Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) is included. In addition, there is a test version of Norton Security on our device.

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Accessories

In the box, besides the device, we found the compact AC power adapter, some service brochures and warranty provisions.

Maintenance

Even though, the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G boasts two small maintenance covers, the fan, unfortunately, cannot be cleaned. Both upgrade openings are there primarily to enable access to the 2.5-inch data storage device and the RAM. Those who would like to put in an M.2 SSD will have to remove the entire back cover. After one undoes a number of screws, the underside can be removed with some force. Here we recommend using a handy remover so as not to damage the plastic holder. The bottom cover can be easily removed with a touch of diligence. However, Acer could have been more customer-friendly if it had included a maintenance cover that encompassed both the fan and the SSD.

the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G with the bottom cover.
the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G with the bottom cover.

Warranty

With the Aspire 5 A517-51G, Acer offers a two-year manufacturer warranty, which includes the Pickup & Return service.

Input Devices

Keyboard

keyboard of the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G
keyboard of the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G

Right out of the gate, the keyboard layout already resembles the Aspire series from Acer. The power button is located within the keyboard area (the first button in the first row on the right). With 16 x 16 millimeters (0.04 x 0.04 in), the keys offer enough surface area and are not too small. An adjacent numeric pad is a must for a 17-inch laptop, albeit here the keys have smaller dimensions. The white markings provide a nice contrast to the black surface of the keys and make reading the imprinted symbols easier. We have nothing to say about the keyboard backlight, because we were not able to find one. The pressure point is palpable, however it leaves a squishy impression. The travel distance of about 2 millimeters (~0.08 in) is conventional and well within reasonable bounds. During fast typing, the keys produce an audible clicking sound. All in all, the keyboard could have been better, considering the 1089-Euro price tag of the device.

Touchpad

touchpad of the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G
touchpad of the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G

The touchpad fits visually with the overall color scheme and is marked, around the edges, with a silver line. The surface area of 10.7 x 7.9 centimeters (4.21 x 3.11 in) is smooth and offers enough wiggle room. Therefore multitouch gestures are not a problem. The touchpad works well even at the edges. The buttons in the bottom area make a clear clinking sound when they are pressed. On the whole, we can say that the clickpad leaves a qualitatively better impression than the keyboard.

Display

subpixel array
subpixel array
distinctly visible Clouding
distinctly visible Clouding

The LG display of our test device measures 17.3 inches (43.9 cm) diagonally and has a resolution of 1920x1080. This amounts to a pixel density of 127 ppi. As already mentioned earlier, Acer equips the lower-priced entry-level devices with different displays with a somewhat lower resolution (1600x900). The IPS panel of our Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G offers a very good brightness of 364 cd/m². Here the other devices fall considerably behind, which one can see in the comparison chart below. The low black value of 0.29 cd/m² is accompanied by a good contrast ratio of 1369:1. Here the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G scores above the comparable devices, as well. Our review device has minor problems with the bright distribution (84 percent) and dark scenes. Slight screen bleeding shows up in the bottom left corner of our review device, although it is not noticeable during normal operation. With our test pattern, we were able to measure PWM, just as with the HP Omen 17 and the Acer Aspire F5. However, the measured frequency of 122000 Hz is extremely high and should not cause any problems for the users.

356
cd/m²
370
cd/m²
353
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
397
cd/m²
381
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
385
cd/m²
361
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 397 cd/m² Average: 364.3 cd/m² Minimum: 22 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 397 cd/m²
Contrast: 1369:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.88 | 0.8-29.43 Ø6.4
ΔE Greyscale 3.1 | 0.64-98 Ø6.6
84% sRGB (Argyll) 55% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.59
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
LG Display, LP173WF4-SPF5, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
AU Optronics, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Chi Mei CMN1738, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
AU Optronics B173HTN01.1, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
AUO B173HAN01.0, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
AUO119B, 3840x2160, 17.3
Response Times
10%
-26%
-24%
14%
-16%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
41 (19, 22)
38 (20, 18)
7%
38 (20, 18)
7%
43 (23, 20)
-5%
36 (20, 16)
12%
50.8
-24%
Response Time Black / White *
31 (17, 4)
27 (16, 11)
13%
26 (15.6, 10.4)
16%
21 (16, 5)
32%
26 (15, 11)
16%
33.2
-7%
PWM Frequency
122000 (90)
200 (95)
-100%
1000 (100)
-99%
Screen
-7%
-11%
-60%
-10%
-18%
Brightness middle
397
301
-24%
318
-20%
339
-15%
346
-13%
325.7
-18%
Brightness
364
270
-26%
295
-19%
315
-13%
307
-16%
309
-15%
Brightness Distribution
84
79
-6%
79
-6%
84
0%
84
0%
90
7%
Black Level *
0.29
0.38
-31%
0.25
14%
0.35
-21%
0.26
10%
0.37
-28%
Contrast
1369
792
-42%
1272
-7%
969
-29%
1331
-3%
880
-36%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.88
3.49
10%
4.7
-21%
10.4
-168%
4.32
-11%
6.5
-68%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.22
7.49
9%
8.8
-7%
15.96
-94%
8.05
2%
9.6
-17%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.1
1.88
39%
5
-61%
11.67
-276%
5.76
-86%
5.6
-81%
Gamma
2.59 93%
2.35 102%
2.28 105%
2.32 103%
2.35 102%
2.59 93%
CCT
6570 99%
6587 99%
7374 88%
13081 50%
6447 101%
5860 111%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
55
56
2%
61
11%
60
9%
59
7%
87
58%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
84
86
2%
93
11%
91
8%
90
7%
100
19%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
2% / -4%
-19% / -14%
-42% / -52%
2% / -6%
-17% / -18%

* ... smaller is better

Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G vs. sRGB (84 %)
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G vs. sRGB (84 %)
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G vs. AdobeRGB (55 %)
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G vs. AdobeRGB (55 %)

Overall, the provided picture quality can be described as good. Here the interplay between the low black value (0.29) and the good contrast ratio (1369:1) makes for a very good presentation. The average DeltaE 2000 deviations of the grayscale (3.1) and the colors (3.88) are very low. A calibration of the display can provide some improvement. We have linked the appropriate ICC profile and made it available for downloading. The measured color space coverage is rather average with 84 % for the sRGB color space and 55 % for AdobeRGB. Therefore the device is only suitable for casual image editing.

CalMAN: grayscale
CalMAN: grayscale
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: ColorChecker
CalMAN: saturation sweep
CalMAN: saturation sweep

The high brightness (364 cd/m²) in combination with a matte display makes for good outdoor usability. One can work with the device even on a sunny day. In the shade, in some circumstances, the brightness can even be reduced, which can extend the battery life.

Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G in sunlight
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G in sunlight
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G in the shade
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G in the shade

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
31 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 17 ms rise
↘ 4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 78 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 22 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. » 47 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41.9 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 122000 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 122000 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 122000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 10287 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 588200) Hz was measured.

When testing the viewing angles, we have observed a typical IPS panel with slight clouding around the edges, which results in very minor color deviations. Nevertheless, the screen of the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G has very stable viewing angles. During normal use, no problems should arise.

viewing angles of the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G
viewing angles of the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G

Performance

Our review configuration is the top variant of the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G. The Intel Core i7-8550U offers enough performance for work and multimedia applications. With a dedicated graphics card from Nvidia (GeForce MX150), one can play a diverse range of video games. Even the entry-level device, which is based on the Intel Core i5-8250U, offers enough base performance to justify its designation as a multimedia device. However, we recommend that the users make sure that their device is at least equipped with an SSD, in order to deal with the disadvantageous loading times which are associated with conventional hard drives.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
DPC-Latency
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO
Intel Extreme Utility
Intel Extreme Utility (Benchmark)

Processor

the processor is soldered in place
the processor is soldered in place

The Intel Core i7-8550U is a power efficient quad-core processor which is based on the Kaby Lake architecture. Despite its four physical cores, the TPD only amounts to 15 watts. The base clock speed comes in at 1.8 GHz, and it can be dynamically increased up to 4.0 GHz. In order to boost performance in multi-threaded applications, Intel has integrated the well-known Hyper-threading technology into the i7-8550U. Therefore the i7-8550U has 8 threads at its disposal. The single core performance of the new SoC has been significantly increased, thanks to the high 4.0 GHz clock rate. Therefore the i7-8550U-based Acer Aspire 5 dominates in the Cinebench R15 Single-Core benchmark with a score of 171 points. In the Cinebench R15 Multi-Core benchmark, the performance of the Intel Core i7-8550U is restricted, because of the hard-set power target. Here the i7-7700HQ-based devices manage to deliver much better results. However, with a TDP of 45 watts, these devices consume considerably more power.

For the additional benchmarks for the Intel Core i7-8550U, click here.

We test how well a processor’s performance holds up under continuous load with the Cinebench R15 Multi-Core benchmark running in a continuous loop. For a short while, the processor drew 44 watts, which is reflected clearly in the results, because during our first benchmark run the CPU scored 584 points. During the second benchmark run, the score sank to 544 points. All subsequent benchmark runs achieved similar results, therefore there are no other fluctuations in performance to report. Numerically, this means that the CPU’s performance drops by about 7 % under continuous load.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
171 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼93% -7%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
158 Points ∼92% -8%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
141 Points ∼82% -18%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
133 Points ∼78% -22%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
128 Points ∼75% -25%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
729 Points ∼100% +25%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
620 Points ∼85% +6%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
585 Points ∼80%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
515 Points ∼71% -12%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
503 Points ∼69% -14%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
327 (min: 320, max: 340) Points ∼45% -44%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.95 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼93% -7%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.8 Points ∼92% -8%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1.51 Points ∼77% -23%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
1.48 Points ∼76% -24%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.09 Points ∼100% +26%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
6.96 Points ∼86% +8%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
6.44 Points ∼80%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5.81 Points ∼72% -10%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
3.68 Points ∼45% -43%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
8426 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7611 Points ∼90% -10%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
6594 Points ∼78% -22%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
28735 Points ∼100% +12%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
25544 Points ∼89%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
21912 Points ∼76% -14%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
281.82 Points ∼100%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
253.52 Points ∼90% -10%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
251.67 Points ∼89% -11%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
247.82 Points ∼88% -12%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
236.37 Points ∼84% -16%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
203.89 Points ∼72% -28%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
41706 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
33589 Points ∼81% -19%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
31417 Points ∼75% -25%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Intel Core i5-7200U
1188.5 ms * ∼100% -26%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
1044.1 ms * ∼88% -11%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
947.2 ms * ∼80% -0%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Intel Core i7-8550U
943.7 ms * ∼79%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Jetstream 1.1
Jetstream 1.1
Octane V2
Octane V2
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Mozilla Kraken 1.1
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3328
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
18890
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6518
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
3357 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
25544 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
8426 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.44 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
72.29 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.95 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
585 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
171 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
102.9 fps
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System Performance

The high CPU performance makes for consistently good results. Here the increase in performance that Intel promised shows itself in almost every area. The sensible storage solution (SSD+HDD) results in a very responsive system. 8 GB of RAM is not very much these days, but it is enough to run all the latest applications. All in all, we can say that working on this device is a lot of fun and that the loading times are barely noticeable.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
5193 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4940 Points ∼95% -5%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
4486 Points ∼86% -14%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4205 Points ∼81% -19%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
2213 Points ∼43% -57%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
5055 Points ∼100%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
4777 Points ∼95% -5%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
4516 Points ∼89% -11%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
4169 Points ∼82% -18%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4216 Points ∼100% +8%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
3910 Points ∼93%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
3899 Points ∼92% 0%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
3596 Points ∼85% -8%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3372 Points ∼80% -14%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
3056 Points ∼72% -22%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3910 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
5055 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5193 points
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Storage Devices

256 GB M.2 SSD
256 GB M.2 SSD
1 TB 2.5-inch hard drive
1 TB 2.5-inch hard drive

The Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G, in our review configuration, comes equipped with an M.2 SSD, on which the operating system is located. A conventional 2.5-inch HDD serves as an additional storage device to provide enough space for multimedia content. The SSD from Micron offers SATA speeds, which is substantiated by our test results. The SSD achieves a sequential read speed of 494 MB/s and a sequential write speed of 404 MB/s. The 4K read speed of 25 MB/s is in good order, as well (which makes small files load faster). The 5400 RPM hard drive comes from Western Digital. HD Tune handed in an average transfer rate of some 92 MB/s. Not an entirely perfect result, given that comparable hard drives achieve somewhat better transfer rates.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 3 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 3 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 (SSD)
CrystalDiskInfo (SSD)
CrystalDiskInfo (SSD)
HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark 3 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 3 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 (HDD)
CrystalDiskInfo (HDD)
CrystalDiskInfo (HDD)
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
HP Omen 17-w206ng
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-87%
156%
-91%
3%
48%
Write 4k QD32
237.7
4.705
-98%
504.7
112%
0.828
-100%
267
12%
405.2
70%
Read 4k QD32
247.4
1.008
-100%
587.9
138%
0.666
-100%
344.6
39%
282.7
14%
Write 4k
81.44
3.152
-96%
155.6
91%
0.831
-99%
76.21
-6%
116.2
43%
Read 4k
27.58
0.435
-98%
59.93
117%
0.331
-99%
28.4
3%
20.09
-27%
Write 512
302.5
98.56
-67%
805
166%
27.34
-91%
267.8
-11%
472.3
56%
Read 512
295.6
39.93
-86%
846.3
186%
28.89
-90%
325.8
10%
694.6
135%
Write Seq
385.6
109.1
-72%
1176
205%
103.1
-73%
270.2
-30%
263.2
-32%
Read Seq
480.1
117.6
-76%
1606
235%
107.1
-78%
493.1
3%
1076
124%
Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Transfer Rate Minimum: 62.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 254.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 91.8 MB/s
Access Time: 1.4 ms
Burst Rate: 162.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 7.5 %

Graphics Card

the Geforce MX150 is also soldered in
the Geforce MX150 is also soldered in

The Intel UHD Graphics 620 and the Nvidia GeForce MX150 are responsible for image rendering, whereby the Intel UHD Graphics 620 deals with the 2D applications and the Nvidia GeForce MX150 takes care of the 3D applications. The appropriate graphics adapter is selected automatically, depending on the type of activity (the user does not have to do anything). The Nvidia GeForce MX150 has 2 GB of GDDR5 video memory at its disposal. In terms of performance, it is significantly slower than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 and is on the same level as the somewhat older Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M. As the new component of the refreshed Kaby Lake processors, the Intel UHD Graphics 620 relieves the processor during video playback and thus insures longer battery life in 2D applications.

You can find more benchmarks for the Nvidia GeForce MX150 and the Intel UHD Graphics 620, here.

3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
10984 Points ∼100% +210%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
7883 Points ∼72% +123%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
6041 Points ∼55% +71%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
3542 Points ∼32%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
3511 Points ∼32% -1%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
59879 Points ∼100% +229%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
50683 Points ∼85% +179%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
21659 Points ∼36% +19%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
18188 Points ∼30%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14979 Points ∼25% -18%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
14785 Points ∼100% +227%
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
10270 Points ∼69% +127%
HP Omen 17-w206ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
9482 Points ∼64% +110%
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7840 Points ∼53% +73%
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i7-8550U
4519 Points ∼31%
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
4231 Points ∼29% -6%
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Sky Diver
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
3DMark 11
3DMark 11
 
3DMark 06 Standard
17583 points
3DMark 11 Performance
4732 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
44475 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
13140 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
3207 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
1668 points
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Gaming Performance

The Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G is fit for occasional gaming, however, in recently released titles, one will have to make certain concessions in terms of the graphical settings in order to deal with frequent performance drops. The Nvidia GeForce MX150 is the only available dedicated graphics solution for the Acer Aspire 5. The lower-priced entry-level devices without a dedicated graphics card fall hopelessly behind in terms of 3D performance. The performance of the Nvidia GeForce MX150 is roughly equivalent to that of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 162.193.378.931fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 12188.463.628.6fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 67.137.220.617.4fps

Emissions

System Noise

noise characteristics
noise characteristics

In terms of noise emissions, Acer did a great job with the Aspire 5 A517-51G. In our comparison chart, our test device is the quietest. At idle, the device operates almost silently. The small fan only begins to spin up when the device has to carry out demanding tasks. Our review sample handed in a maximum noise level of 34.4 dB(A). With the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G, we observed no unnecessary spinning-up of the fan or any high-frequency fan noise.

a heatpipe cools the CPU and GPU
a heatpipe cools the CPU and GPU
a fan is located in the laptop
a fan is located in the laptop

Noise Level

Idle
30.1 / 30.1 / 29.7 dB(A)
HDD
29.7 dB(A)
DVD
34.2 / dB(A)
Load
34.4 / 34.4 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: 29.4 dB(A)
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Noise
-4%
-23%
-2%
-5%
-24%
off / environment *
29.4
29.7
-1%
30
-2%
30
-2%
30.7
-4%
29.6
-1%
Idle Minimum *
30.1
30.2
-0%
34
-13%
31.5
-5%
30.7
-2%
34.5
-15%
Idle Average *
30.1
30.2
-0%
35
-16%
31.5
-5%
30.7
-2%
34.5
-15%
Idle Maximum *
29.7
30.6
-3%
36
-21%
31.6
-6%
31.4
-6%
36.6
-23%
Load Average *
34.4
33.8
2%
47
-37%
31.7
8%
32.1
7%
46.6
-35%
Load Maximum *
34.4
42.6
-24%
52
-51%
34.5
-0%
42.8
-24%
52.3
-52%
Witcher 3 ultra *
39.5
48
31.4
42.8

* ... smaller is better

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.439.235.542.238.42534.733.933.335.934.73129.929.630.627.929.94030.531.929.129.830.55032.332.731.830.832.36333.133.335.535.633.18028.5283029.128.510027.22727.22827.212525.324.525.92625.316024.624.525.126.124.620024.425.225.426.624.425022.722.323.824.822.731522.622.425.324.722.640021.120.522.723.721.150019.820.122.322.919.863019.419.323.123.119.480018.418.823.923.918.4100017.617.923.423.517.6125017.117.223.92417.1160016.316.624.524.216.3200016.116.324.824.816.1250015.815.922.822.315.8315015.815.721.321.715.8400015.615.519.420.115.6500015.715.718.719.115.7630015.715.717.71815.7800015.715.816.617.115.71000015.615.616.316.515.61250015.715.816.216.415.716000161616.316.816SPL29.429.479.634.434.529.4N1.31.344.82.12.11.3median 17.1Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80Lmedian 17.2median 23.1median 23.5median 17.1Delta3.33.22.82.83.332.136.533.136.232.131.532.53232.231.530.530.832.231.730.53032.632293031.631.531.328.831.630.328.830.330.830.330.230.529.728.330.230.231.230.428.930.226.62724.224.526.625.827.225.32425.824.72725.524.624.723.328.122.922.123.323.228.824.32223.221.327.622.420.821.321.125.621.820.321.12025.820.519.32019.428.320.518.619.41929.820.417.91918.529.320.117.718.518.732.220.91718.718.433.521.317.118.417.735.420.616.917.717.332.318.11717.317.131.917.816.917.117.228.717.916.917.217.225.717.71717.217.321.617.717.217.317.320.518.417.117.317.619.620.817.217.617.719.520.917.417.730.842.832.13030.81.541.71.41.5median 18.7Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XNmedian 28.1median 20.8median 17.7median 18.72.72.31.922.7hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

3DMark 11 after the stress test
3DMark 11 after the stress test

The heat pipe and the fan work very well together, as a result of that, the heat dissipates very well from the device. As the image below shows, the hottest spot is located on the upper side of the chassis atop the keyboard. With 40.4 ° C (104.72 ° F), the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G is considerably cooler than all the other devices in our comparison chart. During the stress test, we stress the system for at least one hour with Furmark and Prime95. In the process, the Nvidia GeForce MX150 reached a maximum temperature of 88 °C (190.4 °F) and the Intel Core i7-8550U’s temperature peaked at 90 °C (194 °F). Despite the relatively high temperature, the graphics card operated with a stable core clock of 1600 MHz. The CPU also maintained a stable clock rate of 1.8 GHz. A subsequent 3D benchmark run showed that the continuous load had almost no effect on the results of the 3DMark 11 benchmark. Following the stress test, the result remained almost identical to what we saw during a cold start.

Stresstest: Prime95 solo
Stresstest: Prime95 solo
Stresstest: FurMark solo
Stresstest: FurMark solo
Stresstest: FurMark + Prime95
Stresstest: FurMark + Prime95
3DMark Sky Diver stress test
3DMark Sky Diver stress test
Max. Load
 36.7 °C40.4 °C34 °C 
 32 °C33.2 °C25.6 °C 
 25.5 °C24.2 °C24.3 °C 
Maximum: 40.4 °C
Average: 30.7 °C
32.1 °C37 °C31 °C
24.5 °C29.7 °C29 °C
23.2 °C23.7 °C23.6 °C
Maximum: 37 °C
Average: 28.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  62 °C | Room Temperature 21.9 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
heat distribution under load - upper side
heat distribution under load - upper side
heat distribution under load - underside
heat distribution under load - underside
heat distribution at idle - upper side
heat distribution at idle - upper side
heat distribution at idle - underside
heat distribution at idle - underside
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
GeForce MX150, 8550U, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7300HQ, Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035
HP Omen 17-w206ng
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7300HQ, SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7
Heat
-17%
-33%
-22%
-11%
-3%
Maximum Upper Side *
40.4
48
-19%
55.6
-38%
41.9
-4%
48.4
-20%
48.8
-21%
Maximum Bottom *
37
40.8
-10%
57.7
-56%
55.8
-51%
44.2
-19%
38.4
-4%
Idle Upper Side *
25.3
29.9
-18%
32.2
-27%
33.4
-32%
25.8
-2%
24.2
4%
Idle Bottom *
24.7
29.8
-21%
27.2
-10%
25.1
-2%
25.5
-3%
22.8
8%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

sound characteristics
sound characteristics

The stereo speaks find their place at the edges of the wrist rest. Due to the downward-facing openings, the sound is reflected off of the tabletop. If the device is located on a soft surface, the sound becomes somewhat dulled. Because of the small membranes, which do not have a large air volume, the mids and the highs prevail. The lows are not entirely lost and make themselves known. The maximum volume comes in at 72 dB(A), which is a decent result. However, the small membranes pop and crackle, which makes listening to the device unpleasant. One can connect external sound systems to the device via the 3.5-mm headphone/microphone jack.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.439.238.42534.73834.73129.936.829.94030.540.930.55032.338.932.36333.141.333.18028.541.328.510027.241.827.212525.343.525.316024.645.724.620024.448.724.425022.751.422.731522.655.422.640021.157.921.150019.864.219.863019.468.519.480018.464.118.4100017.662.517.6125017.162.417.1160016.369.316.3200016.171.416.1250015.871.915.8315015.869.915.8400015.663.815.6500015.760.215.7630015.763.515.7800015.768.115.71000015.665.815.61250015.764.715.7160001657.616SPL29.479.629.4N1.344.81.3median 17.1Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80Lmedian 63.5median 17.1Delta3.35.63.341.4473638.130.731.131.335.429.432.52728.83233.836.937.226.74024.645.324.35323.459.522.362.820.665.819.868.81969.917.868.417.9711869.417.768.917.566.517.569.317.469.117.766.817.664.217.660.117.556.717.655.517.553.917.441.230.579.61.546.2median 17.8HP Omen 17-w206ngmedian 64.22.48.3hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 15.8% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 25% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 70% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 14% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 82% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

HP Omen 17-w206ng audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 14.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 46% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 47% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 30% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 64% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked!)

Energy Management

Energy Consumption

The power consumption of the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G is very modest, when compared to the devices that we have used in this review. The processor and the graphics card are primarily responsible for most of the energy consumption. Whiling idling, our test device consumes 4.1 to 9.8 watts. Under load, the power consumption peaks at 66.4 watts. However, we recorded an average of 64 watts under full load. Under load, the devices with significantly faster graphics cards consume considerably more power, which is what we would expect to see. Nevertheless, the devices included in this review for comparison purposes should not be judged too harshly. The fact that the battery of the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G did not hold at 100 % under full load is quite striking. This means that the battery was discharging, despite the fact that the device was plugged in. With 65 watts, the AC adapter falls short of properly supplying the device with energy, when it comes to the maximum performance. Here a more powerful AC adapter can be of help.

compact AC adapter delivers 65 watts
compact AC adapter ...
compact AC adapter delivers 65 watts
... delivers 65 watts
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.38 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.1 / 9.3 / 9.8 Watt
Load midlight 64 / 66.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
8550U, GeForce MX150, Micron 1100 MTFDDAV256TBN, aSi TFT, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Seagate Mobile HDD 1TB ST1000LM035, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Omen 17-w206ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100, TN, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), SK Hynix HFS256G39TND-N210A, a-Si TFT-LCD, WLED, 1920x1080, 17.3
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW256G7, IPS, 3840x2160, 17.3
Power Consumption
-62%
-112%
-28%
-65%
-102%
Idle Minimum *
4.1
8.7
-112%
11
-168%
6.9
-68%
7.8
-90%
13.3
-224%
Idle Average *
9.3
12.4
-33%
18
-94%
13.6
-46%
13.3
-43%
18.5
-99%
Idle Maximum *
9.8
15.4
-57%
24
-145%
14.8
-51%
16.6
-69%
19
-94%
Load Average *
64
73
-14%
84
-31%
41
36%
73
-14%
78
-22%
Load Maximum *
66.4
130
-96%
146
-120%
75
-13%
140
-111%
113.4
-71%
Witcher 3 ultra *
98
101
33
118

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

3DMark 11 on battery power
3DMark 11 on battery power
48 Wh battery
48 Wh battery

Thanks to the relatively low energy consumption, the battery life of the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G is in good order. With 48 Wh, the built-in battery is not very large. In our view, a somewhat larger battery, at the expense of the optical disc drive, would be a sensible option. According to the manufacturer, a single charge should ensure up to 7 hours of operation. This claim proved true, but only during idle operation (9 hours 20 minutes). In our practically-oriented Wi-Fi test, the battery held for 6 hours and 19 minutes, before the device needed to be plugged in. To ensure the consistent conditions, we had to reduce the brightness of the display by 6 levels. This corresponds to a display brightness of 150 cd/m². A complete charge takes about two hours (not excessively long). When running on battery power, the 3D performance is not affected drastically, as a result we achieved 4158 points in 3DMark 11.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 20min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (EDGE: 40.15063.674.0)
6h 17min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 21min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 29min
max battery runtime
max battery runtime
min battery runtime
min battery runtime
Wi-Fi battery runtime
Wi-Fi battery runtime
H.264 battery runtime
H.264 battery runtime
charge time
charge time
Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L
8550U, GeForce MX150, 48 Wh
Acer Aspire Nitro BE VN7-793G-5811
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 52.5 Wh
HP Omen 17-w206ng
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 62 Wh
Acer Aspire F5-771G-50RD
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M, 40 Wh
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 69 Wh
HP Pavilion 17t-ab200 UHD
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 63 Wh
Battery Runtime
-26%
17%
-18%
13%
-12%
Reader / Idle
560
795
42%
429
-23%
618
10%
533
-5%
H.264
321
315
-2%
WiFi v1.3
377
278
-26%
380
1%
268
-29%
374
-1%
286
-24%
Load
89
96
8%
87
-2%
130
46%
82
-8%

Verdict

Pros

+ elegant design
+ fast processor
+ IPS display with high luminosity
+ well-matched combination of SSD and HDD
+ Nvidia GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM
+ good battery life
+ low power consumption
+ case does not get very hot
+ works quietly
+ two maintenance covers
+ just 3 kg (6.6 lbs)
+ optical disc drive
+ good pricing

Cons

- performance of the AC adapter (discharging of the battery under full load)
- mediocre interface
- Wi-Fi performance
- surfaces susceptible to fingerprints
The Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G, provided courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de
The Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G, provided courtesy of notebooksbilliger.de

The Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G is a multimedia notebook, which is fit for everyday tasks quite well. With the arrival of the 8th generation of Intel’s Core series, the CPU performance was significantly increased. The Intel Core i7-8550U has enough performance reserves so as not to become a piece of obsolete hardware in the near future. 8 GB of RAM is sufficient for most usage scenarios, plus upgrading to 20 GB should not present any trouble. A combination of an SSD and an HDD makes for a very responsive system. For 1089 Euros, consumers get a chic, elegant 17-inch notebook, which weighs just below 3 kilograms (6.6 lbs).

Above all, the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G wins one over with very good CPU performance while consuming (relatively) little energy. Furthermore, with the Nvidia GeForce MX150, the Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G offers an entry-level graphics card, which can run a wide range of games quite well.

The IPS display rounds the relatively good package off and wins over with its high brightness. One can describe the AC adapter as somewhat undersized, because the battery should not be discharging under full load. The input devices, likewise, leave a rather ambivalent impression. However, the touchpad does a great job, whereas the typing comfort of the keyboard suffers a little.

Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-80L - 10/26/2017 v6
Sebastian Bade

Chassis
84 / 98 → 86%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
45 / 81 → 56%
Weight
57 / 20-67 → 79%
Battery
85%
Display
89%
Games Performance
76 / 85 → 90%
Application Performance
90 / 92 → 98%
Temperature
95%
Noise
94 / 95 → 99%
Audio
50%
Camera
45 / 85 → 53%
Average
75%
85%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Bade, 2017-11- 1 (Update: 2017-11- 1)