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Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 02/18/2016

Long-lasting. The Aspire is a compact, 13.3-inch subnotebook. The laptop's distinguishing features are its low price of approximately 350 Euros (~$388) and its long battery life. However, the laptop's fan can get annoying.

For the original German review, see here.

Acer's 13.3-inch Aspire ES1-311 is aimed at all users who are looking for a portable laptop and do not want to spend too much money on it. The laptop's price is just below 350 Euros (~$388). The buyer gets a Pentium processor and a 1 TB hard drive among other things for that. Our report reveals whether the laptop is convincing.

The Aspire barely has any rivals in the category of very affordable 13.3 and 14-inch laptops. HP's Stream 13 can be named in the 13.3-inch sector. Acer's Aspire V3-371 is also a contender, but even the lowest-priced model of the range is still 50 Euros (~$55) more expensive than the ES1-311. Competition in the 14-inch division is found in, for example, HP's Stream 14-z050ng and HP's 14-r003ng.

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Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Core: 313-896 MHz, 10.18.10.3574
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, single-channel, one memory bank (filled)
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, Chi Mei N133BGE-EAB, TN LED, glossy: no
Storage
WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 880 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC283 @ Intel Bay Trail SoC - HD Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 20.7 x 327 x 228 ( = 0.81 x 12.87 x 8.98 in)
Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Windows 8.1 (64 Bit) + Bing
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Acer Video Player, Cyberlink PhotoDirector 3, Cyberlink PowerDirector 10, Mcafee LiveSafe-Internet Security (one-year licence), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.6 kg ( = 56.44 oz / 3.53 pounds), Power Supply: 279 g ( = 9.84 oz / 0.62 pounds)
Price
349 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

The Aspire has the fundamental casing form and looks with the Aspire ES1-511 (15.6-inches) and Aspire E1-111 (11.6-inches) models in common. The laptop is comprised of matte black plastic, and both the wrist rest and display's back are structured. The laptop does not have a maintenance cover, but the base unit is relatively easy to take away. The battery cannot be removed. The laptop's stiffness is basically satisfactory. It has the weak points that we also find in more expensive laptops. The casing can be dented below the touchpad, and the lid could be stiffer - it warps quite easily. Furthermore, images distort on the screen when pressure is applied to the lid's back.

Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311 (Picture: Acer)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311 (Picture: Acer)
The lid's back is structured. (Picture: Acer)
The lid's back is structured. (Picture: Acer)
The base unit's underside can be removed.
The base unit's underside can be removed.

The interfaces are distributed on the casing's rear and right. The Aspire does not have any surprises. However, a third USB port would be appreciated.

The 64-bit version of Windows 8.1 with Bing is the operating system used. The laptop is not shipped with a recovery DVD. Buyers of the Aspire also get a one-year license for McAfee LiveSafe Internet security alongside the programs PhotoDirector and PowerDirector from Cyberlink.

Input Devices

Input devices of the Aspire ES1-311 (Picture: Acer)
Input devices of the Aspire ES1-311 (Picture: Acer)

Acer installs an unlit chiclet keyboard in the Aspire. The level, lightly roughened keys have a short drop and clear pressure point. However, their resistance could be crisper for our taste. In total, Acer provides a decent keyboard. The multi-touch capable ClickPad has a surface area of 10.5 x 6 cm and thus has plenty of room for gesture control. The fingers easily glide over the pad's sleek surface. The pad has a short drop and clear pressure point.

Display

Acer uses a matte 13.3-inch screen with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels in the Aspire. It has a brightness of 254.4 cd/m², which is acceptable considering the laptop's price level. That does not apply to the contrast of 163:1 and black level of 1.71 cd/m². These rates are not exactly awe-inspiring even for the low-cost sector.

250
cd/m²
252
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
279
cd/m²
279
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
244
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei N133BGE-EAB
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 279 cd/m² Average: 254.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 278 cd/m²
Contrast: 163:1 (Black: 1.71 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.73 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 11.98 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
42% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.19

The color reproduction in state of delivery is not compelling. The screen has a DeltaE 2000 shift of 10.73. That is a normal rate for a laptop from the low-cost sector. The target would be a rate less than 3. Beyond that, the screen has a bluish cast.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

Acer equips the Aspire with a TN screen, and consequently the screen only has limited viewing angles. Using the Aspire outdoors is possible, but direct sunlight should be avoided.

The Aspire outdoors
The Aspire outdoors
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
TN 1366x768
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
TN 1366x768
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
TN 1920x1080
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
TN 1366x768
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
TN 1366x768
HP 14-r003ng
TN 1366x768
HP Stream 14-z050ng
TN 1366x768
Screen
16%
43%
22%
10%
29%
18%
Brightness middle
279
162
-42%
246
-12%
203
-27%
192
-31%
193
-31%
230
-18%
Brightness
254
159
-37%
236
-7%
200
-21%
189
-26%
187
-26%
222
-13%
Brightness Distribution
86
88
2%
90
5%
87
1%
84
-2%
80
-7%
90
5%
Black Level *
1.71
0.4
77%
0.46
73%
0.5
71%
0.82
52%
0.75
56%
0.64
63%
Contrast
163
405
148%
535
228%
406
149%
234
44%
257
58%
359
120%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
10.73
12.61
-18%
7.45
31%
9.73
9%
8.83
18%
6.47
40%
11.29
-5%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.98
14.29
-19%
9.13
24%
11.76
2%
10.55
12%
6.37
47%
12
-0%
Gamma
2.19 100%
2.85 77%
2.29 96%
2.23 99%
2.18 101%
2.27 97%
2.24 98%
CCT
13164 49%
15478 42%
9510 68%
11522 56%
10029 65%
6605 98%
14182 46%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
42
41
-2%
38
-10%
81
93%
40
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

Acer has a basic, 13.3-inch office laptop in its lineup with the Aspire ES1-311. It has enough computing power for applications from the office and Internet fields. The long battery life makes it interesting for mobile use. Our review sample is sold for around 350 Euros (~$388). Acer has other configurations in its lineup.

Processor

The Aspire is powered by a Pentium N3540 (Bay Trail) quad-core processor. The CPU clocks with a base speed of 2.16 GHz, which can be boosted to 2.66 GHz via Turbo. The Turbo is utilized in both AC and battery modes. The CPU tests of the Cinebench benchmarks were always processed with 2.66 GHz.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
4754
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2485
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1348
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.88 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.5 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
6.74 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
6.51 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
157 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
42 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
42 Points ∼19%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
49 Points ∼22% +17%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
108 Points ∼50% +157%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
76 Points ∼35% +81%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
64 Points ∼29% +52%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
34 Points ∼16% -19%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
47 Points ∼22% +12%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
157 Points ∼4%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
165 Points ∼4% +5%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
260 Points ∼6% +66%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
191 Points ∼4% +22%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
122 Points ∼3% -22%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
95 Points ∼2% -39%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
157 Points ∼4% 0%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
0.5 Points ∼20%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
0.59 Points ∼24% +18%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
1.23 Points ∼50% +146%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.8 Points ∼33% +60%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.75 Points ∼31% +50%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
0.42 Points ∼17% -16%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
0.41 Points ∼17% -18%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.57 Points ∼23% +14%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
1.88 Points ∼4%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
2.04 Points ∼5% +9%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
2.81 Points ∼6% +49%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.03 Points ∼5% +8%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.41 Points ∼3% -25%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
1.44 Points ∼3% -23%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1.16 Points ∼3% -38%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.93 Points ∼4% +3%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
1348 Points ∼12%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
2267 Points ∼21% +68%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
4186 Points ∼39% +211%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2813 Points ∼26% +109%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
1117 Points ∼10% -17%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1251 Points ∼12% -7%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1840 Points ∼17% +36%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
4754 Points ∼7%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
7010 Points ∼11% +47%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
8524 Points ∼13% +79%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6285 Points ∼10% +32%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
3398 Points ∼5% -29%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3380 Points ∼5% -29%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5612 Points ∼9% +18%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
3282 Points ∼4%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
3803 Points ∼5% +16%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3779 Points ∼5% +15%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2239 Points ∼3% -32%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3565 Points ∼4% +9%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
991 Points ∼20%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1277 Points ∼26% +29%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1792 Points ∼37% +81%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
882 Points ∼18% -11%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1237 Points ∼25% +25%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
6254.1 ms * ∼11%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
6296.2 ms * ∼11% -1%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
1592.4 ms * ∼3% +75%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9354.9 ms * ∼16% -50%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5975.9 ms * ∼10% +4%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6468.4 ms * ∼11% -3%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
5050 Points ∼10%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
5800 Points ∼11% +15%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
24238 Points ∼46% +380%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6827 Points ∼13% +35%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3947 Points ∼8% -22%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5575 Points ∼11% +10%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
883 Points ∼14%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1173 Points ∼19% +33%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1205 Points ∼19% +36%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
781 Points ∼13% -12%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1088 Points ∼18% +23%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The laptop ran smoothly and we did not encounter any problems. The PCMark benchmark scores match the performance of the installed hardware. Replacing the hard drive with a solid state drive could improve the system's performance.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1485 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
1343 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1470 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
1485 Points ∼24%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1955 Points ∼32% +32%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
2939 Points ∼48% +98%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2158 Points ∼35% +45%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1848 Points ∼30% +24%

Storage Device

The Aspire sports a hard drive from Western Digital. It has a capacity of 1 TB and spins with 5400 revolutions per minute. The laptop's owner will thus not be requiring more storage very soon. The hard drive's transfer rates are on a normal level for a 5400 rpm model.

WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
Transfer Rate Minimum: 5.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 110.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 79 MB/s
Access Time: 20.1 ms
Burst Rate: 140.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.2 %

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics core is responsible for video output. It supports DirectX 11 and clocks with a speed of up to 896 MHz. The 3DMark benchmark results are on par with those of identically configured laptops. Comparable graphics cores from AMD can boast with considerably more power.

3DMark 11 Performance
274 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
20924 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
1609 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
274 Points ∼1%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
826 Points ∼2% +201%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
1162 Points ∼3% +324%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
786 Points ∼2% +187%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
555 Points ∼2% +103%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
248 Points ∼1% -9%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
444 Points ∼1% +62%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
484 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
482 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
304 Points ∼1%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
219 Points ∼1%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
585 Points ∼1%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
1827 Points ∼3% +212%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2247 Points ∼4% +284%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1439 Points ∼2% +146%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
982 Points ∼2% +68%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
1609 Points ∼3%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
2865 Points ∼5% +78%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
5146 Points ∼8% +220%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3603 Points ∼6% +124%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2366 Points ∼4% +47%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1638 Points ∼3% +2%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
20924 Points ∼2%
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
32751 Points ∼3% +57%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
54754 Points ∼5% +162%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
34508 Points ∼3% +65%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
25637 Points ∼2% +23%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
18460 Points ∼2% -12%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
16523 Points ∼1% -21%

Gaming Performance

Neither the CPU nor the GPU in the Aspire have been made for up-to-date 3D games. Only some games can be rendered smoothly. This is different with the games that Microsoft has in its Windows Store. They usually run smoothly. Really gaming-suitable, 13.3 to 14-inch laptops with a dedicated graphics core are scarce in the low-cost sector (below 500 Euros, ~$555). The models from the Aspire V3-371 lineup are slightly more gaming suitable than the Aspire ES1-311. They feature stronger integrated graphics cores from Intel. The laptops of this range are available for prices starting at 400 Euros (~$444).

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 168.45.4fps
Evolve (2015) 3.21.7fps

Emissions & Energy

Power Consumption

The Aspire's fan is usually inactive in idle mode. Solely the hard drive's noise is heard most of the time. The fan increases its speed slightly during load. We measured a noise level of up to 35.6 dB. However, the fan produces side noises in the form of whistling.

Note: The fan of our review sample ran permanently in state of delivery, i.e. the very aggravating whistling noise was always audible. Since the low-performance Bay Trail processors normally do not need to be cooled consistently, we presumed that there was an error in the system. We reloaded Windows 8.1 and replaced the installed hard drive with an SSD to check this. We were no longer annoyed by a permanently running fan in both cases.

Noise Level

Idle
33.6 / 34.3 / 35 dB(A)
HDD
34.6 dB(A)
Load
35.6 / 35.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

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

The Aspire performed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) in the same manner in both AC and battery modes. The CPU and graphics core clocked with their full speed for only about 10 minutes. After that, they recurrently throttled abruptly. The graphics core's speed dropped to 180 MHz, and the processor throttled to rates from 800 to 1400 MHz. The Aspire's temperature development was mostly moderate, but 50 °C was surpassed on one measuring point on the underside in the fan's area.

 26.4 °C
80 F
27.2 °C
81 F
26.8 °C
80 F
 
 26.7 °C
80 F
27 °C
81 F
25.9 °C
79 F
 
 23.2 °C
74 F
23.8 °C
75 F
24 °C
75 F
 
Maximum: 27.2 °C = 81 F
Average: 25.7 °C = 78 F
27.4 °C
81 F
28.6 °C
83 F
28 °C
82 F
24.5 °C
76 F
24.4 °C
76 F
27.3 °C
81 F
23.4 °C
74 F
23.6 °C
74 F
23.1 °C
74 F
Maximum: 28.6 °C = 83 F
Average: 25.6 °C = 78 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.8 °C = 84 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.8 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Subnotebook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 42.2 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22 to 57 °C for the class Subnotebook.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 50.6 °C / 123 F, compared to the average of 40.1 °C / 104 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.7 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 27.1 °C / 80.8 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.6 °C / 83.5 F (+1.5 °C / 2.7 F).

Speakers

The stereo speakers are located on the laptop's underside. They produce a slightly muffled sound that can, however, be listened to even for a longer time. Using external speakers or headphones is recommended for a better sound experience.

Power Consumption

The Aspire's energy requirement is on a normal level for the installed hardware over the entire load range. A maximum of 20.4 watts was reached in the stress test. This rate dropped in the course of the test because both the CPU and GPU were recurrently throttled.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.9 / 7.1 / 8.2 Watt
Load midlight 16.9 / 20.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds in the real-life Wi-Fi test using the "Balanced" profile and a screen brightness of approximately 150 cd/m². The Aspire manages a runtime of 6:55 hours - a very good rate.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (IE 11)
6h 55min
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-21KHST0
415 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
HP Pavilion 13-a093na x360
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A8-6410, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-22HWST0
348 min ∼110%
Acer Aspire V3-371-58DJ
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Kingston RBU-SC100S37240GE
585 min ∼185%
Acer Aspire V3-371-36M2
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
394 min ∼124%
Acer Aspire V3-331-P982
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3556U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
387 min ∼122%
HP 14-r003ng
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, 500 GB - 5400 rpm
302 min ∼95%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
317 min ∼100%

Pros

+ Matte screen
+ Plenty of storage
+ Long battery life
+ Two-year warranty

Cons

- Fan makes a whistling noise

Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D. Test model courtesy of Notebooksbilliger.de

Acer demands around 350 Euros (~$388) for its Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D. The buyer gets a basic, 13.3-inch laptop with enough computing power for applications from the office and Internet fields. Decent input devices and a long battery life are also a part of the bundle. The laptop even has plenty of storage. The screen will not win any awards, but it is mostly acceptable considering the price level. The contrast should be higher, though.

Acer has an affordable and long-lasting typing and browsing machine in its lineup with the Aspire ES1-311.

Acer will have to repair the fan. Although it usually only spins for a short time, its whistling is extremely annoying.

Acer Aspire E13 ES1-311-P87D - 03/17/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
76 /  98 → 78%
Keyboard
74%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
54 / 80 → 68%
Weight
68 / 35-78 → 77%
Battery
90%
Display
72%
Games Performance
43 / 68 → 63%
Application Performance
50 / 87 → 57%
Temperature
88 / 91 → 97%
Noise
83%
Audio
60 / 91 → 66%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
68%
76%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-02-18 (Update: 2018-05-15)