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Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY Notebook Review

René Kohl, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 10/15/2015

Stay-at-home. Acer's Aspire E17 E5-752G-W7TY sports one of the newest AMD CPUs from the Carrizo generation. This report discloses how the three-month-old A10-8700P scores, and whether an HD+ screen in a 17-inch device is still compelling.

For the original German review, see here.

Acer's 17-incher features the same chassis as the previously tested Aspire E17 E5-772G-70VP with a more generous configuration (5500U. 940M, FHD), but which also costs about a third more. The keyboard and touchpad are identical, the interface diversity and distribution are identical, and the speakers are too. However, the lack of maintenance hatches is also unfortunately identical. Only the inner values have been modified. In addition to the aforementioned AMD CPU A10-8700P, an AMD Radeon M365DX for image output has also been installed.

Acer's device provides a solid configuration for stationary office use. Nothing stands in the way of office work in view of 8 GB RAM,  the latest AMD CPUs and GPUs, and both a decent keyboard and touchpad. The Aspire is available for approximately 650 Euros (~$737). There are plenty of rivals with specifications that differ in some details and thus there are options for everyone.

Alternatives from the 17-inch sector are for example:
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N (AMD A4-7210AMD Radeon R3, 1600x900 pixels, glossy TN panel also for around 650 Euros (~$737))
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X (AMD A4-6210AMD Radeon R3, 1600x900 pixels, also glossy TN panel for about 360 Euros (~$408))

Rivals from the 15-inch division:
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA (Intel Core i5-5200U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, 1366x768 pixels, matte TN panel for about 700 Euros (~$794))
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00 (Intel Core i3-5005U, Intel HD Graphics 5500, 1920x1080 pixels, matte TN panel for about 540 Euros (~$613))

Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY (Aspire E17 Series)
Processor
AMD A10-8700P, 15W TDP (from 12 - 35W)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R8 M365DX - 2048 MB, Core: 1125 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, 15.100.1020.1009 WHQL, Enduro; CrossFire
Memory
8192 MB 
, SDRAM DDR3-1600/2 bars
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600 x 900 pixel, TN LED, 6 bit per color channel only, glossy: yes
Storage
WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 1000 GB, 855 GB free
Soundcard
AMD Kabini - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo jack, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), 802.11a/ac/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 1
Optical drive
Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8HC
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 28 x 421 x 285 ( = 1.1 x 16.57 x 11.22 in)
Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1 MP; 640 x 480
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, front underside, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.76 kg ( = 97.36 oz / 6.08 pounds), Power Supply: 320 g ( = 11.29 oz / 0.71 pounds)
Price
649 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

Aspire E17 E5-772G
Aspire E17 E5-772G

Apart from the installed hardware, Acer's Aspire is identical with the Aspire E17 E5-772G-70VP. Nothing has been modified, so please refer to our review of the identically built device for more information.

We recently added the performance of the card readers in our review samples to our tests. A Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II SD card is used for reference, from which image files are copied to the hard drive. Rates from 63.2 to 84.6 MB/s were reached here using the AS SSD benchmark. Large RAW files are close to these AS SSD rates, while smaller JPGs will transfer at about 52.1 MB/s in our tests. That clearly beats every USB 2.0 card reader, providing the SD card can support the faster speeds.

Display

Unlike the sister model, only an HD+ screen is installed here. 1600x900 pixels are rather scanty on 17.3 inches. It is, however, sufficient for simple office document processing. The installed screen is not particularly viewing angle stable, either. Unfortunately, the list goes on because it can ONLY reproduce 6-bits per color channel (that means that color 1 and color 2 are both present, but a multitude of intermediate color hues between both selected colors are missing in the 6-bit panel. In extreme cases, very evident borders between the colors will be seen that would not occur in a finer gradation. However, we did not ascertain such an effect in the test). The brightness of 263 cd/m² is acceptable just like the contrast of 848:1.

The selection of potential rivals shows a similar picture: The ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300 at least has a higher Full HD resolution, but it is also smaller with 15.6 inches.

Acer's laptop should not be used outdoors. The maximum brightness is hardly high enough to prevent reflections. The screen is simply too dark even without that.

250
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
263
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
253
cd/m²
263
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 263 cd/m² Average: 247 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 263 cd/m²
Contrast: 848:1 (Black: 0.31 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.61 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 12 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
51% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 52% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.08
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
Reducing the gamma level makes the contrast more tolerable. That, however, cannot belie the prominent shortcomings.
Reducing the gamma level makes the contrast more tolerable. That, however, cannot belie the prominent shortcomings.

The installed HD+ screen is unfortunately the Aspire's biggest drawback. It has a very intense bluish cast, which is also reflected in the measured rates. A DeltaE of less than 3 is barely visible; a gradually intensifying color shift becomes visible beyond that. The average DeltaE rate of 11.61 falsifies the colors in our review sample (sRGB reference). The visualization of the ColorChecker screenshots clearly illustrates just how strongly the colors shift into blue. That is unfortunately also the case in the grayscale levels. They are even higher than the color's DeltaE, and also reach a shockingly high dE of 12.28. That results in a very low-contrast display in routine use, which largely spoils fun when working with it. However, this screen is not an exception in the low-cost sector. Fortunately, reducing the screen's gamma curve in the graphics driver can compensate that to an extent even without calibrating. It then looks much better subjectively. The bluish tint can also be eliminated via the downloadable ICC profile as an alternative.

Performance

The Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY is better considered as a stationary office laptop. One of AMD's new Carrizo APUs in the form of the A10-8700P, 8 GB of dual-channel RAM, and a Radeon R8 M365DX are installed. It is therefore apt for processing documents, using Internet applications, and enjoying videos or other media. Multitasking is also managed surprisingly well.

Processor

AMD's latest Carrizo processor generation is a clear step forward. Even if AMD's A10-8700P is aimed more at the Intel Core i3 processors, it is very versatile. However, it must be noted that AMD's quad-core is on the same performance level as Intel's i3 dual-cores with Hyperthreading (for example: Core i3-5005U or Core i3-5010U). The clock frequency ranges from 1.8 to 3.2 GHz. Since manufacturers can vary the TDP (12 - 35 watts), the performance of the single devices can differ greatly. This A10-8700P has a TDP of 15 watts. The CPU is however amazingly flexible when processing its tasks. Even up to 3 GHz are reached in single applications despite the performance limitation, and a stable 1.8 GHz still remain when all four cores are loaded.

An unambiguous impression evolves according to the Cinebench benchmarks. The potential, 17-inch rivals are also based on AMD's hardware, but are clearly inferior to the performance of this CPU.

The alternative 15-inchers based on Intel's Core i3-5xxxU score better. Intel has a clear lead in single-core performance, but AMD can catch up a bit again in multi-core performance although it cannot outrun the rivals from Intel. The latter is, however, only possible via a clearly higher energy requirement.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3239 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
8279 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.68 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.12 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
25.09 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
59 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
175 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
32.25 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Help
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
AMD A10-8700P
0.68 Points ∼28%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
AMD A4-7210
0.56 Points ∼23% -18%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
AMD A4-6210
0.46 Points ∼19% -32%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
Intel Core i5-5200U
1.29 Points ∼53% +90%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel Core i3-5005U
0.96 Points ∼39% +41%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
AMD A10-8700P
2.12 Points ∼8%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
AMD A4-7210
1.95 Points ∼7% -8%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
AMD A4-6210
1.75 Points ∼6% -17%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
Intel Core i5-5200U
2.86 Points ∼11% +35%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel Core i3-5005U
2.27 Points ∼8% +7%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
AMD A10-8700P
59 Points ∼27%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
AMD A4-7210
46 Points ∼21% -22%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
AMD A4-6210
38 Points ∼17% -36%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
Intel Core i5-5200U
109 Points ∼50% +85%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel Core i3-5005U
82 Points ∼38% +39%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
AMD A10-8700P
175 Points ∼4%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
AMD A4-7210
157 Points ∼4% -10%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
AMD A4-6210
142 Points ∼3% -19%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
Intel Core i5-5200U
260 Points ∼6% +49%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel Core i3-5005U
208 Points ∼5% +19%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
AMD A10-8700P
3239 Points ∼31%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel Core i3-5005U
4183 Points ∼41% +29%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
AMD A10-8700P
8279 Points ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
Intel Core i3-5005U
8966 Points ∼12% +8%

System Performance

The system performance is highly impressive. Thanks to AMD's new A10-8700P quad-core and the satisfactory hard drive, the Aspire achieves a decent 2437 points in PCMark 7. The contenders based on other AMD CPUs are clearly defeated here. Although that is still somewhat below the level of Intel's i3 dual-core processors from the Broadwell generation, a smooth workflow is very possible with this combination. Multitasking is not an issue.

PCMark 7 Score
2437 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
2437 Points ∼28%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1851 Points ∼22% -24%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1602 Points ∼19% -34%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2784 Points ∼32% +14%

Storage Device

A conventional HDD from WD is installed. Its capacity of 1 TB is twice the size of its contenders. However, moderate transfer rates are the consequence since it only spins at 5400 rpm. An average transfer rate of 70 MB/s is rather slow. Users who want the performance of an SSD will dishearteningly discover that replacing the hard drive is not possible without effort. The Aspire lacks practical maintenance hatches, making it necessary to remove the chassis' underside completely.

WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
Transfer Rate Minimum: 1.4 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 111.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 69.4 MB/s
Access Time: 17.6 ms
Burst Rate: 176.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 6 %

Graphics Card

The installed graphics card is an oddity. Normally two GPUs that are toggled depending on the required performance are common in laptops. The Radeon R8 M365DX  is an array of the CPU's GPU (AMD Radeon R6) and the secondary GPU (AMD Radeon R7 M360). Both are interconnected via AMD's CrossFire Mode. That can, however, be disabled in the driver and then only the dedicated graphics card is enabled. However, that also makes the system susceptible for micro stuttering. Whether or not the performance increases depends on the game. It can also lead to perceptible performance losses. Both graphics cards in conjunction range on roughly the level of a GeForce 920M, and are thus members of the lower midfield.

The four contenders all have a much weaker graphics card; neither Intel's HD 5500 in the 15-incher nor the Radeon R3 in the 17-inchers is a match.

3DMark 11 Performance
2310 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
40796 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5191 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1323 points
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3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX Radeon R6 Crossfire
1336 Points ∼6%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
655 Points ∼3% -51%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
695 Points ∼3% -48%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
728 Points ∼3% -46%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
743 Points ∼3% -44%
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX Radeon R6 Crossfire
2623 Points ∼5%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
615 Points ∼1% -77%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
668 Points ∼1% -75%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
873 Points ∼2% -67%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
825 Points ∼2% -69%
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX Radeon R6 Crossfire
2310 Points ∼7%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
684 Points ∼2% -70%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
740 Points ∼2% -68%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
958 Points ∼3% -59%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
909 Points ∼3% -61%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX Radeon R6 Crossfire
1601 Points ∼4%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
432 Points ∼1% -73%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
407 Points ∼1% -75%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
602 Points ∼1% -62%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
581 Points ∼1% -64%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX Radeon R6 Crossfire
1323 Points ∼5%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
409 Points ∼2% -69%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
384 Points ∼1% -71%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
561 Points ∼2% -58%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
540 Points ∼2% -59%
1280x720 Sky Diver Graphics (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1525 Points ∼1%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2275 Points ∼2%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1577 Points ∼3%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
2378 Points ∼4%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX Radeon R6 Crossfire
11549 Points ∼6%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3057 Points ∼2% -74%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3191 Points ∼2% -72%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
5169 Points ∼3% -55%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4854 Points ∼3% -58%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX Radeon R6 Crossfire
5191 Points ∼9%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2491 Points ∼4% -52%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2763 Points ∼5% -47%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
4399 Points ∼7% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3886 Points ∼7% -25%

Gaming Performance

Although smooth gameplay is possible in minimum settings, this graphics solution is only conditionally gaming suitable. Unfortunately, the resolution of 1366x768 pixels is not supported. The aforesaid micro stutters are very evident in the "Tomb Raider" benchmark. Although a smooth-looking frame rate of 64 fps is achieved in minimum settings, visible stutters can be seen. The average frame rate even climbs to 88 fps when CrossFire is disabled (in the same settings), and the micro stutters disappear. The "Tomb Raider" benchmark still manages smooth 53 fps using a resolution of 1600x900 pixels (providing that the same low settings are used as in the prior test, and only the resolution is adapted. That was also tested without CrossFire). "BioShock Infinite" can be played in a resolution of 1600x900. CrossFire presently does not really contribute to gaming fun, and thus disabling it in the driver is often recommended.

The gaming performance of the rivals with integrated graphics is clearly superior even without CrossFire.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 64fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 61.580 game wont start0 game wont start13.16fps
Tomb Raider - 1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX Radeon R6 Crossfire
64 fps ∼10%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
31.3 fps ∼5% -51%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
31.8 fps ∼5% -50%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
40.8 fps ∼7% -36%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
40.2 fps ∼6% -37%

Emissions

System Noise

The Aspire is always audible even without noteworthy load. Particularly the hard drive's noise and the fan's sporadic speed increases are noticed here. With 33.3 to 34.6 dB(A), the Aspire is still within an acceptable range. Still, the DVD drive can be distracting in quieter video scenes with its 36.3 dB(A), noticably louder than when idle.

The noise clearly increases under load, and settles to just below 45 dB(A), which is very audible. The rivals behave much better here.

Noise Level

Idle
33.3 / 33.3 / 34.5 dB(A)
HDD
34.6 dB(A)
DVD
36.3 / dB(A)
Load
44.9 / 42.5 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-300 (15 cm distance)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Noise
14%
18%
14%
11%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
33.3
31.3
6%
28.9
13%
31
7%
32
4%
Idle Average *
33.3
31.3
6%
28.9
13%
31.3
6%
32
4%
Idle Maximum *
34.5
31.3
9%
28.9
16%
31.3
9%
33.6
3%
Load Average *
44.9
32.8
27%
32.9
27%
32.5
28%
33.6
25%
Load Maximum *
42.5
33.8
20%
34.3
19%
33.3
22%
33.6
21%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The Aspire performed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in a different manner in AC and battery mode. The graphics card performance is throttled to only about 400 MHz from its core clock of 1125 MHz in battery mode, and its memory clock is limited from an initial 1000 MHz to approximately 600 MHz. The APU is not affected by that. The temperature development also presents a varying impression. Both the upper side and underside remained less than 30 °C (86 °F) and pleasantly cool without load. However, the casing heats up to almost 50 °C (122 °F) in the fan's area during load.

The alternatives fare much better here. None of the four devices surpass 38 °C (100.4 °F) as a maximum rate on the underside.

Max. Load
 35 °C
95 F
35.5 °C
96 F
27.1 °C
81 F
 
 35.1 °C
95 F
39.9 °C
104 F
27.2 °C
81 F
 
 32.9 °C
91 F
36 °C
97 F
32 °C
90 F
 
Maximum: 39.9 °C = 104 F
Average: 33.4 °C = 92 F
26.4 °C
80 F
34.1 °C
93 F
49.8 °C
122 F
27.3 °C
81 F
37.3 °C
99 F
38 °C
100 F
33.4 °C
92 F
33.7 °C
93 F
34.2 °C
94 F
Maximum: 49.8 °C = 122 F
Average: 34.9 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  48.2 °C = 119 F | Room Temperature 23.4 °C = 74 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 33.4 °C / 92 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 39.9 °C / 104 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 49.8 °C / 122 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.9 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(±) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 36 °C / 96.8 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-6.9 °C / -12.4 F).

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Although AMD's new Carrizo processor generation has made big progress in both performance and energy efficiency, the Aspire is not exactly restrained under load. It is, however, considerably more frugal when idling with 5.8 to 10.9 watts. Both other 15.6-inchers based on Intel consume less, and the 17.3-inch, AMD-based devices consume just as much if not a bit more.

The consumption climbs to almost 61 watts under load (CrossFire disabled). Both smaller, 15.6-inch rivals (HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA and Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00) require 36 watts, and the other two 17-inchers (Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N and C70D-B-10X) only consume a maximum of 26 watts.

The consumption is not as tragic in stationary use since it is only noticed in a louder fan and higher casing temperature. However, users who want to work on-the-move without waiving multitasking will not find this device enjoyable. The Intel Core i3 rivals outrun Acer's device by lengths. They achieve both higher performance and much better efficiency.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.8 / 9.9 / 10.9 Watt
Load midlight 60.8 / 58.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

A new website is opened every 30 seconds using a maximum brightness of 150 cd/m² in the Wi-Fi test. However, since only a 37 Wh battery is installed, the achieved Wi-Fi runtime of 3 hours and 41 minutes is only middling. The review sample is the tailend in the comparison seeing that all other models achieve at least 4 hours. To make matter worse, the power consumption also increases greatly under load, making it virtually impossible to work on battery power for long periods. Nevertheless, that is more than satisfactory for a stationary office laptop.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
3h 41min
Battery Runtime
WiFi (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
221 min ∼48%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
307 min ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
395 min ∼87%
HP ProBook 450 G2 L3Q27EA
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Samsung SSD PM851 128 GB MZ7TE128HMGR
456 min ∼100%
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
282 min ∼91%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E550-20DGS00300
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
310 min ∼100%

Pros

+ solid, well-built casing
+ decent keyboard, good touchpad
+ acceptable sound
+ high-capacity hard drive

Cons

- casing susceptible for fingerprints
- intense bluish tint in delivery state
- screen only supports 6 bit per color channel
- highly reflective screen
- no maintenance hatches
- high load power consumption

Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de
In review: Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de

Acer provides an affordable, stationary multimedia laptop with its Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY, even if it has shortcomings in some places. For example, the screen is not favorable, and the battery life could be better. On the other hand, all exterior values are compelling. The touchpad is pleasant to use, and the keyboard's agreeable typing feel even allows prolonged typing sessions. The inner values reap in additional points. Although CrossFire causes annoying micro stutters in games, the laptop's gaming performance is clearly superior to that of its rivals even when it is disabled. Although the A10-8700P is hardly a match for Intel's i3 rivals in terms of raw performance and power consumption, these disadvatanges should not bother users during daily use. It is possible to work well with the new Carrizo platform.

All things considered, the Aspire is a rounded bundle. Carrizo enables smooth workflow, and Acer's keyboards are certainly a reason for purchase.

The small differences of the rivals should definitely not be neglected. Users who are satisfied with HD+ on 17 inches can confidently take this device since AMD's older processors are clearly defeated, and the difference to Intel's Core i3 processor will hardly be noticed in stationary use.

Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY - 10/05/2015 v4(old)
René Kohl

Chassis
78 / 98 → 80%
Keyboard
78%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
68 / 81 → 84%
Weight
58 / 20-67 → 81%
Battery
80%
Display
73%
Games Performance
79 / 85 → 93%
Application Performance
58 / 92 → 63%
Temperature
88%
Noise
77 / 95 → 81%
Audio
70%
Average
74%
77%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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René Kohl, 2015-10-15 (Update: 2018-05-15)