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Acer Aspire E5-573-346E

Specifications

Acer Aspire E5-573-346E
Acer Aspire E5-573-346E (Aspire E15 E5 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i3-5005U 2 x 2 GHz, Broadwell
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
, DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz SO DIMM 204-PIN
Display
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, TN, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Baseline)
Storage
256GB SSD
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: SD, Brightness Sensor
Networking
10/100/1000 LAN Card (10/100/1000MBit/s), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.1
Optical drive
DVD +/- RW Double Layer
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 29.2 x 381.6 x 256 ( = 1.15 x 15.02 x 10.08 in)
Battery
2500 mAh Lithium-Ion, 6 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Cyberlink PhotoDirector 5, Cyberlink PowerDirector 12, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.4 kg ( = 84.66 oz / 5.29 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
600 Euro

 

Price comparison

Average Score: 71.5% - average
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

Reviews for the Acer Aspire E5-573-346E

64% Acer Aspire E5-573 (NX.MVHEV.072)
Source: Connect - Heft 11/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 64%
79% Acer Aspire E5-573 (NX.MVHEV.072)
Source: PC Magazin - Heft 11/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 10/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 79%
Acer Aspire E5-573-346E
Source: PC Go - Heft 10/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2016

Comment

Model:

The entry level category is rarely updated these days. Manufacturers focus on their tablets/hybrids, mid-range and high-end laptops. Acer Aspire E5-573-346E is an affordable entry level laptop ideal for students or home users. The laptop measures at 29.2 x 381.6 x 256 (1.15 x 15.02 x 10.08 in) and weighs at 2.4 kg (84.66 oz / 5.29 pounds). It is quite a heavy and big laptop, but for a low price, this is acceptable. As for the design, the chassis of this laptop is made of plastic, lacquered in grey and black. The exterior of the laptop is matte and clean. It doesn’t look premium but doesn’t look cheap as well. Featuring an Intel Core i3-5005U dual-core processor and 4GB RAM definitely puts it on top of the entry level category. Its 256GB Solid State Drive storage is also an upgrade to the HDD commonly used in entry level models. The RAM of the laptop is upgradable to a maximum of 16GB by having two 8GB RAM on both RAM slots available on the mainboard.

The Acer Aspire E5-573-346E offers a 15.6 inch 16:9 LED Backlit TFT display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The texture of the screen is matte which does not capture fingerprint and reflect a lot less environmental lighting compared to glossy display. However, due to the TFT display, viewing angles are very bad. It is then only suitable for work and not really good for media playback. The touchpad is placed slightly to the left side of the laptop, more like a gaming laptop. It features a backlit chiclet keyboard with number pad. The keys have good travel distance but the layout is quite classic and the keys are too close to each other. For convenience concerning video calling, it features an HD webcam with 1.3 megapixels. Besides that, it is very convenient to read or write CD/DVD with a DVD +/- RW Double Layer optical drive included. This is something very rare today. Some users might not mind losing a bit of aesthetics for a built-in DVD burner. A brightness sensor is also built into the laptop to detect brightness and adjust screen accordingly. The laptop runs on Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit.

For networking options, the laptop is built in with LAN Card for Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac for WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1. As for input/output ports, it supports a number of classic connection options along with the latest connection options. It includes a USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen 1 ports, a VGA port, an HDMI port and a DisplayPort. With many connection options on this laptop, this laptop is open to connect external or larger displays which is an advantage. The laptop is also capable of delivering up to 5 hours of runtime according to Acer. The Aspire E5-573-346E is certainly a good entry-level laptop but for users who seek a little more portability, this might not be something that will suite them.

 

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Intel HD Graphics 5500: Integrated graphics card (GT2) in the Core processors of the Broadwell U-series (15 W TDP). 

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


5005U: Broadwell-based ULV (ultra low voltage) dual-core processor for notebooks and ultrabooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 5500 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15.60":

15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.

The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


Acer: In 1976, the company was founded in Taiwan under the name Multitech and was renamed Acer or Acer Group in 1987. The product range includes, for example, laptops, tablets, smartphones, desktops, monitors, TVs and computer peripherals. Since 2007, the group has merged with Gateway Inc. and Packard Bell, which also market their own laptop product lines.

Acer computers are designed for a variety of purposes, including ultrabooks for mobile use, gaming laptops for gamers, affordable options for everyday tasks, and 2-in-1 convertible laptops for versatility. Acer's product portfolio also includes tablets that offer portable computing and multimedia capabilities.


71.5%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

 

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Stefan Hinum, 2016-10- 2 (Update: 2016-10- 2)