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Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 11/28/2016

Cheap DTR.The Aspire E5-774 works very quietly, barely heats up, offers simple upgrade options, an FHD screen and good battery life - a nice desktop replacement. The price is relatively low at 550 Euros (~$583), but the laptop does not come with a Windows OS.

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The Aspire E5-774 is a 17.3-inch office notebook, which has the same build as its sister model, the Aspire E5-774G. The latter has a dedicated GPU, whereas our test model relies only on an integrated graphics chip. The Aspire runs on a Kaby Lake processor and the competition includes laptops such as the Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK, the Toshiba Satellite C70-C and the Acer Aspire ES1-731G.

Since the E5-774 and the E5-774G have the same build, we will not discuss the case, the connectivity, the input devices, the display and the speakers any further. This information can be found in the recent review of the Aspire E5-774G.

Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ (Aspire E5 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 620, Core: 300-1000 MHz, Single-Channel, 21.20.16.4494
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR4-2400, Single-Channel, two memory slots (one occupied)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 127 PPI, AU Optronics B173HTN01.1, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 465 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio combo, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUE1N
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 28 x 423 x 282 ( = 1.1 x 16.65 x 11.1 in)
Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
FreeDos
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3 kg ( = 105.82 oz / 6.61 pounds), Power Supply: 340 g ( = 11.99 oz / 0.75 pounds)
Price
549 Euro

 

Which OS?

Our test model comes with a pre-installed copy of FreeDos. Most users will replace this installation with a Windows OS and Windows 10 is the most likely candidate, as Microsoft will not be providing Windows 7/8 support for the Kaby Lake generation. So if you are looking to install Windows 7/8, you need to rely on Intel, as they (partially) provide drivers for Windows 7/8. We tried out a Windows 7 installation on our test model.

For the first step, we added an AHCI driver of the Kaby Lake generation to the Windows 7 installation. Without this driver, the controller of the notebook cannot be recognized and by extension, neither can the hard disk. An installation would not be possible in this case. The driver can be found on the Intel website. We used the "NTLite" tool for integration. After finishing the Windows 7 installation, we found many unrecognized devices in the device manager. The installation of the chipset and the USB 3.0 drivers reduced this number significantly. Next, we installed the WLAN module using the driver provided by Acer (for Windows 7/8/10).

After finishing these tasks, we turned our attention to Windows Update, to ensure that the system had the latest updates. Sadly, no drivers were found for the hardware of the laptop. This was surprising. It is understandable that the system could not find a driver for Kaby Lake. However, it also failed to find a single driver for the common Gigabit Ethernet chip from Realtek. This chip has been on the market for years and is normally recognized and installed by Windows Update. We suspect Windows will not provide any driver support, as soon as they recognize the system is running a Kaby Lake processor on an older Windows OS. The appropriate Ethernet chip driver can be found on the Realtek website.

We finished our Windows 7 installation off by checking the functionality of the integrated graphics chip. So far, the HD Graphics 620 drivers Intel has released have all been for Windows 10 (see Readme files). Sadly, we can only use the Windows 7/8 drivers for Skylake GPUs to install our graphics chip. We hope Intel will add an appropriate Windows 7 driver to their catalog soon.

A Windows 7 driver for Kaby Lake GPUs ...
A Windows 7 driver for Kaby Lake GPUs ...
... is not provided by Intel.
... is not provided by Intel.

Linux is a clear alternative to Windows. We tested the 16.10 distribution of Ubuntu on our test model. Surprise: all hardware was recognized and installed correctly (including the WLAN module and the Ethernet chip). In fact, we were able to use the function keys (volume rocker, brightness adjustment) right away after the installation.

Ubuntu 16.10 runs perfectly.
Ubuntu 16.10 runs perfectly.
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
72.7 MB/s ∼100%
Acer Aspire E5-722-662J
44 MB/s ∼61% -39%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
40.3 MB/s ∼55% -45%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
18 MB/s ∼25% -75%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
14.3 MB/s ∼20% -80%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
(Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87.3 MB/s ∼100%
Acer Aspire E5-722-662J
85.5 MB/s ∼98% -2%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
80.5 MB/s ∼92% -8%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
26.7 MB/s ∼31% -69%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
25.2 MB/s ∼29% -71%
Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter (RTL GBE)
341 MBit/s ∼100%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
331 MBit/s ∼97% -3%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
327 MBit/s ∼100% +7%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter (RTL GBE)
307 MBit/s ∼94%

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The Aspire uses the same matte FHD screen, as its sister model, the Aspire E5-774G. As such, our measurements have remained mostly the same. However, there are slight deviations, as no two panels are exactly the same. Our test model has a bright display with good contrast and color space coverage.

327
cd/m²
330
cd/m²
306
cd/m²
323
cd/m²
353
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
338
cd/m²
289
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 353 cd/m² Average: 319.8 cd/m² Minimum: 25.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 353 cd/m²
Contrast: 929:1 (Black: 0.38 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.07 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 13.38 | - Ø
91.6% sRGB (Argyll) 60.1% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.69
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
TN LED, 1600x900, 17.3
Acer Aspire E5-722-662J
TN LED, 1600x900, 17.3
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Response Times
1%
-2%
-5%
-63%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
42
43
-2%
42
-0%
48
-14%
86
-105%
Response Time Black / White *
23
22
4%
24
-4%
24
-4%
24
-4%
PWM Frequency
1000
1000
0%
1042
4%
200
-80%
Screen
-4%
-29%
-15%
-15%
Brightness
320
302
-6%
182
-43%
199
-38%
292
-9%
Brightness Distribution
82
86
5%
77
-6%
80
-2%
84
2%
Black Level *
0.38
0.4
-5%
0.43
-13%
0.17
55%
0.37
3%
Contrast
929
800
-14%
477
-49%
1271
37%
822
-12%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.07
7.78
-53%
9.75
-92%
12.2
-141%
10.62
-109%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
13.38
8.87
34%
12.09
10%
13.3
1%
11.78
12%
Gamma
2.69 89%
2.27 106%
2.62 92%
2.15 112%
2.39 100%
CCT
15991 41%
8979 72%
12875 50%
15963 41%
12997 50%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60.1
62
3%
49
-18%
52
-13%
59
-2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
91.6
95
4%
76
-17%
76
-17%
90
-2%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-2% / -3%
-16% / -23%
-10% / -12%
-39% / -28%

* ... smaller is better

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 1000 Hz90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1000 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 1000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 60 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 1345 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 30860) Hz was measured.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grey Levels
CalMAN - Grey Levels
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Color Checker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color Checker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grey Levels (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grey Levels (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Saturation (calibrated)

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
23 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 20 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (27.2 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
42 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21 ms rise
↘ 21 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. » 48 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (44.2 ms).

Performance

The Acer Aspire E5-774 is a 17.3-inch office notebook, which means that it offers sufficient performance for everyday use. Our test model is available for around 550 Euros (~$583) and other configuration are available. There are also models (see Aspire E5-774G) with a dedicated GPU.

Processor

The Core i5-7200U (Kaby Lake) dual-core CPU is the heart of our test model. This is the latest Intel ULV processor (TDP: 15 W). This CPU should suffice most users and operates at a base clock speed of 2.5 GHz. Turbo allows it to jump up to 3.1 GHz (both cores) and this boost is available on battery as well.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4993
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11410
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7530
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
129 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
328 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
34.48 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.7 %
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U
131 Points ∼59% +2%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼58%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
Intel Core i5-6200U
118 Points ∼53% -9%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Intel Core i5-6200U
106 Points ∼48% -18%
Acer Aspire E5-722-662J
AMD A6-7310
45 Points ∼20% -65%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U
330 Points ∼18% +1%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
328 Points ∼18%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Intel Core i5-6200U
292 Points ∼16% -11%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
Intel Core i5-6200U
292 Points ∼16% -11%
Acer Aspire E5-722-662J
AMD A6-7310
159 Points ∼9% -52%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U
6847 Points ∼22% +8%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
6338 Points ∼20%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Intel Core i5-6200U
5993 Points ∼19% -5%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
Intel Core i5-6200U
5569 Points ∼18% -12%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U
3266 Points ∼70% +15%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
2852 Points ∼61%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Intel Core i5-6200U
2782 Points ∼60% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
Intel Core i5-6200U
2396 Points ∼51% -16%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
6447 Points ∼24%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U
3502 Points ∼64%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Intel Core i7-6500U (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
216.79 Points ∼1% +2%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel Core i5-7200U (Edge 38)
211.53 Points ∼1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
Intel Core i5-6200U (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
192.58 Points ∼1% -9%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Intel Core i5-6200U (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
186.9 Points ∼1% -12%

System Performance

Our test model has no Windows installation. Therefore, in order to run our tests, we chose to install Windows 10 Pro (64-bit). The system ran smoothly and we did not encounter any issues. The PC Mark benchmark results are quite good, but the system performance can be increased further by swapping out the storage device for an SSD. This will allow the system to run faster (boot times, loading programs). The HDD can stay in as the notebook has a free M.2 slot (2240, 2260, 2280). It is possible to further increase the performance by adding a second RAM module. This addition would increase the graphics performance.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2854 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
GeForce 940MX, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
3734 Points ∼62% +31%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Radeon R5 M335, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3232 Points ∼54% +13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
Radeon R5 M330, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3184 Points ∼53% +12%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
2854 Points ∼48%
Acer Aspire E5-722-662J
Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), A6-7310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1855 Points ∼31% -35%

Storage Device

The system drive is a 2.5-inch Western Digital HDD. It operates at 5400 RPM and offers a capacity of 500 GB. The transfer speeds of the HDD are normal for a 5400 RPM drive. The Aspire has a free M.2 slot which will accommodate appropriate SSDs.

Swapping the HDD is possible.
Swapping the HDD is possible.
The Aspire can use M.2 SSDs (2240, 2260, 2280).
The Aspire can use M.2 SSDs (2240, 2260, 2280).
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
Transfer Rate Minimum: 48.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 118.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 90.5 MB/s
Access Time: 18.5 ms
Burst Rate: 237.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 8.3 %
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
Lite-On CV1-8B256
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Aspire E5-722-662J
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
9156%
-10%
18%
-22%
Write 4k QD32
1.13
269.8
23776%
0.764
-32%
1.162
3%
0.642
-43%
Read 4k QD32
0.891
277.7
31067%
0.708
-21%
1.095
23%
0.59
-34%
Write 4k
1.117
85.09
7518%
0.792
-29%
1.153
3%
0.638
-43%
Read 4k
0.381
32.31
8380%
0.312
-18%
0.425
12%
0.288
-24%
Write 512
51.59
357.7
593%
43.34
-16%
51.79
0%
32.7
-37%
Read 512
33.01
382.8
1060%
28.15
-15%
37.29
13%
26.59
-19%
Write Seq
70.86
332.8
370%
96.3
36%
113.8
61%
84.69
20%
Read Seq
88.92
520.3
485%
100.6
13%
113.9
28%
91.85
3%

Graphics Card

The Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics chip supports DirectX 12 and works at speeds of up to 1000 MHz. The results of the 3D Mark benchmark place the chip at the expected level. A second RAM module would activate dual-channel mode and increase the graphics performance.

3DMark 11 Performance
1413 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
2813 Points ∼6% +111%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
AMD Radeon R5 M335, Intel Core i5-6200U
1784 Points ∼3% +34%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U (Dual-Channel)
1555 Points ∼3% +17%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
AMD Radeon R5 M330, Intel Core i5-6200U
1518 Points ∼3% +14%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U (Single-Channel)
1331 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire E5-722-662J
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), AMD A6-7310
764 Points ∼1% -43%

Gaming Performance

The test model runs many games smoothly. However, it is best-suited for games with modest requirements. These games are best run with low resolutions and details to reach a smooth FPS. A second RAM module would increase the performance (=Dual-Channel mode active). Power hungry games, such as “Mafia 3”, are not going to run well on this notebook, as they need higher performance.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 35.620.116.65.4fps
BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-6500U
116.4 fps ∼32% +227%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U (Dual-Channel)
52.3 fps ∼15% +47%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
AMD Radeon R5 M335, Intel Core i5-6200U
44.9 fps ∼12% +26%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
AMD Radeon R5 M330, Intel Core i5-6200U
43.2 fps ∼12% +21%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U (Single-Channel)
35.6 fps ∼10%

Emissions and Energy

Fan noise.
Fan noise.

System Noise

The Aspire barely makes any noise. While idle, the fan is often off and we could hear the HDD running. If you swap the HDD for an SSD, you could even have a silent laptop. Under load, the fan barely turns up. We measured a maximum emission of 33.8 dB(A), which is very good. Unfortunately, the fan emits a whirring noise.

Noise Level

Idle
30.8 / 30.8 / 30.8 dB(A)
HDD
32.4 dB(A)
DVD
35.6 / dB(A)
Load
32.1 / 33.8 dB(A)
 
 
 
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: 30.5 dB(A)

Temperature

Stress test.
Stress test.

Our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run simultaneously for at least an hour) runs the same way on the Aspire whether it is on battery or plugged in. The CPU runs at 3.1 GHz and the integrated graphics chip operates at 1000 MHz. The laptop barely heats up: during our stress test, we measured two points at which the laptop exceeds the 30 degrees Celsius (~86 degrees Fahrenheit) mark.

Max. Load
 29 °C27.4 °C24.6 °C 
 29.3 °C30.4 °C24.3 °C 
 28.2 °C28.8 °C24.9 °C 
Maximum: 30.4 °C
Average: 27.4 °C
23.2 °C26 °C28.7 °C
23 °C24.5 °C30.6 °C
25 °C25.2 °C28.2 °C
Maximum: 30.6 °C
Average: 26 °C
Power Supply (max.)  35.8 °C | Room Temperature 21.8 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
Heat emissions above (load)
Heat emissions above (load)
Heat emissions below (load)
Heat emissions below (load)
Heat emissions above (idle)
Heat emissions above (idle)
Heat emissions below (idle)
Heat emissions below (idle)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.134.634.12530.539.630.53137.139.937.14030.635.230.6503032.3306328.628.228.68029.42629.410031263112529.125.429.116030.623.330.620038.423.838.42505122.75131554.821.654.840059.820.259.850056.419.656.463064.518.664.580067.918.667.9100068.41868.4125057.117.457.1160056.717.956.7200063.617.563.6250064.117.864.1315068.617.968.6400070.41870.4500068.818.368.8630067.118.467.1800067.118.467.11000073.318.473.31250076.618.276.61600081.318.481.3SPL80.730.580.7N44.81.444.8median 64.1Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJmedian 18.4median 64.1Delta8.928.935.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (79 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 24.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 63% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 28% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 21%, worst was 48%
Compared to all devices tested
» 56% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 35% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 48%

Frequency diagram for comparison (checkboxes above can be selected!)

Power Consumption

While idle, we measure a consumption rate of 10.5 watts, which is a normal value for a 17.3-inch notebook. During our stress test, this number rose to 37 watts (max.). CPU and GPU work at full speed and the power adapter is adequately scoped with a capacity of 65 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5.3 / 10.1 / 10.5 Watt
Load midlight 34.3 / 37 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

In our WLAN test, we simulate the load when surfing various websites. The power profile is set to "Balanced" and the power saver functions of the laptop are turned off. The brightness is regulated to around 150 cd/m². The laptop runs for 5:20 hours, which is quite good for a 17.3-inch notebook.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 38)
5h 20min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
6200U, Radeon R5 M330, 41 Wh (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
406 min ∼34% +27%
Acer Aspire E5-774G-78NA
6500U, GeForce 940MX, 41 Wh (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
322 min ∼27% +1%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 41 Wh (Edge 38)
320 min ∼27%
Dell Inspiron 17 5759-5118
6200U, Radeon R5 M335, 40 Wh (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
301 min ∼25% -6%
Acer Aspire E5-722-662J
A6-7310, Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L), 37 Wh
228 min ∼19% -29%

Pros

+ matte panel
+ FHD resolution
+ free M.2 slot
+ good battery life
+ maintenance flap
+ ac WLAN
+ Type-C USB (USB 3.1 Gen 1)

Cons

- positioning of ports

Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ. Test model provided by Cyberport.de
In review: Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ. Test model provided by Cyberport.de

The Core i5 processor of the Kaby Lake generation offers sufficient performance for everyday tasks and the integrated graphics chip will run a lot of games (with modest requirements). We recommend installing a second RAM module to increase the system and graphics performance. The laptop is quiet and barely heats up. The storage space of 500 GB is quite good, but we recommend installing an M.2 SSD in the empty slot of the notebook. Thanks to the maintenance flap, the user will be able to perform this operation easily. The keyboard of the laptop is quite good and the battery life is decent for a 17.3-inch model. The matte, bright FHD panel has strong contrast, but suffers from poor viewing angles since it is a TN panel. However, this is one of the better TN panels available, which means that at least it has wider viewing angles than a cheaper, standard TN screen. Sadly, it will not be able to compete with an IPS panel.

The Aspire E5-774 is a well-designed notebook for home office use. 

If you like this laptop, but want more graphics performance, we would advise you to take a look at the Aspire E5-774G. The E5-774G offers a dedicated GeForce 940MX GPU with GDDR5 memory. This combination will produce 20-30% higher frame rates than a notebook with a GeForce 940MX and GDDR3 memory.

Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ - 11/20/2016 v5.1
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
79 / 98 → 80%
Keyboard
74%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
49 / 80 → 61%
Weight
57 / 67 → 79%
Battery
84%
Display
83%
Games Performance
53 / 68 → 78%
Application Performance
72 / 92 → 78%
Temperature
96%
Noise
93%
Audio
54%
Camera
25 / 85 → 29%
Average
69%
80%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-11-28 (Update: 2016-11-29)