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Acer Aspire ES1-131 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 07/16/2015

Braswell upgrade. Acer's little 11.6-inch laptop attracts attention with noiseless operation and a long battery life. That makes life difficult for Chromebooks.

For the original German review, see here.

Acer's Aspire ES1-131 is no stranger to us. It is the identically built successor of our previously tested Aspire ES1-111. Only the innards have changed: A brand new Braswell CPU now replaces the Bay Trail processor of the ES1-111. Our report uncovers whether or not that involves advantages.

The Aspire has plenty of rivals. We would firstly name netbooks, such as Asus' EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS and Lenovo's S20-30. However, Chromebooks like Lenovo's N20 also belong to these. Convertibles, such as HP's Stream 11 x360, should not be forgotten, either.

Since both tested Aspire models feature an identical build, we will not go in-depth about casing, connectivity, input devices, screen or speakers. The corresponding information can be found in the review of the Aspire ES1-111.

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Acer Aspire ES1-131 (Aspire ES1 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Braswell), Core: 320-600 MHz, single-channel, 10.18.14.4175
Memory
2048 MB 
, DDR3, single-channel, soldered
Display
11.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, AU Optronics B116XTN02.3, TN LED, glossy: no
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 10 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Cherry Trail / Braswell 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, Sensors: brightness sensor, TPM 2.0
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): 21.2 x 291 x 211 ( = 0.83 x 11.46 x 8.31 in)
Battery
38 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 V, 3490 mAh
Operating System
Windows 8.1 (64 Bit) + Bing
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Dropbox 15 GB, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.09 kg ( = 38.45 oz / 2.4 pounds), Power Supply: 260 g ( = 9.17 oz / 0.57 pounds)
Price
299 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

Opening the casing is no problem. The base tray can be easily removed after releasing all screws on the underside. However, the user cannot do much. The working memory and system storage are soldered onto the motherboard. The casing has a slot for a 2.5-inch hard drive. However, a hard drive could not be installed in our review sample because there was no corresponding connector. 2.5-inch hard drives are only meant for other Aspire models.

Display

The Aspire sports the same matte HD screen as the Aspire ES1-111. The rates differ marginally anyway. That is normal since two identical screens never correspond to each other exactly.

271
cd/m²
292
cd/m²
276
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B116XTN02.3
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 304 cd/m² Average: 285.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 200 cd/m²
Contrast: 454:1 (Black: 0.67 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.32 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 11.94 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
60% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 38% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.37

Performance

Acer's 11.6-inch netbook has enough computing power for applications from the office and Internet fields. It can offer long battery life at the same time. Our review sample costs around 250 to 300 Euros (~$271 to ~$326). Acer also has other configurations in its lineup.

Processor

The Aspire is powered by a Celeron N3050 dual-core processor. It is a scion of Intel's latest Braswell CPU generation. The processor clocks at up to 2.16 GHz, which makes it to the successor of the Celeron N2815 (Bay Trail) processor. Both CPUs are virtually identical in terms of performance. The Braswell processor manages a lead of a few percent in some benchmarks. The processor always performed multithread applications at full speed, which was also mostly true for single-thread applications. However, one processor core was recurrently slowed down to 1.6 GHz. This behavior was identical in both AC and battery modes.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2303
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
2147
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1130
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.41 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
9.83 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
0.8 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
35 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
66 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
12.12 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
35 Points ∼16%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
35 Points ∼16% 0%
HP Stream 11 X360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
37 Points ∼17% +6%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
38 Points ∼17% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
33 Points ∼15% -6%
Lenovo B50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
31 Points ∼14% -11%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
34 Points ∼16% -3%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
66 Points ∼2%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
129 Points ∼3% +95%
HP Stream 11 X360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
76 Points ∼2% +15%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
67 Points ∼2% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
120 Points ∼3% +82%
Lenovo B50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
49 Points ∼1% -26%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
62 Points ∼1% -6%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
0.41 Points ∼17%
Acer Aspire ES1-111-C56A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
0.43 Points ∼18% +5%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.41 Points ∼17% 0%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
0.43 Points ∼18% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.39 Points ∼16% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.35 Points ∼14% -15%
Lenovo B50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
0.32 Points ∼13% -22%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.4 Points ∼16% -2%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
0.8 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire ES1-111-C56A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
0.76 Points ∼2% -5%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.39 Points ∼3% +74%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
0.79 Points ∼2% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.48 Points ∼3% +85%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.66 Points ∼1% -17%
Lenovo B50-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
0.62 Points ∼1% -22%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.76 Points ∼2% -5%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1130 Points ∼10%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1133 Points ∼10% 0%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
813 Points ∼8% -28%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
1202 Points ∼11% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1086 Points ∼10% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1052 Points ∼10% -7%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1068 Points ∼10% -5%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2147 Points ∼3%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3862 Points ∼6% +80%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2867 Points ∼4% +34%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
2224 Points ∼3% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2875 Points ∼4% +34%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2016 Points ∼3% -6%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2038 Points ∼3% -5%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1604 Points ∼2%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2653 Points ∼3% +65%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
1565 Points ∼2% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2766 Points ∼3% +72%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1340 Points ∼2% -16%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1343 Points ∼2% -16%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
874 Points ∼18%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
839 Points ∼17% -4%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
911 Points ∼19% +4%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
870 Points ∼18% 0%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
785 Points ∼16% -10%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
781 Points ∼16% -11%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
378.8 ms * ∼4%
Acer Aspire ES1-111-C56A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
521 ms * ∼6% -38%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
423.3 ms * ∼5% -12%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
488 ms * ∼5% -29%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
564.1 ms * ∼6% -49%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
337.3 ms * ∼4% +11%
HP Chromebook 14 G1
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U
347.4 ms * ∼4% +8%
Lenovo N20 Chromebook
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, 16 GB eMMC Flash
548.2 ms * ∼6% -45%
HP Chromebook 11
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 16 GB SSD
704 ms * ∼8% -86%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
7633.2 ms * ∼13%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
7469.4 ms * ∼13% +2%
HP Stream 11 X360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4366 ms * ∼7% +43%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
9362 ms * ∼16% -23%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
6995.9 ms * ∼12% +8%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
4867 ms * ∼8% +36%
HP Chromebook 14 G1
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U
2564 ms * ∼4% +66%
Lenovo N20 Chromebook
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4233.5 ms * ∼7% +45%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
4059 Points ∼8%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
4186 Points ∼8% +3%
HP Stream 11 X360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
5518 Points ∼11% +36%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3483 Points ∼7% -14%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
7261 Points ∼14% +79%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
4542 Points ∼9% +12%
HP Chromebook 14 G1
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U
12008 Points ∼23% +196%
Lenovo N20 Chromebook
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, 16 GB eMMC Flash
7397 Points ∼14% +82%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
651 Points ∼11%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
731 Points ∼12% +12%
HP Stream 11 X360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1537 Points ∼25% +136%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
1345 Points ∼22% +107%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
834 Points ∼13% +28%
HP Chromebook 14 G1
HD Graphics (Haswell), 2955U
3029 Points ∼49% +365%
Lenovo N20 Chromebook
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1593 Points ∼26% +145%
HP Chromebook 11
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 16 GB SSD
1069 Points ∼17% +64%
Google Chromebook Pixel
HD Graphics 4000, 3427U, 32 GB SSD
3613 Points ∼58% +455%

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System Performance

The system ran smoothly and we did not encounter problems. All PCMark 8 benchmark scores are better than those of comparable rivals for two reasons: Firstly, the Aspire has been equipped with an eMMC storage, which operates faster than conventional hard drives. Secondly, the netbook features a significantly stronger GPU than the case in devices based on the Bay Trail generation. It is not possible to improve the Aspire's system performance.

PCMark 7 Score
2602 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1694 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
1676 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1389 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1694 Points ∼28%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1322 Points ∼22% -22%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1142 Points ∼19% -33%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
1130 Points ∼19% -33%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1324 Points ∼22% -22%
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2602 Points ∼28%
Acer Aspire ES1-111-C56A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2503 Points ∼27% -4%
HP Stream 11 X360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2564 Points ∼28% -1%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
2388 Points ∼26% -8%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1473 Points ∼16% -43%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1254 Points ∼14% -52%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1586 Points ∼17% -39%

Storage Device

The system drive is an eMMC storage module with a capacity of 32 GB. That is the absolute minimum required storage capacity for a Windows system. The user has approximately 10 GB for personal use available in state of delivery. The remaining storage is divided among the Windows installation and recovery partition. Some of the preloaded applications can be uninstalled for gaining additional storage capacity. The storage device's transfer rates are on a normal level for eMMC storage.

32 GB eMMC Flash
Sequential Read: 174.5 MB/s
Sequential Write: 81.22 MB/s
512K Read: 158.4 MB/s
512K Write: 40.55 MB/s
4K Read: 19.29 MB/s
4K Write: 8.086 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 38.12 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 8.555 MB/s

Graphics Card

While the CPU part of the Celeron N3050 only presents a very slim performance plus over the former generation, it looks much better with the GPU. An almost 100% performance increase can be observed in the HD Graphics (Braswell). The GPU is based on the same architecture as the graphics cores in Intel's Broadwell processors. The 3DMark benchmark results range on the same level as those of AMD's R2 (Mullins/Beema) or R3 (Mullins/Beema)  graphics cores. Thus, Intel meets AMD on equal footing for the first time in low-cost GPUs.

The slowest HD Graphics core version is installed in our present review sample. It clocks at up to 600 MHz. Other GPU variants can achieve up to 700 MHz. Furthermore, the working memory installed in our review sample operates in single-channel mode. Consequently, there is still some leeway, and the HD Graphics core will achieve even higher scores in the 3DMark benchmarks in other laptops.

Therefore, Intel's new GPU not only stands out with a higher performance but also with the ability of rendering 4k videos and H.265 encoded videos (H.265 is the successor of the known H.264 codecs). We also tested this as far as we could. YouTube videos (H.264, 4k, 60 fps, Internet Explorer) were rendered smoothly. The CPU was loaded to approximately 60%. It was also possible to play videos using Windows Media Player. The CPU's load then ranged between 50 and 60%.

3DMark 06 Standard
1311 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
1479 points
3DMark 11 Performance
443 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
17593 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
1539 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
204 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
443 Points ∼1%
Acer Aspire ES1-111-C56A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
223 Points ∼1% -50%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
253 Points ∼1% -43%
HP Stream 11 X360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
232 Points ∼1% -48%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
212 Points ∼1% -52%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
226 Points ∼1% -49%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
581 Points ∼2% +31%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
464 Points ∼1% +5%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
421 Points ∼1% -5%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
688 Points ∼2% +55%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
444 Points ∼1% 0%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
788 Points ∼2% +78%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
204 Points ∼1%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
309 Points ∼1% +51%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
272 Points ∼1% +33%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
427 Points ∼2% +109%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
219 Points ∼1% +7%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
473 Points ∼2% +132%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1001 Points ∼2%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
552 Points ∼1% -45%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
491 Points ∼1% -51%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1545 Points ∼2% +54%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
982 Points ∼2% -2%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1846 Points ∼3% +84%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1539 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire ES1-111-C56A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1057 Points ∼2% -31%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1394 Points ∼2% -9%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1186 Points ∼2% -23%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
1176 Points ∼2% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2080 Points ∼3% +35%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1501 Points ∼2% -2%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2291 Points ∼4% +49%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
1638 Points ∼3% +6%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2853 Points ∼5% +85%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
17593 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire ES1-111-C56A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
12096 Points ∼1% -31%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
16655 Points ∼2% -5%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
15265 Points ∼1% -13%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
15256 Points ∼1% -13%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
27609 Points ∼2% +57%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
18212 Points ∼2% +4%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
14703 Points ∼1% -16%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
23939 Points ∼2% +36%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
16523 Points ∼1% -6%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
31626 Points ∼3% +80%

Gaming Performance

The Aspire was not made for playing up-to-date 3D games. Although the laptop features a considerably stronger GPU than comparable Bay Trail models, its performance will hardly be enough for games. Only a few titles achieve playable frame rates. Users who want to play should stick to the casual games available in the Windows Store.

low med. high ultra
Trackmania Nations Forever (2008) 79.318.9fps
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) 6.74.22.1fps
Deus Ex Human Revolution (2011) 2813.9fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 16.58.25fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 2813.18.1fps
Dishonored (2012) 151211.3fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 23.412.68.7fps
GRID 2 (2013) 19.212.612.5fps
Saints Row IV (2013) 3.82.1fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 2312.5fps
Risen 3: Titan Lords (2014) 7.95.6fps
Sims 4 (2014) 6418.7fps
F1 2014 (2014) 1312fps
Civilization: Beyond Earth (2014) 63.2fps
Tomb Raider
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
12.6 fps ∼2%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
7.9 fps ∼1% -37%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
6.7 fps ∼1% -47%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
7.4 fps ∼1% -41%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
12.4 fps ∼2% -2%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
11 fps ∼2% -13%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
15.8 fps ∼3% +25%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10.2 fps ∼2% -19%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
9.8 fps ∼2% -22%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
17 fps ∼3% +35%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
23.4 fps ∼4%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
15.3 fps ∼2% -35%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
12.9 fps ∼2% -45%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
14.1 fps ∼2% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
24.6 fps ∼4% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
21.8 fps ∼3% -7%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
31.3 fps ∼5% +34%
HP Stream 14-z050ng
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4 Micro-6400T, 32 GB eMMC Flash
20.7 fps ∼3% -12%
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
17.1 fps ∼3% -27%
Toshiba Satellite L50D-B-12Z
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
31.7 fps ∼5% +35%

Emissions & Energy Management

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

Temperature

The Aspire performed the stress test in the same manner in both AC and battery modes. The processor clocked at 480 MHz and the graphics core at 320 MHz. The laptop did not get exceptionally warm. 40 °C was only surpassed on some measuring points in the stress test. That is not surprising since the Aspire is cooled passively.

 29.5 °C
85 F
29 °C
84 F
27.1 °C
81 F
 
 28.4 °C
83 F
28.8 °C
84 F
26.3 °C
79 F
 
 26.3 °C
79 F
26.7 °C
80 F
27 °C
81 F
 
Maximum: 29.5 °C = 85 F
Average: 27.7 °C = 82 F
26.2 °C
79 F
30.5 °C
87 F
30.8 °C
87 F
26 °C
79 F
27.8 °C
82 F
28.2 °C
83 F
26.5 °C
80 F
26.8 °C
80 F
27.3 °C
81 F
Maximum: 30.8 °C = 87 F
Average: 27.8 °C = 82 F
Power Supply (max.)  32.6 °C = 91 F | Room Temperature 24.4 °C = 76 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.5 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 29.8 °C / 86 F for the devices in the class Netbook.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.6 °C / 105 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F, ranging from 21.6 to 53.2 °C for the class Netbook.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.5 °C / 109 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.7 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 29.8 °C / 86 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 30.5 °C / 86.9 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.3 °C / 84.7 F (-1.2 °C / -2.2 F).

Power Consumption

The Aspire is satisfied with very little power when idling. We ascertained a maximum power consumption of 4 watts here. That undercuts the Bay Trail sister model a bit. The requirement only climbed to 8.5 watts during the stress test because both the CPU and GPU were throttled very strongly.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.7 / 3.9 / 4 Watt
Load midlight 10.6 / 8.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

We simulate the load induced when opening websites in the real-world Wi-Fi test. The "Balanced" profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Aspire achieved a runtime of 9:14 hours, which is a very good time. It thus runs considerably longer than its Bay Trail sister model (5:29 h). Our present review sample (37.7 Wh) has a somewhat higher battery capacity than the Bay Trail model (30 Wh).

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (IE 11)
9h 14min
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-131
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3050, 32 GB eMMC Flash
554 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-111-C56A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
329 min ∼114%
Acer Travelmate B115-MP-C2TQ
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
417 min ∼144%
HP Stream 11 X360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2840, 32 GB eMMC Flash
396 min ∼137%
Asus EeeBook X205TA-FD005BS
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3735F, 32 GB eMMC Flash
545 min ∼189%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
328 min ∼113%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
464 min ∼161%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
499 min ∼173%
Lenovo N20 Chromebook
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, 16 GB eMMC Flash
532 min ∼184%
Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311-T0B2
GeForce ULP K1 (Tegra K1 Kepler GPU), K1, 32 GB eMMC Flash
604 min ∼209%
HP Chromebook 11
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 16 GB SSD
308 min ∼107%
Google Chromebook Pixel
HD Graphics 4000, 3427U, 32 GB SSD
289 min ∼100%

Pros

+ Matte screen
+ Noiseless operation
+ Long battery life
+ 2-year warranty

Cons

- Cannot be upgraded
- Limited storage

Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire ES1-131-C5J5. Test model courtesy of Acer Germany.
In review: Acer Aspire ES1-131-C5J5. Test model courtesy of Acer Germany.

The computing power of the installed Braswell processor is enough for office and Internet applications. The little laptop can also render videos smoothly - including 4k material - thanks to the graphics core. The slimmed structure width of the Braswell SoC reduces its energy requirement somewhat compared with the Bay Trail precursors. That - alongside a slightly higher battery capacity - can be translated into considerably better battery runtimes. The storage is tight, and it should be expanded via an SD card after purchase. The laptop's matte screen is quite appealing in view of the price level. It offers a decent brightness and acceptable contrast.

The combination of a decent keyboard, matte screen and long battery life turn Acer's ES1-131 into a small, portable typewriter and browsing machine. It is a direct opponent for Chromebooks, which it meets at eye level in terms of battery runtime.

Acer Aspire ES1-131 - 07/10/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
76 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
62%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
56 / 80 → 70%
Weight
74 / 35-78 → 91%
Battery
92%
Display
78%
Games Performance
47 / 68 → 69%
Application Performance
44 / 87 → 51%
Temperature
89 / 91 → 98%
Noise
100%
Audio
40 / 91 → 44%
Camera
39 / 85 → 46%
Average
67%
78%
Netbook - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-07-16 (Update: 2018-05-15)