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Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Martina Osztovits), 02/10/2016

Braswell Office. With the Acer Aspire ES1-731 you will get a simple 17.3-inch office notebook. It works quietly, requires little energy and delivers a decent keyboard.

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In the Aspire ES1 series, Acer offers budget notebooks in all the usual notebook sizes. We have already reviewed several representatives of this series with the Aspire ES1-331 (13.3-inch) and the Aspire ES1-512 (15.6-inch). Now, we have a 17.3-inch model under review with the ES1-731. The notebook is powered by a Braswell processor. Our review will reveal whether the computer has left a good impression. Devices like the Lenovo G70-80, the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B, and the Asus X751 are among the rivals of our Aspire.

Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6 (Aspire ES1 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Braswell), Core: 400-700 MHz, 10.18.15.4248
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3-1600, single channel, one RAM slot (used)
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600 x 900 pixel, AU Optronics B173RTN01.1, TN LED, glossy: yes
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABF050, 500 GB 
, 420 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Cherry Trail / Braswell SoC - HD Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
SlimtypeDVD A DA8A6SH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27.9 x 423.3 x 289.9 ( = 1.1 x 16.67 x 11.41 in)
Battery
38 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD web cam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, Foxit PhantomPDF, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial version), MS Office (trial version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3 kg ( = 105.82 oz / 6.61 pounds), Power Supply: 257 g ( = 9.07 oz / 0.57 pounds)
Price
419 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

Our test model uses the same design that we are already familiar with from Aspire ES1 models - for example the Aspire ES1-331 and the Aspire ES1-512. The case is made entirely of  matte, black plastic. The palm rests and the lid are textured. The case does not show any particular weaknesses in terms of stability. The build quality is more than adequate for the price. Unfortunately, the computer does not have a maintenance hatch. Furthermore, the battery is fixed.

The Aspire delivers the most necessary interfaces. One of its three USB ports supports USB 3.0. Unlike the smaller Aspire ES1 models, the interfaces are on the left side of the 17.3-inch model. Windows 10 Home is used as the operating system. A recovery DVD is not included.

The memory card reader is not one of the fastest of its kind. It achieves a maximum transfer rate of 30.7 MB/s when copying large data blocks. Moving 250 JPG files (5 MB each) is done at 15.9 MB/s. We always test memory card readers with our reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).

left: power-in, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, audio combo
left: power-in, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, audio combo
right: DVD burner, Kensington lock slot
right: DVD burner, Kensington lock slot
The front side houses the card reader.
The front side houses the card reader.

Input Devices

The Aspire comes with an unlit Chiclet keyboard with number block. The flat, roughened keys feature a medium stroke and a clear pressure point. If at all, the keyboard minimally springs at the right segment during typing. However, this does not have a negative impact. Acer actually delivers a very decent keyboard, which is suitable for frequent typing. The multi-touch capable ClickPad has a size of about 10.6 x 7.8 cm (~4.17 x 3.1 in). Fingers glide easily over its smooth surface. The touchpad features a short travel and a clear pressure point.

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The Aspire comes with a glossy 17.3-inch display with a native resolution of 1600x900 pixels. The display has surprised us with an almost good contrast of 706:1. However, the brightness of 223.7 cd/m² could be higher. The display shows PWM flickering at a frequency of 199 Hz at 10% brightness level and below. This could cause eye problems and headache in sensitive people.

228
cd/m²
219
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
219
cd/m²
215
cd/m²
228
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 236 cd/m² Average: 223.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 177 cd/m²
Contrast: 706:1 (Black: 0.31 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.31 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 10.87 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
80% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 52% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.9

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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 199 Hz ≤ 10 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 199 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 10 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 199 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8668 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Out-of-the-box, the colors correspond to the computer's price range. The DeltaE 2000 deviation is about 9.31. A value below 3 would be desirable. Moreover, the display is bluish.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - gray levels
CalMAN - gray levels
CalMAN - color saturation
CalMAN - color saturation

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
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
41 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 19 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. » 49 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Acer has incorporated a viewing-angle-unstable TN panel. Thus, you cannot read from the screen from every position. The notebook can be used outdoors if the sun is not too bright or the sky is overcast. Otherwise, the glossy surface and the low brightness make outdoor use difficult if not impossible. The brightness drops significantly on battery.

Outdoors (picture shot at completely overcast sky and very light fog)
Outdoors (picture shot at completely overcast sky and very light fog)
Outdoors (picture shot at completely overcast sky and very light fog)
Outdoors (picture shot at completely overcast sky and very light fog)

Performance

The Aspire ES1-731 is a simple 17.3-inch office notebook. It delivers sufficient performance for office and Internet applications. Our test model is priced at just under 420 Euros (~$472). Currently the cheapest representative (ES1-731-C2S6; Celeron N3050, 4 GB of RAM, 1 TB HDD, no Windows OS) of the series is available for 330 Euros (~$371). In addition, Acer offers models with dedicated GeForce 910M graphic.

Processor

The Aspire is powered by an Intel Pentium N3700 (Braswell) quad-core processor. This low-end CPU is suitable for office and Internet applications. It works at a base clock of 1.6 GHz. Thanks to Turbo, the clock rate can increase to 2.4 GHz. The performance gain is only marginal compared to similar processors from the Bay Trail predecessor generation with the same clock rate, since the architectures are hardly different. In our CPU tests, the processor always clocked at full speed in mains operation as well as on battery. Competitors of the Pentium are the E2 and A4 APUs from AMD.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2547
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
4411
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1267
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
9.61 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.71 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.47 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
12.8 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
142 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
39 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
39 Points ∼18%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
77 Points ∼36% +97%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
107 Points ∼50% +174%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
37 Points ∼17% -5%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
49 Points ∼23% +26%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
59 Points ∼28% +51%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
69 Points ∼32% +77%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
108 Points ∼51% +177%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
106 Points ∼50% +172%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
38 Points ∼18% -3%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
41 Points ∼19% +5%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
46 Points ∼22% +18%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
64 Points ∼30% +64%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
142 Points ∼5%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
190 Points ∼6% +34%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
254 Points ∼8% +79%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
140 Points ∼5% -1%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
175 Points ∼6% +23%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
175 Points ∼6% +23%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
194 Points ∼6% +37%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
260 Points ∼8% +83%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
258 Points ∼8% +82%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
142 Points ∼5% 0%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
153 Points ∼5% +8%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
157 Points ∼5% +11%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
178 Points ∼6% +25%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.47 Points ∼19%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
0.9 Points ∼37% +91%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1.24 Points ∼51% +164%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.45 Points ∼18% -4%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
0.6 Points ∼25% +28%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
0.68 Points ∼28% +45%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
0.86 Points ∼35% +83%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1.26 Points ∼52% +168%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.23 Points ∼50% +162%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.46 Points ∼19% -2%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
0.48 Points ∼20% +2%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.56 Points ∼23% +19%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.72 Points ∼30% +53%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.71 Points ∼6%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2.13 Points ∼8% +25%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
2.83 Points ∼10% +65%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.78 Points ∼7% +4%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2.15 Points ∼8% +26%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
2.12 Points ∼8% +24%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.36 Points ∼9% +38%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2.81 Points ∼10% +64%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2.84 Points ∼10% +66%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.75 Points ∼6% +2%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.84 Points ∼7% +8%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.95 Points ∼7% +14%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.93 Points ∼7% +13%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1267 Points ∼12%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2951 Points ∼27% +133%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
3449 Points ∼32% +172%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1429 Points ∼13% +13%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1804 Points ∼17% +42%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2343 Points ∼22% +85%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4196 Points ∼39% +231%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4159 Points ∼38% +228%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1366 Points ∼13% +8%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1311 Points ∼12% +3%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1732 Points ∼16% +37%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2071 Points ∼19% +63%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4411 Points ∼9%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
6537 Points ∼13% +48%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
7139 Points ∼14% +62%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4974 Points ∼10% +13%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
6200 Points ∼12% +41%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
6443 Points ∼13% +46%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
8578 Points ∼17% +94%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
8711 Points ∼18% +97%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4971 Points ∼10% +13%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4583 Points ∼9% +4%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5593 Points ∼11% +27%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5429 Points ∼11% +23%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3209 Points ∼10%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3540 Points ∼11% +10%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3253 Points ∼10% +1%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
4012 Points ∼13% +25%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4775 Points ∼15% +49%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4998 Points ∼16% +56%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4988 Points ∼16% +55%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3174 Points ∼10% -1%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3291 Points ∼11% +3%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3524 Points ∼11% +10%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3647 Points ∼12% +14%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
952 Points ∼20%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1602 Points ∼34% +68%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1012 Points ∼22% +6%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1289 Points ∼27% +35%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2006 Points ∼43% +111%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2484 Points ∼53% +161%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2490 Points ∼53% +162%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1010 Points ∼21% +6%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
993 Points ∼21% +4%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1207 Points ∼26% +27%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1460 Points ∼31% +53%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
359.3 ms * ∼9%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
193.6 ms * ∼5% +46%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
117.5 ms * ∼3% +67%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
340.7 ms * ∼8% +5%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
415.5 ms * ∼10% -16%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
254.9 ms * ∼6% +29%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
363.6 ms * ∼9% -1%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
164.3 ms * ∼4% +54%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
111.6 ms * ∼3% +69%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
109.7 ms * ∼3% +69%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
358.6 ms * ∼9% -0%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
305.3 ms * ∼8% +15%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
264.5 ms * ∼7% +26%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
259.8 ms * ∼6% +28%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
60.305 Points ∼18%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
98.047 Points ∼29% +63%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
52.214 Points ∼16% -13%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4377.8 ms * ∼7%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2331.6 ms * ∼4% +47%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
2627.6 ms * ∼4% +40%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
5072.9 ms * ∼9% -16%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3488.1 ms * ∼6% +20%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2583.5 ms * ∼4% +41%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2558.5 ms * ∼4% +42%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
8351.7 ms * ∼14% -91%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6407.6 ms * ∼11% -46%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5953.6 ms * ∼10% -36%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
8665 Points ∼17%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
13517 Points ∼27% +56%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
12488 Points ∼25% +44%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
8348 Points ∼17% -4%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
8324 Points ∼17% -4%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
12545 Points ∼25% +45%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
13630 Points ∼28% +57%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4640 Points ∼9% -46%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4902 Points ∼10% -43%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5708 Points ∼12% -34%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
775 Points ∼13%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1563 Points ∼25% +102%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
817 Points ∼13% +5%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1857 Points ∼30% +140%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2203 Points ∼36% +184%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
879 Points ∼14% +13%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
855 Points ∼14% +10%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1126 Points ∼18% +45%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system runs smoothly. We did not face any problems. The results of the PCMark benchmarks correspond to the performance of the built-in processor. Our comparison table shows that the recently reviewed Lenovo G70-80 performs significantly better, although it is also equipped with a Pentium. However, its Pentium 3825U processor is based on Intel's Core architecture of the Broadwell generation, which is significantly more powerful than the Braswell architecture of the Pentium N3700. In particular, the Broadwell Pentium performs significantly better in single thread tasks, which is important for everyday use. It is possible to improve the system performance of the Aspire by replacing its HDD with an SSD. This will make the system more responsive and reduce loading times.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1714 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
1953 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1357 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1714 Points ∼28%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2437 Points ∼40% +42%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
2790 Points ∼46% +63%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1744 Points ∼29% +2%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2120 Points ∼35% +24%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2656 Points ∼44% +55%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2949 Points ∼48% +72%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2862 Points ∼47% +67%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1483 Points ∼24% -13%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2603 Points ∼43% +52%

Storage Device

A 2.5-inch hard drive from Seagate is used as a system drive. It works at 5400 RPM and features a capacity of 500 GB. Its transfer rates are normal for 5400 RPM models.

Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Transfer Rate Minimum: 3.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 107.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 81 MB/s
Access Time: 18.1 ms
Burst Rate: 175.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.5 %

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics (Braswell) GPU is responsible for the graphics. It supports DirectX 12 and works at up to 700 MHz. Thanks to the new architecture, our model is significantly more powerful than its Bay Trail predecessors. The Braswell graphic core's direct competitors from AMD are Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema) and Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), respectively.

The decoder integrated into the GPU reduces the CPU load when playing standard video formats including H.265. The latter is the successor of the widespread H.264 format and allows smaller files at the same image quality. Hardware accelerated playback of H.265 content is supported by the Windows 10 App "Movies & TV". The CPU load remained below 10% while we played our test video (4k, H.265, 60 fps).

3DMark 11 Performance
494 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
23462 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
2078 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
250 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
494 Points ∼2%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
729 Points ∼2% +48%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1822 Points ∼6% +269%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
693 Points ∼2% +40%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
819 Points ∼3% +66%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
2310 Points ∼7% +368%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1663 Points ∼5% +237%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
2094 Points ∼7% +324%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1018 Points ∼3% +106%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
684 Points ∼2% +38%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
280 Points ∼1% -43%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
740 Points ∼2% +50%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1912 Points ∼6% +287%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
250 Points ∼1%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
428 Points ∼2% +71%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
1059 Points ∼4% +324%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
425 Points ∼2% +70%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
500 Points ∼2% +100%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
1323 Points ∼5% +429%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1501 Points ∼6% +500%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
1250 Points ∼5% +400%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
409 Points ∼2% +64%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
177 Points ∼1% -29%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
384 Points ∼1% +54%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
940 Points ∼4% +276%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1142 Points ∼2%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1701 Points ∼3% +49%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1618 Points ∼3% +42%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1934 Points ∼3% +69%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
4697 Points ∼8% +311%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1577 Points ∼3% +38%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
619 Points ∼1% -46%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1833 Points ∼3% +61%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2078 Points ∼4%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3398 Points ∼6% +64%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
5312 Points ∼9% +156%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2642 Points ∼5% +27%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3037 Points ∼5% +46%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
5191 Points ∼9% +150%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5256 Points ∼9% +153%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
5850 Points ∼10% +182%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4591 Points ∼8% +121%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2491 Points ∼4% +20%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1703 Points ∼3% -18%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2763 Points ∼5% +33%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3819 Points ∼7% +84%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
23462 Points ∼2%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
39058 Points ∼4% +66%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
47982 Points ∼4% +105%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
29842 Points ∼3% +27%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
36194 Points ∼3% +54%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
40796 Points ∼4% +74%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
34461 Points ∼3% +47%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
49492 Points ∼4% +111%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
44782 Points ∼4% +91%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
26600 Points ∼2% +13%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
21399 Points ∼2% -9%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
31695 Points ∼3% +35%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
36176 Points ∼3% +54%

Gaming Performance

The SoC has not been designed for playing computer games. Only a few games such as “Sims 4” can reach sufficiently high frame rates. Basically, playable games can be found in the Windows Store under Casual Games.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 23.712.28.2fps

Emissions & Energy

System Noise

System noise load, idle; measured at 15 cm distance in front of the device
System noise load, idle; measured at 15 cm distance in front of the device

Regardless of the system load, the Aspire works quietly. Usually, the fan stands still while idling and only the HDD noise is audible. If the HDD is replaced by an SSD, the system will fall silent. The fan hardly accelerates under load. We measured a noise level of 33 dB(A) during our stress test. It does not have to rev up anyway, since CPU and GPU throttle.

Noise Level

Idle
31.8 / 31.8 / 31.8 dB(A)
HDD
32 dB(A)
DVD
36.2 / dB(A)
Load
32.9 / 33 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 Arta (15 cm distance)

Temperature

the Aspire during the stress test
the Aspire during the stress test

Our Aspire behaves the same way in our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) regardless of whether on mains operation or on battery. CPU and GPU already throttle at 800 MHz and 500 MHz respectively, within the first few minutes. The CPU clock slightly increases and decreases sporadically. The low clock rates and the running fan ensure that the computer hardly gets warm. The maximum temperature measured by us is about 31°C (~88 °F).

Max. Load
 26.6 °C
80 F
27.5 °C
82 F
23.4 °C
74 F
 
 28 °C
82 F
27.5 °C
82 F
23.7 °C
75 F
 
 25.2 °C
77 F
23.3 °C
74 F
26.7 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 28 °C = 82 F
Average: 25.8 °C = 78 F
23.5 °C
74 F
27.6 °C
82 F
26.3 °C
79 F
25.2 °C
77 F
30.1 °C
86 F
28.1 °C
83 F
31 °C
88 F
23.5 °C
74 F
23.5 °C
74 F
Maximum: 31 °C = 88 F
Average: 26.5 °C = 80 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.4 °C = 103 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | FIRT 550-Pocket

Speakers

Aspire ES1-731-P4A6 Pink Noise characteristics
Aspire ES1-731-P4A6 Pink Noise characteristics

The stereo speakers sit at the front edge of the device's underside. Their sound does not surprise in a positive or a negative way. They generate a decent sound, which will not cause ear pain in the listener. However, external speakers or headphones are required for high quality sound.

Power Consumption

While idling, the power consumption of the Aspire increases to up to 12.6 watts. This is rather high for a device with a frugal CPU. During our stress test, the power consumption was only 19 watts, since CPU and GPU throttled heavily. The power adapter is rated at 45 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.36 / 0.44 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 7.2 / 11.2 / 12.6 Watt
Load midlight 18.3 / 19 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

In our realistic Wi-Fi test, we simulate the load during web surfing. The "Balanced" profile is active and the display brightness is about 150 cd/m². The Aspire lasts 4:02 hours on a single charge.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
4h 02min
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
242 min ∼86%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
HD Graphics (Broadwell), 3825U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
318 min ∼113%
Lenovo B70-80 80MR0006GE
GeForce 920M, 5200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPCX-24UE4T0
335 min ∼119%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E2-7110, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
283 min ∼100%
HP Pavilion 17-g054ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
216 min ∼77%
HP Pavilion 17-f217ng
GeForce 830M, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541075A9E680
246 min ∼87%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-7210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
282 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E17 E5-721-69FX
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
342 min ∼212%
Acer Aspire E17 E5-752G-T7WY
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, WDC WD10JPVX-08JC3T5
221 min ∼137%
Medion Akoya E7416
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
336 min ∼209%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-B-10X
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
307 min ∼191%
Asus X751MA-TY148H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
228 min ∼142%
HP Pavilion 17-f130ng
Radeon R7 M260, A10-5745M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
161 min ∼100%

Pros

+ works quietly
+ does hardly get warmer
+ decent keyboard
+ 2-years warranty

Cons

- no maintenance hatch

Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6. Test model provided by Cyberport.de
In review: Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6. Test model provided by Cyberport.de

The Aspire ES1-731 delivers sufficient performance for office and Internet applications. The integrated decoder allows playing standard video formats. The notebook does not get warm and always works quietly. Replacing the HDD with an SSD would make it even quieter. However, you need to open the case for this, since there is no  maintenance hatch. The keyboard provides a pleasant typing experience and allows frequent typing. A 2-year warranty completes the bundle.

The Aspire ES1-731 is suitable for all users who are looking for a simple office notebook for their desk. It does not get loud and requires very little energy.

However, Acer should have been more logical in this approach and equipped the device with a matte display. A glossy display is not suitable for a computer like the Aspire. At least, the display delivers an almost good contrast. However, it should have been brighter.

Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6 - 03/03/2016 v5
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
40 / 80 → 50%
Weight
57 / 20-67 → 79%
Battery
84%
Display
75%
Games Performance
50 / 68 → 74%
Application Performance
54 / 92 → 59%
Temperature
94%
Noise
91%
Audio
48%
Camera
52 / 85 → 61%
Average
68%
78%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-02-10 (Update: 2018-05-15)