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Acer Aspire ES1-731G Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Sven Kloevekorn (translated by Martina Osztovits), 08/10/2016

Home office. Acer combines a Braswell processor and a GeForce graphics core from the entry-level range. This will not create a gaming notebook. However, the laptop is indeed able to run some classic games. In addition, the Aspire brings other pros: It works quietly, comes with a decent keyboard and it has a big storage space.

For the original German review, see here.

Acer's Aspire ES1 series is a notebook from the low-price segment. We have already reviewed several representatives of this series, even our current test model. However, the Aspire ES1-731G differs from its sibling: The ES1-731G brings a GeForce graphics core. Therewith, Acer uses an unusual combination from Braswell processor and dedicated graphics core. Our review will reveal whether the Aspire can convince. The competition of the Acer computer includes notebooks such as the Lenovo G70-80, the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B, the Acer Aspire E5-722, and the Asus X751.

For information about case, connectivity, input devices and display please refer to our review of the Aspire ES1-731 with identical design.

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Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR (Aspire ES1 Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 910M - 2048 MB, Core: 641 MHz, Memory: 1001 MHz, DDR3, 64-Bit connection, ForceWare 368.61 (10.18.13.6881), Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, single-channel
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600 x 900 pixel 106 PPI, AU Optronics B173RTN01.1, TN LED, glossy: yes
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABD100, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 900 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: audio combo, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
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: SD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3 kg ( = 105.82 oz / 6.61 pounds), Power Supply: 257 g ( = 9.07 oz / 0.57 pounds)
Price
499 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Performance

Processor

Inside the Aspire, there is an Intel Pentium N3700 (Braswell) quad-core processor. This is a weak processor which performs significantly worse than Core i processors. The CPU works at a base clock of 1.6 GHz. The Turbo can increase the clock rate to 2.4 GHz. Our processor works at full speed in our CPU tests in mains operation as well as on battery.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1205
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
3064
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2500
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
39 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
143 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
23.99 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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System Performance

The system runs smoothly and we did not face any problems. We have already reviewed an Aspire ES1-731 model without dedicated graphics card. Thus, the comparison of the PC Mark 8 results of these two computers shows the impact of the GeForce GPU. The more powerful graphics core does not have an impact on the Home and Creative subbenchmarks. Things are different for the Work subbenchmark with almost double the score. It is still possible to improve the system performance. Replacing the HDD with an SSD will make for a more responsive system and shorter loading times.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1741 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
2003 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2408 points
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Storage Devices

Acer has equipped the Aspire with a 2.5-inch hard drive, which stems from Toshiba. It works at 5400 RPM and features a capacity of 1 TB. The transfer rates of the hard drive are normal for a 5400 rpm model.

Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Transfer Rate Minimum: 16.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 113.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 82.2 MB/s
Access Time: 18.2 ms
Burst Rate:
CPU Usage: 7.5 %

Graphics Card

GPU-Z
GPU-Z

Acer decided to use an unusual combination in the Aspire. A weak Braswell processor was combined with a dedicated GPU. The built-in GeForce 910M is the weakest model of the GeForce 900M series. Alike the GeForce 920M, it is based on Nvidia's Kepler architecture. All other GeForce 900M models are based on the modern Maxwell architecture. The 910M GPU clocks significantly lower than the 920M GPU (641 MHz vs. 954 MHz). Our comparison table shows that the 910M graphics core ranks in slightly above the GeForce 820M and is about on par with the Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU (when using dual-channel mode). AMD's counterpart, the Radeon R5 M330, is slightly better.

3DMark 06 Standard
6741 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
4325 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1432 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
23291 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
3677 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
913 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
446 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
6500U, Radeon R7 M360
2301 Points ∼100% +61%
HP ProBook 470 G3 W4P78EA
6200U, Radeon R7 M340
2264 Points ∼98% +58%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
2212 Points ∼96% +54%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
1927 Points ∼84% +35%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
5500U, GeForce 920M
1849 Points ∼80% +29%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
5005U, GeForce 920M
1748 Points ∼76% +22%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
6200U, Radeon R5 M330
1637 Points ∼71% +14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR
N3700, GeForce 920M
1573 Points ∼68% +10%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
1477 Points ∼64% +3%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
1432 Points ∼62%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
4010U, GeForce 820M
1353 Points ∼59% -6%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
4010U, GeForce 820M
1349 Points ∼59% -6%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
1222 Points ∼53% -15%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
6100U, HD Graphics 520
1160 Points ∼50% -19%
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
N3700, HD Graphics (Braswell)
494 Points ∼21% -66%
3DMark
Fire Strike Extreme Score
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
545 Points ∼100% +22%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
446 Points ∼82%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
HP ProBook 470 G3 W4P78EA
6200U, Radeon R7 M340
1088 Points ∼100% +19%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
1075 Points ∼99% +18%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
5500U, GeForce 920M
1073 Points ∼99% +18%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
5005U, GeForce 920M
1056 Points ∼97% +16%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
6500U, Radeon R7 M360
1024 Points ∼94% +12%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
915 Points ∼84% 0%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
913 Points ∼84%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
4010U, GeForce 820M
829 Points ∼76% -9%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
4010U, GeForce 820M
829 Points ∼76% -9%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
803 Points ∼74% -12%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
6200U, Radeon R5 M330
799 Points ∼73% -12%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
589 Points ∼54% -35%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
6100U, HD Graphics 520
567 Points ∼52% -38%
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
N3700, HD Graphics (Braswell)
250 Points ∼23% -73%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
6500U, Radeon R7 M360
4236 Points ∼100% +40%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
5500U, GeForce 920M
4053 Points ∼96% +33%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
3686 Points ∼87% +21%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
3512 Points ∼83% +16%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
6200U, Radeon R5 M330
3202 Points ∼76% +5%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
3036 Points ∼72%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
2918 Points ∼69% -4%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
4010U, GeForce 820M
2892 Points ∼68% -5%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
4010U, GeForce 820M
2872 Points ∼68% -5%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
6100U, HD Graphics 520
2855 Points ∼67% -6%
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
N3700, HD Graphics (Braswell)
1142 Points ∼27% -62%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
5908 Points ∼100% +61%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
5500U, GeForce 920M
5778 Points ∼98% +57%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
5005U, GeForce 920M
5045 Points ∼85% +37%
HP ProBook 470 G3 W4P78EA
6200U, Radeon R7 M340
5029 Points ∼85% +37%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
6500U, Radeon R7 M360
5001 Points ∼85% +36%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
4932 Points ∼83% +34%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
4643 Points ∼79% +26%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
6100U, HD Graphics 520
4620 Points ∼78% +26%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
4399 Points ∼74% +20%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
6200U, Radeon R5 M330
4333 Points ∼73% +18%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
4010U, GeForce 820M
3954 Points ∼67% +8%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
4010U, GeForce 820M
3942 Points ∼67% +7%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
3677 Points ∼62%
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
N3700, HD Graphics (Braswell)
2078 Points ∼35% -43%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
52606 Points ∼100% +70%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
31019 Points ∼59%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
35607 Points ∼100% +71%
HP ProBook 470 G3 W4P78EA
6200U, Radeon R7 M340
32328 Points ∼91% +55%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
20818 Points ∼58%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
59176 Points ∼100% +154%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
51260 Points ∼87% +120%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
6500U, Radeon R7 M360
47792 Points ∼81% +105%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
5005U, GeForce 920M
47293 Points ∼80% +103%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
5500U, GeForce 920M
45983 Points ∼78% +97%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
4010U, GeForce 820M
45538 Points ∼77% +96%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
44992 Points ∼76% +93%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
6200U, Radeon R5 M330
44599 Points ∼75% +91%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
4010U, GeForce 820M
42918 Points ∼73% +84%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
6100U, HD Graphics 520
41065 Points ∼69% +76%
HP ProBook 470 G3 W4P78EA
6200U, Radeon R7 M340
39749 Points ∼67% +71%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
37892 Points ∼64% +63%
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
N3700, HD Graphics (Braswell)
23462 Points ∼40% +1%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
23291 Points ∼39%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
5500U, GeForce 920M
9199 Points ∼100% +36%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
9006 Points ∼98% +34%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
8650 Points ∼94% +28%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
6500U, Radeon R7 M360
8322 Points ∼90% +23%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
6741 Points ∼73%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
6472 Points ∼70% -4%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
112.1 fps ∼100% +42%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
78.7 fps ∼70%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
53.9 fps ∼100%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
42.6 fps ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
27.1 fps ∼64% -36%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
41.8 fps ∼100%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
30.9 fps ∼100%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
34.7 fps ∼100%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
22.3 fps ∼100%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
25.1 fps ∼100%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
168 Samples/s ∼100% +77%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
95 Samples/s ∼57%
Sala GPUs-only
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
289 Samples/s ∼100% +53%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
189 Samples/s ∼65%
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - 1280x1024 high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 AA:off AF:1x
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
18 fps ∼100%
Unigine Heaven 3.0
1920x1080 OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
13.3 fps ∼100%
1920x1080 DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
14.4 fps ∼100%
Unigine Heaven 4.0 - Extreme Preset DX11
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
5.5 fps ∼100%
ComputeMark v2.1 - 1024x600 Normal, Score
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
1516 Points ∼100% +63%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
929 Points ∼61%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
6500U, Radeon R7 M360
2222 Points ∼100% +57%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
A10-9600P, Radeon R7 M440
2210 Points ∼99% +56%
HP ProBook 470 G3 W4P78EA
6200U, Radeon R7 M340
2145 Points ∼97% +52%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
5200U, Radeon R5 M330
1834 Points ∼83% +30%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
5500U, GeForce 920M
1731 Points ∼78% +23%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
5005U, GeForce 920M
1666 Points ∼75% +18%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR
N3700, GeForce 920M
1581 Points ∼71% +12%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
6200U, Radeon R5 M330
1518 Points ∼68% +7%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
N3700, GeForce 910M
1413 Points ∼64%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
1318 Points ∼59% -7%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
4010U, GeForce 820M
1280 Points ∼58% -9%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
4010U, GeForce 820M
1266 Points ∼57% -10%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
6200U, HD Graphics 520
1124 Points ∼51% -20%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
6100U, HD Graphics 520
1065 Points ∼48% -25%
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
N3700, HD Graphics (Braswell)
449 Points ∼20% -68%

Gaming Performance

The notebook is primarily suitable for running classic games such as Diablo 3 or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Modern games only achieve smooth frame rates with low resolutions and low quality settings if they do not have high hardware requirements. The frame rates of the Aspire are about on par with GeForce 820M and HD Graphics 520 notebooks (the latter only with active dual-channel mode). The Aspire falls slightly behind the competition in CPU-intensive games. This is due to the weak CPU. The Radeon R5 M330 graphics core's lead in the 3D Mark benchmarks cannot generally be confirmed in practice. It partly performs worse than the GeForce GPU in real-world gaming.

low med. high ultra
Diablo III (2012) 52.848.645.530.6fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 39.136.334.229.7fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 73.638.324.910.7fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 50.429.925.88.6fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 33.724.618.67.3fps
F1 2014 (2014) 41322416fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 28.220.17.24.4fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 7.97.66.15.9fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 46.82416.812.5fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 131274fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 40.929.313.28.7fps
World of Warships (2015) 33.827.22013.9fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 22.113.76.33.1fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 23.216.27.74.3fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 38.825.312.610.7fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 16.614.88.15.7fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 14.59.46.13.5fps
XCOM 2 (2016) 13.57.14.92.1fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 16875fps
The Division (2016) 19.611.55.63.1fps
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016) 22.613.86.53.9fps
Diablo III - 1366x768 High AA:on
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Radeon R7 M460, 6200U, Liteonit CV3-DE256
50.7 fps ∼100% +11%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
50.5 fps ∼100% +11%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
Radeon R7 M440, A10-9600P
45.7 fps ∼90% 0%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
GeForce 910M, N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
45.5 fps ∼90%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
36.1 fps ∼71% -21%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
35.1 fps ∼69% -23%
Battlefield 4 - 1024x768 Low Preset
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Radeon R7 M460, 6200U, Liteonit CV3-DE256
59.4 fps ∼100% +76%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
Radeon R7 M440, A10-9600P
51.6 fps ∼87% +53%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
51.5 fps ∼87% +53%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
43.6 fps ∼73% +29%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
GeForce 910M, N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
33.7 fps ∼57%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Western Digital WD Black Mobile 500GB (WD5000LPLX)
23 fps ∼39% -32%
BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset
HP ProBook 450 G3 P4P34EA
Radeon R7 M340, 6500U, Liteon L8H-256V2G
80.2 fps ∼100% +59%
HP ProBook 470 G3 W4P78EA
Radeon R7 M340, 6200U, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB
76.1 fps ∼95% +51%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
Radeon R7 M440, A10-9600P
74.7 fps ∼93% +48%
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Radeon R7 M460, 6200U, Liteonit CV3-DE256
73.1 fps ∼91% +45%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
70.8 fps ∼88% +40%
Toshiba Satellite C55-C-1NE
GeForce 920M, 5005U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
62.42 fps ∼78% +24%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
55.3 fps ∼69% +10%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
GeForce 910M, N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
50.4 fps ∼63%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
49.2 fps ∼61% -2%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Radeon R5 M330, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
46.3 fps ∼58% -8%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-17ISK 80QH001EGE
Radeon R5 M330, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
43.2 fps ∼54% -14%
Lenovo IdeaPad 300-15IBR
GeForce 920M, N3700, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
40.9 fps ∼51% -19%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Western Digital WD Black Mobile 500GB (WD5000LPLX)
33.5 fps ∼42% -34%
Tomb Raider - 1024x768 Low Preset
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
84 fps ∼100% +14%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
83.6 fps ∼100% +14%
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Radeon R7 M460, 6200U, Liteonit CV3-DE256
80 fps ∼95% +9%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
76.6 fps ∼91% +4%
Asus F555LD-XX243H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
75.7 fps ∼90% +3%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
74.2 fps ∼88% +1%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
GeForce 910M, N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
73.6 fps ∼88%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
63.1 fps ∼75% -14%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
50.1 fps ∼60% -32%
Lenovo ThinkPad E560 20EV000MGE
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Western Digital WD Black Mobile 500GB (WD5000LPLX)
49.2 fps ∼59% -33%
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
HD Graphics (Braswell), N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
23.7 fps ∼28% -68%
Dirt Rally - 1024x768 Ultra Low Preset
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
135.2 fps ∼100% +189%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
113.3 fps ∼84% +142%
Lenovo Yoga 510-15ISK
Radeon R7 M460, 6200U, Liteonit CV3-DE256
108.7 fps ∼80% +132%
HP Pavilion 15-aw004ng
Radeon R7 M440, A10-9600P
93.4 fps ∼69% +100%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
70.6 fps ∼52% +51%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
GeForce 910M, N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
46.8 fps ∼35%
Counter-Strike: GO - 1366x768 High AA:2x MS AF:4x
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
56.4 fps ∼100% +65%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
50.3 fps ∼89% +47%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
GeForce 910M, N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
34.2 fps ∼61%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
30.8 fps ∼55% -10%
F1 2014 - 1024x768 Ultra Low Preset
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
61 fps ∼100% +49%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
48 fps ∼79% +17%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
GeForce 910M, N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
41 fps ∼67%
Metal Gear Solid V - 1024x768 Low / Off
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
45 fps ∼100% +10%
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
GeForce 910M, N3700, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
40.9 fps ∼91%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P5T00ES
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
28.6 fps ∼64% -30%

Emissions & Energy

System Noise

Despite a significantly more powerful GPU, the Aspire is subjectively not different from the already reviewed sibling in the realm of system noise. The fan does not even speed up much under load. You would need to turn off the sound when running computer games in order to hear the fan at all.

Battery Life

Our Wi-Fi test simulates opening websites. The profile "balanced" is active, the energy-saving functions are disabled and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². The Aspire achieves a battery life of 4:43 h.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
4h 43min
Battery Runtime - WiFi v1.3
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR
38 Wh
283 min ∼100%
Acer Aspire ES1-731-P4A6
38 Wh
242 min ∼86%
Chiligreen Mobilitas SF2600
44 Wh
172 min ∼61%
Lenovo G70-35 80Q5000BGE
41 Wh
282 min ∼100%
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00H0GE
41 Wh
318 min ∼113%
Acer Aspire E5-722-2611
37 Wh
283 min ∼100%
Toshiba Satellite C70D-C-10N
45 Wh
282 min ∼100%

Pros

+ works quietly
+ hardly gets warmer
+ decent keyboard
+ two-years warranty

Cons

- no maintenance hatch

Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire ES1-731G. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Acer Aspire ES1-731G. Test model provided by Notebooksbilliger.de

With the Aspire ES1-731G, Acer offers a simple 17.3-inch office notebook for home use. The built-in processor is suitable for office and Internet applications. Due to the dedicated graphics core, it can run some games. However, this is primarily true for titles which have already been available for several years. The notebook hardly gets warmer and works quietly regardless of the load.

Thanks to a 1 TB hard drive you won't run out of storage space quickly. It is possible to replace the HDD by an SSD, but this requires opening the case. The computer does not have a maintenance hatch. The keyboard provides a decent typing experience and is suitable for regular writing tasks. Battery life is of minor importance in a 17.3-inch notebook. The Aspire neither shines nor disappoints in terms of stamina. The results are normal for a 17.3-inch device. In view of the price point, the display of the Acer computer is alright. Positive: Acer also includes a two-year warranty in the low-price segment.

The combination of weak CPU and entry-level graphics core is interesting for users who want to occasionally play games which are no longer absolutely new.

Our test model costs about 450 Euros (~$502). This is slightly too much for a device of its performance category. In comparison, the Lenovo G70-80 80FF00K5GE (Core i3-5005U, GeForce 920M) was available for about 480 Euros (~$536) at the time of testing and brings a significantly higher CPU and GPU performance than the Aspire.

Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P5UR - 08/01/2016 v5.1(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
48 / 80 → 60%
Weight
57 / 20-67 → 79%
Battery
80%
Display
75%
Games Performance
55 / 68 → 81%
Application Performance
46 / 92 → 50%
Temperature
94%
Noise
91%
Audio
48%
Camera
52 / 85 → 61%
Average
68%
78%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-08-10 (Update: 2016-08-12)