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Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093 Notebook Review

René Kohl (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 03/15/2016

Premium allrounder, light edition. Not long ago, we reviewed the Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2. That notebook - equipped with a modern Intel quad-core CPU and a GeForce GTX 950M - particularly impressed us with its performance. How does the sibling with slightly less powerful hardware components and a lower price fare in comparison?

For the original German review, see here.

The Aspire V3-575G-5093 is a middle-class multimedia allrounder notebook. Outfitted with a modern and frugal Intel Core i5-6200U Skylake dual-core processor, the Aspire won't set new records, but its performance should be more than adequate for running a variety of programs and for multitasking. Same is true for the Nvidia GeFoce GTX 940M, which offers enough performance for casual gaming. The notebook uses the same chassis as the Acer Apsire V5-591G-71K2 and comes with the same display and keyboard. The port distribution is identical as well, although our version also houses a DVD burner.

Direct competitors are the Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275, which features the same CPU, but a weaker GPU, the Medion Akoya E6422, which doesn't come equipped as well, but only costs half, and the higher-end sibling, which did quite well when we reviewed it.

Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 940M - 2048 MB, Core: 1072 MHz, Memory: 1001 MHz, DDR3, 64-bit interface, 10.18.15.4279 WHQL, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, Dual-Channel, two banks occupied
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, ChiMei N156HGE-EAL, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Toshiba MQ01ABD100, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 825 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
0 PC-Card, 0 Express Card 34mm, 0 Express Card 54mm, 1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 0 USB 3.1 Gen2, 0 Firewire, 0 Thunderbolt, 1 VGA, 0 DVI, 1 HDMI, 0 DisplayPort, 0 S-Video, 0 Modem, 1 Kensington Lock, 0 Serial Port, 0 eSata, Audio Connections: audio combo-jack, Card Reader: SD, MMC, SDHC , 0 SmartCard, 0 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros/Qualcomm QCA6174 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Optical drive
DVD +/- RW Double Layer
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 27 x 382 x 260 ( = 1.06 x 15.04 x 10.24 in)
Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion, SANYO
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Foxit PhantomPDF, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.25 kg ( = 79.37 oz / 4.96 pounds), Power Supply: 340 g ( = 11.99 oz / 0.75 pounds)
Price
799 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Our review notebook is essentially a less powerful version of the Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2.

Both the chassis as well as the ports and their distribution are identical, save for the fact that the V3-675G comes with an optical drive, but in turn it now lacks an empty M.2 slot.

Connectivity

The Aspire is up to par as far as the connectivity options are concerned, although there aren't any exotic ports or modern interfaces. Just like its sibling, the review notebook has almost all ports located on the left side towards the front. The two USB 3.0 ports in particular can interfere with each other. External monitors connect either via VGA or HDMI. A DVD optical drive on the right side rounds out the feature set.

The power adapter cable can limit access to the optical drive
The power adapter cable can limit access to the optical drive
Large USB devices can interfere with each other
Large USB devices can interfere with each other
Left side: Kensington lock slot, VGA , Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, audio combo-jack
Left side: Kensington lock slot, VGA , Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0, audio combo-jack
Right side: USB 2.0, DVD burner, power jack
Right side: USB 2.0, DVD burner, power jack
The card reader is located on the front
The card reader is located on the front

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Card Reader

The SD card reader performs almost identically to the one the Acer Apsire V5-591G-71K2 is equipped with and is therefore one of the slower examples of its kind. Large data blocks are copied at a maximum transfer rate of 24.9 MB/s; 250 JPG-files (around 5 MB each) are copied at only 14.3 MB/s. For these tests, we always use our reference SD card Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II.

Display

Here just a brief comment: 
Both the review candidate as well as the Acer Apsire V5-591G-71K2 make use of the same panel. We conducted the same tests and noticed that the PWM frequencies are much higher here, even though all other results are more or less identical (within the tolerance limit).

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 1042 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 1042 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 1042 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9868 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

The Aspire is a middle-class multimedia notebook. Multitasking poses no problem and the notebook can even handle some gaming. As equipped, our review notebook sells for 790 Euro (~$890). Users who require a more powerful notebook should take a look at the Acer Apsire V5-591G-71K2 with a quad-core CPU. This version sells for 1000 Euro (~$ 1120), but it lacks an optical drive.

We should note that LatencyMon revealed some issues especially concerning real-time audio. At maximum load levels, we could indeed induce some crackling when we played music. Especially high GPU loads cause issues here.

 

Processor

Acer uses a new Skylake dual-core SoC from Intel. With a TDP of 15 watts, the CPU is a frugal middle-class ULV model. For most users, the performance should be more than adequate. The i5-6200U has nominal clock speed of 2.3 Gz; the Turbo can overclock both cores to 2.7 Ghz and one core to 2.8 GHz, respectively. With the notebook running on battery power and under sustained load, the clock speed of the CPU takes some hits and we saw short-term drops from 2600 MHz down to 400 MHz as a result. 

The Broadwell-predecessor i5-5200U clearly trails the new CPU, which features a better architecture with slightly higher clock speeds and improves upon the scores of the older version by between 10 and 15 percent. There are no noticeable differences in performance between our review notebook and the Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275, which is equipped with the same CPU.

The more potent sibling Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2 comes with the quad-core i7-6700HQ (also Skylake), which is nearly twice as powerful and leaves the i5-6200U in the dust.

A less expensive alternative is the Medion Akoya E6422, which features the less powerful i3-6100U. In the Cinebench R15 multi-test, this CPU only trailed the i5 processor by about 10 %, however.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6138
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9350
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4244
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
26.45 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.93 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.16 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
34.35 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
272 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
111 Points
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Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
677 Points ∼100% +149%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
282 Points ∼42% +4%
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
272 Points ∼40%
Medion Akoya E6422
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
247 Points ∼36% -9%

System Performance

The decent hardware allows the Aspire to handle tasks without issues for the most part. We've chosen the verbiage "for the most part" here, since Windows 10 proved to be somewhat of nuisance: at times, menu items simply froze during our tests. An example: the Aspire had problems with wireless and informed us that an Internet connection wasn't possible despite the fact that the notebook was connected. Our attempt to disconnect and then reconnect resulted in the system freezing and becoming unrepsonsive. Die battery status icon wouldn't do anything under full load when we hovered the mouse cursor over it and Cortana refused to work at all under the same conditions.

Despite these annoyances - which in our opinion can be attributed to Windows 10 as stated above - the results of the PCMark benchmarks are generally quite good. Although the Aspire can't pull away from the competition, the performance is still more than sufficient during daily use. The differences to the Toshiba Satellite (same CPU) are minimal.

The Medion Akoya clearly outperforms the review notebook during the PCMark7 test. The reason is the Akoya's fast SSD, which offers more performance and heavily influences the result of this particular benchmark.

The Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2 is the undisputed leader in our comparison, since it features a significantly more powerful quad-core CPU and a more potent GPU as well.

PCMark 7 Score
2865 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3163 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3578 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3916 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
3719 Points ∼100% +18%
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3163 Points ∼85%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2961 Points ∼80% -6%
Medion Akoya E6422
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
2861 Points ∼77% -10%
PCMark 7 - Score
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
4673 Points ∼100% +63%
Medion Akoya E6422
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
4200 Points ∼90% +47%
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2865 Points ∼61%

Storage Devices

For data storage, Acer uses a regular Toshiba HDD. The drive has a capacity of 1000 GB and operates at 5400 RPM. The results of the tools HDTune and CrystalDiskMark are within the normal range for this type of hard drive. The Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2 has a similar drive, but additionally features 8 GB of SSD cache. The other two competitors come with SSDs, which guarantee much better read and write performance. The Medion Akoya comes with a 128 GB SSD; the SSD in the Toshiba Satellite has a capacity of 256 GB.

Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Transfer Rate Minimum: 32.7 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 114.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 85.6 MB/s
Access Time: 18.6 ms
Burst Rate: 125.8 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5.7 %

GPU Performance

The Aspire features a middle-class Nvidia GeForce 940M, which is based on the Maxwell architecture. The GPU supports DirectX 11 and has a nominal clock speed of 1072 GHz, which can be overclocked to a maximum of 1176 GHz. 2048 MB off DDR3 RAM running at 1001 MHz round out the package. Compared to the predecessor GeForce 840M, the clock speed is only about 5% higher, so the performance hasn't improved by much. The actual difference between the 940M  and the 930M is also rather small, which is noticeable as far as the gaming performance is concerned. For that reason, the Toshiba Satellite and the Aspire are almost dead even. The Medion Akoya falls behind, since it doesn't come with a dedicated GPU. The Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2 features a GeForce 950M GPU and outperforms the review notebook by a large margin.  

In addition to the GeForce GPU, the notebook also has Intel's HD Graphics 520 on board. Nvidia's Optimus technology allows switching from on GPU to the other, which can increase the battery life. Less demanding tasks are normally handled by the integrated Intel HD. The switching happens automatically, although the user can interfere if desired. 

When the Aspire is running on battery power, the GPU drops down to 33.8 MHz about every two seconds before recovering to 1176 MHz. When the notebook is plugged in, this behavior disappears.

3DMark 11 Performance
2568 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
37609 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
6098 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1483 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
4703 Points ∼100% +83%
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2568 Points ∼55%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2227 Points ∼47% -13%
Medion Akoya E6422
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
1215 Points ∼26% -53%
3DMark - 1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
14828 Points ∼100% +143%
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6098 Points ∼41%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
6065 Points ∼41% -1%
Medion Akoya E6422
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
4504 Points ∼30% -26%

Gaming Performance

The specs give insight into the expected performance, which of course isn't breaking any new grounds. There's sufficient power to run less demanding titles with the settings on high. The native resolution is often usable as long as the details are reduced - at least as long as the game in question doesn't have high demands on the hardware. The Toshiba Satellite  offers about the same performance, while the Aspire V5-591G-71K2 once again pulls ahead easily. The latter notebook cost about 200 Euro (~$225) more and retails for about 1000 Euro (~$ 1120) at the moment. At the time of writing, both the review notebook as well as the Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275 can be found online for a little less than 800 Euro (~$890).

We encountered the aforementioned occasional slight crackling-sounds when playing demanding titles - quite noticeable, for example, during the slide show of Rise of the Tombraider. BioShock Infinite, on the other hand, ran well without any stutters even with the settings on high.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 82.552.135.416.8fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 73.4651.442.2720.86fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 22.7418.2810.84fps
Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
34.6 fps ∼100% +106%
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
16.8 fps ∼49%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
15.6 fps ∼45% -7%
Medion Akoya E6422
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
7.4 fps ∼21% -56%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
71.8 fps ∼100% +103%
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
35.4 fps ∼49%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
33.2 fps ∼46% -6%
Medion Akoya E6422
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
14.5 fps ∼20% -59%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
130.2 fps ∼100% +150%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
58.4 fps ∼45% +12%
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
52.1 fps ∼40%
Medion Akoya E6422
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
26 fps ∼20% -50%
1024x768 Low Preset
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
272.1 fps ∼100% +230%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
121.4 fps ∼45% +47%
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
82.5 fps ∼30%
Medion Akoya E6422
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
49.4 fps ∼18% -40%
BioShock Infinite
1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
20.86 fps ∼100%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
13.4 fps ∼64% -36%
1366x768 High Preset
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
42.27 fps ∼100%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
38.4 fps ∼91% -9%
1366x768 Medium Preset
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
51.4 fps ∼100%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
47 fps ∼91% -9%
1280x720 Very Low Preset
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
73.46 fps ∼100%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
73.4 fps ∼100% 0%

Emissions

System Noise

Noise level according to load / idle
Noise level according to load / idle

During idle, the fan spins up occasionally, but remains unobtrusive. The hard drive is always audible, but never gets annoying, either. With an average noise level of 34.8 dB, the Acer isn't much louder than the competition.  

Under load (42 dB), the Aspire is noisier than the Toshiba Satellite or the Medion Akoya. The  Aspire V3-575G is almost as loud as the Aspire V5-591G-71K2 - not a great result, given that the former only consumes half as much power. All in all, the Aspire never gets bothersome though.

Noise Level

Idle
33.5 / 34.8 / 34.8 dB(A)
HDD
34 dB(A)
DVD
37.5 / dB(A)
Load
41.4 / 42 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)   environment noise: 31.3 dB(A)
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
Medion Akoya E6422
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
Noise
1%
6%
13%
off / environment *
31.3
22
30%
Idle Minimum *
33.5
32.6
3%
34.7
-4%
31.3
7%
Idle Average *
34.8
32.6
6%
34.7
-0%
31.3
10%
Idle Maximum *
34.8
32.6
6%
34.7
-0%
32.2
7%
Load Average *
41.4
42.7
-3%
34.5
17%
36.4
12%
Load Maximum *
42
45.5
-8%
34.7
17%
36.6
13%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

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

The Aspire handled the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark are running for at least one hour) in different fashion depending on if we used external or battery power. With the notebook plugged in, full performance is still available even after a run time of an hour. Unfortunately, the same isn't true when the notebook is disconnected from the outlet: after a short period, the GPU starts fluctuating between 33.8 and 1176 MHz ever second or so, while the CPU bounces between 400 and 2500 MHz. The Aspire V5-591G-71K2, the Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275, as well as the Medion Akoya E6422 aren't affected by fluctuating performance. 

During idle, the notebook remains cool to the touch. At up to 32°C, the Aspire gets warmer than the direct competition, however. The review notebook performs similar here to its sibling, which reached 34°C in the same spot. The Medion Akoya only sees similar temperatures under load. 

During the stress test, the upper gets quite warm towards the middle at about 47°C. The area around the fan exhaust is the hot spot at almost 60°C. The Aspire V5-591G-71K2 gets hotter still; the Toshiba Satellite remains both cooler and more quiet at 47°C.

Max. Load
 41.4 °C
107 F
44.1 °C
111 F
27.1 °C
81 F
 
 41.6 °C
107 F
47.2 °C
117 F
26.2 °C
79 F
 
 28.8 °C
84 F
32.7 °C
91 F
28.3 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 47.2 °C = 117 F
Average: 35.3 °C = 96 F
24.7 °C
76 F
36.8 °C
98 F
59.6 °C
139 F
25.9 °C
79 F
36.6 °C
98 F
48.2 °C
119 F
27.8 °C
82 F
28.4 °C
83 F
30.7 °C
87 F
Maximum: 59.6 °C = 139 F
Average: 35.4 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  47 °C = 117 F | Room Temperature 22.1 °C = 72 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.3 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 47.2 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 59.6 °C / 139 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.7 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32.7 °C / 90.9 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-3.6 °C / -6.5 F).

Speakers

Pink noise
Pink noise

The speakers are located on the bottom and are capable of generating full-bodied sound, although bass is lacking. The preinstalled Dolby Digital Plus software allows the user to modify the output to his or her liking. Overall sound quality is acceptable and even longer listening periods never become painful.

The speakers are located on the bottom.
The speakers are located on the bottom.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Aspire doesn't draw a lot of power. During idle, we recorded 11 watts or less, which is certainly acceptable for an ULV CPU. During the stress test with both the CPU and GPU operating at their respective maximums, the power requirement jumped to 58 watts. The Toshiba Satellite, which is equipped with the same hardware, draws an almost imperceptible amount less. At maximum load levels, the Medion Akoya needs about half, the sibling about twice as much power as the review candidate.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 6.2 / 9.5 / 11 Watt
Load midlight 36 / 58 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

The overall run times on battery are acceptable. Acer didn't include the 56 Wh battery the more powerful Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2 is equipped with, but rather opted for a 37 Wh model, which - despite the ULV CPU - doesn't allow for a longer battery life. The results are still pretty decent, however.  

When tasked with the Reader's Test, which we use to establish the maximum run time, the notebook kept going for just over 7 hours. For this test, we turn the display to its minimum brightness, turn of wireless, activate power savings, and deactivate the display timeout. 

Our practically relevant WLAN test simulates web browsing. With the display set to 150 cd/m², a script visits a new website every 30 seconds or so. The result of 4 hours is nothing to write home about: the Medion Akoya lasted 40 minutes and the Toshiba Satellite 105 minutes longer.

Under full load, the notebook managed about 2 hours before shutting down.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
7h 06min
WiFi Surfing
3h 57min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 57min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 56min
Battery Runtime
Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
WiFi
237 min ∼100%
WiFi v1.3
237 min ∼69%
Medion Akoya E6422
HD Graphics 520, 6100U, Phison 128GB PS3109-S9
WiFi v1.3
277 min ∼80%
Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Toshiba MQ02ABF050H (SSHD 500 + 8 GB)
WiFi v1.3
255 min ∼74%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
WiFi v1.3
345 min ∼100%

Pros

+ non-glare display
+ decent input devices
+ keyboard is backlit

Cons

- no maintenance hatch
- brightness and contrast are average
- crackling sound during audio playback
- performance not constant at maximum load

Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093. Test model courtesy of Campuspoint
In review: Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093. Test model courtesy of Campuspoint

At the time of writing, the Acer Aspire can be found online for about 790 Euro (~$880). All things considered, the V3-575G is a pretty average multimedia allrounder-notebook, which doesn't manage to stand out from the crowd. The input devices are decent and should permit longer typing sessions without getting tiring in the process. The Toshiba hard drive has a capacity of 1000 GB, which should allow the user to store even larger media libraries. The DVD burner is still a welcome addition and the quality of the chassis is decent, even though there is no maintenance hatch.

The performance is more than adequate. The frugal i5-6200U CPU does well with most normal applications and doesn't get bogged down much when multitasking, either. The Nvidia GeForce 940M handles older and some newer games at low to medium settings. Graphics-intensive titles like Rise of the Tombraider are out of the question, however.

The decent overall impression is marred in several ways. First of all, it's a little disappointing that full performance is out of the question when the notebook is running on battery power. The display is just average and the viewing angles are very restricted. Lastly, the light crackling sounds we encountered during audio playback might deter some multimedia enthusiasts - although it doesn't happen that frequently during normal use.  

 Those who can accept the drawbacks should be happy with the Aspire, even though it doesn't quite measure up to is more powerful sibling. Considering the price of 800 Euro, we recommend taking some time before deciding between this notebook and available alternatives. 

The Acer Aspire V5-591G-71K2 offers more performance and costs 200 Euro (~$225) more. Users who don't want to spend that much money might be quite happy with the Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275, which costs as much the Aspire, but comes with a glossy display with better viewing angles and an SSD. If the CPU performance isn't of the utmost importance, the Medion Akoya E6422 is a better choice.

Acer Aspire V3-575G-5093 - 03/08/2016 v5
René Kohl

Chassis
77 / 98 → 79%
Keyboard
83%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
67 / 81 → 83%
Weight
61 / 20-67 → 87%
Battery
87%
Display
78%
Games Performance
62 / 85 → 73%
Application Performance
62 / 92 → 68%
Temperature
86%
Noise
77 / 95 → 81%
Audio
60%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
71%
79%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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René Kohl, 2016-03-15 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).