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Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G (7300HQ, GTX 1050, Full HD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Katherine Bodner), 05/25/2017

Inexpensive gamer. Acer's inexpensive gaming notebook displays all the latest computer games smoothly. The device is available for just under £800 (~$1035) in the UK. It is equipped with a Kaby Lake quad-core processor, a GeForce GTX 1050 GPU and both an SSD and HDD.

For the original German review, click here.

The Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-58DD is currently the cheapest model of the VX-15 series. The device is familiar to us, as we have already tested a sister version with the same build - the VX5-591G-75C4. The difference between the two devices is in the hardware. While the model we already tested was equipped with a Core i7-7700HQ processor and a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU, today's test unit has a Core i5-7300HQ processor and a GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. Some of the device's competitors are the Asus FX553VD, the HP Pavilion 15 and the Dell Inspiron 15 7567

As both VX-15 models have the same build, we will not go into details about the case, connectivity, input devices or speakers. For more information about those aspects, please see the VX5-591G-75C4 review.

This configuration is currently not available in the US.

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Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop) - 4096 MB, Core: 1354-1734 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GDDR5, 128-bit bus, ForceWare 382.05, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, single-channel, two RAM slots (one slot used)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, BOE CQ NV156HFM-N42, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
Hynix HFS128G39TND, 128 GB 
, + Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (1 TB, 5400 rpm), 1128 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC255 @ Intel Sunrise Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 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), Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 29 x 389 x 266 ( = 1.14 x 15.31 x 10.47 in)
Battery
52.5 Wh Lithium-Ion
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.5 kg ( = 88.19 oz / 5.51 pounds), Power Supply: 494 g ( = 17.43 oz / 1.09 pounds)
Price
899 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Size Comparison

389 mm / 15.3 inch 266 mm / 10.5 inch 29 mm / 1.142 inch 2.5 kg5.51 lbs385 mm / 15.2 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 31 mm / 1.22 inch 2.4 kg5.24 lbs385 mm / 15.2 inch 275 mm / 10.8 inch 27 mm / 1.063 inch 2.8 kg6.06 lbs383 mm / 15.1 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.3 kg4.98 lbs382 mm / 15 inch 253 mm / 9.96 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.2 kg4.95 lbs
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
 
83.8 MB/s ∼100% +246%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
 
75 MB/s ∼89% +210%
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
 
71.2 MB/s ∼85% +194%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
 
24.2 MB/s ∼29%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
 
23.2 MB/s ∼28% -4%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
 
22.2 MB/s ∼26% -8%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
 
90.4 MB/s ∼100% +246%
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
 
87.9 MB/s ∼97% +237%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
 
86 MB/s ∼95% +230%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
 
27.6 MB/s ∼31% +6%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
 
27.2 MB/s ∼30% +4%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
 
26.1 MB/s ∼29%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174
660 MBit/s ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
635 MBit/s ∼96% -4%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
533 MBit/s ∼81% -19%
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
521 MBit/s ∼79% -21%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (jseb)
246 MBit/s ∼37% -63%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
666 MBit/s ∼100% +5%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
653 MBit/s ∼98% +3%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Qualcomm/Atheros QCA6174
632 MBit/s ∼95%
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
532 MBit/s ∼80% -16%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (jseb)
306 MBit/s ∼46% -52%

Maintenance

The device has no maintenance hatch, so the bottom of the base unit needs to be removed entirely in order to reach the insides. After unscrewing all the screws, the bottom cover can be lifted off with the help of a flat spatula. It is additionally held in place by plastic clips. Once the cover is removed, all hardware components can be accessed.

Interior
Interior

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

The Aspire's matte 15.6-inch display has a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It has a good contrast level (1065:1) and an average brightness level (267.9 cd/m2) - which could be higher. Unfortunately, the screen shows PWM-flickering with a frequency of 20,000 Hz at a brightness level of 90% and below. But thanks to this high frequency, this should not lead to headaches or eye problems even for sensitive users.

279
cd/m²
267
cd/m²
262
cd/m²
267
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
281
cd/m²
263
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
BOE CQ NV156HFM-N42
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 281 cd/m² Average: 267.9 cd/m² Minimum: 21.6 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 281 cd/m²
Contrast: 1065:1 (Black: 0.26 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.05 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 2.97 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
59% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 38% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.39
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
42%
38%
8%
-6%
12%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
46 (25, 21)
22 (10, 12)
52%
43 (24, 19, plateau)
7%
36 (17, 19)
22%
55 (22, 33)
-20%
44.4 (15.2, 29.2)
3%
Response Time Black / White *
34 (20, 14)
23 (13, 10)
32%
11 (7, 4)
68%
36 (19, 17)
-6%
31 (8, 23)
9%
27.2 (6.8, 20.4)
20%
PWM Frequency
20000 (90)
Screen
-11%
-12%
-80%
-25%
-41%
Brightness middle
277
281
1%
225
-19%
246
-11%
214
-23%
209.7
-24%
Brightness
268
257
-4%
215
-20%
235
-12%
203
-24%
193
-28%
Brightness Distribution
91
85
-7%
91
0%
75
-18%
79
-13%
75
-18%
Black Level *
0.26
0.32
-23%
0.46
-77%
0.55
-112%
0.28
-8%
0.19
27%
Contrast
1065
878
-18%
489
-54%
447
-58%
764
-28%
1104
4%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.05
5.16
-2%
3.94
22%
10.97
-117%
6.04
-20%
7.8
-54%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.93
9.09
-2%
6.83
24%
12
-34%
24.1
-170%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.97
4.57
-54%
2.68
10%
14.25
-380%
5.91
-99%
7.3
-146%
Gamma
2.39 92%
2.59 85%
2.35 94%
1.83 120%
2.44 90%
2.39 92%
CCT
6466 101%
6931 94%
6709 97%
11200 58%
7362 88%
5771 113%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38
37
-3%
36
-5%
35
-8%
38
0%
39.3
3%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59
58
-2%
57
-3%
55
-7%
60
2%
56.5
-4%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
16% / -3%
13% / -4%
-36% / -64%
-16% / -22%
-15% / -32%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 20000 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 20000 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 20000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9334 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The screen has an ex-works DeltaE-2000 deviation of 5.05. The ideal value would be below 3. The display has no problems with blue cast. Calibrating the display improves the values slightly: the color deviation goes down to 3.78 and grayscale values are more balanced.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - grayscale
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - saturation
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - saturation (calibrated)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 88 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
46 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 72 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.4 ms).

Acer has equipped the Aspire with a wide viewing-angle IPS display. This means the image can be read from any position. However, the notebook can only be used outside when the sun is not too bright.

The Aspire outside (overcast sky)
The Aspire outside (overcast sky)

Performance

With the Aspire VX-15 series, Acer has created a collection of quite reasonably priced 15.6-inch gaming notebooks. But the devices also do a good job in areas other than computer games. Our test unit is currently the cheapest version of the series. It is available for about £800 (~$1035), but many other configuration options are available as well.

Processor

The Aspire has a Core i5-7300HQ (Kaby Lake) quad-core processor. With a TDP of 45 watts the CPU clearly tops Intel's ULV processors (TDP: 15 watts). Unlike the Core i7 quad-core processors, the 7300HQ has no support for Intel's Hyper-Threading (which means that two threads per core can be utilized simultaneously). Therefore, each of the 7300HQ's cores can only work one thread at a time. The quad-core processor works at a base speed of 2.5 GHz. The clock rate can be increased to 3.1 GHz (four cores), 3.3 GHz (two cores) or 3.5 GHz (one core) with the Turbo. This works both on battery and on power supply.

With the help of the multithread Cinebench R15 test running in a loop for 30 minutes, we are able to tell whether the Turbo remains in constant use. The Aspire's results remain consistently on the same level - there is no drop in performance.

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5502
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
18304
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5195
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
148 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
511 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
89.85 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
162 Points ∼74% +9%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159 Points ∼73% +7%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
151 Points ∼69% +2%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
148 Points ∼68%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
147 Points ∼67% -1%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
146 Points ∼67% -1%
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
146 Points ∼67% -1%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
741 Points ∼17% +45%
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
733 Points ∼17% +43%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
724 Points ∼17% +42%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
719 Points ∼16% +41%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
678 Points ∼15% +33%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
511 Points ∼12%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
508 Points ∼12% -1%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7647 Points ∼71% +39%
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5934 Points ∼55% +8%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
5502 Points ∼51%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
28648 Points ∼44% +57%
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
19409 Points ∼30% +6%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
18304 Points ∼28%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
9752 Points ∼12%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
3195 Points ∼66%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
8085 Points ∼23%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
3387 Points ∼54%
Geekbench 4.4
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
8081 Points ∼14%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
3387 Points ∼53%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
264.1 Points ∼75% +7%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
261.28 Points ∼74% +6%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
247.51 Points ∼70%

System Performance

A strong processor and solid state drive make the system run smoothly. The good PCMark results confirm the good impression we got from the device and prove the Aspire has more than enough processing power for all the usual areas of application. The overall performance can only be increased slightly, for example by mounting a second RAM module.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3661 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung CM871a MZNTY128HDHP
4182 Points ∼69% +14%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
3946 Points ∼65% +8%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
3850 Points ∼63% +5%
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Hynix HFS128G39TND
3832 Points ∼63% +5%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, Hynix HFS128G39TND
3661 Points ∼60%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, WDC WD10SPCX-75KHST0 + SanDisk Z400s M.2 2242 32 GB Cache
3659 Points ∼60% 0%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3565 Points ∼59% -3%

Storage Devices

The device's primary storage device is a solid state drive from Hynix. It is an M.2 2280 model with a total capacity of 128 GB. The read rates are good; the write rates are lacking for current standards. The device is also equipped with a 1 TB 2.5-inch hard drive for storing data.

Hynix HFS128G39TND
Sequential Read: 510 MB/s
Sequential Write: 137.6 MB/s
512K Read: 362.1 MB/s
512K Write: 137.2 MB/s
4K Read: 35.18 MB/s
4K Write: 104.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 375.8 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 138.1 MB/s
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
Hynix HFS128G39TND
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
Hynix HFS128G39TND
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
Samsung CM871a MZNTY128HDHP
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-84%
-7%
42%
-0%
35%
Write 4k QD32
138.1
0.893
-99%
136.4
-1%
255.1
85%
168
22%
140.2
2%
Read 4k QD32
375.8
0.718
-100%
348.2
-7%
279.6
-26%
276.8
-26%
400.9
7%
Write 4k
104.8
0.846
-99%
76.76
-27%
85.44
-18%
81.38
-22%
89.84
-14%
Read 4k
35.18
0.327
-99%
29.74
-15%
27.11
-23%
33.14
-6%
33.12
-6%
Write 512
137.2
28.31
-79%
136.9
0%
304
122%
169.6
24%
185.4
35%
Read 512
362.1
28.33
-92%
340.9
-6%
338.9
-6%
327.6
-10%
399.7
10%
Write Seq
137.6
100.6
-27%
136.2
-1%
422.8
207%
169.2
23%
476.6
246%
Read Seq
510
101.5
-80%
503.7
-1%
485.8
-5%
475.7
-7%
522.1
2%

Graphics

The Aspire is equipped with an upper mid-range GPU - the GeForce GTX 1050. It is based on Nvidia's current Pascal architecture. The GPU supports DirectX 12 and reaches speeds of up to 1759 MHz. It is supported by 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. For this graphics unit, the results of the 3DMark benchmarks are average. The GTX 1050 GPU is the successor of the GTX 960M, which it can easily beat. The improved version of the GTX 1050 - the GTX 1050 Ti GPU - has higher results. It performs better by about 20 to 30%.

3DMark 11 Performance
7226 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
9768 Points ∼19% +25%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
9725 Points ∼19% +24%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
8201 Points ∼16% +5%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7919 Points ∼16% +1%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
7835 Points ∼15%
Asus X550IU
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop), AMD FX-9830P
7791 Points ∼15% -1%
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7664 Points ∼15% -2%
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7564 Points ∼15% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, Intel Core i7-6920HQ
6749 Points ∼13% -14%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
5388 Points ∼11% -31%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
AMD Radeon Pro 450, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
4502 Points ∼9% -43%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7791 Points ∼19%
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7646 Points ∼19%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
6393 Points ∼16%
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
6100 Points ∼15%
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
6094 Points ∼15%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5904 Points ∼15%
Asus X550IU
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop), AMD FX-9830P
5153 Points ∼13%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, Intel Core i7-6920HQ
4584 Points ∼11%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
3759 Points ∼9%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
AMD Radeon Pro 450, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
3252 Points ∼8%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
49539 Points ∼26%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
46362 Points ∼24%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i5-7300HQ
39864 Points ∼21%
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
38748 Points ∼20%
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
37469 Points ∼19%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
36659 Points ∼19%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, Intel Core i7-6920HQ
27064 Points ∼14%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, Intel Core i7-6820HQ
23434 Points ∼12%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
AMD Radeon Pro 450, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
21533 Points ∼11%

Gaming Performance

The Aspire offers enough processing power to display all the newest computer games smoothly. Most games can be played in Full HD resolution with mid to high (sometimes even maximum) quality settings. Some performance-driven games will need reduced resolutions and/or quality settings. The included GPU is not made for resolutions below Full HD; in this case you might go for a laptop equipped with a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 206.5 160 147.5 63.6 fps
Mad Max (2015) 140.4 70.1 64.3 fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 185.2 139.7 76.4 63.6 fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 78.6 67.1 48.3 32.2 fps
XCOM 2 (2016) 78.9 42.6 28.9 13.8 fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 90 49 43 31 fps
Resident Evil 7 (2017) 216.5 100.3 56.6 21.4 fps
For Honor (2017) 146.8 60.1 57 40.6 fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 81.8 36 34.4 18.5 fps
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017) 75.7 41.5 26.4 24 fps
Warhammer 40.000: Dawn of War III (2017) 81 36.5 23.2 20.2 fps
Prey (2017) 125.2 82.5 68.1 53 fps
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ, Intel SSDSCKKF256H6
72.8 fps ∼100% +14%
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung CM871a MZNTY128HDHP
64.8 fps ∼89% +2%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7300HQ, Hynix HFS128G39TND
63.6 fps ∼87%
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15ISK 80NV
GeForce GTX 960M, 6300HQ
42.8 fps ∼59% -33%

Emissions

System Noise

The Aspire is never particularly noisy. The cooling fan runs at low speed while idling, which means you can hardly hear it. Even under load it does not speed up excessively. During the stress test we measured a sound pressure level of only 38.9 dB.

Noise Level

Idle
30 / 30 / 31.1 dB(A)
HDD
31.2 dB(A)
Load
31.3 / 38.9 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: 30 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.232.633.336.238.2253530.429.832.2353132.330.130.631.732.34031.330.330.12931.35031.130.630.628.831.16330.130.329.730.830.18028.627.52728.328.610028.929.527.828.928.912524.624.925.524.524.616028.525.727.62428.520024.525.224.624.624.5250232522.922.12331524.125.123.52224.140022.125.121.820.822.150021.323.521.620.321.36302123.72119.32180021.125.521.318.621.110002026.820.617.920125019.427.620.117.719.4160018.730.419.11718.7200018.231.617.917.118.22500182918.216.918315017.326.317.61717.3400017.32417.416.917.3500017.221.917.316.917.2630017.519.917.31717.5800017.418.217.317.217.41000017.417.717.417.117.41250017.417.517.417.217.41600017.717.717.817.417.7SPL31.238.931.33031.2N1.62.81.61.41.6median 19.4median 25.1median 20.1median 17.7median 19.4Delta3.32.33.323.3hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseAcer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S

Temperature

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

The Aspire reacts differently to our stress test (Prime95 + FurMark run simultaneously for a minimum of one hour) in battery mode and on power supply. On power supply, the processor runs at 3.1 GHz; the GPU reaches a speed between 1400 and 1500 MHz. When the stress test is run on battery, the processor's speed drops quickly to 1.4 to 1.5 GHz and the GPU runs at about 900 MHz. The device does not heat up excessively. The temperatures remained below 50 °C (~122 °F) at all measurement points during the stress test (on power supply).

Max. Load
 37.4 °C
99 F
46.8 °C
116 F
41.8 °C
107 F
 
 35.6 °C
96 F
47.2 °C
117 F
41.3 °C
106 F
 
 23.4 °C
74 F
32.2 °C
90 F
30 °C
86 F
 
Maximum: 47.2 °C = 117 F
Average: 37.3 °C = 99 F
42.2 °C
108 F
38.2 °C
101 F
42.2 °C
108 F
33.6 °C
92 F
31.9 °C
89 F
37 °C
99 F
28.7 °C
84 F
25.5 °C
78 F
22.7 °C
73 F
Maximum: 42.2 °C = 108 F
Average: 33.6 °C = 92 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.8 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 20.7 °C = 69 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.3 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Gaming.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 47.2 °C / 117 F, compared to the average of 39.6 °C / 103 F, ranging from 21.6 to 68.8 °C for the class Gaming.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.2 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 42.3 °C / 108 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.2 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (32.2 °C / 90 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.8 °C / 83.8 F (-3.4 °C / -6.2 F).
Thermal profile, top of base unit (load)
Thermal profile, top of base unit (load)
Thermal profile, bottom of base unit (load)
Thermal profile, bottom of base unit (load)
Thermal profile, top of base unit (idle)
Thermal profile, top of base unit (idle)
Thermal profile, bottom of base unit (idle)
Thermal profile, bottom of base unit (idle)

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs204336.2432542.932.242.93140.931.740.94041.42941.45041.728.841.76344.930.844.98046.128.346.110048.728.948.712549.824.549.816052.12452.120056.724.656.725060.522.160.531564.12264.14006320.86350064.520.364.563065.819.365.880065.518.665.5100064.317.964.3125064.417.764.4160067.91767.9200065.317.165.3250062.916.962.9315059.51759.5400057.616.957.6500060.916.960.9630065.71765.7800069.617.269.61000068.817.168.81250059.517.259.51600050.117.450.1SPL77.13077.1N42.51.442.5median 63median 17.7median 63Delta4.324.335.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseAcer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589SApple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (69 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 8.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.8% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (10.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 90% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 20%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (checkboxes above can be turned on/off)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Aspire has very average power consumption levels. We measured a maximum consumption of 14.2 watts while idling - a normal result for a notebook of this class. The consumption goes up to 111 watts during the stress test, so nothing the 135-watt power supply cannot cope with.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.25 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 8.4 / 13.1 / 14.2 Watt
Load midlight 50 / 111 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Runtime

Our practical Wi-Fi test simulates power consumption while surfing. The energy profile is set to “balanced”, energy-saving functions are deactivated and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². With these settings, the Aspire has a battery runtime of 5:30 h.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 38)
5h 30min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 74 Wh
622 min ∼100% +88%
HP Pavilion 15t-X7P42AV
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 63.3 Wh
389 min ∼63% +18%
Asus FX553VD-DM249T
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 48 Wh
360 min ∼58% +9%
Dell XPS 15 2017 9560 (7300HQ, Full-HD)
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 56 Wh
334 min ∼54% +1%
Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S
7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 52.5 Wh
330 min ∼53%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75C4 VX15
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 52.5 Wh
302 min ∼49% -8%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M, 61.5 Wh
272 min ∼44% -18%

Verdict

Pros

+ matte IPS display
+ Full HD resolution
+ SSD+HDD
+ works quietly

Cons

- slow card reader
- no maintenance hatch
The Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-58DD - test unit provided by Cyberport
The Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-58DD - test unit provided by Cyberport

Acer's entry-level gamer comes at a price of £799.99 (~$1035). In exchange, you get a 15.6-inch notebook with a strong Kaby Lake quad-core processor and a GeForce GTX 1050 graphics processor. The hardware displays all the latest computer games smoothly in high resolution and mid- to high-quality settings. In some (few) cases the resolution and/or quality settings might need to be reduced. The device is quiet while idling and does not heat up particularly. Even under load the emissions do not increase excessively.

The Aspire has no real shortcomings. For £800 (~$1035), you get a well-equipped entry-level device - a great introduction into the world of gaming notebooks.

A solid state drive ensures a fast system. The device also provides the storage space necessary for a gaming notebook with the 2.5-inch hard drive. Both drives are replaceable, which would mean opening the bottom cover - an operation that is not too complicated. The matte IPS display has a stable viewing angle and good contrast. The display brightness is good, but it could be better.

The German test unit came without a Windows operating system. A cheap way to get the Windows 10 operating system would be via Windows 7/8.1. If you install one of the two earlier Windows versions with a used license (£5 to £10, ~$6 to $12), you can then get a free upgrade to Windows 10 with the help of Microsoft's Media Creation Tool.

Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-591G-589S - 05/22/2017 v6(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
80 / 98 → 82%
Keyboard
79%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
51 / 81 → 63%
Weight
60 / 10-66 → 89%
Battery
85%
Display
87%
Games Performance
89%
Application Performance
88%
Temperature
90 / 95 → 94%
Noise
93 / 90 → 100%
Audio
66%
Camera
63 / 85 → 74%
Average
78%
83%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2017-05-25 (Update: 2017-05-25)