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Acer Aspire VX5-591G (VX 15) Notebook Preview

J. Simon Leitner (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 01/03/2017

More bang for your buck? Acer slips in a completely new device somewhere between Aspire, Nitro, and Predator. The new Aspire VX is equipped with the GTX 1050 Ti GPU as well as the new i7-7700HQ CPU and represents Acer's entry-level gaming model.

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There was already news about a new gaming laptop from Acer over the last couple of days since some shops have been a bit too hasty with according websites. Now, it is official: The Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G will expand Acer's mobile gaming lineup. The Predator notebooks with GPUs all the way up to the GeForce GTX 1080 will still be the high-end systems. Acer will improve the performance of the updated Aspire V Nitro Laptops, because they can now be equipped with Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti or even Geforce GTX 1060 GPUs.

This shift obviously creates some room for a new line of products, which is filled by the Aspire VX 15. The systems will be equipped with new Intel Core i5 or i7 processors as well as new graphics cards from Nvidia (Geforce GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti) and therefore promise good gaming performance for a very attractive price. According to initial information from Acer, the entry-level price will only be $799 for the Aspire VX 15 with an i5 CPU and the standard GTX 1050. Laptops with the 20-30% faster GTX 1050 Ti will be priced around 1,000 Euros, but offer GTX 970M levels of performance in return...

Our test model is a pre-production unit, where some details can differ from the final products. This is the case for the display, for example. The final models will be shipped with a Full HD IPS screen. We will therefore limit our measurements and not rate the device. A full review will obviously be published as soon as we have a finalized test model.

Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD (Aspire VX5 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook) - 4096 MB, Core: 1493 MHz, Memory: 1752 MHz, GDDR5, 373.06, Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4 SDRAM
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, Chi Mei CMN15C4, Pre-production!, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM175
Storage
SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND), 512 GB 
, + Toshiba MQ01ABD100 HDD 1 TB
Soundcard
HD Audio
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm Headset Combo, Card Reader: SD-card reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 32 x 390 x 265 ( = 1.26 x 15.35 x 10.43 in)
Battery
52 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD Webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard Light: yes
Weight
2.6 kg ( = 91.71 oz / 5.73 pounds), Power Supply: 580 g ( = 20.46 oz / 1.28 pounds)

 

Case

The Acer Aspire VX5-591G, which starts well below 1,000 Euros, uses a plastic chassis and we cannot find any issues in terms of design and haptics. The matte surfaces are nice to touch, and we cannot notice stability problems or creaking sounds when we handle it. There were no obvious build quality issues on the pre-production unit, either. You will, however, have to waive metal on the Acer Aspire VX 15, but this is not a real drawback.

Acer uses a completely matte black chassis with red accents not unlike the GL series from Asus. The red accents are two decorative stripes on the lid, the red fan exhausts at the rear as well as the red surrounding of the touchpad and the red keyboard illumination. The central hinge cover is silver.

The Acer Aspire VX 15 is average within the 15.6-inch gaming segment in terms of weight (~2.6 kg) and height (32 mm). High-end devices like the Acer Predator 15, for example, are noticeably thicker and heavier, but there are also gaming systems with very thin chassis constructions. Some laptops are slimmer than 20 millimeters, one example is the GS63 from MSI.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

The Aspire VX 15 offers the most important ports. We get 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet as well as a new USB Type-C port, but the latter does not offer any additional features (neither power nor DisplayPort worked in our tests). We like the layout: All ports are located towards the back of the sides, so it works for right and left handers. The card reader is also easy to access at the left side.

Right side: USB 3.0 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI, LAN RJ45
Right side: USB 3.0 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A, HDMI, LAN RJ45
Left side: Kensington Lock, USB 2.0, SD-card reader, headset combo port
Left side: Kensington Lock, USB 2.0, SD-card reader, headset combo port

Maintenance

It is easy to open the Aspire VX 15, at least if you are not afraid of using a screw driver and perhaps a sharp object. Once the bottom panel is removed, you gain access to the memory slots as well as the M.2 slot and the hard drive. The battery is replaceable as well and the two fans can be cleaned.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The chiclet keyboard has a well-defined pressure point in combination with an average travel. You cannot really dent the input even with a lot of pressure and it is also very quiet. There is a dedicated numeric keypad, despite the 15-inch size. Acer does not implement special buttons; all functions are available via secondary allocation and function keys. The power button was implemented into the layout at the upper right as well.

The keyboard features a red illumination without the possibility to adjustment the luminance. We did not find an option to change the color, either.

Touchpad

The touchpad with dimensions of around 10.5 x 7.8 centimeters provides very good gliding capabilities. It is a ClickPad without dedicated buttons. The areas that provide a mechanical click are generously sized and both the resistance as well as the tactile and audible feedback were well adjusted. Typical multi-touch gestures like two-finger scrolling on websites or zooming were no problem, either.

Display

Our pre-production unit is not equipped with the display type we will find in the retail models, so we do not perform any measurements.

Performance

New device, new hardware: Acer's Aspire VX 15 is equipped with the latest processor technology from Intel, in this case the Intel i7-7700HQ in combination with an interesting Nvidia GPU, more precisely the Geforce GTX 1050 Ti. The designation "Ti" is carried over from desktop components. Both the GTX 1050 Ti and the GTX 1050 represent the entry-level gaming chips.

Besides these core components, our test model is also equipped with a total of 16 GB DDR4 RAM as well as a dual-storage solution consisting of a 512 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard drive from Toshiba. It is questionable whether this configuration will be available in retail model. It would certainly be an option for a higher-end SKU of the Aspire VN5-591G, which would probably cost more than 1,000 Euros.

System
System
GPU
GPU
LatencyMon
LatencyMon

Processor

Let's have a look at the new Intel Kaby Lake quad-core CPU. The chip is now manufactured in a 14nm+ process and has a clock range between 2.8 and 3.8 GHz. The TDP is 45 Watts, which is identical to its direct predecessor i7-6700HQ. A comprehensive analysis of the new Intel Kaby Lake Chips is available here.

Our initial benchmarks with the new 7700HQ CPU show that the performance advantage over the previous i7-6700HQ is rather small with only a couple of percent. However, we are still a bit cautious about the scores due to the pre-production status of our test model. Final adjustments for the driver, CPU and cooling solution could still change and improve the performance.

Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
152 Points ∼68%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
151 Points ∼68% -1%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
148 Points ∼66% -3%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
139 Points ∼62% -9%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼58% -15%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
741 Points ∼40% +9%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
680 Points ∼37% 0%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
677 Points ∼36%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
667 Points ∼36% -1%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
Intel Core i5-7200U
331 Points ∼18% -51%
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
152 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
677 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
57.26 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
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Storage Devices

The Aspire VX 15 can also accommodate and additional hard drive besides the SSD.
The Aspire VX 15 can also accommodate and additional hard drive besides the SSD.

It is questionable whether the Acer Aspire VX 15 will hit the retail shelves with the luxurious storage configuration from our pre-production unit. We still have a quick look at the benchmarks. The results of the primary SSD are okay and can easily beat HDD-equipped rivals. PCIe or NVMe based solutions, however, are much faster, even though this does not have a big impact on the user experience. We would definitely recommend an SSD capacity of 256 GB for the retail unit, so you get sufficient storage for the most important applications and some files as well as selected games on the fast storage drive. A user upgrade is also an option thanks to easy upgrades.

Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
LiteOn CV1-8B512
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
16%
-93%
15%
188%
Write 4k QD32
317.4
273.8
-14%
0.722
-100%
301.5
-5%
384.4
21%
Read 4k QD32
394.9
290.9
-26%
0.647
-100%
246.7
-38%
464.4
18%
Write 4k
38.36
72.93
90%
0.726
-98%
86.25
125%
153.2
299%
Read 4k
16.97
27.69
63%
0.366
-98%
25.61
51%
52.34
208%
Write 512
418.2
433.7
4%
25.93
-94%
407.1
-3%
1288
208%
Read 512
348.1
355.3
2%
29.32
-92%
335
-4%
1279
267%
Write Seq
449.6
449.7
0%
85.61
-81%
462.7
3%
1292
187%
Read Seq
494.2
516.5
5%
95.33
-81%
462.5
-6%
1973
299%
SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
Sequential Read: 494.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 449.6 MB/s
512K Read: 348.1 MB/s
512K Write: 418.2 MB/s
4K Read: 16.97 MB/s
4K Write: 38.36 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 394.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 317.4 MB/s

GPU Performance

The Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti is the successor to the GTX 965M and bridges the gap between multimedia and gaming. Thanks to the performance increase of the Pascal architecture, the GTX 1050 Ti is on par with the older GTX 970M, which was the smallest chip for "real" gaming notebooks so far. The predecessor GTX 965M can be beaten by 20%, while the new GTX 1060 is still clearly ahead with an impressive advantage of 50%.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
22246 Points ∼44% +129%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
15387 Points ∼30% +58%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
15075 Points ∼30% +55%
Gigabyte P55W v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
9910 Points ∼19% +2%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
9713 Points ∼19%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7919 Points ∼16% -18%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7360 Points ∼14% -24%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
4251 Points ∼8% -56%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
17175 Points ∼44% +122%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11730 Points ∼30% +52%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
11622 Points ∼30% +50%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
7741 Points ∼20%
Gigabyte P55W v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7450 Points ∼19% -4%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5904 Points ∼15% -24%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5784 Points ∼15% -25%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5421 Points ∼14% -30%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
3574 Points ∼9% -54%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
101041 Points ∼62% +108%
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
78820 Points ∼48% +62%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Intel Core i7-6700HQ
69253 Points ∼42% +42%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
48626 Points ∼30%
Gigabyte P55W v5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
48597 Points ∼30% 0%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, Intel Core i7-6700HQ
36659 Points ∼22% -25%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), Intel Core i7-7700HQ
35884 Points ∼22% -26%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Intel Core i5-7200U
22439 Points ∼14% -54%
3DMark 11 Performance
8827 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
19394 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
6654 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
3547 points
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Gaming Performance

The new Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti seems to confirm the 3DMark benchmarks in our initial gaming benchmarks. It is around 20% ahead of its sibling GTX 1050 and also 20% ahead of the predecessor GTX 965M. The performance is sufficient to play almost all modern titles smoothly in the native Full HD resolution and high settings. The jump to the highest preset (Ultra) is reserved for the GTX 1060. We still want to mention that there can be changes on the retail product as a result of finalized drivers.

Rise of the Tomb Raider
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, LiteOn CV1-8B512
96.7 fps ∼100% +151%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
55.5 fps ∼57% +44%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
38.5 fps ∼40%
Gigabyte P55W v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samung SM951 MZVPV128 NVMe
37.1 fps ∼38% -4%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
31.2 fps ∼32% -19%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
30.6 fps ∼32% -21%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
16.9 fps ∼17% -56%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:FX AF:4x
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, LiteOn CV1-8B512
116.2 fps ∼100% +145%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
65.3 fps ∼56% +38%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
47.4 fps ∼41%
Gigabyte P55W v5
GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ, Samung SM951 MZVPV128 NVMe
44.6 fps ∼38% -6%
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ, Adata IM2S3138E-128GM-B
37.4 fps ∼32% -21%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
37.1 fps ∼32% -22%
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
GeForce GTX 950M, 7200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
18.8 fps ∼16% -60%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, LiteOn CV1-8B512
60 fps ∼100% +135%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
40.4 fps ∼67% +58%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
25.5 fps ∼43%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
19.7 fps ∼33% -23%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6700HQ, LiteOn CV1-8B512
110.8 fps ∼100% +197%
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL m.2 PCI-e
74.6 fps ∼67% +100%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
37.3 fps ∼34%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
29.1 fps ∼26% -22%
World of Warships
1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:High FX AF:16x
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
92.5 fps ∼100%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
79 fps ∼85% -15%
1920x1080 High Preset AF:8x
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
109 fps ∼100% +16%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
94 fps ∼86%
Fallout 4
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
44.5 fps ∼100%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
33.9 fps ∼76% -24%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:16x
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
54 fps ∼100%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
41.2 fps ∼76% -24%
FIFA 17
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
131 fps ∼100% +9%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
120.4 fps ∼92%
1920x1080 High Preset
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
144 fps ∼100% +17%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
123 fps ∼85%
Battlefield 1
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
50 fps ∼100%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
41.1 fps ∼82% -18%
1920x1080 High Preset AA:T
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
55.9 fps ∼100%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
46.5 fps ∼83% -17%
Titanfall 2
1920x1080 Very High (Insane Texture Quality) / Enabled AA:TS AF:16x
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
78.5 fps ∼100% +27%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
61.7 fps ∼79%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
61 fps ∼78% -1%
1920x1080 High / Enabled AA:TS AF:8x
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
87.1 fps ∼100% +39%
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ, SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND)
62.5 fps ∼72%
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ, Micron SSD 1100 (MTFDDAV256TBN)
60.7 fps ∼70% -3%
low med. high ultra
The Witcher 3 (2015) 95.383.137.325.5fps
World of Warships (2015) 133.91189492.5fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 108.596.55444.5fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 11078.447.438.5fps
FIFA 17 (2016) 160155123120.4fps
Battlefield 1 (2016) 11196.655.950fps
Titanfall 2 (2016) 14311762.561.7fps

Emissions

System Noise

Our pre-production sample is surprisingly quiet in all scenarios. A silent operation is possible while idling and also with light workloads like web browsing, for example. Only the HDD is sometimes audible when you access files. Combined load for the CPU and the GPU (our stress test) will slowly increase the fan speed and we get a sonorous murmur with a deep frequency after a while. It can easily be tolerated as a background noise. The dual-fan solution seems to work very well here.

Temperature

The chassis is inconspicuous and cool under load, but the Aspire VX 15 also leaves a good impression while gaming. We can only notice a perceptible temperature increase at the center of the top and the bottom. Palm rest as well as the area around the WASD keys stay conveniently cool.

Speakers

The stereo speakers at the front create a decent sound in general, even though the subjective impression cannot quite keep up with solutions in more expensive systems.

Energy Management

Battery Runtime

Acer equips the Aspire VX5-591G with a 52-Wh battery. Many comparable devices have bigger battery capacities, but the VX 15 still manages good runtimes in our initial test. The gaming notebook did last around 6 hours in our WiFi test. This is sufficient for extensive web browsing or video playback on the go.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing v1.3
6h 05min
Acer Aspire VX5-591G-D0DD
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 52 Wh
Acer Predator 15 G9-593-765Q
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop),  Wh
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro BE VN7-592G-79U3
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 960M, 52 Wh
Acer Aspire E5-575G-549D
7200U, GeForce GTX 950M, 62 Wh
Asus Strix GL502VM-FY039T
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 64 Wh
MSI GS63VR-6RF16H22 Stealth Pro
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 65 Wh
HP Omen 15-ax007ng
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 965M, 61.5 Wh
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 48 Wh
Gigabyte P55W v5
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 970M, 61 Wh
Battery Runtime
-22%
24%
-40%
-42%
-25%
-28%
-5%
Reader / Idle
767
315
358
467
515
604
Load
114
75
87
76
93
45
93
WiFi
WiFi v1.3
365
285
-22%
451
24%
220
-40%
210
-42%
272
-25%
261
-28%
348
-5%
H.264
298
460
235
271
244
332

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Verdict

In review: Acer Aspire VX5-591G aka VX 15
In review: Acer Aspire VX5-591G aka VX 15

Our first impression of the new Acer Aspire VX5-591G aka VX 15 is very promising. Despite its low entry-level price under 1,000 Euros, the notebook offers a well-built and solid chassis with an appealing design. You get all essential ports with a good layout. We also like the easy access to the components.

Our initial performance tests promise a good gaming performance for the GTX 1050 Ti. The majority of games runs smoothly at Full HD and high graphics settings. We were also positively surprised by the emissions of the Aspire VX5-591G: A decent noise development and low surface temperatures do not deserve any criticism, quite the contrary: It is not a matter of course that the system is silent when you browse the web. This would certainly be a highlight when the retail models manage similar results. A battery runtime of 6 hours in practice is definitely an advantage as well.

Whether the Acer Aspire VX 15 will be successful depends on things like the display quality of the final retail model (Full HD IPS) and the pricing in particular. Models with the GTX 1060 already start at around 1,300 Euros. If Acer manages to place the VX5-591G in the segment of around 1,000 Euros with good specs (GTX 1050 Ti, 256 GB SSD), this would be a very interesting and competitive laptop.

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J. Simon Leitner, 2017-01- 3 (Update: 2017-01-26)