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Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel shows wasted potential in our test

Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel shows wasted potential in our test
Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel shows wasted potential in our test
With the ConceptD 3 Ezel, Acer has created a multimedia convertible with a design that we really like. It doesn't really perform poorly in any area in our test - which stings, though: It could have been much better with other components.
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The best laptops receive scores of 90% or more in our reviews. These high scores don't happen often. One laptop that would have had the potential for this is the Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel CC314.

In our extensive test, it achieved a score of 87%. That is a good result, but it could definitely have been better.

At the heart of it all is the main processor: The ConceptD series moves between the workstation and multimedia segments, which is why Acer uses powerful H CPUs with a TDP of 45 watts. The problem: The currently used Intel Comet Lake H CPUs are technically outdated and inefficient. The i7-10750H is only half as fast as the Ryzen 9 in the Asus ROG Flow X13 gaming convertible.

Even a power-saving Tiger Lake UP3 chip isn't far away. In our opinion, Acer simply chose the wrong processor with the Comet Lake H chip; not only does it disappoint in terms of performance, but it also drives up consumption and requires a space-hogging cooling system.

The CPU is certainly the most important factor, but more would have been possible in other areas as well: For instance, 16:10 or 3:2 displays are particularly useful in convertibles, because they can be used better in tablet portrait mode. Instead, Asus opts for a narrow 16:9 panel, although there would have been enough space in the lid. Acer could have easily added about 100 cd/m² to the display's brightness as well.

Last but not least, the ports can be mentioned too: Acer installs a Mini DisplayPort instead of a second USB-C/Thunderbolt port. This also falls under the category of "wasted potential"; after all, the Mini DisplayPort is much less useful.

This is all a shame, because the Acer ConceptD 3 Ezel could be a true hidden gem with its high-quality, sturdy case, its interesting Ezel hinge, the matte touchscreen, its fast GPU, and an otherwise good selection of ports.

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Benjamin Herzig
Editor of the original article: Benjamin Herzig - Managing Editor - 930 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I was an ardent reader of Notebookcheck’s laptop reviews even back in school. After writing reviews as a hobby, I then joined Notebookcheck in 2016 and have worked on device reviews and news articles ever since then. My personal interest lies more with laptops than smartphones, with business laptops being the most interesting category for me. Technology should make our lives and work easier and good laptops are an essential tool for that to happen. This is why laptop reviews are not just my work but are also my passion.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 455 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Benjamin Herzig, 2021-03-12 (Update: 2021-03-10)