Acer ConceptD 7: Premium multimedia laptop with throttling issues in review
Despite its components such as the Intel Core i7-9750H, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 and 16 GB of RAM hinting at a gaming machine, the recently released 15-inch system tries to appeal to creative video and photo editors.
As our recent review shows, there is a lot to like about the Acer laptop. Apart from the premium-looking, white design, the bright 4K display with its high contrast ratio and, according to the manufacturer, 100 percent AdobeRGB coverage, may be a real selling point. Even though we "only" measured 88 percent and the display's response time is very slow, the 4K display looks impressive.
Additionally, Acer has stated that silent operation was a design goal. Our results confirm this, since the ConceptD remains quiet most of the time (only the keys of the touchpad are slightly too loud), relatively cool and economical.
That said, the silence and battery life of the thin 15-inch laptop come at the cost of performance, since the CPU in particular throttles heavily and does not come close to exhausting its theoretical Turbo potential of 4 GHz on all 6 cores. In Cinebench R15, the cores run at only 2.8 GHz, which is just above the base clock.
Aside from good performance, multimedia creators may regret the absence of an SD card reader. Our in-depth review of the Acer ConceptD7 can be found here.