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The Acer ConceptD 5 CN515-51 misses a clear target market thanks to cost-cutting

The Acer ConceptD 5 CN515-51 misses a clear target market
The Acer ConceptD 5 CN515-51 misses a clear target market
In our review, the Acer ConceptD 5 shows some interesting qualities. But at important points, Acer ruins things with cost cuts. The Acer laptop just does not make sense to us, a clear target market is missing.
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No matter if lightweight ultrabook or fat workstation: Every laptop needs to be made with an idea of whom  it will appeal to. Gaming laptops or business laptops, for example. Without such an idea, manufacturers can not be successful.

The ConceptD series from Acer targets both multimedia and workstation markets.  The Acer laptop ConceptD 5 CN515-51, which we reviewed a short while ago, clearly falls more into the multimedia segment. The Kaby Lake G processor with the integrated AMD GPU is not strong enough for a workstation.

Our review shows however that Acer might have problems finding buyers for its ConceptD 5 regardless: The extremely lightweight chassis and the wide gamut screen make the Acer laptop seemingly out to the be the perfect companion for creative people and photographers.

But the screen brightness does not fulfill Acer's promises and the screen lags behind the competition in this regard, making outdoor usability worse. Also, the small battery of the Acer notebook is a big problem for usage "on the road" – photographers may also be extremely annoyed by the very slow SD card-reader.

In the end, we just can not see where the Acer ConceptD 5 CN515-51 fits in. For people who need power, there are better options. And for creative users, there are too many important weak-points.

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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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Benjamin Herzig, 2020-02-21 (Update: 2020-02-19)