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The CPU in the Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G is slowed down

Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G in review: 17.3-inch all-rounder offers 2 TB of storage space
Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G in review: 17.3-inch all-rounder offers 2 TB of storage space
The Aspire 3 is a 17.3-inch laptop for the desk at home. The device scores points with a Comet Lake quad-core processor, a GeForce graphics core, and lots of storage capacity.
Sascha Mölck, 👁 Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪

The Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G is a multimedia all-rounder in the 17.3-inch format. The test device provided to us is the current top model of the series. It's available for just under 1,000 Euros (~$1,185). However, you won't find any high-quality case materials despite the high price point. The chassis is completely made of black plastic. The massive case and the mediocre battery life reveal that the laptop is primarily intended for use on a desk.

The laptop is powered by a Core i7-10510U processor and a dedicated GeForce MX250 graphics core. Together, they bring most of the games in our database smoothly onto the screen. However, you have to accept some compromises in terms of resolution and quality level - this is especially true for modern titles.

Users who need as much CPU power as possible would be making a wrong choice here, though. Acer slows down the processor a bit because the power consumption of the entire laptop needs to remain within the energy budget provided by the 65-watt power adapter. The purchase of a Core-i7 Aspire is, therefore, not worthwhile. Compared to the Core-i5 processors, the CPU is supposed to offer higher Turbo clock speeds, but it doesn't manage to deploy them. However, this can look different on Aspire models that lack a dedicated GPU.

The port configuration isn't particularly generous. The laptop has three USB Type-A ports (2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1). There's no USB Type-C port. A memory card reader has been completely forgone as well - a questionable decision. An external monitor can be connected via HDMI.

The display (Full HD, IPS) scores points with a matte surface, stable viewing angles, good contrast, and decent color reproduction. The maximum brightness and the color-space coverage are too low for a device in this price range, though.

More information and many benchmark results can be found in our review of the Acer Aspire 3 A317-51G-72MD.

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Sascha Mölck
Editor of the original article: Sascha Mölck - Senior Tech Writer - 866 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
What started as a side job during my computer science studies later became my main job: For more than 20 years now I have been working as an editor and author in the IT sector. While working in the print sector I also contributed to the creation of various loose-leaf publications and published original written pieces. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2012.
Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 516 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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Sascha Mölck, 2020-09-18 (Update: 2020-09-16)