|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||2.16 GHz Intel Celeron|
|RAM||4 GB DDR3L SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||500 GB SATA|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Intel HD Graphics|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||7 hours|
Acer Aspire E 15 ES1-512-C323 15.6-Inch Laptop (Diamond Black)
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Acer Aspire ES1-512-C323 comes with these high level specs: Intel Celeron N2840 Dual-Core Processor 2.16GHz with Intel Burst Technology up to 2.58GHz, Windows 8.1, 15.6" HD Widescreen Cine Crystal LED-backlit Display, Intel HD Graphics, 4096MB DDR3L Memory, 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM), Secure Digital (SD) card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Built-In HD Webcam, 2 - USB 2.0 Ports, 1 - USB 3.0 Port, 1 - HDMI Port, 3-cell Li-ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 7-hours Battery Life, 5.29 lbs. | 2.4 kg (system unit only) (NX.MRWAA.005)
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So let's get the disclaimers out of the way first. This is NOT a gaming laptop. This is NOT something you'd use to develop applications. It's NOT built for photo or video editing, and certainly NOT going to make short work out of pushing boatloads of data around. However, this laptop never claimed to do any of those things, and so far I'm good with it.
No, make no mistake - this is a <$500 laptop that is made to do some low impact things cheaply and efficiently. For example, if all you're looking to do is write a letter, you really don't need an NVidia 880M GPU. If you just want to stream Netflix, you don't need an optical drive. And so on. In other words, this is an inexpensive laptop that is made for situations where anything more would be a waste.
That isn't to say this machine is a slouch. No, it actually performs quite well for these mundane tasks. The Celeron (N2840) it has is quick enough to run Windows 8.1 quite well, despite the N2840 being a midrange offering. It features 802.11n connectivity, which enables speedy network connectivity (if you have a fast internet connection, say >50mpbs, you'll see the difference). The screen is bright enough and is clear from different angles, which is a surprise on a machine at this price point.
And the proof is in the pudding. Office 365 Home installed from scratch in about 15 minutes, and the machine runs Word and Excel pretty nicely. Streaming also works quite well, with no hiccups or lags that I could see. So for everyday use scenarios, this is a valid option.
There are 3 USB ports, a multi reader for various SD cards, HDMI out and Ethernet ports, and an audio jack. Annoyingly, all but one USB port and the SD reader are in the back of the machine. Note on the right side of the machine there are NO PORTS AT ALL. Instead there's a blank place where what looks to be an optical drive can fit (complete with port cover), but there's nothing there. Still, there are enough ports where you don't have to worry about connectivity. The webcam is acceptable for video chat/Skype, though it's inferior to the iSight camera on an iPhone.
Contrary to my expectations, this laptop is actually built quite well, considering the materials used. Plastic dominates, of course, but that's to be expected, and it's kind of a cheap-feeling plastic. This material however contributes to an overall feeling of lightness, even with a battery that supplies approximately seven hours of use on a balanced power profile. If there's a fan in here I sure don't hear it. That isn't to say it's built as well as machines over that magic $500 price point - it isn't - but for where it sits I think it's made acceptably well.
That isn't to say this laptop doesn't have problems, chief of which is the keyboard. The space key skips at times, and the overall construction (Chiclet keys, mind you..) seems somewhat frail. Indeed, if you are a, shall we say, assertive typist, you will hear some tinny noises as you pound this keyboard. Keys are slightly on the small side, and (in my opinion, somewhat atypically) there is a ten-key jammed on the right side. The keyboard just seems a bit crowded for a 15" laptop. I'd rather they did away with the ten-key and spaced the regular QWERTY to be more ergonomic. As the keyboard remains your primary interface with a computer, lack of attention here is particularly noticeable.
The trackpad is nice, but has no separate buttons. With multitouch being a thing, this laptop is just following the trend, but I'm old enough where I prefer separate trackpad buttons.
So in at least those two respects, you start to see where Acer made some cuts to meet this price point.
As for software, Acer has resisted the urge to install a bunch of bloatware on this machine. There is the Acer Care Center which consolidates a number of useful utilities (disk/battery checks, software updates, etc), and backup/restore/power utilities in separate apps. There aren't a kajillion third-party "partner" applications cluttering up your machine here. So, again atypically, this laptop comes out of the box pretty clean.
Overall, this is an ideal machine for school or light home use. It has enough beef to run Office smoothly, and enough ports to help you interface with the world. Despite being hampered by a tinny keyboard, this machine is quite acceptable for every day use. And that's just what it's intended to do. It's a Laptop For The People, not a power machine. Go in with appropriate expectations, and I think you'll find this is a decent machine.
I received a laptop that says "512-C88M", both on the box and on the laptop itself.
So, somebody needs to explain this discrepancy.
Secondly, this laptop is budget range, so you get what you pay for, so it has some problems:
- LED backlighting is weak. Screen is too bright. Colors are washed out. Adjusting brightness does not help. This is a major annoyance.
- Wireless adapter card is not dual-band (2.4GHz only).
- Laptop has webcam, but has no webcam software installed to use it.
- Webcam is not HD (VGA quality only).
It also has MacAfee installed, which slows down everything, including Windows updates.
Just remove this extra baggage to speed up your laptop considerably.
Also forgot one last important point. The laptop comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1.
The laptop comes with no installation CDs or anything else. Nothing. So, you have absolutely no way
of re-installing your operating system if something happens. And there's no CDROM drive either,
so that is another obstacle if you need to re-install or re-format your HDD.
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