|User Level||Advanced User|
|Max Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i3-7100U (2.4 GHz; Dual-core)|
|Webcam and Mic||HD webcam with Integrated digital microphone|
|Ports||USB 3.1 Type-C (1 Port), USB 3.0 (2 Ports), USB 2.0 (1 Port), 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack (1 Port), LAN 10/100 (1 Port), VGA (1 Port), HDMI™ (1 Port)|
|Wireless||802.11 AC WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1|
|Preinstalled OS||Windows 10|
Acer’s Aspire E Series offers an impressive selection of budget-friendly notebooks. All of them are great for everyday use, but to me the one model that stands out the most is the Acer Aspire E15 E5-576-392H.
You wouldn’t expect to find a set of impressive specifications, abundant RAM, plenty of storage, full HD display and a long battery life in a laptop priced under $40; yet the Acer Aspire E5-576-392H offers all that and more.
Designed with the ordinary user in mind, this notebook combines modern hardware with Acer’s renowned construction quality to offer an outstanding computing experience. Despite that, it retails at a steeped down price of just $379; and although it comes pre-installed with Windows 10, it offers full support for all Linux distros.
Acer Aspire E15 Features
1. Design and Construction
Weighing in at 5.27 pounds, the Acer Aspire E5-576-392H measures 15 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches. It looks and feels a lot like its predecessor, the Acer Aspire E15 E5-575-33BM (https://amzn.to/2BjtXoN), which is yet another budget-friendly notebook that was released about a year earlier.
They are both sleek and catchy to the eye but undoubtedly on the heavy side. At this price tag it’s hard to imagine that you would get an ultra-portable notebook with nearly as impressive features as the E5-576-392H.
Its build with a high-grade poly-carbonate plastic. The all-black body features a textured lid that gives the laptop a retro yet classy look. The removable bottom panel gives you access to the drive bay and RAM slots. Opening it is as simple as unscrewing three screws and pulling the panel outward. This simplicity makes it possible to upgrade the laptop if you ever feel that the default RAM is not sufficient for your computing needs.
Overall, this laptop feels sturdy and solid enough that the display doesn’t wobble as you type. The design was clearly well-thought out and features every port that you may need. While the front side of the computer has an SD card slot, the right side contains an audio jack, a USB 3.1 Type C port, charging port and a DVD drive. On its left side you will find two USB 3.0 ports and one USB 2.0 port in addition to an Ethernet, a VGA and HDMI port.
In sum, you would really need to look hard to find faults in the design and construction of the Acer Aspire E5-576-392H. In my case there are only two things that I thought Acer could improve on going forward. First, the DVD tray feels rather flimsy. Secondly, the screen and keyboard flex a bit. These are expected issues when you are dealing with a budget laptop, but they’re points of concern nonetheless.
2.Hardware and Performance
At the heart of this laptop’s performance is an 8th Gen Intel Core i3-8130U chip. This dual-core processor is clocked at 2.2GHz but can do a turbo boost up to 3.4GHz when in full throttle. It comes with an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 for graphical functions. While you won’t be able to play some modern games that are graphics-demanding, the card offers a likeable support for games that casual gamers can enjoy.
Alongside the processor is a 6GB RAM and 1TB HDD. Acer claim that the DDR3 RAM is dual-channel, but it’s really just two RAM sticks; one with 2GB and the other with 4GB. The good news from that is that you get two slots that you can utilize fully if you do decide to upgrade the memory. In total, the E5-576-392H supports up to 32GB, which means you can install two RAM sticks of 16GB each.
With regards to storage, the laptop comes with a 1TB HDD that’s rated at 5400rpm. While that’s the standard rpm for most HDDs, you can get a better rate by replacing the HDD with an SSD. The laptop supports up to 250GB SSD.
In short upgrading the E5-576-392H is very possible. If you don’t quite like that idea you can opt to buy the Acer Aspire E15 E5-576G-5762 (https://amzn.to/2Dybiaj) which comes with a quad-core Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD and a GeForce MX150 graphics card. It costs significantly more than the E5-576-392H ($569 vs. $379) but contains all the top-drawer features needed in a gaming laptop.
3. Display and Audio
The Acer Aspire E5-576-392H sports a 15.6-inch display panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It’s one of the few budget laptops that support full HD display. Combined with the Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU, the display offers crispy clear images, especially for videos. In fact, you can watch 4K content effortlessly, although games that require a better resolution than FHD won’t play smoothly.
Also installed in the E5-576-392H is a pair of down firing stereo speakers. They deliver a nice surround sound effect thanks to Acer’s True Harmony sound that was used to boost the speakers’ performance. The only problem is that they have essentially no bass, but that’s expected from a notebook of this price range.
4. Keyboard and Touchpad
This notebook comes with a backlit keyboard, something you won’t find on most other laptops priced under $400. There’s also a 10-key numeric keypad, a feature that’s mostly synonymous with premium notebooks.
The keyboard is well-designed with sturdy keys that have a decent amount of travel. Overall, they make typing easier, after a few minutes of trying the laptop you can easily do up to 70 words per minute.
Located below the space bar is a mid-sized touchpad that’s positioned slightly to the left on account of the numeric keypad. The smooth and responsive touchpad makes navigation a breeze, although it’s a tad hard to click its buttons.
Webcams have become staples in today’s notebooks, so it’s no surprise that the Acer Aspire E5-576-392H comes with one. Located in the top bezel of the laptop, the webcam has a resolution of 720p (1280 x 720). It supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) which boosts the display contrast of the camera.
In other words the videos and images captured by the laptop feature bright spots that are punctuated by deep shadows. The effect of that is that the resultant images appear brighter and have more color and contrast. Ultimately HDR makes images look more realistic.
On paper that technology should make this webcam a contender for the best webcam on a notebook. Truth is it’s not! The videos are decent, but they still look muddy and out of focus. Except for Skype and casual video chatting, this webcam might not help with much else.
6. Battery Life
You might get one or two complaints about other aspects of the Aspire E5-576-392H but not its battery. Built with 6 cells, the Li-Ion battery lasts over 10 hours when the laptop is running Windows and on minimal load. That capacity is largely attributable to the 2,800 mAh packed in each cell of the battery. It takes just over 2 hours to fully charge.
Linux operating systems are usually power-efficient compared to Windows and Mac OS. So if you want this laptop to serve you longer your best bet is scrapping the Windows 10 that comes with it and installing your favorite Linux OS. If power consumption is not an issue you can dual boot the laptop with Windows and Linux. It has more than sufficient resources to run both smoothly.
- Doesn’t have enough GPU capacity to support some modern games
- Could use a better webcam
- Doesn’t have dual-channel RAM as advertised
The Final Word
It might not be a perfect notebook but the Acer Aspire E15 E5-576-392H is undoubtedly one of the best laptops for the money. The few flaws that you’re likely to come across do not render it unusable. They are not even buzz kills considering the powerful processor, plenty of RAM and tons of storage at your disposal.
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