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The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-52RJ like all other Aspire E 15 has a few shortcomings to receive a glowing recommendation including a decent life battery, plastic construction, and a mediocre keyboard. But if you’re looking for a 15-inch laptop with decent performance, it certainly is a catch.
- Ample screen estate (15.6 inches)
- Full HD display
- Decent performance
- USB Type-C
- Uncomfortable keyboard
- Abysmal battery life
- All plastic design
- Lacks backlit keyboard
The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-52RJ derives its looks and build from the Acer Aspire E series which is a line of budget-friendly notebooks. The base model features an 8 GB Memory, 1 TB HDD and Nvidia GeForce 940MX. With such features, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-52RJ is astute at productivity and gaming. Our biggest gripe with this Aspire is it costs more but offers less than the competition.
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Design and Features
The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-52RJ shares a similar design with the Aspire E 15 series. The series has several different color schemes including stark white and black like our reviewed unit. The case’s surface is made of cross-hatched pattern and the palm rest and surrounding areas (keyboard and edges) have textured surfaces.
The surface is all plastic and lacks a natural appeal but it’s definitely less generic; although nowhere as premium as brushed Aluminum built laptop surfaces. The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G comes with 15.6 inches which is great for watching movies. For Acer, this is the one place it has an edge over Toshiba laptops. While not entirely perfect, Acer does have wider screens, like this 15-inch screen, vivid colors, and brighter backlighting.
Moving on, the screen has a 1920 x 1080 which is better than other configurations that start with base models of 1368 by 768 pixels.
On measurement grounds, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-52RJ weighs 6.8 pounds and measures 19.7 x 12.2 x 2.6 inches. The Acer Aspire E 15 (E5-576-392H) is lighter and weighs 5.27 pounds (15.02 x 10.2 x 1.19 inches) and the Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG Laptop is similar in specs but lighter still. (10.2 x 15.02 x 1.19 inches, 5.27 pounds).
The port selection on the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-52RJ is pretty neat. Along the left side is a lock slot (could hub a Kensington lock), cooling exhaust vent, VGA out port, Ethernet port, HDMI out port, two USB 3.0 ports and a headphone/microphone combo jack. The right side features a USB 2.0 port and an AC power jack. The front side has an SD Card reader and a status light indicator.
- 2 x USB 3.0 HDMI LAN USB 2.0
- Headphone/microphone combo jack
- HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR)
- Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition
- Acer True-Harmony High-Performance Sound System
- 11ac Wi-Fi
The processor in the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-52RJ is the Intel Core i5-6200U (Skylake ). It is a good choice for a 15-inch laptop however it has a lower multitasking potential when compared with processors with more cores. The Core i5 processor it comes with 2 Physical Cores (4 Logical), initially clocked at a 2.3 GHz which is rather low for some tasks, but on the brighter side, it can handle a maximum of 2.8 GHz overclocked speeds. It brags of 3MB of L3 cache size to help in repetitive work and an 8 GB DDR4 RAM size and 1 TB HDD.
1 TB is sufficient space for storage of movies, downloads, images, and video and if you’re not privy to online Cloud storage, it could be reliable. For all tech-savvy users, HDD might be a little slower for their taste and may consider upgrading the 1TB storage to an SSD to boost performance and boot time.
The Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG beats it here with similar specs but an additional 256GB SSD hard drive. Even so, I managed to stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and YouTube and at the same time type with a stand-up comedy video going on in the background.
Graphics and gaming
As for graphics, it is adorned with NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics which lines up as one of our favorite features of the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G features. Although Nvidia 940MX is not the top of the line in Nvidia’s arsenal, it brings is a fairly heavy punch to this laptop in gaming scenes.
Well, you won’t be able to run some new titles like the Witcher 3 with the specs cranked up but there are some games that will most assuredly play with great fps rates. I managed to play Storm, Icewind Dale (Enhanced Edition) and Marvel Heroes.
Battery life is second to the heart and soul of every laptop and needs one if it’s going to make the machine a selling success. The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-52RJ shares an almost similar result with the Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG battery life. On our battery test, which involves web surfing over Wi-Fi for long periods of time, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-52RJ lasted 9 hours 12 minutes.
This was impressive as it literally can hold up a day’s work hours without hesitation. It beats the Aspire F555UA line which managed 5 hours 33 minutes on the same test.
The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-52RJ is among the list of E5-575G series of laptops with a range of over 43 different laptops to go by. The laptops are different with screen sizes ranging from 14 to 17 inches and laptops with AMD or Intel processors, different screen resolutions and case colors to choose from.
Some of the laptops we’ve reviewed from that series include Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG Laptop, the Acer Laptop Aspire E 15 E5-574G-54Y2, Acer - Aspire E5-571P-55TL, the Acer Aspire E5-553-T2XN, and the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM among others.
The keyboard is pretty standard and spans almost the whole spread of the length, which is a good feature for laptops used by writers (it doesn’t exactly make the cut for laptops for writers but the feature is worth mentioning).
The keys are slightly concave, not so much so to be noticed by the eye. But fingers don’t lie, or at least that’s what I felt on touching them however much they look flat; which reminds me of the HP 15-dy1036nr laptop keyboard keys with the same feature.
The trackpad is also decent and responsive to touch. At least Acer got that one part right. Fighting a trackpad to point/ move the cursor can be so annoying and I’m glad it isn’t a problem here.
The Acer Aspire E 15 comes with a couple of software preinstalled already; some can come in very handy while others deserve to be discarded. Some of the software includes the Acer Care Center, Acer Launch Manager and Acer Quick Access which are not so bad and can find use.
I would prefer if the laptops came without any software, but in my case, I know exactly what I would install and have already stacked them somewhere. But if I had to choose what software to install, I’d probably go with Hulu Plus, Netflix, Dropbox, Flipboard, Evernote, Amazon, Spotify and Music Maker Jam.
As for the Antivirus, I would recommend anything other than McAfee that comes pre-installed in the machine. Everybody who’s had a go at the trial version knows the persistent nags it comes within an attempt to get you to register while hogging up usable space. Those marketing campaigns can really get to your nerves.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-52RJ Specs
Generally, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-52RJ is a good machine, mediocre keyboard notwithstanding. It has a sturdy build, ample sized Full HD screen, great battery, and costs just about right. It does, however, play second fiddle to some of its own Acer E 15 line laptops such as the Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG Laptop, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM and the Acer Aspire F5-573G-56CG in performance.
But I’m not going to bash it for that because it still has the dazzle of great battery and 15.6 inches on its side; which makes it a worthwhile buy in the long run.