Find it at Newegg (sale ends Monday): http://lon.tv/45ioc (affiliate link) – Acer’s E5 / E15 has a $500 option that comes with a discrete Nvidia GPU. Makes for a usable no-frills gaming laptop. See more laptops: http://lon.tv/laptops and subscribe! http://lon.tv/s
00:57 – Hardware overview
01:12 – Display overview
01:38 – Build Quality
01:51 – Processor / RAM / Configuration etc.
02:24 – Upgradeability
03:05 – Battery life
03:28 – Ports – USB-C is data only
04:59 – Keyboard and trackpad
05:42 – Performance: YouTube , Streaming Video, Web Browsing
06:45 – Performance: Microsoft Word and Office
07:13 – Midroll
07:14 – Gaming: GTA V (Grand Theft Auto V)
08:11 – Gaming : Doom (2016)
08:57 – Gaming: Rocket League
09:50 – 3DMark Benchmark test
10:54 – Kodi and high bit rate video playback
11:45 – Conclusion and final thoughts
The $500 version I am looking at (it can be found between $500 and $550) has an i5-7200U Kaby Lake CPU, 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB hard drive and a Nvidia 940MX GPU. The RAM and storage can be upgraded and there’s a slot for an M2 SATA drive.
The GPU is one we’ve seen on a few other computers, namely the awesome Mi Air 13 I looked at late last year:
The Acer delivers similar performance here with the E 15. It’s enough to run most current games at low settings although you might have to drop into 720P on a few of them to get a playable framerate. Still it’s better than having no GPU at all.
The display leaves much to be desired unfortunately. It’s a low quality TN display that’s pretty washed out.
But for $500 this is so far the lowest cost gaming capable laptop we’ve seen this year.
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