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Acer Aspire VX 15 Review

Acer Aspire VX 15 Review

In 2017, Acer is focusing its efforts on two of probably the most quickly rising segments within the tech trade: gaming and VR. For gaming, the corporate has just lately unveiled a model new line of gaming laptops and monitors, whereas in VR, it plans to get in on the bottom ground within the industrial house by its StarVR effort and is among the many first OEMs to have a Windows 10 Mixed Reality headset coming later this yr.

However, there’s nonetheless a while earlier than Acer’s newest gaming machines make their technique to India so for now, we’ll be looking at one in all its extra reasonably priced choices: the Acer Aspire VX 15. Priced beneath Rs. 90,000, the VX 15 appears to hit the candy spot by way of worth vs efficiency. Let’s see how good of a price proposition it truly is.

 

Acer Aspire VX 15 design and construct

The Aspire VX 15 has an eye catching design, which is one thing we actually like. Thankfully, Acer has performed this with out having to resort to adorning the laptop computer with LEDs. The rear of the laptop computer is one space that basically stands out because the exhaust vents mimic the look of a sports activities automotive. The crimson accents on the black physique additionally add to the visible attraction. The sides of the VX 15 is designed in means that creates an phantasm of it being slim, when it really isn’t. It’s not excessively cumbersome both however you’ll really feel the heft of the two.5kg if you carry it round.

The textured lid is straightforward to maintain clear and affords a good degree of safety for the show. There is a little bit of flex however not a lot, regardless of the Aspire VX 15 being manufactured from plastic. There are two reflective crimson strips positioned on both facet of the emblem to associate with the gaming motif. The hinge is sturdy and offers good torsion even when the show is tilted again to about 150 levels.

The display on the Acer Aspire VX 15 is a 15.6-inch IPS panel with a full-HD decision that produces sharp photos and textual content. However, the show doesn’t really feel vibrant as colors come throughout a bit boring and brightness ranges are fairly low. We typically discovered ourselves having to max out the show brightness, even indoors.

The keyboard space is spacious sufficient to accommodate a quantity pad alongside the usual island styled keys. The keys have a really gentle concave design so your fingers land comfortably on them when typing. Key journey and tactile suggestions can be good they usually don’t make plenty of noise when typing. Acer has additionally given you a beneficiant palm relaxation space and a big trackpad. The latter offers easy monitoring and Windows 10 gestures work nicely.

In phrases of bodily connectivity, the Aspire VX 15 comes with a superb set of connectors that features two USB Three.zero ports, a USB 2.zero port, HDMI, Gigabit LAN, headphone and microphone combo port, SD card reader and a USB Three.1 Type-C port (Gen 1). According to Acer, the Type-C port can be utilized for video output too. There’s no optical drive right here, which isn’t a complete loss however given the thickness of the laptop computer, we’d have anticipated it.

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There are LED standing lights for energy, charging and onerous drive exercise, positioned within the entrance. The stereo audio system additionally face forwards on both finish of the laptop computer, so that you’ll hardly ever block them even should you apply it to your lap. Flipping the laptop computer over reveals extra vents for the consumption of cool air together with 4 giant rubber toes. Enthusiasts shall be dissatisfied to know that there isn’t any quick-release hatch to entry the RAM and onerous drive right here. Doing so would require you to take off your entire backside panel, which isn’t the best factor to take action we advise taking the Aspire VX 15 all the way down to an Acer service station to carry out upgrades.

The Three-cell, 53Wh battery can be sealed inside so it’s not simply swappable. Our unit was delivered to us with none packaging or bundled contents, apart from the 135W charger. But you need to anticipate the everyday manuals and guarantee info within the field if you purchase it.

Acer Aspire VX 15 specs and options

What we like about Acer laptops is that you simply all the time are likely to get higher specs in your cash, in comparison with what the competitors would provide and the VX 15 isn’t any exception. The CPU is an Intel Core i7-7700HQ seventh gen. quad-core chip with HyperThreading, which is normally present in most premium gaming laptops at the moment. There’s additionally a single stick of 8GB of DDR4 RAM, which will be upgraded as much as 32GB. For storage, we now have a Kingston 128GB M.2 SSD and a Toshiba 1TB mechanical drive working at 5400rpm. The latter is helpful for putting in video games however gained’t be almost as quick as having the video games on the SSD. Finally, we even have Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card with 4GB of DDR5 reminiscence. Other specs embody Bluetooth Four.1, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with 2×2 MIMO antennas and a HD webcam.

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The Acer Aspire VX 15 ships with Windows 10 Home 64-bit together with some pre-installed software program like a Three-day subscription of Norton Security, trial model of Office 365 and a few common apps like Netflix, Kindle, Ebay, Agoda and Amazon. Acer additionally has its personal suite of apps like Acer Portal for its BYOC (Build Your Own Cloud) apps; Care Centre permits you to monitor the system and verify for driver updates; and Acer Collection, which provides you an inventory of curated apps from the Windows Store, throughout classes.

Acer Aspire VX 15 efficiency and battery life

Since the OS is put in on the SSD, common system and app efficiency is excellent. The laptop computer boots up rapidly and handles multitasking very effectively. Loading apps or information from the mechanical drive takes a while, particularly if the drive is idling an has to spin up however performing the identical activity from the SSD is close to instantaneous. The laptop computer additionally runs silently and doesn’t warmth up for normal workloads. The warmth begins to construct throughout gaming however fortunately, that is avoided the palm relaxation space and the left a part of the keyboard, the place you’d usually have your fingers when taking part in a sport.

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The key cluster to the fitting of the trackpad (and earlier than the quantity pad) will get actually scorching. The backside a part of the laptop computer will get heat however nothing too uncomfortable when utilizing in your lap. The twin followers close to the exhaust work nicely and aren’t noisy in any respect, even when they’re working at full capability. The HD webcam is licensed for Skype for Business, however we discovered the standard to be fairly sub-par. Even in a well-lit room, there’s loads of seen noise on and round your face. It does assist face recognition although so it’s going to priorities getting the publicity proper in your face, over the environment.

The audio system are one other spotlight right here, which get extremely loud due to the Dolby Audio enhancements. We discovered this notably good on Acer’s Predator 15 too and we’re glad to see Acer bringing this tech to its extra reasonably priced fashions.

To gauge the Acer Aspire VX 15’s precise gaming potential, we ran by our checklist artificial and actual world gaming checks and have been fairly pleased with the outcomes. In 3DMark Fire Strike, we obtained a rating of 5589 whereas PCMark eight returned 3562, 4354 and 3217 factors for the Home, Creative and Work check suites, that are fairly good numbers. In the multi-threaded CPU check of Cinebench R15, we obtained a rating of 723 factors and a graphics rating of 98.3fps, within the OpenGL check.

Moving onto precise gameplay, we start with Rise of the Tomb Raider, which we ran on the native decision, with DirectX 12 and the Very High preset. In the in-game benchmark, we obtained a median of 32fps however throughout precise gameplay; the body charge was hovering extra round 25-28fps, with some dips to 18fps. This fluctuation didn’t assist throughout intense battles so we have been pressured to drop the graphics high quality a bit for smoother gameplay.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is one other very taxing sport for a graphics card, and right here with the High preset and 1080p, we managed to common 29fps. In Doom, we used the Foundry degree to benchmark our run and even with the Ultra preset, we simply managed to common 55fps.

Next up is Metro Last Light Redux, which is a really demanding sport, graphically. With the decision set to 1080p, High high quality preset and Tessellation set to Normal, we averaged round 33fps, which isn’t unhealthy. Unfortunately, Ashes of the Singularity saved crashing on the loading display, regardless of a number of driver updates, which is a disgrace because it’s a superb check for the brand new DirectX 12 API.

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In Far Cry Four, with the Very High preset, we have been averaging about 47fps. In all of the video games we examined, we by no means needed to drop the decision decrease than the show’s native one, which is nice factor. For extra demanding titles, you’ll in all probability need to sacrifice some degree of eye-candy for smoother framerates however we predict that’s not a giant compromise, contemplating the worth of the laptop computer.

Gaming laptops by no means boast of battery life for good purpose – it’s virtually unattainable to get a day-long battery life with all these energy hungry elements inside, whereas nonetheless conserving portability in thoughts. The Acer Aspire VX 15 ran for 1 hour and 26 minutes in our Battery Eater Pro check, which is much less however continues to be a shade higher than a few of the current gaming laptops we examined. With common use, we managed to get about Four-5 hours of runtime, which isn’t sufficient for a full work day.

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Verdict
The Acer Aspire VX 15 won’t be probably the most feature-rich gaming laptop computer on the market, however for the asking worth, it’s actually robust to beat. The CPU and GPU inside are highly effective sufficient to deal with a lot of at the moment’s video games at 1080p with ease and will have some leg room for future titles too. The cherry on the highest is that every one this energy will price you simply Rs. 87,999, perhaps even lesser on on-line shops. It additionally affords a lot better worth in comparison with the MSI GP62 7RD Leopard Pro gaming laptop we recently tested, which shares just about the identical guts because the VX 15.

Of course, at this discount worth comes some compromises. For occasion, the show doesn’t get very shiny and the colors really feel a bit boring at instances. The webcam isn’t superb both so should you do plenty of video chatting, this isn’t one of the best instrument for the job. Finally, nearly as good because the laptop computer appears, it’s nonetheless fairly heavy and will be cumbersome to hold round.

All issues thought of, should you’re out out there for a gaming laptop computer with a decent finances in thoughts, we’re but to see a greater deal than the Aspire VX 15.

Price (MRP): Rs. 87,999

Pros

  • Good construct high quality
  • Handles most video games nicely at 1080p
  • Good worth
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Runs comparatively cool and quiet
  • Very good audio system

Cons

  • Low show brightness and boring colors
  • Low-quality webcam
  • Heavy and troublesome to hold

Ratings (Out of 5)

  • Design: Four
  • Display: Three
  • Performance: Four
  • Software: Three.5
  • Value for Money: Four.5
  • Overall: Four

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