Brandt Ranj, Insider Picks
- Dec. 2, 2016, 4:51 PM
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Few product categories in the world of technology are as large as Windows laptops. They can be either
So when the stars align and a product checks off a lot of the right boxes, it's worth mentioning; and that's certainly true of Acer's Aspire E-15 laptop.
Its internal specs are top-notch for normal users, with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and 2.3ghz i5 processor. The SSD in particular is a nice touch. Unless you're looking for a super budget product, I wouldn't recommend anyone get a computer with a standard hard drive anymore. The RAM and processor are more than sufficient for web browsing, word processing, e-mail, and social media, but one additional spec struck me.
This machine has 2GB of dedicated graphics memory. That makes this machine a good buy not only for normal people, but for folks who want to edit photos in Photoshop and video in Premiere between writing e-mails. Dedicated graphics memory on a normal laptop like this is a huge win.
The E-15 is also equipped with every standard port under the sun: HDMI and VGA outs for video, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB C port, 1 USB 2.0 port, an Ethernet port, a headphone jack, an SD card slot, and it even has a DVD burner. Given its internal specs and array of ports, this is like the Swiss Army knife of laptops. The one spec that could be a little better is the screen resolution: It's 1080P, which isn't bad, but on a 15-inch screen, you're definitely going to see some pixels.
I can't think of a reason why I'd go back to a Windows laptop from my MacBook Pro, but if I had to, I would seriously consider the Acer E-15. It might not be as aesthetically pleasing, but it matches, and even exceeds, some of the specs of my current laptop (built-in Ethernet, anyone?) If you're in the market for a mid-range laptop, I would consider this a slam dunk for Acer's asking price.
This article was originally published on 8/22/2016.
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