Acer Aspire 5 assessment (A514-54 mannequin) – Tiger Lake laptop computer on the price range
We’ve reviewed a few totally different laptops constructed on Intel’s Tiger Lake Core within the final weeks, however most of these have been high-tier merchandise with matching price-tags.
This text is, nevertheless, a few price range Tiger Lake laptop computer from Acer, the Aspire 5 late-2020 collection. Acer gives this in both 14-inch (code identify A514-54) or 15-inch (A515-56) variants, an identical in most methods, other than the variations in measurement. We’ve hung out with the previous 14-inch variant, and gathered all our ideas and impressions down under.
It’s necessary to say that our take a look at mannequin is probably the most inexpensive configuration accessible for the Aspire 5, with an Intel Tiger Lake Core i3-1115G4 processor, eight GB of RAM, 128 GB of SSD storage, and an IPS FHD matte display, the one accessible right here for roughly 600 EUR. The identical configuration goes for round 500 EUR within the 15-inch Aspire 5 A515-56 chassis.
Remember that the i3 fashions don’t get Intel’s Xe graphics, however you’ll be able to improve to the i5 and i7 configurations for improved graphics efficiency.
Specs as reviewed – Acer Aspire 5 A514-54
|Acer Aspire 5 A514-54|
|Display screen||14 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, 16:9 side ratio, IPS, matte, non-touch, AU Optronics B140HAN06.B panel|
|Processor||Intel Tiger Lake Core i3-1115G4 2C/4T (as much as Core i7-1165G7, 4C/8T)|
|Video||Intel Iris UHD gen11 graphics (as much as Iris Xe and optionally available MX350/MX450 on A515-56G fashions)|
|Reminiscence||eight GB LPDDR4x 2626 MHz (4GB soldered, 1x DIMM – dual-channel)|
|Storage||1x M.2 PCIe x4 SSD (128 GB Samsung PM981 MZVLQ128HBHQ-00000), 2.5″ bay|
|Connectivity||Wi-fi 6 (Intel AX201), Bluetooth 5.zero, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Ports||2x USB-A Three.2 gen1, 1x USB-A 2.zero, 1x USB-C Three.2 gen1 (knowledge solely), HDMI, LAN, Three.5 mm jack, Lock|
|Battery||48 Wh, 45W barrel-plug charger|
|Dimension||363 mm or 14.29” (w) x 238 mm or 9.37” (d) x 17.9 mm or zero.7” (h)|
|Weight||from Three.17 lbs (1.44 kg)+ .47 lbs (.22 kg) charger, EU model|
|Extras||optionally available white backlit keyboard and finger-sensor, HD webcam, stereo backside audio system|
Acer gives the Aspire 5 in a large number of configurations, with numerous quantities of reminiscence and storage, three forms of Tiger Lake processors (i3-1115G4, i5-1135G7 or i7-1165G7) and G4/G7 Intel graphics. All of them get the identical IPS matte display, IO, and battery, so most of this text applies to any of the configurations you is likely to be fascinated by.
Design and development
The Aspire 5 is Acer’s entry-level laptop computer lineup at this level, so it involves no shock that it doesn’t really feel or look as properly as their higher-tier choices.
Steel is simply used for the higher lid, whereas the inside and underbelly are made out of clean plastic, and the display’s bezels from a rougher, textured black plastic. The construct high quality isn’t unhealthy, although, with restricted quantities of flex within the lid or the keyboard deck, and no humorous noises when selecting this up or when resting your fingers on the arm-rest.
Acer did properly with the selection of colours as properly, going for a smudges-friendly silver inside and a contrasty black keyboard. The lid exhibits fingerprints on this darker colour variant, however there are additionally variants with a light-silver, blue or brown exterior to select from if you happen to’re on the lookout for a care-free design.
These apart, I must also point out that this Aspire 5 is barely bigger, thicker and heavier than different 14-inch accessible today. For comparability, I’ve added it subsequent to the Acer Swift 5 in one of many footage under, simply remember that the Swift 5 is twice costlier.
Ergonomically, the Aspire 5 gives blunted edges and corners, grippy rubber toes, and a display that may be simply picked up and adjusted with a single hand.
The laptop computer raises on rubber toes positioned on the backside a part of the display for improved air air flow beneath and a barely inclined typing place, very similar to many of the different present ultrabook designs. This does end in a restricted display angle, which solely goes again to about 140 levels, in addition to the hot-air being expelled into the display’s decrease bezel. The hefty chin soaks up many of the warmth on this design, however the panel nonetheless averages temperatures within the 40-45 levels Celsius across the exhaust with demanding masses, as you’ll see in an extra part.
Lastly, the IO is lined on the perimeters, in the direction of the again, with many of the connectors on the left edge. You’ll discover USB-A and USB-C slots right here, full-size HDMI and LAN, standing LEDs, a headphone jack, and the DC-plug, however no card-reader. The USB-C port is knowledge solely, although, so it doesn’t assist charging or video output. There are additionally no biometrics on our mannequin, however some variants embrace a finger-sensor into the clickpad.
Keyboard and trackpad
Talking of, inputs aren’t superb on this collection, however they get the job finished.
The keyboard is a primary Acer 14-inch format with a chiclet design and the power-button integrated within the top-right nook. It doesn’t get any additional operate keys on the proper, as we’ve seen on many different current 14-inch units.
It’s a good typer on this implementation, considerably mushy and shallow, however advantageous for informal use. As a heads-up, our take a look at unit solely will get the non-backlit keyboard variant, however most retail variations will ship with backlit keys, particularly when you go together with the i5/7 configurations. Primarily based on my previous expertise with this keyboard that Acer have been providing on their Aspire 5 and Swift Three for a few years now, the backlit keyboard additionally delivers firmer typing suggestions, so is total an improve undoubtedly price getting over this primary non-backlit variant.
As a aspect notice, seems like some 14-inch Aspire 5 fashions may ship with a silver-keyboard, and you ought to be conscious of the distinction points on silver keys with white illumination if that’s the one selection in your area. If given the choice, undoubtedly go together with the black keys. Moreover, the 15-inch Aspire 5 A515-56 ships with a full-size black keyboard that additionally features a NumPad part.
You’re not getting CapsLock on NumLock LED indicators on any variants, and the illumination is simply activated with the press of a key on these backlit variations, and never by gently swiping your fingers over the clickpad.
For mouse, Acer went with a mid-sized plastic floor right here, barely positioned to the left aspect of the chassis. This will get Precision drivers and it’s clean to the contact and a dependable and correct performer with every day use. It additionally feels agency and doesn’t rattle with faucets, and implements advantageous bodily clicks. Undoubtedly not unhealthy for this class.
As for biometrics, there aren’t any on this mannequin, however many of the retail fashions appear to get a finger-sensor included into the clickpad’s top-left nook.
Our Aspire 5 take a look at mannequin will get a 14-inch IPS FHD matte panel, which is the upgraded choice supplied with this collection, as Acer additionally ships this with a mediocre HD display on the lowest-tier configurations.
Even this IPS FHD panel isn’t a lot by immediately’s requirements, however it’s what most different choices provide within the 500-700 EUR price-segment. We’re finet viewing angles, distinction, and most brightness, however restricted colour protection at beneath 60% sRGB.
Right here’s what we acquired in our assessments, with an X-Ceremony i1 Show Professional sensor:
- Panel HardwareID: AU Optronics AUOA48F (B140HAN06.B);
- Protection: 57.1% sRGB, 39.6% AdobeRGB, 40.7% DCI-P3;
- Measured gamma: 2.39;
- Max brightness in the course of the display: 297.06 cd/m2 on energy;
- Min brightness in the course of the display: 23.42 cd/m2 on energy;
- Distinction at max brightness: 1060:1;
- White level: 7500 Ok;
- Black on max brightness: zero.28 cd/m2;
- PWM: No.
Calibration can be required to deal with the skewed Gamma and White level ranges. As soon as calibrated, the utmost measured brightness drops to round 270 nits, however the panel ends-up inside acceptable illumination and DeltaE variation ranges. Nonetheless, with 60% sRGB protection, that is merely advantageous for every day use so long as you’re not already used to a higher-tier panel, through which case this is able to be hardly acceptable.
Our take a look at mannequin is an entry-level configuration of the Acer Aspire 5 A514-54, with an Intel Tiger Lake Core i3-1115G4 processor and Intel UHD graphics, eight GB of DDR4 2666 MHz reminiscence, and a 128 GB Samsung SSD.
Earlier than we proceed, remember that our assessment unit is a pre-production mannequin despatched over by Acer and examined with the software program accessible as of late-November 2020. Primarily based on our findings, although, I’d count on the retail fashions to carry out equally.
Spec-wise, this Aspire 5 collection is predicated on the Intel Tiger Lake , the identical applied by a large number of different ultrabooks of this era. Our mannequin got here with the Intel Core i3-1115G4 2C/4T processor, the least highly effective of this era. It’s advantageous for on a regular basis use and light-weight multitasking, however upgrading to a minimum of the i5-1135G7 is unquestionably price contemplating right here, given 4C/8T processor and also you’re additionally getting improve Iris Xe graphics with that one. As an alternative, the i3 solely consists of previous-gen Intel UHD graphics with 48 Execution Models and a major lower in efficiency.
These apart, our configuration additionally will get eight GB of DDR4 2666 MHz of RAM, in dual-channel, and a Samsung PCIe x4 SSD. Upgrades are attainable if you happen to take away the again panel, maintain in place by a few seen Philips screws.
The CPU and Four GB of RAM are soldered on the motherboard and non-upgradable, however the laptop computer additionally gives a reminiscence DIMM, and upgradeable storage, with an M.2 SSD slot and a 2.5″ bay for an identical HDD/SSD, with the required connector already included. Upgradeable reminiscence and a 2.5″ bay are hardly accessible on different trendy 14-inch laptops, and for a few of your could possibly be a cause to think about this Aspire 5 over different choices.
So far as the software program goes, there’s no devoted management utility on this Aspire 5, so you’ll be able to solely toggle between the Home windows energy modes, however with out noticeable impact on the CPU’s efficiency and energy allocation on our pattern. Which may differ with the ultimate software program updates, nevertheless it’s additionally according to our findings on the Tiger lake Swift fashions just lately examined.
And whereas we’re right here, I do have so as to add that Acer nonetheless bundles their laptops with a major quantity of bloatware that you just’ll must do away with.
Now, the Aspire 5 is generally made for on a regular basis use, particularly on this Core i3 variant. It handles primary purposes akin to looking, video streaming, or text-editing simply advantageous, whereas working quietly and cooly. It’s not a terrific multitasker although, and it’s by no means utterly silent, because the fan stays lively all-the-time, nevertheless it’s barely audible at sub 33 dB at head-level with primary use.
Onto extra demanding assessments, the Cinebench loop take a look at runs Cinebench R15 for 15+ loops, with 2-Three sec delay between every run, to check for efficiency in taxing longer-term situations.
The i3-1115G4 on this unit performs advantageous for what it’s on the Greatest Efficiency Home windows energy mode, stabilizing at round 24-25W TDP, frequencies of Four GHz, and excessive temperatures of round 90-92 levels Celsius. Acer permits the CPU to run at increased energy and thermals, with a constructive impression on the efficiency. Nonetheless, that is solely a 2C/4T processor, so undoubtedly not a match for the opposite choices on the market.
The laptop computer stabilizes at round 15W of energy on battery, with an identical drop in scores and extra snug temperatures of round 70-72 levels Celsius.
To place these leads to perspective, right here’s how a few different AMD and Intel ultraportable notebooks rating on this identical take a look at.
As talked about already, Tiger Lake i5 and i7 outmatch this i3 variant by a good margin, and there’s completely no comparability with the AMD Ryzen U variants on this form of multicore CPU masses.
We verified our findings by tunning the longer and more difficult Cinebench R20 take a look at, which ends up in related outcomes, whereas within the ugly Prime 95 take a look at the CPU stabilizes at round 22-24 W after some time, with temperatures of 90+ levels C. Thermals change into a limiting issue with this form of longer CPU-heavy masses, which isn’t a shock, given this Aspire 5 is an entry-level ultrabook with a primary thermal module.
We additionally ran our mixed CPU+GPU stress assessments on this pocket book, on the identical Greatest Efficiency profile. 3DMark stress runs the identical take a look at for 20 occasions in a loop and appears for efficiency variation and degradation over time, and this unit handed it simply, which means that the efficiency stays according to longer mixed masses.
Subsequent, listed below are some benchmark outcomes. We ran your complete suite of assessments and benchmarks on the usual Efficiency profile. Right here’s what we acquired.
- 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 1846 (Graphics – 1992, Physics – 7489, Mixed – 689);
- 3DMark 13 – Night time Raid: 8496 (Graphics – 9751, CPU – 4914);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 831 (Graphics – 740, CPU – 2789);
- 3DMark 13 – Wild Life: 4620;
- AIDA64 Reminiscence take a look at: -;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Medium: 1159;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 377;
- Handbrake 1.Three.1 (4K to 1080p encode): 16.82 common fps;
- PassMark 10: Ranking: 2522 (CPU mark: 6600, 3D Graphics Mark: 1978, Disk Mark: 3431);
- PCMark 10: 3899 (Necessities – 8817, Productiveness – 6114 , Digital Content material Creation – 2986);
- GeekBench Four.Four.2 64-bit: Single-Core: 5806, Multi-core: 11457;
- GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1342, Multi-core: 2776;
- CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 508 cb, CPU Single Core 195 cb;
- CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 1236 cb, CPU Single Core 507 cb;
- CineBench R23 (greatest run): CPU (Multi Core): 3192 pts, CPU (Single Core): 1361 pts;
- x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Cross 1 – 163.07 fps, Cross 2 – 30.97 fps;
- x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 106.28 s.
We additionally ran some Workstation associated masses, on the Efficiency profile:
- Blender 2.90 – BMW Automotive scene- CPU Compute: 12m 49s (Auto);
- Blender 2.90 – Classroom scene – CPU Compute: 36m 0s (Auto);
- Luxmark Three.1 – Luxball HDR – OpenCL CPUs + GPUs rating: CPU not correctly acknowledged;
As talked about already, this Core i3-1115G4 configuration is unquestionably not a performer. It’s meant for informal use, and never for demanding masses, workloads or video games.
Compared, the Core i5-1135G7 examined in a reasonably related Acer Swift Three 14-inch chassis scores 50-70% increased in multi-core CPU assessments, 2-5% increased in single-core CPU assessments, and greater than twice extra succesful in GPU assessments. That’s why I strongly encourage you to think about the i5 configuration if you happen to care about any of those workloads, and solely go together with the i3 if you happen to’re on a really restricted price range and solely plan to make use of your laptop computer evenly.
We additionally ran a few DX11, DX12, and Vulkan titles on the Greatest Efficiency profile and Low/Lowest graphics settings, tu additional present how this fares in opposition to Tiger Lake i5/i7 alternate options. Right here’s what we acquired:
|FHD gaming||Aspire 5 – Intel i3 1115G4 17W||Swift Three 14 – Intel 1135G7 28W||Swift Three 13 – Intel 1165G7 17W||UX425 – Intel 1165G7 19W||UX425 – Intel 1065G7||UM425 – AMD R7 + Vega 7|
|Bioshock Infinite (DX 11, Low Preset)||38 fps (18 fps – 1% low)||88 fps (52 fps – 1% low)||76 fps (45 fps – 1% low)||70 fps (40 fps – 1% low)||40 fps (22 fps – 1% low)||66 fps (50 fps – 1% low)|
|Dota 2 (DX 11, Greatest Wanting Preset)||30 fps (23 fps – 1% low)||73 fps (44 fps – 1% low)||71 fps (46 fps – 1% low)||56 fps (44 fps – 1% low)||34 fps (20 fps – 1% low)||39 fps (28 fps – 1% low)|
|Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Low Preset, no AA)||14 fps (10 fps – 1% low)||31 fps (19 fps – 1% low)||32 fps (19 fps – 1% low)||26 fps (18 fps – 1% low)||12 fps (10 fps – 1% low)||21 fps (17 fps – 1% low)|
|Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Lowest Preset)||32 fps (24 fps – 1% low)||77 fps (58 fps – 1% low)||60 fps (43 fps – 1% low)||65 fps (47 fps – 1% low)||32 fps (22 fps – 1% low)||45 fps (36 fps – 1% low)|
|NFS: Most Needed (DX 11, Lowest Preset)||48 fps (38 fps – 1% low)||60 fps (53 fps – 1% low)||60 fps (53 fps – 1% low)||60 fps (46 fps – 1% low)||42 fps (25 fps – 1% low)||56 fps (34 fps – 1% low)|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX 12, Lowest Preset, no AA)||19 fps (11 fps – 1% low)||46 fps (31 fps – 1% low)||36 fps (5 fps – 1% low)||29 fps (14 fps – 1% low)||16 fps (Three fps – 1% low)||28 fps (22 fps – 1% low)|
|Shadow of Tomb Raider (Vulkan, Lowest Preset, no AA)||19 fps (10 fps – 1% low)||41 fps (23 fps – 1% low)||37 fps (21 fps – 1% low)||28 fps (16 fps – 1% low)||17 fps (12 fps – 1% low)||27 fps (16 fps – 1% low)|
|Unusual Brigade (Vulkan, Low Preset)||24 fps (19 fps – 1% low)||56 fps (48 fps – 1% low)||50 fps (40 fps – 1% low)||44 fps (280fps – 1% low)||21 fps (7 fps – 1% low)||37 fps (32 fps – 1% low)|
- The Witcher Three, Dota 2, NFS – recorded with MSI Afterburner in recreation mode;
- Bioshock, Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Unusual Brigade, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities;
I’ve added a few different configurations for comparability, most of them different Tiger Lake fashions we’ve examined up to now.
As recommended by the benchmarks outcomes above, this Core i3 Aspire 5 configuration can barely deal with older/informal titles and isn’t appropriate for newer video games. The logs present that the stabilizes at round 17W of energy and honest temperatures in most examined titles, aside from FarCry 5, through which case the CPU runs at increased clocks, increased energy, and better temperatures.
Primarily based on these findings, count on the i5/i7 configurations of this Aspire 5 to carry out equally to the Acer Swift Three 13-inch mannequin beforehand examined, returning 60+ fps in informal or older video games, and round 30 fps within the more moderen titles.
Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others
Acer went with a primary thermal design on this 14-inch Aspire 5 mannequin, with a single fan and a thick, however fairly-short heatpipe. There’s no room for a dGPU on this implementation, even when some A514-54 listings recommend an MX450 as an choice.
Air is sucked in from the underside by the open again, straight over the heatpipe and into the fan, after which blown out by the exhaust between the hinges, just below the show. Because of this, the display’s chin reaches temperatures within the mid-50s with most video games, and better on FacCry, and the panel hits temperatures between low to high-40s.
This display’s chin is by far the most popular exterior aspect on this Aspire 5, each with informal use and with demanding video games, as illustrated by the thermal readings down under. Remember that we recorded the thermal efficiency in Dota2 on this pattern, which limits the CPU at roughly 17W TDP, but additionally in FarCry 5, through which case the CPU runs at 28W and leads to increased exterior temperatures and elevated noise ranges. Nonetheless, FarCry 5 proved to be an exception in our assessments, and most different video games ran at 16-17W of energy.
As for the noise ranges, the fan is at all times lively on this laptop computer, even with mild use or when it sits idly, however you’ll hardly hear it even in a quiet room with mild use and battery. It ramps as much as about 33-35 dB with multitasking whereas the laptop computer is plugged in, and 36-39 dB with video games. That’s quieter than the typical 2020 14-inch laptop computer, and I’d count on the i5/i7 fashions to behave pretty equally.
*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, Higher Battery Mode, followers at 29-35 dB
*Gaming – enjoying Dota 2 for 30 minutes, Greatest Efficiency Mode, followers at 36-37 dB
*Gaming – enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Greatest Efficiency Mode, followers at 38-39 dB
For connectivity, there’s latest-gen WiFi 6 with an Intel AX201 module on this laptop computer, in addition to Bluetooth 5 and Gigabit Lan. We examined our pattern on wifi and it carried out properly with our setup, and the sign and efficiency remained robust at 30-feet, with obstacles in between.
Audio isn’t superb right here, however that’s absolutely no shock. Two small audio system fireplace by cuts on the underbelly, they usually get averagely loud at about 75 dB at head-level in our assessments. Nonetheless, the sound is tinny and bizarre at excessive ranges, nevertheless it’s really alright for this class when you flip it right down to about 60%, with no distortions and nearly no vibrations pushed into the chassis. So whereas not spectacular, this Aspire 5 ought to do advantageous for video/music streaming.
Lastly, there’s an HD digicam on the prime of this laptop computer’s display, flanked by 2 microphones. These are advantageous for infrequent calls, however the digicam high quality is pixelated and washed out.
There’s a 48 Wh battery inside this Acer Aspire 5, which is okay for an entry-level ultraportable today, but smaller than among the competitors gives.
Right here’s what we acquired by way of runtimes on our assessment unit, with the display’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~60 brightness).
- 7.2 W (~6-7 h of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 6.2 W (~7+ h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 5.5 W (~eight+ h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Chrome, Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 10 W (~Four-5 h of use) – looking in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON.
This configuration comes with a 45W charger that plugs-in through a traditional barrel plug. It’s a two-piece design with a small brick and lengthy cables, and a full cost takes about 2 hours. Nonetheless, not like with the Swift Three fashions, USB-C charging will not be attainable right here.
Value and availability
This late-2020 Aspire 5 collection is accessible in most areas on the time of this text.
The i3 configuration with eight GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD goes for round 600 EUR over right here for the 14-inch A514-54 mannequin, or nearer to 500 EUR for the 15-inch A515-56 variant.
Nonetheless, I’d advocate going with the i5-1135G7 configuration with eight GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. The 14-inch mannequin is accessible for about 650 USD within the US /700 EUR in Europe, whereas the 15-inch variant goes for round 600 USD/650 EUR. Core i7 variants are additionally accessible, barely sooner performers with roughly 10% improved graphics, however for a major premium.
Pricing and availability differ between areas, although, so you need to comply with this hyperlink for up to date information on the time you’re studying the article.
A lot as I anticipated, the Aspire 5 collection proves to be aggressive inside its budget-oriented phase.
Intel’s Tiger Lake delivers snappy on a regular basis efficiency and ok graphics-prowess for infrequent gaming on this mid-tier implementation, so long as you’re going with one of many Iris Xe configurations. On the identical time, AMD Ryzen alternate options nonetheless outmatch it by a fair-amount in CPU-heavy duties and workloads, the place the 4Core Tiger Lake processor can not compete, so if that’s what you’re after, maybe the Ryzen-built Acer Swift Three or the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 would higher suit your necessities. Additionally they outmatch the Aspire 5 by way of some options and design components, so these two can be my most important picks within the price range phase if accessible and competitively priced in your area.
If not, the Aspire 5 can be an choice to think about, simply be sure to perceive what you’re getting right here and particularly perceive and settle for the quirks talked about all through this text.