Acer recently launched a laptop with balanced hardware configuration and exquisite details and workmanship. The device uses the AMD A10 APU platform coupled with an AMD high-performance graphics card, so its performance is worth the wait. Here we have the full review of this device.
- 15.6 inch (1366 x 768 pixels)
- AMD A10-7300 2.0 GHz Processor (4 MB Cache)
- 8GB DDR3
- 1 TB 5400 RPM Har Drive
- AMD Radeon R7 M265
- 2 x USB2.0, 1 X USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI
E5-551G is a continuation of the simple design of Acer notebooks. The body applies a thin and light design. With the exception of the Acer logo on the right the outer lid, there are no other decorations. The outer lid and palm rest, both apply brushed metal technology with impressive texture, coupled with gray black coating, overflowing a sense of mystery. Additionally, the metal material can effectively assist the body to dissipate heat and the firmness is also far beyond the ordinary plastic materials. The body edges apply the currently popular mellow design, so that the whole device looks lively, while the handle feels more comfortable.
Acer E5-551G is equipped with a 15.6 inch HD LED display with a resolution of 1366 × 768. By field view, one will see this screen excel in color performance and that the right and left viewing angles keep up with a high level among TN screens, thus it is more suitable for playing games.
Acer Aspire E5-551G-T0JN is equipped with a full-size chiclet keyboard that retains the numeric keypad. In terms of handle feel, this keyboard feels average. Its matte surface material is a good fit for fingers and the keys’ rebound strength is acceptable in meeting the requirements for daily operational use. The device also applies a minimalist design to the touch panel, which is also made of metal material, and the area that simulates the left and right mouse buttons is also hidden below the touch panel. Because of the pre-installed Windows 8.1 system, this large-size touch panel is very good to use, providing proper support to the multi-touch gesture.
On the entire palm rest surface, except for the keyboard, Acer E5-551G only sets up a metal power button on the top left corner to echo the device’s minimalist design.
Although the Acer E5-551G body design is light enough, the expansion interface outfit isn’t careless. It has one USB3.0, 2 USB 2.0, one HDMI, one VGA port, one RJ-45 network interface, Audio input and output interfaces, and DVD drive, which can meet the daily use regardless of the type and quantity.
The bottom panel design of the Acer E5-551G is very concise. The other extra parts can’t be seen on the integrated panel except the heat vent and plastic mat. If you need to upgrade the internal hardware, it can be opened easily by removing the Phillips head screws on the bottom panel.
Overall Performance Balancing
The Acer E5-551G uses an AMD A10-7300 APU, with a total of 10 compute cores (four CPU cores and six GPU cores), using an advanced 28nm manufacturing technology, and integrating a Radeon R6 GPU. The processor basic frequency operates at up to 1.9GHz. Its highest dynamic frequency is 3.2GHz with thermal power consumption of only 20W, and a modest energy consumption rate. This APU is positioned as a medium-to-high end model in relation to other mobile APU products. In addition to meeting the needs of daily work and entertainment applications, it is able to handle high-load applications such as graphics-intensive games.
According to PCMARK 8, the most mainstream and authoritative laptop performance testing software, the Acer E5-551G got a score of 3569 in Home accelerated mode, which is even ahead of many high performance gaming laptops.
Test on Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
Test on R7 M265
In the Cloud Gate mode suitable for a laptop testing, the Acer E5-551G got a total score of 3023 after the independent graphics card was closed. The integrated graphics card Radeon R6 (Kaveri)scored 4252, and its performance was also very good, which didn’t basically lose to the entry-level independent graphics card. In the integrated VGA card mode, the total score of the Cloud Gate mode improved to 4524, and the graphics card scored 8463. These results indicate that today’s popular games will definitely play smoothly.
Playing 1080p Video
The true performance of the processor can be very succinctly measured through CPU usage when a high bit rate 1080p video is played. Here we test by directly playing “Lucy" 1080p version. We find that the A10-7300 CPU usage has been controlled within 20% while playing a video and the performance is very good. Then if we run some large-scale software, the hang-up phenomenon does not appear, and its multi-tasking ability is very good.
Game Benchmark Test:
League of Legends
This game does not have very high graphics requirements, so we will directly set the highest image quality, and started the anti-aliasing mode. In the integrated VGA card mode, the Acer E5-551G got a score of 31.6 for average Frames Per Second(FPS), and this popular e-sports masterpiece can be run smoothly. When we switched to the independent VGA card mode, the game’s smoothness significantly enhances, and the performance was an average of 64.1 frames per second which is very good.
The "DOTA 2" is also a popular online competitive fighting game. We will set the image quality to medium while testing, and finally from the test results you can find that this game can operate smoothly in the independent VGA card mode, average fps of 50.3, coherent picture, no hang-up phenomenon. In the integrated VGA card mode, an average of 36.4 fps can be achieved, which can meet the needs of most DOTA2 players.
Tomb Raider 9
As the most classic action adventure game sequel, the "Tomb Raider 9" has much better game pictures, and the demand for computer hardware is far beyond the previous works. In the opening medium image quality, the average fps closes to 30 for the Acer E5-551G in the integrated VGA card mode, and the performance has exceeded the expectation. In the independent VGA card mode, the score of 44.4 fps can be achieved, and the game fps remained more than 40. The picture is very fluent.
Battery Life Test
The Acer E5-551G design uses a removable six-cell lithium battery, the lifetime of which we assess with a more power consuming 1080p video playback test session.
With the moderate screen brightness and maximum volume, the Acer E5-551G can last for 3 hours and 15 minutes, and the performance is still very good. Under everyday conditions, such as surfing the internet or document handling work, its battery life can easily reach 4-5 hours.
The whole machine design of the Acer E5-551G-T0JN is excellent. It is very highly regarded for the light and thin body with the brushed metal at a large area. A 15.6-inch screen with excellent visual effects can perfectly meet the needs of daily learning and entertainment. The machine is equipped with a full-size chocolate -colored keyboard which feels good, there are more expansion interface types, and the mainstream interfaces include everything that one expects to find.
In terms of performance, by virtue of the outstanding performance of a new generation of AMD A10-7300 APU and R7 M265 independent VGA cards, the overall performance of the Acer E5-551G-T0JN is excellent, which can bring users a very good gaming experience. No matter the appearance of the design, the office and entertainment performance, or display effects, the Acer E5-551G-T0JN has reached the medium-to-high level, and it has a more balanced performance. It is highly recommended.