With Ultrabooks, Convertibles and Gaming laptops dominating the computer industry, finding a budget laptop that has the best of everything isn’t easy. Acer is known for its neutral stance in the computer market, and a forerunner in the budget full-sized laptop category. The latest offering from Acer, the Aspire R5-573G-79HM (NX.MVMSA.004-C77) brings the best of both worlds – powerful specs on a budget and ample of firepower for a pleasant gaming experience. So check out our review below.
Design and Build
Quite similarly designed in comparison to its predecessors and Acer laptops in general, The Aspire R5-573G-79HM is encapsulated in a premium plastic casing. The bezel and laptop lid sport a Charcoal Black color and finely textured finish, while the base tray is standard black. The case is made with a nice matte plastic, but could definitely be more robust in terms of build quality.
Considering that the Aspire R5-573G is a budget laptop with heightened specs, the laptop offers a fairly sturdy build and satisfactory design features. The keyboard base is large and well-spaced and offers plenty of room for palm rest and comfortable typing. Aspire R5-573G brings a full-sized keyboard with num pad keys and well-spaced keys for a pleasant typing experience.
One key feature that the keyboard misses out is on the backlight, which could be a deal-breaker for some. Since the black keys blend into the dark-grey background, typing in usual conditions can also be troublesome for non-touch typists. The multi-touch ClickPad of the Aspire measures 4.2 x 3.1 inches, which gives you enough room for two-finger scrolling and pinch-zoom gestures.
Stepping away from the glossy finish display that has become a norm among modern laptops, the Aspire R5-573G offers a matte finish display that measures up to 15.6 inches. Packing a Full-HD display, this laptop has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The contrast ratio of the R5-573G is 381:1 is lower than the standard 500:1, along with the brightness level of 230,7 cd/m², compared to the standard brightness level of 250 cd/m².
The viewing angle installed on the R5-573G is at the mercy of its TN display, so the screen becomes unreadable from certain angles. The best angle seems to be the horizontal, one while the image quickly distorts when the viewing angle is changed to a vertical one. The only benefit of the TN screen, in this case, it that you can use the laptop outdoors without worrying about the annoying reflections.
Under the Hood
The Acer Aspire R5-573G-79HM may be average in terms of design style and display, but it goes far out in terms of hardware specs as a budget laptop. With the Intel Core i7-5500U processor that rests in its heart, Acer beats most of the other competition with this single piece of hardware. With two RAM storage slots available, the R5-573G comes with 8GB DDR3 RAM, which is expandable up to 16GB.
Considering the “budget laptop” tag of the R5-573G, it does shy away from the SSD storage option for the HDD (but you could easily upgrade to an SSD drive for under $150). The 1TB HDD with 5400 revolutions per minute will give you plenty of storage space, if not the quickest transfer rates and boot time. The base speed of the Intel Core i7-5500U processor clocks at 2.4 GHz, and can be boosted to 3.0 GHz (both cores), which should offer fluidic performance.
To partner with the mid-range processor, Acer has equipped the Aspire R5-573G with a mid-range GPU in the form of the NVIDIA GeForce 920M. With dedicated 2GB memory, the GeForce graphics core works together with the Intel HD Graphics 5500 GPU to create a graphic switching mechanism.
While the NVIDIA core is activated for performance-hungry tasks, the Intel CPU handles the routine tasks, which conserves the battery significantly. The gaming experience is pleasant on medium settings, but cannot handle the latest titles such as The Witcher 3.
Advantages & Disadvantages
- Phenomenal price considering the hardware specs.
- Sturdy design that should withstand dings and drops.
- Can play a decent number of latest games on medium settings.
- Impressive battery life compared to the other laptops in its price range.
- No keyboard backlight
- Ordinary screen with limited viewing angles
The Final Verdict
If you need a mid-range desktop replacement device to handle your daily tasks, heavy processes and even a fair amount of gaming, the Acer Aspire R5-573G-79HM is highly recommended. The first reason you would look into the Aspire R5-573G would be for the price, but the decent Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, and a lovable GeForce graphics card make it one of the best among the competition.
While the TN screen with its lower contrast and brightness ratio does take away some of the sparks, there is just too much good embedded within the R5-573G to ignore it. With a decent sound, optical drive and impressive battery life, Acer has brought in a power-packed budget laptop in the form of the Aspire R5-573G-79HM.
Note: It is still possible to buy this laptop for under $900. A few weeks ago a few reputable shops were selling it for around $850 so you can do a bit of bargaining.
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