With a stunning build quality, clean and smooth design and plenty of horsepowers strapped inside the chassis, there is barely anything that the Aspire E5-771G cannot do.
Acer Aspire E5-771G Review:
The latest offering from Acer in the form of the 17-inch Aspire E5-771G comes with lots of impressive specs and a simplified design. Equipped with all the elements needed for the perfect multimedia laptop, the Aspire E5-771G is closer to perfection, but not just there yet. Check out our full review below.
Design and Build
Keeping the build quality somewhat similar in the entire Aspire E5 lineup, the E5-771G features a brushed aluminum finish on the lid and the keyboard deck as well. Available in black and grey variations, the outer surface of the E5-771G is easy to grip, does not catch fingerprints easily and feels good to touch as well.
The E5-771G weighs just below 3Kg, which is supported by its superior build quality, making it convenient to carry around. The bottom region of the E5-771G is crafted out of high-grade polymer plastic and comes with one major flaw. The battery cannot be removed without opening up the entire laptop, neither can the components be swapped or upgraded.
The Acer Aspire E5-771G comes with a sizeable 17.3-inch Activ Matrix TFT Color LCD display which is an improvement over the previous versions but does not stand against the IPS technology. The brightness ratio of 365 cd/m2 is higher than most in its class, while the contrast ratio of 931:1 will ensure that the colors are vivid and the deep black color does not seem greyish at all.
With the FHD resolution of 1920x1080p is ideal for high-quality videos and most modern games. When put through the sRGB color gamut, the E5-771G scores 73.4 percent, which could be a drawback for professionals looking to use the laptop for graphic designing. Thanks to the high screen brightness ratio, the E5-771G can be used outdoors and in bright conditions without any issues.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The Aspire E5-771G offers a gorgeous full-sized keyboard layout with large keys that offer a smooth, accurate and finger-friendly typing experience. The keys offer a decent amount of travel but are clearly more inclined towards typing, rather than being made for gaming.
When it comes to the touchpad of the Aspire E5-771G, there is one minor design flaw that can seem annoying to some. The touchpad is situated at the center of the keyboard, rather than being at the center of the keyboard deck, which causes it to be inclined towards the left side. Moreover, the missing backlight illumination could be a deal-breaker for some.
Under the Hood
The Aspire E5-771G comes equipped with the Intel Core i7-5500U dual-core processor, which is based on Broadwell architecture. The base clock speed of the processor is 2.4GHz, which can be clocked up to 3GHz with the Turbo Boost technology. Compared to the older Haswell architecture (used in older E Series models), the Broadwell architecture performs about 5% – 15% better than the latter, depending on the programs and tasks you are running.
In terms of Input/Output, the Aspire E5-771G comes with 2 x USB 2.0 ports DVD Drive and Kensington Lock on the right side. On the left side of the laptop, there are 2 x USB 3.0 ports, Audio Combo jack, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, and Power port.
While there are variants that offer the option to add SSD M.2 format storage to the laptop, the reviewed version comes with HDD storage. With 1TB HDD with a revolution speed of 5400, you cannot expect the lightning-fast transfer speeds, but there will be plenty of room for you to hoard as much content as you like.
When it comes down to graphics performance, the Aspire E5-771G comes with plenty of firepowers. Equipped with switchable graphics, the laptop comes with onboard Intel HD Graphics 5500 for battery efficient and low-graphical operations. But when it comes down to graphics demanding applications and gaming, the NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics card automatically takes over with its 2GB DDR3V RAM capacity.
While the GeForce 840M may not be the most powerful mobile GPU, but it can take care of most of the gaming titles on medium to high settings with ease. For instance, graphics hungry games such as BioShock Infinite on medium settings give a playable 45-47 fps, but when played on ultra-settings, the fps drops down to 14 -16, which makes the game too sluggish. However, older games that do not have high graphical demands, should run smoothly even on ultra HD settings.
Advantages & Disadvantages
- The full-HD 17-inch screen is fairly bright with a high contrast ratio.
- Slim and classy design with high-quality components.
- Impressive graphical performance for casual gaming.
- Minimal heating and decent battery life.
- No maintenance hatch, so the entire chassis needs to be opened.
- The keyboard does not have backlight illumination.
The Final Verdict
If you are among the users who want the best of performance with a hint of style and don’t mind carrying around a little extra weight, the Acer Aspire E5-771G is something you must definitely consider. With a stunning build quality, clean and smooth design and plenty of horsepowers strapped inside the chassis, there is barely anything that the Aspire E5-771G cannot do.
There are some obvious drawbacks, such as the missing maintenance hatch, absent backlight and a screen that would have looked better with an IPS panel, the good aspects outweigh the bad ones. The performance packed all-rounder comes with the graphical power keep the gamer in you satiated as well.
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