Acer ASPIRE E1-531G Review: Easy and Inexpensive Laptop


If you need a laptop for everyday tasks, but the budget is limited, you should pay attention to the available cheap models. Of course, there are also worthy copies, however, you should understand that low price laptop does not mean that you are now the proud owner of the device with limitless possibilities. It may already in the early stages  becomes clear that the build quality or, for example, the performance of the laptop is not as high as expected. The Acer Aspire E1-531G notebook, no doubt, attracted by its price of about $450. Like most devices, it has advantages and drawbacks. We will look at its equipments that include the processor Pentium B960 second generation, as well as a GeForce GT 620M discrete graphics card. Being a low-end laptop, it is not bad. In this review, we will get to know it close up and find out whether the Aspire E1 is able to compete with similar devices.

Technical characteristics

Processor: Intel Pentium B960 2200 MHz
Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1333 GHz
Storage: 500 GB HDD 5400 rpm SATA II
Display: 15.6 “1366×768 WXGA LED, glossy
Video: Intel HD Graphics, NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M 1GB
Drive: DVD SuperMulti
Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n
Audio: 2 speakers
Interfaces: 3xUSB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, RJ-45, Card Reader SD / MMC / MS / MS Pro / xD, headphone output, microphone input
Additionally: 1.3-megapixel webcam
Battery: 6-cell Lithium-Ion 4400 mAh
Dimensions, weight: 382x253x33.2 mm, 2.45 kg
Operating System: Linux
Options: Acer Aspire E1-531G-B9604G50Mnks

Design

The Acer Aspire E1-531G is made of plastic. The classic shape of the body has rounded edges, the build quality is normal: no squeaks, parts fit tightly, display, held taut by two hinges, not shaken. Additionally the Aspire E1 does not look too bulky, measuring 382x253x33.2 mm and weighs 2.45 kg.

This dark gray colors laptop would be too dark without having the chrome Acer logo, located in the center of the lid. You will notice it as soon as you take a laptop in hand. In general, the selection of such a low-key colors from the outside initially creates morale. It also dominates the dark color, but in contrast to cap it diluted silver. It is not that the practical design of the notebook. The glossy elements of the case has some drawbacks, such as the cover will get dirty quickly.

The bottom is also made of plastic, but matte. Under the bottom of the compartment are the hard drive and RAM bars. When you want to do the upgrade or repair, replace them will be easy. By the way, it is also not difficult access to the battery, as well as to the hardware components. Of course, at the bottom there are rubber feet that make the laptop does not slide on the table and was slightly elevated for more air circulation.

Display, sound, webcam

The Acer Aspire E1-531G laptop is equipped with 15.6-inch HD CineCrystal with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The surface of the screen is glossy, the color is quite juicy and rich. Even the brightness of the display missing, so far the laptop is used indoors, but it will be enough for your work on the streets, plus the entire set of added reflections. Equally problematic are the viewing angles, because of which the image appears clear, only when the screen is exposed at the optimum angle. The slightest deviation – and before you have pale, dull colors.

In Acer Aspire E1-531G has two stereo speakers located above the keyboard. In general, the sound is clean, there is no distortion even at maximum volume, which, incidentally, is enough for the average room. When listening to music, it can be heard not only in high and medium frequencies, but also a little low. The notebook comes with a 1.3-megapixel webcam Acer Crystal Eye. Its resolution is enough for a good image during video calls, as well as photos. During the communication in Skype it will help you built a miniature microphone to the right of the camera lens.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The notebook is equipped with a full-size keyboard with separate numeric keypad. It is ergonomic, since the surface of each key slightly recessed, and markings installed in white, quite clearly visible.

Despite the short distance between the keys (the keyboard is not an island), there is not any printing problems, especially as the Acer Aspire E1 uses a standard layout, and all the buttons are in their usual places.

The function keys [PgUp], [PgDn], [Home] and [End] perform well with multimedia features. They all take place over the numpad. Beyond the keyboard made only button on the laptop. In general, when you type text in a quiet rhythm you do not feel sagging, but, unfortunately, in the accelerated – deformation of the keyboard will be more noticeable.

The touchpad in the Acer Aspire E1-531G shifted to the left-center. It has a rough depth surface, which provides not only a good tactile feel, but comfortable work positioning. The right side has a touch pad scroll zone marking convex, it is easy to determine even when touch typing. Additionally there is support for vertical scrolling and other gestures: zoom in or out of images, rotate.

Two functional touchpad buttons are hidden button-”rocker”, which is easily pushed to the edges. It is glossy, pressing, practical, does not emit any sound.

Performance

The Acer Aspire E1-531G-B9604G50Mnks laptop works on the Linux operating system, with a dual core processor on the arsenal of Sandy Bridge micro-architecture – Intel Pentium B960 with a base frequency of 2.2 GHz and 2 MB of cache. Unfortunately, the CPU does not support overclocking technology (Turbo Boost), multi-threading (Hyper-Threading), hardware virtualization (VT-x). However, this processor is a good option for the budget notebook segment. It is suitable for office applications, web browsing, and other related operations, such as photo editing. Thenotebook comes with 4GB of memory standard, DDR3-1333 GHz, and the maximum possible amount of 8 GB. But the laptop hard drive has a capacity of 500 GB and runs at 5400 rpm.

This capacity is enough to store your multimedia files, not to mention the documents and other programs. There is also a complete set, which set the HDD smaller and larger. The graphics in Acer Aspire E1 meets integrated Intel HD Graphics , as well as entry-level discrete graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M . The latter has its own video memory of 1 GB and support for DirectX 11. You can switch between controllers, based on the technology NVIDIA Optimus. No doubt, for more complex graphics tasks optimal use is not integrated and discrete graphics card. As an example, you can play some modern games. For example, at low settings (1024×768 resolution) in World of Tanks v8 with a frequency of greater than 30 frames per second, as well as in Fifa 13 with a native resolution on medium settings over 130 fps.

Ports and Communications

At first glance, the Aspire E1 laptop provides an optimal set of connections, but at the same time, there is no USB 3.0. So, on the left side of the laptop there is the main ports. Among them, one USB 2.0, two interfaces for output to an external monitor (HDMI and VGA), and a connector network controller RJ-45. Along the edges of a slot for charging and two audio jacks to connect a microphone and headphones. In addition to the ports on the left side there was a place for the air vent.

Considering the right face, the laptop has two USB 2.0 and a Kensington locks. There is also a built-in optical drive, DVD-RW, which supports the formats DVD-RAM / ± R / ± RW.

Front interfaces available. There are only a handful of LEDs, as well as integrated card reader 5-in-1 reader formats SD, MMC, MS, MS Pro and xD. This device is hidden flap, so well protected by a minimum of dust.

The back of the laptop is completely free.

For wireless communications, there is only Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth is absent.

Battery

The Acer Aspire E1-531G laptop is equipped with 6-cell lithium-ion battery capacity of 4400 mAh. The manufacturer stated maximum life from the battery for about four hours. Such a measure is possible only if the laptop is used in web browsing with the included Wi-Fi. In simple autonomy will be correspondingly higher, and load battery life will decrease to 1 hour 5 minutes. The battery is charged by 90-watt power supply.

Conclusion

Buying an Acer Aspire E1-531G is the best option when you can not afford to buy the expensive model, it is assumed that the laptop will be used not only for work but also for entertainment. Of course, you should not hope that the device will be very powerful and pull the work of many resource-consuming applications, however, at his level the Aspire E1 showed that it works very well. At the stuffing has 4 GB of memory, a discrete graphics card from NVIDIA, and the processor Pentium B960 ultimately rather productive.

On top of the laptop is equipped with a comfortable keyboard and touchpad sensitivity that is good knowledge workers, daily typing. Basically, this device is all that a useful modern user need: Web camera for video calls, a variety of ports for peripherals, a rather good speakers to listen to music or watch a movie. However, it is clear that not everyone will like the characteristics of the medium display (low visibility, small brightness), low autonomy and lack of wireless module Bluetooth.

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