Admit it, this might not be your first port of call if you’re looking for a small, portable laptop. Something powerful enough for casual gaming but with a controlled thickness when present. However, it does not require you to pay for a mortgage with a few components listed. Can’t think of any? We don’t blame you. There’s the HP Pavilion 15, but other than that.
Acer is answering the call of many laptop buyers (or so it seems). The Aspire 7 is priced. ₹62,990 for this particular version we got, with an Intel Core i5-1240P processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX1650 graphics and a 15.6-inch full HD display. These specs aren’t too powerful, especially with the 8GB RAM and graphics card options available. You’re about to enter a casual gaming space, but don’t have too many expectations.
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The good thing is that the RAM can be increased to 32 GB. And if a spec like this is on sale when you’re looking to buy this laptop (we’re testing the Aspire A71S-51G to be specific), there might be an option to pay a bit more for the Nvidia RTX3050Ti graphics. Call it a piece or call it a choice.
The attraction of this laptop (let’s call it the reason you chose it over the HP Pavilion 14 Plus for example) will be its large 15.6-inch display. It’s hard to hide the thick bezels around this screen, especially the wide chin. It’s an IPS screen, and the native resolution is Full HD. A few more pixels wouldn’t have been completely out of place. There is a fine grain to make the written word easily visible. But colors aren’t exactly rich and there are points in the brightness scale that have a distinctly “washed out” look.
There are two utilities worth checking out – Bluelight Shield and Color Intelligence. These are available in an app called Acer Quick Access. Note, the back cover remains disabled when the Acer Aspire 7 is running on battery. This is confusing to say the least.
If there is one thing that makes this Acer Aspire 7 good, it has to be the consistency of performance. This processor, along with 8GB of RAM and a fairly fast SSD, will never struggle to handle dozens of carelessly opened typical workday tasks and documents. When all this happens, he is silent. One reason is that the keyboard acts as an air vent, allowing for better circulation inside the laptop.
When working on documents, we prefer to put this in the “silent” cooling mode, and it has reached the peace requirements. Switch to Standard or Performance modes, and things get a little more laptop-like.
You have to deal with the clutter of pre-installed apps; We lovingly call this bloatware. We’re sure complaining won’t change anything (it’s a source of income for laptop makers and app developers). But do you really want Agoda, ExpressVPN, Forge of Empires, PowerDirector, Spades and Spotify, all pre-installed on your shiny new laptop?
This particular configuration, for gaming, only does the basics. If it’s a graphically heavy game, you should reduce the output. And be sure to be ready for fans that kick into action quickly and permanently to keep the internals cool. We don’t think this particular configuration allows us to comment on the Acer Aspire 7 as a gaming or high-end multitasking machine.
We have to say that the Aspire 7 is well built. It’s completely plastic (there’s aluminum on the lid; pictured above) but it’s well put together. If you’re rough, the lid will shift a bit, but that’s unnatural usage behavior anyway. The keyboard does not bend when pressed in and remains very cool – this means that the protection is in good condition.
It’s hard to shake the impression that the Acer Aspire 7, at least the configuration we tested, is underwhelming. The potential is there, but many touchpoints and experiences are just “does”. It adds to the battery life which we expected to be better. This laptop lasts less than 8 hours on a single charge when the display brightness is kept at about 40%. You may not want to leave the power brick at home.
up b ₹60,000 for your money, you don’t have to worry about the Acer Aspire 7 showing rough edges or being underpowered. But it doesn’t quite seem to match what should feel like a premium experience. A certain charm and good thing is missing. And this is difficult to assimilate.