Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-50RS with 11th Gen of Intel Quad-Core i5-1135G7, a fingerprint reader, Wi-Fi6 and backlit keyboard.
To start this review today, we want to emphasize that this notebook is the updated edition of the previous Acer Aspire 5 family. Same like its predecessor, Acer once again delivers the outstanding value of daily laptop computers. The new 11th Generation of Intel i5 is a stellar processor. We will find out very soon what is so good with this new CPU compared with the older CPU chips.
Specs of the Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-50RS
|Product:||Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-50RS, 15.6" Full HD IPS Display, 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, 8GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, Fingerprint Reader, Backlit Keyboard|
|Processor||2.40GHz Intel i5-1135G7 (11th Generation) – 4.20GHz Turbo Boost|
|Screen||A 15.6″ ComfyView IPS LED-backlight Display with 1920×1080 Full-HD resolution.|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe Graphics|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 SDRAM (Upgradable)|
|Storage||256GB SSD (Upgradable)|
|Connectivity||1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 1x RJ-45 Ethernet port|
|Other features||Webcam, Stereo speakers, built-in Microphone, Backlit keyboard, Wi-Fi 6, Fingerprint reader|
|Strength & Weakness||VIEW|
Why this 11th Gen Acer Aspire 5 laptop?
First off, because Acer has produced good quality laptops when it comes to the price-performance ratio. From their budget daily laptops, gaming laptops (like Nitro and Acer Helios), PC monitors, and other computing devices. Their products, especially the Acer Aspire 5 family have been best-selling laptops on Amazon.
This A515-56-50RS model is no different than its predecessors, it’s even better with the updated processor and its discrete graphics.
That being said, if you are looking for a thin and lightweight daily laptop that packs the updated specs and many other features like the Fingerprint reader, backlit keyboard, and more, then you want to look at this laptop closer.
Sleek Silver Lightweight 15.6″ Laptop!
If a slim, and lightweight 15.6″ laptop with an affordable price range is what you are after, then this one is ideal for you. It is only 0.7″ (1.77 cm) thin and weighs 4.19 lbs (1.9 kg)! For a 15.6-inch laptop, it’s an ideal device for your main laptop, that you can carry around without having backache after the day end. And a 15.6-inch is a good screen size to work with, not too small, also not too big.
Moreover, if you often work with numbers, this A515-56-50RS has the number keys on the right. You won’t find them on smaller laptops.
This laptop comes with a 15.6″ IPS panel with a Full-HD screen resolution. Watching movies, viewing pictures are also better on this laptop because it has a Full-HD screen resolution which also means, better viewing angle. If you want to buy it for homeschooling, screen resolution is very important, since it gives you a better quality of images (e.g for graphics, etc).
Improvement for the 11th Gen CPU & iGPU
The new generation of the Intel i5 CPU (i5-1135G7) has got better performance in Single and Multi-Core CPU performance. This is a huge improvement when we are talking about processor performance.
This generation also updated the integrated Graphics from the Intel Iris Plus G7 to the Intel Iris Xe Graphics.
This new iGPU brings over 65% performance improvement. This means, other than basic computer usage, you can now do more gaming on this thin laptop. Basic games like Roblox, Minecraft, Fortnite, and other casual games are more than playable on this laptop!
So do you want a stylish and lightweight laptop to play games casually? The Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-50RS makes it possible.
Other than the new Graphics, this newest chip also supports Wi-Fi 6 (faster), and Thunderbolt 4. It was also designed to be the best CPU for thin and light laptops, which also means, it improves the battery life compared to the older generations.
What can be enhanced?
The pre-installed 256GB SSD storage. This A515-56-50RS includes only 256GB storage by default. 256GB SSD is sufficient enough if you don’t keep your big files on your PC.
If you plan to store your files that have big file sizes, such as movies, photos, images, you can use external hard drives like this one below.
Luckily, these days, people do more home office or homeschooling, so using an external hard drive at home should be no issue. But if you plan to bring it to school, college, or office, you don’t want to carry around those external hard drives. Hence, Acer lets us open this laptop and upgrade the storage or the memory.
There are empty slots to do those expansions yourself if needed.
Speaking of memory, there is 8GB memory installed under the hood. This is more than adequate to process documents, excels, and so forth. 8GB is also a minimum requirement to casually game. Both memory and storage can be expanded, depends on your expertise.
However, not everyone can open a laptop and populate those empty slots with their components.
Opt for this similar version if you don’t plan to upgrade, as it has slightly higher specs, bigger RAM, and more storage yet it doesn’t cost a lot more.
We appreciate these features
Other than the lightweight and premium-looking design, there are a few other features of this Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-50RS laptop that we appreciate. For instance, the Ethernet port, Fingerprint reader, and the backlit keyboard.
Acer keeps the Ethernet port to provide you steady internet connection should you live or stay in an area where wireless is not the best one. Furthermore, plenty of USB ports (USB Type-C), and full-size HDMI ports are also available on this laptop. So no concern in terms of connectivity.
There is also a Fingerprint reader which allows you to use your fingerprint to access your computer in seconds. Meaning you don’t need the old-fashioned way to login to your desktop by typing the password.
The lighting feature of the keyboard is a bonus if you often use your computer in a dark room.
Is this Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-50RS good for you?
If you look for an affordable laptop that is light, sleek, and has newer components inside, then yes, it’s a good one for you. We cannot ignore the 11th Gen of Intel i5 quad-core processor, the updated Graphics, and the many features that we mentioned earlier.
There are many laptops that they sell at this price tag, but they lack fingerprint readers and have no backlit keyboard. Plus it has the option to expand the memory and storage.
Overall, Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-50RS as a good laptop, and the affordable cost will not hurt, either!