- Build quality, Case and design and looks
- Keyboard and Trackpad
- Sound and Speakers
- General subjective performance experience
- Gaming Performance
- Test methods and drivers
- Synthetic 3D benchmarks
- Summarized gaming performance
- Crysis 3
- Bioshock Infinite
- Civilization : Beyond Earth
- Total War : Warhammer
- Metro : Last Light
- Battlefield 4 Campaign
- Alien : Isolation
- World of Tanks
- Elite : Dangerous / Horizons
- Shadow Of Mordor
- Ashes Of Singularity
- Fallout 4
- ARK: Survival Evolved
- The Talos Principle
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- No Man's Sky
- Star Wars : Battlefront
- Hitman 2016
- Thermals, Throttling & Noise handling
- Screen / Screen quality
- Competing gaming laptops / alternatives
++ Main reason to consider:
Relatively good value/price compared to competition
-- Main reason to avoid:
Going to be absolute in a short time, plus for a little more you can get a lot more 3D performance
+ GT 940MX can run many games pretty well on 768p
+ Can handle most of current games, thermally
+ Very quiet
+ M.2 slot + 2.5" SATA bay
+ USB type-C
+ Good hinges
+ In this specific version - 250GB SSD included
+ You can squeeze close to 9-10 hours of light work
- No mDP, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.1 gen2, Thunderbolt 3, only three USB 3.0 ports
- Display quality isn't good, with mostly high black levels and bad contrast, as well as bad vertical viewing angles (which is less of a problem)
- Cooling system should be better. Can't handle the very high 3D load. CPU can go above 90C easily
- No option to control fan speed, which stays on lower speed most of the time, even when high speed is needed
- The upper surface gets quite warm under high loa, like gaming, including keyboard and palm rests
- M.2 slot won't do PCIe v.3 x4
- Outer lid build quality could be better
- Touchpad is so-so
- Speakers produce fuzzy and confusing
|Model Names||Acer E15 E5-575G-53VG|
|Price||Basic version: $550 (250GB SSD), $450-$500 (1TB 5400RPM)|
|CPU||I5-6200U (2.3GHZ-2.8GHZ, 15W), 2C/4T|
|Motherboard||Acer Ironman_SK / Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH|
2xPCI Express x1, 1xPCI Express x4
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 2GB GDDR5, 512 shadars core@860MHZ, GDDR5@1.25GHZ, 64-bit bus|
|RAM||Kingston 1x8GB DDR4@2133MHZ ACR21D4S15HAG/8G|
2 banks of memory available totally
|Storage||HDD : 1x2.5" SATA bay, 1xM.2 "M" key (but motherboard has only PCIe v.3 x1 for it)|
SSD: KINGSTON RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2 SATA M.2 SSD
|LCD Panel||In review: 1080p 15.6", N156HGE-EAL CMN N156HGE-EAL, 30-pin eDP|
|Weight / Dimensions||~2.39kg / 5.27 lbs, PSU 0.1kg|
381 x 259.1 x 23.88-30.23 mm
15.0” x 10.2” x 0.94-1.19”
(w x d x h)
|Keyboard||white backlit, on/off|
|Connection Ports||right side: power in, DVDRW, USB 2.0, audio out|
Left: Kensington Lock, USB 3.1 gen1 Type-C, RJ-45, VGA, HDMI, 2xUSB 3.0
Front: Card Reader
|WiFi / Ethernet||WiFi: Atheros/Qualcomm QCA9377 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter|
Ethernet: RealTek Semiconductor RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC
|Battery||6 cell, 59Wh (desgined 62Wh)|
|Bios / EC version (test unit)||V1.12 /|
|Extra features||Embedded TPM 2.0|
The Acer E15 E5-575G-53VG is in for a review! This specific model comes with a GT 940MX 2GB GDDR5, I5-6200U (Skylake), 250GB SSD, 1x8GB DDR4 2133MHZ RAM. It also equipped with an 1080p TN panel (and not the worst I’ve seen). This model goes for around $500-$550 currently, but there are other models with a 1TB 5400RPM for as low as $450, which would be my recommendation is you can install SSD yourselves.
Well, the E5-575G offers a nice combination of performance and features for $550 and though it’s not a lot, it is better than most of the other options for around $500-$550 (at most!). I’d definitely recommend going for $50-$100 and get one of the much faster laptops for gaming, for those who want considerable performance bump.
OK, let’s see how it goes
Well, compared to the previous generation I’ve tested with GT 840M (this one), the E5-575G build quality is much better. The screen outer lid that protects the screen is relatively firm and can hold its own against some relatively high pressure. The hinges feel relatively well (screen does not wobble), base unit is not easily twisted. However, keyboard surface will yield under not-so-high pressure and I guess some people will feel it. Also, the screen plastic can be twisted (as in many other, much more expensive, laptops). When Opening the laptop, the motherboard could be mistakenly lifted up with the bottom cover (but it’s not likely).
Overall, I’d say that the chassis build quality seems to be at least acceptable for such a laptop.
Very simple plasticy looks. The keyboard surface and the outer lid have metal finish, which is nice
Maintenance and inner parts
Maintenance is a mixed bag. The Maintenance door is held by three screws. The door hides the two DDR4 slots, the SATA M.2 and 2.5″ SATA bays. To open it completely, you’ll have to remove another ~10 screws, use some tool (like a credit card) to take off the bottom cover, and remove another two screws, as well as 3 screws under the DVDRW.
CPU and GPU are soldered in this machine. They are both cooled by one pipe and one fan.
Keyboard. The keyboard can be described as average. Some of the keyboard surface will yield under some pressure and some parts of the keyboard’s surface won’t (but it’s not that bad). The keys are well spaced, travel depth isn’t high enough, feedback a is low, but resistance and reposnse are relatively good. I’d say that’s it’s not horrible, but certainly not a good keyboard – something like an average for such laptops. I didn’t feel it was too annoying to use it, but certainly I could feel the difference from typing on a relatively good keyboard, like the Latitude E7440’s keyboard.
Touchpad. The touchpad is basic, with surface that will make your finger “stuck” sometimes, if you don’t press it right. I’d say it’s average.
Pretty Fuzzy. The 2 speakers of the E5-575G sound pretty fuzzy and sound is all over the place. I did use it for music and I could enjoy it, but it was really an effort, Nothing really to say, Acer saved some bucks on the speakers.
Added CPU-Z and GPU-Z screenshots.
OS : Windows 10, fully updated
Drivers: Nvidia Geforce 372.90
This system can barely scratch a game like Crysis 3, however, for those who really want to play Crysis 3, the I5-U Skylake + the GT 940MX GDDR5 will run it just fine on low settings@768p
Thief is a problem for the GT 940MX GDDR5. Low settings is probably the highest settings at 1080p
Bioshock Infinite will run fine at 768p at normal-high settings, but 1080p could be a problem. However, 30FPS could be enough for many.
Civlization Beyond Earth won’t fly on this machine, but certainly playable, since it’s not really an FPS game.
Barely playable at 1080p, even at lowest settings, but 768p is, at lowest settings.
Metro Last Light runs strangely well on this machine, relatively speaking, as it is quite a 3D demanding game. Any, as a shooter, more the lowest settings @ 768p would be a problem
BF4 campaign benchmark. BF4 is actually quite playable at medium graphics settings@1080p.
768p gaming on Alien Isolation is probably the more reasonable option, but one might try lowest settings @ 1080p.
I played and it felt quite good at highest settings @ 1080p, but its better to go with medium settings. The latest patches have improved performance quite a bunch
Elite Dangerous runs pretty well on 1080p on this system. It felt ok for me,
The Acer E5-575G nails Shadow Of Mordor at medium graphics settings @ 1080p! Well, sort of.
Fallout 4 is quite a demanding game, and is barely playable at lowest settings @ 1080p. It’s probably better to go 768p, though image will look much more blurred
The new ARK: Survival Evolved is playable at lowest settings @ 1080p, not more than that.
Rise Of The Tomb Raider is barely playable at 1080p. It’s better to go 768p, if you really want to play this game (though it’s not very good)
Stress tests and throttling behavior
The CPU and GPU are both connected via a single heatpipe to a single fan. Cool air sucked from the bottom of the machine (hence, it’s important to keep its bottom above the sitting surface) and is thrown from the left ventilation hole.
1. Idle, power saver mode
2. Gaming : Crysis 3. “Medium” settings, “High performance” power mode.
3. Prime95 torture test. “High performance” power mode.
4. Prime95 + Furmark on 768p test. “High performance” power mode.
The Acer E5-575G does well under gaming load, but it can easily reach really high temperatures, well close to 100C, which isn’t good. I haven’t find any way to control the fan speed via software (if anybody knows, please let me know). The fan remains quite quiet and spins slowly. It would have been nice if the fan would spin faster when needed.
As you can see, the clocks remain pretty high even if the CPU and GPU get too hot under Prime95 + Furmark. I’m not sure if it was the intention, but the fan doesn’t spin faster almost at all even when needed. Under gaming load, the temps remain reasonable, while CPU and GPU clocks remain almost maximal.
|Throttle||CPU average stable||CPU MAX||GPU|
|2.2||97||98||92||Prime95 + Furmark|
Under high load, like gaming load, all the upper surface becomes pretty warm, including the palm rest. The temps are pretty high.
For the usual common everyday type of work, the chassis temps are ok.
One of the Acer E5-575G big advantages is its low noise levels. The fan really spin slowly and doesn’t produce much noise even under the highest system load (which isn’t good, in my opinion).
The Acer E5-575G comes with the same CMN N156HGE-EAL.This model is a TN 1080p display. The vertical viewing angles are not good, but the problem is the very high blacks and low contrast as a result. The color coverage is actually pretty good, a lot more most of the other displays I’ve tested or saw tests on, with 87% adobeRGB and 100% sRGB, but it’s not useful thanks to the low contrast and problematic viewing angles
PWM is detected at all brightness level and the PWM’s frequency is around 1000HZ, which isn’t too bad, so I wouldn’t be afraid from it.
The XRite i1Display reading (different from the Spyder5Elite):
|Contrast||White Luminence||Black Luminence||Screen Brightness|
Brightness is not bad, but contrast is terrible and it shows.
The Acer E5-575G has good battery running times, also thanks to the lower power components. It’s certainly not the advertised “12 hrs long battery life”
That’s the hard part. If you add a little, you can get many models with a GTX 950M and GTX 960M, which will be a lot faster than this machine. Moreover, models with the new 1000 Nvidia series is just around the corner, and I suspect they’ll bring some good performance improvement. An example option is the HP Pavilion 15t with an I5-6300HQ and a GTX 950M DDR3 – link
The E5-575G is a nice machine for $500-$550, but it has some caveats and Acer has obviously saved on features, display and speakers. The 3D performance of the I5-6200U plus the GT 940MX GDDR5 is not bad for a lower end system, but it will become obsolete in few weeks with the new NV/AMD chips. Moreover, there are even now some models with a lot faster 3D performance, for only a little more, and sometimes there are deals for laptops with GTX 950M (Acer VN7-571) or the radeon M385X (Lenovo Y700). Even Acer’s own new lower end machine, the F5 E5-575G, with the Kaby Lake I5-7200U will probably sell for only $50 more.
The E5-575G does have some nice qualities, like the base firmness, low noise, M.2 + 2.5″ SATA storage options and not-that-bad keyboard, but generally, I see no reason to recommend this machine for even $500, right now.