Acer Aspire 7 (A715-42G) vs Aspire 5 (A515-56)

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CPU
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GeForce MX450 2GB
RAM
Storage 512GB

Review

Evaluation of Acer Aspire 7 (A715-42G) and Aspire 5 (A515-56) important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Acer Aspire 7 (A715-42G)
  • Thinner bezels and 4% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Can run popular games at about 7-10% higher FPS
  • 41% sharper screen – 141 versus 100 pixels per inch (PPI)
Advantages of the Acer Aspire 5 (A515-56)
  • Significantly easier to carry: weighs 500 grams less (around 1.1 lbs)
  • Provides 20% higher max. screen brightness: 300 vs 250 nits
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 2.15 kg (4.74 lbs) 1.65 kg (3.64 lbs)
Dimensions 363.2 x 228.6 x 22.8 mm
14.3 x 9 x 0.9 inches
363.4 x 238.5 x 17.9 mm
14.31 x 9.39 x 0.7 inches
Area 830 cm2 (128.7 inches2) 867 cm2 (134.4 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~80.8% ~77.4%
Side bezels 8.9 mm 9 mm
Colors Black Black, Silver, Gold, Blue, Pink
Transformer No No
Opening angle - 140°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Active
Vapor chamber No No
Number of fans 2 1
Noise level 45 dB 39 dB

Display

Size 15.6 inches 15.6 inches
Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 141 ppi 100 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:9 16:9
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels 1366 x 768 pixels
HDR support No No
Touchscreen No No
Coating Matte Matte
Display tests
Contrast 1007:1 -
sRGB color space 54.2% -
Adobe RGB profile 37.3% -
DCI-P3 color gamut 36.1% -
Response time 36 ms -
Max. brightness
300 nits

Battery

Capacity
Full charging time 2:00 hr 2:00 hr
Battery type Li-Ion Li-Ion
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery - No
Charging port position Left Left
Charge power 135 W 45 W
Weigh of AC adapter 460 grams 260 grams

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 2.1 GHz 2.0 GHz
Turbo frequency 4 GHz 3.5 GHz
Cores 6 2
Threads 12 4
L3 Cache 8 MB 4 MB
Integrated GPU Radeon RX Vega 7 Intel UHD Graphics Xe G4 48 EUs
Fabrication process 7 nm 10 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 50 W -
Type Dedicated Dedicated
Fabrication process 12 nm 12 nm
GPU base clock 1380 MHz -
GPU boost clock 1560 MHz -
FLOPS 3.195 TFLOPS 2.822 TFLOPS
Memory size 4 GB 2 GB
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus 128 bit 64 bit
Memory speed ~12 Gbps ~8-10 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 1024 896
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 64 56
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 32 32
GPU performance
3.195 TFLOPS
2.822 TFLOPS

RAM

RAM size
Channels 2x4 GB 2x4 GB
Clock 3200 MHz 3200 MHz
Type DDR4 DDR4
Upgradable Yes Yes
Total slots 2 1
Max. ram size 16 GB 16 GB

Storage

Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x) PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x)
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x512 GB 1x128 GB
Upgradable Yes Yes
Total slots 1 1
NVMe Yes Yes

Sound

Audio chip - Intel Tiger Lake-U/Y PCH-LP
Speakers 2.0 2.0
Dolby Atmos No No
Loudness 67.9 dB 68.7 dB
Microphones 2 2

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6 v6
Bluetooth v5.1 v5
Fingerprint No No
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 720
Ports
USB-A 3x USB 3.2 3x USB 3.2
USB Type-C 1x USB 3.2 1x USB 3.2
Thunderbolt No No
HDMI 1x HDMI 1.4 1x HDMI 1.4
DisplayPort No No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) Yes Yes
SD card reader No No
Proprietary charging port Yes Yes

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1.2 mm -
Touchpad
Size 11.0 x 8.0 cm 10.6 x 7.8 cm
Surface Plastic Plastic
Windows Precision Yes Yes
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can be different depending on the laptop’s particular configuration or region.

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Comments

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Computer amateur 31 December 2022 03:04
My good old Acer Aspire lasted over 11 years of almost daily use until it finally cracked open at the side because of overheating. That's why I would rather choose the Aspire 7, because apparently, it has a much better cooling system and also a better battery. But I'm just a computer amateur trying to find the right laptop... Trying to find a proper new one to replace the old one has been incredibly difficult and stressful. It has actually made me really start to HATE computers and their greedy manufacturers... They definitely don't make them like they used to! No more DVD/CD drives built right into the laptop. No, nowadays you have to get a separate DVD player. Removing the DVD drive should have lowered laptop prices considerably but instead, they're now more expensive. It's ridiculous! You're basically paying more money for a product that is less useful. And then pay even more extra money for something that used to be included in almost every laptop y default. The quality of these new computers is amazingly bad considering that they're supposedly "improved" versions and ridiculously expensive too. My old laptop had everything I needed since I don't play any computer games but need a DVD/CD drive. And it cost much less too...These days you can only get a laptop without a DVD drive and they start to fall apart much sooner because they're all made of plastic without a proper cooling system. I guess the manufacturers are just interested in easy money these days instead of making quality products for reasonable prices... Computers and their software manufacturers have way too much control over our lives anyway. Unfortunately, nowadays you need a computer for every mundane thing. And Microsoft and its monopoly position in the world currently is a very disturbing phenomenon...It is somewhat comforting to think that probably fifty years from now all this will be ancient history and hopefully people will have found more humane ways to spend most of their precious time, money, and energy than obsessing over computers and their specs!
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Guest 25 December 2021 03:56
How about battery life duration? I'm asking for both aspire 5 and 7 too.
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