Updated 28 Feb 2017

Acer

Aspire ES1-523-41EW

Snapshot: The Acer Aspire ES1-523-41EW laptop has a 15.6-inch screen. It has a AMD A4-7210GHz processor and 8GB RAM. How good is its display?

Aspire ES1-523-41EW
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$668

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Test results

Overall score
59
Design and use
?/10
Performance
?/10
Battery life
?/10
Display
?/10

Good points

  • OK design and use.
  • OK performance.
  • OK colours on the screen.
  • Some reflectance.
  • Good brightness and contrast.
  • OK video playback.
  • Good audio.
  • OK viewing angles.
  • Has a USB 3.0 port and an HDMI port.
  • Good Wi-Fi speed.
  • Access panel for RAM and storage upgrade.
  • Kyboard feels solid to type on.
  • Large trackpad.

But

  • Just OK battery life.
  • Front camera only.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Design and use (35%) includes status lights/indicators, connections, laptop design, general use as a laptop, overall style and mobility as well as evaluating its security, manual and recovery options (if provided). For hybrids we also test laptop-to-tablet conversion and general use as a tablet. We also assess the audio quality of the speaker.

Performance (25%) is assessed using 3 benchmark software tools to evaluate the laptop’s performance during a range of tasks as well as its storage capabilities.

Battery life (20%) looks at the battery consumption for both heavy and light usage. Heavy usage is defined as playing an HD-quality video on loop, with power management features set for maximum performance, screen brightness at 100% and connected to a network with WiFi. Light usage is daily tasks, such as browsing the internet and checking email.

Display (20%) includes colour accuracy, brightness, depth and contrast, vertical and horizontal angle of view and glare and surface reflections.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$668
Type
Standard
Full model number
Acer Aspire ES1-523-41EW
Body type
Clamshell

Specifications

Screen size (in)
15.6
HDD (GB)
1000
SSD (GB)
n/a
Available user space (GB)
891
RAM (GB)
8
Intel processor type
AMD A4-7210, 1.8
Cores
4
Processor model
AMD A4-7210, 1.8GHz
Video type
AMD Radeon R3
Video RAM (GB)
Shared
Native resolution
1366 x 768
Weight with / without keyboard (kg)
2.2
Weight of power supply (kg)
0.3
Size HxDxW (mm)
27 x 261 x 380
Trackpad size (mm)
106 x 78
Average heavy use battery life (Hours:Minutes)
2:22
Average light use battery life (Hours:Minutes)
6:11

Features

Operating System supplied
Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
Stylus included
n/a
Optical (DVD or CD) drive
Yes
USB 2.0 ports
2
USB 3.0 ports
1
USB-C ports
0
Thunderbolt port
n/a
Ethernet port
Yes
Headset port
Yes
Microphone port
n/a
Headphone / microphone port
No
HDMI
Yes
Mini DisplayPort
No
WiFi (GHz)
2.4 / 5
WiFi 802.11
ac/a/b/g/n
NFC
No
Memory card reader
Yes
Front camera
Yes
Rear camera
No
Backlit keyboard
No