For the laptop purchaser who wants to be able to play games without investing too much Acer looks you way in this model. A pretty good overall value that might take a few upgrades to really shine while offering enough to handle older games right out of the box. Acer takes everything you’d expect to see in a mid tier laptop and adds on the boon of a powerful Nvidia graphics card.
Some people like to use the saying black is beautiful and this laptop doesn’t disappoint in that regard. At first look it seems like all black everything but some creative design choices create model where that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The outside adopts a tightened grid design that reminds you of a nice pair of jeans oddly enough. Acer stay’s with the timeless appeal inside with a black wood grain motif that looks pretty good. Weighing in at 5.07 pounds with a 15.6 inch screen Acer has produced a very stylish product with rounded edges and recessed points of emphasis that stands out for a mid range model.
Acer chose to run with a intel i5 6th generation processor. The i5 6200U processor runs at 2.3 ghz with a possible boosted output of 2.8 ghz. A processor that straddles the middle of the line for mid ranged processors. A U series favoring power efficiency over performance we have a processor that can handle all of the basics very well. With only two cores it isn’t the best for multitasking but shouldn’t have many issues with simple programs like word processing and web surfing. When we turn on the games we still get a decent output that will do great with older games but will experience slow down if you try to push newer games past basic specs.
Here we have a powerful Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics card with 4 gigabytes of dedicated DDR5 RAM. This gives you graphics capabilities that far out weigh the average laptop models that use integrated cards. We have speed and performance in this card with the DDR5 RAM ensuring those superlatives since it won’t tax your processor for memory. This card will word great for older games allowing them to run at maximum graphics while also allowing you to play the more intensive recent games at decent specifications. Acer chose to make graphics a priority for this model leaving it at the higher end of mid range machines.
When Acer got to this box I believe they just quickly checked it off and moved along. What I mean by that is they chose to go with the industry standard for RAM. We have 8 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM for some pretty good speed. The DDR4 is more efficient than the older DDR3L with a lower voltage requirement allowing for less strain when performing at a high speed. With the other capabilities of this machine you might want to upgrade to really push your machine though 8 gigs is entirely serviceable for most applications. So don’t expect super fast speed but few people will be disappointed with this models speed at it’s price.
Acer chose to go with a 1 terabyte 5400 rpm SATA hard drive focusing on maximum storage space over speed and efficiency. You might miss the speed and battery life that a solid state drive could provide but you will not lack for space. Perfect for storing tons of videos without worrying about space for documents. You will be able to adopt a download and forget mentality with this hard drive if that suits your fancy. I usually prefer a solid state drive for all of the abilities they provide but this hard drive will do well if having enough space for your video library is your major concern.
Deciding not to skimp on screen features we have a nice adjustable 15.6 inch full HD screen on this model. With a 16:9 ratio and a maximum resolution 1920 x 1080 we have very crisp visuals. The Acer Exacolor provides a superior range of colors great for anyone involved in graphics design. Acer lines out the screens features with its Comfy View display. The BlueLight Shield helps damper blue light emissions which will reduce eye stress for extended viewing.
This model is loaded with all the additional features the modern consumer needs. We have 4 USB ports two 2.0’s one ten times faster 3.0 and even one of the newer 3.1 type C ports. One of the 3.0’s can even be used for off power charging. A full HD webcam with dynamic range. We have a 802.11 ac wifi card for up to 5 ghz speeds. 4.1 Bluetooth capabilities along with a gigabit ethernet drive for LAN connectivity. Two built in speakers with Acer TruHarmony technology. Rounding everything out we also have a SD card reader and HDMI port to a packed list of added features. The one major thing missing is a CD/DVD drive.
Value for Money
Theres not too much to shake a stick at with this model which is pretty nice. Acer has provided a pretty good mid range laptop that seems to out perform it’s $549.99 price line when compared to other models. The only thing we are really missing is an optical drive which is fine because people hardly use cds anymore. The video card is the main outlier in this model as it’s very rare to find such a nice card in a mid range laptop that is actually priced towards the lower end of what I would call mid range.
Acer Aspire F 15 Review Conclusion
I would expect this model to cost around $700 dollars but it is pleasantly much cheaper which should be a hint for this conclusion. This is a great model for any gamer who doesn’t want to break the bank for a decent gaming laptop. Every part of this model is pretty respectable even the design choices at this price range. I would probably recommend switching over to a SSD if possible but other than that issues are hard to find. Throw that on along with maybe a bit of RAM and for a few upgrades we have a machine that outperforms most of it’s competitors at a nice price.