If you are looking for a budget laptop, then this Acer Aspire ES1-572-31XL should be top in your list. Why? because within the Ultra budget range, this laptop manages to fit an Intel Core i3 processor.
Now, there are many other laptops in this price range. However, most of them either feature an Intel Pentium or a low end AMD processor.
Unfortunately, those processor are lacking even for the most basics of tasks. Therefore, for anyone who is remotely serious about work like a beginner programmer should at least invest in a Core i3 processor.
Let us explore this laptop further in this Acer Aspire ES1-572-31XL review.
This Acer says I am all about business and by that I mean it’s not going to astound anyone by its look.
With a 15.6 inch screen on an all black body this model is not going to win any beauty contest. With a matte finish the design is quite basic made for someone who doesn’t want to stand out when they are handling their business. Weighing 4 pounds, Acer only deviates from black for the keyboard letters and it’s brand logo.
That type of dedication to a motif is cool in one way because it stands out by being so plain in a world of multicolored designs. Many of the input’s are on the back which might be inconvenient to people used to them on the sides.
Being an ultra budget laptop, your expectations from Acer Aspire ES1-572-31XL should be fair. You cannot expect this laptop to function like Acer Aspire VX5-591G-75RM or any other high end laptop.
This is a basic laptop built for light tasks. If you are beginner developer, programmer or even a beginner designer, then this is a perfect laptop.
I would say the hardware configuration for this laptop is fit for any student.
This model runs an Intel i3 6300-U processor with the U series being known for efficiency over performance. Despite that, we still have a nice 2.3 Ghz dual core processor that can go toe-to-toe with some of the lower end i5 processors.
Here we have the little engine that doesn’t have crazy power or speed but it shouldn’t disappoint anyone willing to quell their expectations. With a 3 mb cache Acer has created a good low end machine.
With an integrated Intel HD 520 video card don’t expect to impress your friends with high speed graphics.
This will run fine with lower end games such as league of legends but with the cards limitations along with the other specs on this model you won’t be able to run many high end games even at their lowest settings.
This Acer is not recommended for any type of graphics work but can still handle some simple applications. In a nutshell, we have a machine that will do well until it reaches programs made for hardcore enthusiasts or professionals where the ground gets shaky.
Listed with only 4 gigabytes of DDR3L RAM lets you know that this isn’t the fastest computer you’ll ever use. Most laptops have moved on to DDR4L by now.
With that said the only major difference between 3L and 4 is the 3L has a lower voltage requirement so it’s more efficient and therefore doesn’t run as hot. Most people won’t be able to notice the difference however since it is only 4 gigabytes of RAM it will still experience some slow down depending on what you are doing.
It should be fine for the basics such as web surfing and word processing though. You can add more RAM should you need, but for basic work, this should suffice.
Acer did not skimp on the hard drive. As I said earlier, this model is all about business so they packed in a large 1 terabyte hard drive. This ensures that you will be able to store all your files for a long time making this a great laptop for someone who works on the go.
It’s a classic hard drive so it will cut into your speed and battery life a bit but shouldn’t be too much of an issue with the U series processor. This hard drive is perfect for someone who want’s to store plenty of songs and movies to keep them entertained between work projects.
Here we have a 15.6 in full HD LED lit screen. Pretty standard for most laptops till you get to the higher end so their shouldn’t be many problems here.
The max resolution is only 1366 x 768 which is fine for most people. Applications are a nice size at that resolution on a 15.6 inch screen. Watch out when using this computer in high sunlight because it is pretty reflective and you might struggle a bit to find the right brightness level.
It’s clear Acer looked around the block at it’s competitors when it made this model because it has just about everything you would expect. We have one 3.0 USB and two 2.0 ports with the 3.0 being located on the back of the model.
The RJ45 LAN connection is also located on the back. This model has a decent 8x DVD RW burning optical drive which should average around fifteen minutes to burn a CD with 80 minutes of music. A media card reader and webcam are also included.
Their is also an HDMI input for connection with other electronics. Acer adopted a just enough philosophy for this model.
Value for Money
This is by no means a perfect laptop and might require a bit of tinkering by someone who knows about computers before you will be really happy with it.
It runs kind of slow out of the box but with little upgrades like adding some RAM and maybe switching over to a SSD we have a really nice well performing computer.
However as it is at $299 dollars, this model will still suffice for anyone who just wants to do the simple things like web surfing, spreadsheets, and video watching.
The highlight of this laptop is the fact that it has a core i3 processor at an Ultra-budget range.
The value is there for anyone on a budget who will be happy with a laptop for basic activities before any upgrades. Just don’t expect a super hero when your paying for a repair man.
Acer Aspire ES1-572-31XL Review Conclusion
I hope you don’t get too angry with me using the word business again because that’s what this laptop is for a business on a budget. Upgrades are required if you want to operate at a high speed.
Though that shouldn’t matter much if you only plan to use it to write up documents, write beginner level codes, and watch movies. The ports on the back might be weird for some and hard to reach but anyone used to using a desktop shouldn’t mind too much.
This is especially true if you are working from a desk. All your cords will look less junky than most laptops with side ports. It’s a plain yet somehow unique laptop where you get exactly what you pay for in terms of efficiency on a budget with a lot of space.