Admittedly, this probably isn’t the first port of call if you’re looking for a laptop that can do a bit of this and a bit of that. Something that is powerful enough for casual gaming but maintains a controlled thickness throughout. But it doesn’t require you to pay to some organ listed for a mortgage. Can’t think of anything? We don’t blame you. The Pavilion HP 15 is there, but what’s next.
Acer is answering the call of many potential laptop buyers (or so it seems). The Aspire 7 is priced at ₹62,990 for this specific version we have experienced, running an Intel Core i5-1240P processor, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX1650 graphics and a 15.6-inch Full HD display. These specs aren’t the most powerful, especially topping 8GB of RAM and that optional graphics card. Just entering the casual gaming space, but don’t expect too much.
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The good thing is, the RAM can be upgraded up to 32GB. And if any such specification is on sale when you’re looking to buy this laptop (the Aspire A71S-51G is being tested to be specific), there can also be the option to pay a bit more for graphics Nvidia RTX3050Ti. Call it fragmentation or call it choice.
The biggest attraction of this laptop was the 15.6-inch display (we’ll call it the reason you chose this over the HP Pavilion 14 Plus, for example). It’s hard to hide the thick bezels around this screen, especially the rather wide chin. It’s an IPS screen, and the native resolution is Full HD. A few more pixels wouldn’t be completely out of place. There is a good crispness to the written word being visible. But the colors aren’t exactly the richest and there are points in the brightness scale where they look distinctly “washed out”.
There are two utilities that you need to look out for – Bluelight Shield and Color Intelligence. These can be found in an app called Acer Quick Access. Mind you, the latter is still disabled when the Acer Aspire 7 is running on battery. That is worrying, to say the least.
If there is one thing that the Acer Aspire 7 does well, it has to be consistency of performance. This processor, together with 8GB of RAM and a fairly fast SSD, never struggles to cope with normal multitasking work tasks and carelessly opened dozens of documents. During this time, he also remains relatively quiet. One of the reasons is that the keyboard is acting as an air intake vent, which allows better circulation inside the laptop.
We also preferred to keep this in the “Quiet” cooling mode when working on documents, and it served the needs of peace. Switch to Normal or Performance modes, and things get a little better with a laptop.
You need to deal with the issue of preloaded app clutter; we lovingly call this bloatware. We’re sure complaining (it’s a revenue stream for laptop makers and app developers) won’t change. But do you really want Agoda, ExpressVPN, Forge of Empires, PowerDirector, Spades and Spotify, all preloaded on your shiny new laptop?
This particular configuration, for gaming, will only do the basics. If it’s a graphically heavy game, you’ll need to tone down the effects. And be sure to be ready for the fans whirring in action quickly enough, and continuously, to keep the innards cool-ish. We don’t think this particular configuration allows us to comment on the Acer Aspire 7 as a machine for gaming or intensive multitasking, in the larger scheme of things.
We have to say that the Aspire 7 is well built. It’s all plastic throughout (the cover is aluminum; pictured above) but it’s well put together. The cover moves a bit if you rough it, but that’s unnatural usage behavior anyway. The keyboard deck doesn’t sag when pushed in and stays pretty cool too – that means the insulation is in good shape.
It is difficult to understand that the Acer Aspire 7, at least the configuration we tested, is incredible. The potential is there, but many of the touch points and experiences are just “will do”. That includes battery life, which we hoped would be better. This laptop lasts just under 8 hours on a single charge, when the display brightness is kept at around 40% throughout. You may not want to leave the power brick at home.
For more than ₹60,000 of your money, no worries about the Acer Aspire 7 showing rough edges or feeling underpowered. But the thing is, it doesn’t seem to go all the way with what should definitely feel like an excellent experience. A certain charm and finesse is missing. And that is hard to digest.