15.6″ Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU FHD Laptop via Amazon
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU (NX.G2XAA.001) as part of the new E series is a 15.6 inch modern laptop with high end technical specs like a Full HD display, dedicated NVIDIA 940M graphics card, up to 6 hours battery life thanks to the low energy usage of the latest generation Skylake dual core ultra low voltage Intel i5-6200U processor at 2.3GHz speed up to 2.8GHz with turbo boost and hyper-threading function for two cores to handle four threads in parallel, generous memory and hard drive: 8GB DDR3L SDRAM that will be plenty for most users and 1TB Serial ATA HDD as very large storage capacity at 5400rpm spindle speed (no SSD and the speed is standard but fast enough) and the latest version Windows 10 64-bit Home with brand new features and the familiar Win 7 like Start screen and system boots up fast. 15.6 inch LED-backlit FHD widescreen Comfy View non-touch display has the 1920×1080 pixel resolution and 16:9 image aspect ratio, and even the Acer BluelightSheld technology to reduce fatigue and eye strain with protection from blue light emissions. NVIDIA GeForce 940M is the graphics card with a dedicated 4GB VRAM and will let you play the latest games at regular HD resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and medium settings but if the games are very demanding you will need to lower the settings. There is also the built-in Intel HD 520 GPU with increased performance levels than the previous Broadwell and Haswell graphics cards.
September 2015 release Intel i5-6200U with a Passmark benchmark score of 3899 at the time of this review is able to handle regular multimedia and office tasks very smoothly without delays or freezing and much more demanding apps and multitasking, also helped with the generous 8GB memory. It doesn’t have a DVD Optical Drive but a variety of ports for your peripherals including Gigabit Ethernet LAN and RJ-45 connector, 802.11ac wireless with MU-MIMO technology for up to 3 times faster connection, Bluetooth 4.0 SD- Secure Digital Card Reader, an HDMI output with HDCP support, up to ten times faster 2 x USB 3.0 ports (one of them with power-off charging so you can charge your phone when laptop is asleep), a USB 2.0 port and an integrated decent quality HD webcam for Skype chats or to use for business videoconferencing. 4-cell lithium ion battery (2520 mAh) is not removable and offers up to 6 hours of battery life on average use. Cotton white Acer Aspire with stylish textured surface on the top cover and underneath the non-backlit keyboard that makes it nicer to hold and helps avoid scratches, has an attractive design and a smooth and clean look, weighs 5.29 pounds with dimensions of 10.1 x 15 x 1.1 inches- average weight and thickness. Acer True Harmony High-Performance Sound System and two integrated Acer TrueHarmony stereo speakers are good for rich sound with wide range bass, reduced distortion and high volume. Overall performance is very good for both daily and more demanding tasks, it is somewhat restricted by the mechanical hard drive and you can always get an SSD and the new Windows 10 helps it boot up fast but you will get a bit of bloatware you may want to remove. Specs are great the paper and reviews are generally positive.