The Aspire 5 is a mid-range laptop that gets overlooked. People tend to focus on premium machines with high-performance parts or budget options that are good for basic tasks, but mid-range systems like this one offer the ideal balance of price and performance.
There are a few configurations of this laptop, starting at just $400 with an Intel chip. We tested a higher-end model with an i5-7200U (or Kaby Lake) processor, which is a seventh-generation dual-core CPU that offers decent performance for everyday tasks and light gaming.
This Aspire 5 also comes with a large 15.6-inch Full HD1 display with IPS technology for rich colors and accurate details. Acer Color Intelligence automatically adjusts screen gamma and saturation in real time to deliver crisp, true-to-life images. The audio quality is pretty good, too, thanks to Acer TrueHarmony technology.
As for ports, this Aspire 5 has two USB 2.0 ports and a USB-C port on the right side along with an Ethernet jack and a SD memory card slot. You can also add a wireless mouse or keyboard with the built-in Bluetooth(R) 4.4.2 connectivity.
The bottom-firing speakers are shrill and bass-free, but they're loud enough for most tasks. Sitting in the top bezel is a 720p webcam that captures blotchy, washed-out video that's passable for casual video chats.