Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch Full HD Notebook (Intel Core i3-7100U Processor 7th Generation , 4GB DDR4,  1TB 5400RPM Hard Drive,  Intel HD Graphics 620, Windows 10 Home), Obsidian Black

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 15.6-Inch Full HD Notebook (Intel Core i3-7100U Processor 7th Generation , 4GB DDR4, 1TB 5400RPM Hard Drive, Intel HD Graphics 620, Windows 10 Home), Obsidian Black
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Price: $349.99 Details

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Average customer review:
(4.0 stars, based on 863 reviews)

Product Details

  • Sales Rank: #12 in Personal Computers
  • Color: Obsidian Black
  • Brand: Acer
  • Model: E5-575-33BM
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 1.19" h x 15.02" w x 10.20" l, 5.27 pounds
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 4GB DDR4 SDRAM
  • Hard Disk: 1000GB
  • Graphics: Integrated
  • Processors: 1
  • Battery type: Lithium Ion
  • Display size: 15.6

Features

  • 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U Processor (2.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
  • 15.6" Full HD Widescreen ComfyView LED-backlit Display supporting Acer ColorBlast technology
  • 4GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB 5400RPM HDD
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Up to 12-hours Battery Life

Acer Aspire E5-575-33BM comes with these high level specs: 7th Generation Intel Core i3-7100U Processor (2.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache), Windows 10 Home, 15.6" Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit Display, Intel HD Graphics 620, 4GB DDR4 Memory, 1TB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM), 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive (M-DISC enabled), Secure Digital (SD) card reader, High Definition Audio Support, 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet, Built-In HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR), 1 - USB 3.1 (Type C) port, 2 - USB 3.0 Ports (One with Power-off Charging), 1 - USB 2.0 Port, 1 - HDMI Port with HDCP support, 6-cell Li-ion Battery (2800 mAh), Up to 12-hours Battery Life, 5.27 lbs. | 2.39 kg (system unit only) (NX.GG5AA.005)


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1931 of 1974 people found the following review helpful.
5There is NO BETTER VALUE in laptops....Period!! I stake my 20 hours of research on it! ACER killed it with this one!
By Honest
Let me paint a picture:My background is in purchasing, I am a research nerd. I used to spend in excess of 50 million a year for the largest retailer of its kind in my industry, I am obsessive when comparing details and am even more obsessed with getting every last ounce of value for my money. I am not the most tech savvy person you will ever meet, but I believe I am above average, and I also believe I am a realistic person with regards to my expectations. This is a fantastic laptop for the majority of people, I do not intend to do heavy gaming or run heavy/complex programs. This laptop is like the F-150 of laptops (sorry Chevy fans) , yes some people need an F-250 or even F-350 for towing/hauling, but for most people an F-150 is all they will ever need.

With that said, I spent about 20 working hours comparing over 400 laptops (nerd) from all major brands, and looked at over 300 deals(super nerd) offered on laptops by all major retailers on both black friday and cyber monday. I chose this laptop for $329 on cyber monday, and although it was only $20 off, versus others that were $200 or more off, this was still the most computer for the money.

Here is why to buy this laptop:
1) Newest Kaby Lake generation 7 Intel processor, low 15 watt usage and great speed for the price. Runs quiet and cool.

2) DDR4 ram, again the latest and greatest, also happens to be the cheapest ram available. Ram prices have an inverse relationship to normal consumer priced goods. Most things cost more when new, but because PC components become obsolete so quickly, when ram is first introduced this is the product being currently manufactured, which in turn means supply can easily exceed demand, which means lower prices. Once ram is no longer being actively manufactured the supply dries up and prices increase. Also ram can EASILY be added to this laptop, takes less than 5 minutes and costs exactly $24.99 for the best available, here is the link to the 4GB stick I added: https://www.amazon.com/Ballistix-16GBx2-PC4-19200-SODIMM-260-Pin/dp/B01DGOF6GE?th=1
***Additional note about ram, I chose to purchase an additional stick of 4gb rather than a 8gb or 16gb. There is a phenomenon known as "dual channel" with regards to ram, the concept is that if you have 2 like sticks of ram (they need to match in a few tech specs), in the exact same size, ie: 2 sticks of 4gb of ram, your pc will be able to access both sticks of ram at the same time. If you have 2 mismatched sticks, like a 4gb and an 8gb, then the pc will access only 1 at a time. Therefore after talking to a computer genius friend of mine and doing about an hours research on this specific application, my best guess is that the extra money on the 8gb stick of ram would be a waste, two 4gb sticks of dual channel ram will out perform a 4gb and 8gb stick together for most applications. Also please note that for 99% of users 8gb of ram total is plenty. My personal opinion of adding more than 8gb of ram to this specific laptop would be like putting the most expensive Z rated tires on your honda accord, yes the tires might be rated for 200mph, but will you ever utilize it? If you do want to have more than 8gb of ram total, I would recommend purchasing 2 identical sticks of 8gb or 16gb ram to utilize dual channel.

3) Full 1080 HD LED back lit (vs LCD) Screen, pretty much unheard of for this price. LED backlit biggest advantage is it uses less energy, thus better battery life. Also has a matte finish screen, I prefer the look of a glossy screen (good for a desktop in a controlled lighting environment), but because laptops travel with you to different places, you often times have reflection problems with a glossy screen.

4) Battery life, best battery life you can get for anywhere close to 3x the cost of this pc. Please know that 12 hours is in best case scenario, meaning lowest screen brightness, and NOT playing videos or games or other CPU intensive tasks. Based on my first week of use I feel comfortable planning on a solid 7 to 10 hours of normal use. Please note that the battery is not easily removed, as one reviewer put, "let your future self worry about that". ****Note on battery, ACER has a specific process for breaking in your battery. If you do not follow it you WILL limit its potential. If you are too lazy to find the manual online here is my summary of what they say: Charge laptop to full (charge light turns to blue) before you ever turn it on. Then leave the laptop plugged in while the computer updates, it will not update and boot up the first time without being plugged in. As soon as updates are completed unplug the laptop and use the PC until the battery is almost dead. Then charge it to full and immediately unplug and discharge to near empty. Do this cycle a total of 3 times to condition your battery for its best longevity.

5) Back LIT keyboard, there is no other laptop back of $800 that offers a backlit keyboard that I could find. This means the keys light up when one is pushed, you will absolutely love this feature if you have never had it. Also the keys are crisp but very easy to use, I love them.

6) Easily upgrade-able. I will briefly touch on this, because other reviews have done a fine job of addressing it. Basically to turn this PC from great to ridiculously amazing do 2 things. The first is add ram (although mine operated for almost a week very well on the stock 4GB). The second is add a SSD or Solid State Hard Drive. To make a long story short the motherboard for this PC has 2 spots for a hard drive, the SATA and the m.2. The 1TB stock hard drive is installed on the sata slot. That means the m.2 slot is open. You can either purchase a traditional sata SSD and replace the existing hard drive, or purchase a m.2 SSD and have 2 hard drives. The latter is the option I chose, I am placing the operating system and programs on the SSD because it is much quicker, and I will place files (Photos, games, music, movies) on the stock drive. ***If you decide to pull the stock hard drive, you can purchase a usb case for it and turn it into an external hard drive that connects via usb cable.

7) Newest AC wifi technology for fastest speeds

8) All the other tech stuff you want like usb 3, hdmi, CD RW drive, blah blah blah.

9) Fit and finish is excellent. Speakers are also stupid good for this price range.

Reason's to not buy:
1) You need more of a workhorse PC
2) You print money in your basement and don't care about value
3) You don't like Henry Fords philosophy of "you can have any color you like as long as it is black", because this PC only comes in the 1 color.

Conclusion: Sometimes, and much more rarely than you would think, a manufacturer actually listens to customers and gives them everything they want at a great price. This laptop is a unicorn in the fact that it has ALL SOLID FEATURES, with 2 potentially weak spots for some users (ram and hard drive). But these are easily upgraded, and the truth is (regardless of what tech nerds might argue), 4gb of ram, and the included hard drive are more than adequate for the majority of users. The only real question you have to ask yourself is do you have the patience to wait, or will you pony up for 1 day shipping?

707 of 743 people found the following review helpful.
5This is a great all around laptop if you are trying to find ...
By Amazon-er
This is a great all around laptop if you are trying to find something in the budget range, under $350.

At the time of this review, there are no i3 7th gen 2.4GHz laptops that offer 1TB hard drives, 32GB max memory, or 1920 x 1080 screens. Other things that I found on this model that are not on similarly priced units are RJ-45 ports (most units are wireless only), Dual-Band 2.4GHz & 5GHz wi-fi capable, or have backlit keyboards.

Few models in this price range have built in optical drives, 3.1 USB port, SD reader, or battery life claims of up to 12hrs like this Acer E575 Sig Ed laptop.

The computer does have a plastic feel to it, but no stranger than the plastic feel of an LG4 or Samsung Galaxy phone. Carrying the laptop, it feels sleek and solid. Accessing the RAM or HD is as simple as unscrewing a panel under the laptop.

Honestly, I do not know how the computer runs with 4GB RAM, because I bought a 16GB stick of RAM and now have 20GB. That and the usual "How Can I make Windows 10 run faster" tweaks make this laptop very responsive and meet my daughter's personal and academic needs.

The last laptop I bought her was in 2006, an HP HDX-18t CoreDuo 1.8GHZ Vista laptop. It lasted 10 years, up to her senior year in HS, and just died. It cost about 3x more, had 2hrs battery life, and weighed 6+lbs. With college coming next fall, I needed something to meet her needs and my budget. Her current uses for this laptop are web surfing, Netflix/Youtube binge watching, Internet Radio, Skyping, heavy Excel sheets (+50 pages & calculations or more), Matlab, SPSS Statistics 20 for Windows.

Although this is a budget laptop, it does not stick out in appearance or performance when she's studying with friends that have expensive Apple laptops or higher end notebooks. It isn't a gaming laptop, but she does run BlueStacks to play some Android games.

You've got to be crazy to pass on this laptop if the main selling point for you is having 1yr MS Office or not, like I have read in other reviews. Libre Office is free and the hardware is a good value. Maybe later this year or next year (it's Oct 2016), competitors will come out with more comparative offerings, but if you need a notebook >now< , this is your best bet.

Two criticisms my daughter does have about this model, is 1) the palm rest (area below the keyboard) attracts fingerprints and is showing some wear. Would be nice it it were textured like the exterior of the laptop.2) If the RJ-45 port cover could flex, retract, or hinge more. It's a very tight fit and feels like the port cover will snap in two, every time it is pushed down.

Hope this review helps people who don't have much to spend, thanks Acer for putting good value in the market!

245 of 264 people found the following review helpful.
3So far so good. A lot of laptop for the price, but some technical quirks mean you need to research it a bit first.
By Johnboy69
This is just "First Impressions" review, as I just got the laptop yesterday. That said, I will speak at length about the value of this computer.

As with any new Windows 10 installation, the Acer required quite a bit of time before it was ready for use. After answering a few questions (pay special attention to the security and privacy options), I had to wait for a slew of updates. While not unexpected, during this process the laptop was essentially unusable. After many updates and about six restarts over the course of a couple hours, it was good to go.

One of the first things I noticed about the way it ran was the fact that was at or near 100% HD utilization much of the time. That means it was constantly accessing the HD. This, by the way, was after the updates were done. Part of this was due to Windows indexing the drive, part was due to the fact that Windows 10 isn't always great at dynamically creating the Virtual RAM swap space. After I changed it (4096 minimum, 8192 maximum) in the Advanced System Settings, it started working quite smoothly. I've ordered another stick of RAM to double what it already has, so that will also help.

While waiting for the updates, I checked it out physically. The screen, at the very top edge, has a seam between the front and back panel. That seam is almost big enough to get a fingernail in there, and it's sharp enough to scrape me when I run my hand across it. That's a bit concerning, but not at all different from my last mid-price laptop (an HP DV6 from about four years ago). It speaks to the fit and finish of the unit, though, and I'm concerned that it will eventually turn from a seam into a gap. The last thing I want to have to do is tape my new laptop.

Also, I noticed the USB port on the right side of the unit will shock me if I touch it. That's an issue I've seen on phones and laptops before. Often, this is due to a short, but sometimes it's just the way the port was designed. I don't like that, and will be examining it further.

The trackpad is one of those that doesn't have separate buttons, but instead allows you to push it in to "left click". It also has the areas on the bottom of the trackpad for left-button and right-button operations. While it works quite well, I prefer having separate buttons. Of course, I knew by the pictures that this would be the case, so it's not a surprise.

The keyboard is fine. It's backlit in a way, but the backlighting seems a little bit like an afterthought. The backlighting does time-out if you're not using the keyboard for a minute or so. Be prepared for that, as the backlight will come back on the moment you start typing again.

While I planned on installing an SSD in the M.2 slot, I noticed that (like others) the slot didn't come with a standoff and a screw to hold the SSD drive in place. There is a little plastic cover over the chip that's underneath the slot, and the screw-holes are present in the motherboard, so it's likely that the motherboard manufacturer anticipated the slot to be used. That said, without the screw and the standoff, Acer seems to be saying they'd rather not have us use it. Once I can find the screw type (looks like an M2.5x4mm with a .45mm pitch), I'll likely grab what I need and order an SSD.

The memory is, according to Acer's own comments, supposed to be a DDR4 2133. It's not. It's a Kingston DDR4 2400. As such, if I were you and I were thinking about adding another stick, I'd wait until I saw the memory it came with. It's really easy to see - it's printed on a sticker on the RAM. If you're not sure how to check it, jump on YouTube - there are a few videos showing people installing additional RAM. Why is this important? When adding RAM, while it's not necessary to get the same size and speed of RAM, it's actually really helpful. Two 4GB sticks of the same type will function more efficiently than one 8GB stick, due to the multichannel nature of the chipset. That only works if both sticks are functionally the same. Yes, that includes speed. No, that doesn't mean you have to get the same brand.

This leads me to my last point: Be aware of "cost creep". If you buy this at $349, spend another $24 on RAM and spend $79 on a 240MB SSD drive, you might be teetering close to the next level of laptop. Acer has a similar model with a seventh-gen i5-7200u, 8GB, and a 256GB SSD for $549 right now. That's $200 more, with a faster CPU, the same 8GB you want, the same SSD you want, and it also comes with a moderately better GPU for games (NVidia 940MX). Compare that, at $549 (or its competition) vs this one at $452. The difference isn't so big, is it? Yes, this one would still have the 1 TB 2.5" HD in it, so it's not an apples-to-apples comparison, but it's something you might want to consider.

One more thing, before I forget: The battery is not removable. You'd have to crack open the case and likely void the warranty to remove it.

Even with all that, if you're looking for a laptop that's short on price and long on features, this is likely a smart pick. The adage of "You get what you pay for" still applies, but we're now getting a lot more than ever before for this price.

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