The Acer Aspire VX15 is one of the most beautiful gaming laptops created in recent times, and it packs a wallop under the hood. Everything about this laptop is futuristic- from the sleek, angled faces on the back to the brushed aluminum finish and stylish display. It sports some really serious processing power for the price, and boasts a rather impressive battery life for such a powerful gaming laptop.
The 15.6” 1080p IPS panel does justice to the rest of the hardware, allowing you to enjoy the latest game titles in all their glory. Colors are vivid and accurate, while the contrast ratio and brightness seem perfect straight out of the box. Windows 10 Home 64-bit comes preinstalled, and the entire laptop weighs just 5.5 pounds with the battery pack included. Interested yet? Read on to learn more about this marvelous gaming laptop.
While deciding which gaming laptop to purchase, the first two things that you need to check are the processor and graphics unit. These two make up more than 50% of the cost of the entire laptop, and decide how well the laptop is going to perform in gaming as well as everyday tasks.
Fortunately for us, the Acer Aspire VX15 comes loaded with the best gaming laptop CPU in its price range- an Intel Core i7 7700HQ. This is a quad core, 8-thread, 7th generation mobile CPU from Intel. It runs at a base clock of 2.8 GHz and has a boost clock of 3.5 GHz, along with 6 MB of L3 cache to play with. The processor is powerful enough to run the latest and most demanding AAA titles with ease, but is also efficient enough to consume only as much power as it needs.
Whenever you are not gaming or not running any software that heavily tasks the system, it will go into economy mode and conserve power while also generating less heat. The TDP of this CPU is just 45 watts, for comparison your average desktop i5 processor has a TDP of more than 80 watts. Lower TDP means lower power consumption and less heat generation, so your laptop runs cooler and runs longer.
The graphics chip is a NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1050 Ti, it comes with 769 CUDA cores and runs at a base clock of 1290 MHz with the ability to boost beyond 1500 MHz if provided with appropriate cooling. The GDDR5 memory on this graphics processor runs at a speed of 7 Gbps on a 128-bit memory bus. It supports all of the NVIDIA exclusive technologies such as Simultaneous Multi Projection, ANSEL, G-SYNC, GameStream, and ShadowPlay.
With ShadowPlay you can record and stream your own gameplay. With GameStream you can play your PC games on the TV as well as on your NVIDIA Shield device. The GEFORCE GTX 1050 Ti is a highly efficient and very capable midrange graphics card that can run most modern games at high-very high settings with 60+ fps.
Design and Build Quality:
In terms of design, Acer has created something truly unique and beautiful. It looks like the hood of a sports car from the top, the rear looks like the exhaust of a Lamborghini supercar, and the display edges are cut inwards to provide a sharp and stylish look from the front. The hinge for the display is colored gray to provide a slight bit of a highlight, while the laptop itself is colored in a sporty black and red theme that catches the eye from a distance. The brushed aluminum finish on the back and around the keyboard gives this Acer gaming laptop a very premium feel and look.
The keyboard feels very tactile and highly responsive, even when you execute light keypresses. The touchpad is smooth and precise, with a couple of really large and tactile buttons for the left and right click. The laptop manages to stay surprisingly cool even after long gaming sessions, thanks to the dual exhaust fan system and a bunch of really large copper heat pipes under the hood.
These heat pipes transfer heat from the CPU and GPU to the exhaust fans with amazing speed and efficiency. There are smart thermal sensors on the chips as well as on the motherboard to detect chip temperature, the fans adjust their speed based on how hot or cool the chips are. This improves efficiency by conserving power, and also reduces noise emission.
Storage and Connectivity:
Equipped with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM at 2133 MHz and a 256 GB SATA III SSD, the Acer Aspire VX15 is ready to take on any challenge that you throw at it. Latest games? Not an issue. How about 3d rendering and modelling, along with some video encoding and game streaming? Well, 16 GB of RAM coupled with the Core i7 7700HQ deals with that really well.
Okay, so what if you are a bigtime Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom user? Well, guess what- a 256 GB SSD makes for a nice temporary workspace as well as an amazing installation drive for all your frequently used software and games. Booting up hardly takes 5-6 seconds, and the 16GB of RAM is enough to handle all the games, browser tabs, background programs, etc.
You have the option to upgrade the laptop with a HDD for mass storage, all you have to do is contact Acer support for your complimentary HDD upgrade kit that includes a 2.5” bracket along with a SATA power cable. Once you mount a 1 TB or 2TB HDD in this laptop, you can conveniently store all of your movies, games, photos, documents, and media in one place without the needs for external storage drives.
For wireless connectivity, the VX15 is equipped with an 802.11 AC WIFI card and Bluetooth 4.1, for those of you who prefer wires it also has a Gigabit ethernet controller and RJ45 port onboard. There are 2 USB 3.0 ports, a single USB Type C port, one USB 2.0 port, a HDMI 1.4 port, and 1280 x 720p webcam along with high quality microphones onboard for video chats and conferences. The 3-cell Lithium Ion battery (4605 mAH) provides over 6 hours of battery life with light-medium usage.
With one of the best keyboards at this price range and a truly gorgeous 1080p IPS panel, you will enjoy every second of gaming on the Acer VX15. Colors are sharp and accurate, while the iron red backlit gaming keyboard feels responsive and tactile to the touch.
Enjoy games such as Battlefield 1, GTA V, COD Infinite Warfare, Project Cars, Forza Horizon 3, DOOM, Metal Gear Solid 5, Far Cry Primal, etc. on maximum graphics and 60+ fps thanks to the power of the 4GB NVIDIA GTX 1050ti graphics card. The audio is also very crisp, it is designed in collaboration with Dolby Digital and features Acer TrueHarmony technology for realistic sound effects in games and powerful dialogue in movies.
Conclusion and Final Verdict:
To conclude, we must state that this is one of the few 15.6” gaming laptops on the market that provides such amazing value for price. It has everything you need, nothing that you don’t. The processor is the exact same model which is used in laptops costing twice as much, while the GTX 1050ti graphics chip is as efficient as it is powerful. There are no games that will not run at 60+ fps and high settings on this mean machine, and the futuristic design along with the sporty red + black color theme is sure to turn a few eyes towards your laptop. It is quite sleek and weighs just 5.5 pound with the battery, so you don’t have to worry about getting an accidental workout while carrying this laptop in your backpack.