Pros

  • Haswell-class CPU
  • Bright 15.6-inch display
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter

Cons

  • No touchscreen
  • Lots of flex in the chassis and lid
  • Just one USB 3.0 port

At A Glance

You’re not going to get everything in a 15.6-inch notebook priced less than $600. Acer made nearly all the right compromises to get to that price point.

Manufacturer’s Description

Get the power and useful features you value with the Aspire E Series. Solid performance, handy multimedia tools and convenient connectivity make daily computing an easy-going pleasure. This notebook's practical yet stylish design comes in 14.0" and 15.6" screen sizes -- pick the model that's just right for you.

Manufacturer’s Website

Acer Aspire E

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i5-4200U
Processor speed 1600.0 MHz
Number of Cores 2.0
Display
Display size 15.6 inches
Touchscreen No
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Graphics
Graphics Type Integrated
Primary Graphics Chipset Intel HD Graphics
Storage
Drive 1 size 500.0 GB
Drive 1 type Hard Disk Drive
Drive 1 speed 5400.0 RPM
General Information
UPC Code 887899129728
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • USB 2.0
  • USB 3.0
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless connection
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth
Memory
Memory size 4096.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1600.0 MHz
Dimensions
Width 15.0 inches
Depth 1.0 inches
Height 10.0 inches
Weight 4.6 pounds
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8 Home
Other Features
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam

Performance

Overall Performance
Worldbench Score 146.0
Worldbench Version 8.1
Battery
Battery Life 4:00   (hh:mm)
Start Up
Start Up 11.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Productivity
PCMark 7 Productivity Suite 1635.0   score (higher is better)
Web Browsing
Peacekeeper 2442.0   score (higher is better)
Storage Performance
PCMark 7 Storage Test 1515.0   score (higher is better)
File Compression 178.9   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 281.0   seconds (lower is better)
Image Editing - GPU Accelerated 354.4   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 193.0   seconds (lower is better)
Audio Encoding 288.6   seconds (lower is better)
Gaming
3DMark, Firestrike 582.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Cloud Gate 4078.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Ice Storm 15522.0   score (higher is better)
3DMark, Firestrike Extreme 275.0   score (higher is better)
Dirt Showdown, Low Quality, 1024x768 46.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Crysis 3, Ultra Quality, 1024x768 17.5   Frames per second (higher is better)
Bioshock Infinite, Low Quality, 1024x768 25.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Power Usage
Working power usage 2.2   Watt hours
Idle power usage 6.1   Watts