Acer Aspire 5 review

A mid-range performing laptop, but lacks the full specs most creatives will need

Acer Aspire 5 laptop on a wooden surface
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

It’s hard to know who this laptop is targeted at. The price tag suggests that it’s for more serious workers who need a laptop that is able to move beyond the basics and deliver better performance. In an attempt to do this, Acer has gone for a higher-spec CPU, a good level of RAM, and a dedicated graphics card. All these things are great but none of them are good enough to meet the multi-tasking demands of creatives working on intensive photo tasks or video-editing. Serious creatives will be disappointed by the performance but less intensive users will be able to get an adequate laptop for less money.


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    Intel Core i7 processor

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    Large display

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    HDMI 2.1 8K


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    Poor benchmarks

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    No SD Card Reader built-in

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    Not an eye-catching design

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The Acer Aspire 5 is directly targeted at the top end of more affordable laptops. The mid-range priced model we are testing here bags you an Intel Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and a GeForce RTX 2050. These push the limits of what is possible with a budget to mid-range laptops but fall short of what is required for creatives with more demanding requirements for video editing, 3D editing, or more complex layering and compositing of photos. The 17-inch display is a highlight but it comes at the cost of being much less portable.

(Image credit: Future)

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Paul Hatton
Freelance tech writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.