Should I buy the Acer Aspire 5 A1515-43?

Had your eye on the Acer Aspire 5 A1515-43 laptop. Well, then this guide is your perfect resource in deciding if it is right for you

Acer Aspire 5 A1515-43
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If you've been thinking of picking up an Acer Aspire 5 A1515-43 laptop, then this is a great destination to figure out if the system is the correct one for you. Here at T3 we've broken down this system in to easy to digest sections, covering everything from its hardware and screen, to features, ports and who should buy it in our opinion.

For a full look at this line, head to our Acer Aspire 5 review, which covers the A514-52-582Y model. 

Should I buy the Acer Aspire 5 A1515-43? 

If you’re looking for a powerful Windows 10 laptop that won’t break the bank, Acer’s Aspire 5 range may be for you. The A1515-43 is currently available in a deal for £549 that gives you six months of Spotify Premium and the option to add Microsoft Office for £70 less than Microsoft usually charges.

How fast is the Acer Aspire 5 A1515-43? What processor does it have?

The Acer Aspire 5 A1515-43 is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 processor, which is AMD’s equivalent of Intel’s Core i5 range, and it’s fast enough for even very demanding tasks such as video editing or gaming. There’s an even faster version powered by a Ryzen 7, which is equivalent to a Core i7; unless you’re a power user we think the Ryzen 5 will do just fine.

The Acer’s processor is quad-core running at up to 3.7GHz, and it comes with 8GB of fast DDR4 memory. That’s expandable to 16MB. Storage is a fast, 256GB SSD with near-instant access: it’s much faster than a traditional hard disk.

What kind of display does the Acer Aspire 5 A1515-43 have? What’s the design like?

The Acer is thin and light and good-looking in a None More Black kind of way, and it opens to reveal a sharp 15.6” display delivering Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080p. That’s backed up with Acer’s TrueHarmony stereo speakers, which can tweak the sound for improved audio clarity in movies or streaming video.

What ports and Wi-Fi does the Acer Aspire 5 A1515-43 have?

There are plenty of ports here: twin USB 20, one USB-C, HDMI for video, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a headphone jack. Wireless options include Bluetooth 4.1 and speedy, dual-band AC Wi-Fi.

If you’re a serious photographer you might mourn the absence of an SD card slot; chances are you’ll fill the 256GB of SSD storage fairly quickly too.

Who should buy the Acer Aspire 5 A1515-43?

The Aspire 5 is a really good all-rounder that’s light enough to lug around all day and big and powerful enough that you won’t feel cramped or frustrated when you’re using it for serious work. It’s a well specified business or family PC that’s fast and easy to upgrade.

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Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series; her memoir, Carrie Kills A Man, was shortlisted for the British Book Awards. When she’s not scribbling, Carrie is the singer in Glaswegian rock band Unquiet Mind (unquietmindmusic).