Acer Aspire E1 Review
Acer’s Aspire E1-531 promises a big 15.6-inch screen for little money. With an Intel Pentium processor and 4 GB of working memory, the elegant giant wants to prove that it can be more than just a workplace or a portable home cinema. It might just be a real bargain considering a purchase price of merely 387$.
Design and Build Quality
The 571 has a glossy black exterior with a dual tone silver and crystallized black finish in its open state. Not many models at this price tag have a superlative finish and feel to it, and the 571 gets brownie points for that. There’s no metal in the construction but that doesn’t take away from the aesthetic feel of the notebook. The area below the keyboard is smooth and facilitates typing with ample arm-rest space. We would have loved it if the crystallized matte finish would have extended around the display and the exterior as well.
The E1-571 has a 15.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and a webcam on top. The bottom chassis consists of a speaker grill above the full-sized keyboard which comes with a numpad too. The keys seem a little cramped though. The keyboard also has dedicated Pound and Dollar keys located just above the directional keys. The power button is located next to the speaker grill. On the left, we have the adapter slot, a Gigabit Ethernet port, the heat sink, a VGA port, an HDMI slot, a USB 2.0 port and the mic and headphone slots. The right houses the DVD writer, the Kensington lock and two USB 2.0 ports. The 571 comes with a removable
The E1 is powered by an Intel Core i3 – 2350M processor running a clock speed of 2.3GHz, which is a tad faster than the Core i3 2330M processor found on most other entry-level notebooks. Graphics and video are taken care of by Intel’s HD 3000 integrated graphics solution, which is good enough for very basic gaming and HD video playback. The notebook has 2GB of RAM a sufficiently large 500 GB hard drive.