After two years of countless photo and video editing projects from Perfect Renders, financial quotations and proposals from PRULife, playing games and watching anime with my Acer Aspire V3-471G, it’s finally time to say goodbye to my old buddy and say hello to the all-new Acer Aspire E5-571G-759V!
Despite the fact that an upgrade wasn’t really necessary on my end (I could have still carried on with work with the old laptop0, but an opportunity opened up when my dad needed to upgrade his. So I sold my V3 to him for cheap and just added the needed cash to get the E5. The upgrade wasn’t really big a jump in terms of specs and performance, but I needed the larger screen for my editing. A crampy working space is a sucky working space. I guess the next-generation processor and graphics card are also a plus, even if only a little.
Who’s The Seller / Supplier?
I’m against buying gadgets in malls, that’s a fact. Long story short- they’re just a lot more expensive with all the overhead, rental and extended warranty costs added to them. That’s why I prefer to go with trusted online sellers and specialty shops. If you know where to find these types, you can’t go wrong with them.
In this case, I found a certain Chester’s Gadgets by Chester Lim on TipidPC selling the E5 a lot cheaper than most sellers. I did my homework: checked out his positive and negative ratings on the site, his profile, the works. After he checked out fine, I set a meeting with him the next day at Glorietta, Makati.
Sure, dealing with online sellers can be cheaper, but you’ll also be treading on thin ice. One mishap can turn the transaction to a disaster, and either party won’t be able to run to the police since it’s an unofficial and private transaction. That’s why you have to be careful.
I met with Chester around lunch time the next day, and he was very hospitable. As the laptop only had a one week-replacement warranty, he made sure every nook and corner of the E5’s hardware and software were tried and tested properly. He began with the hardware- he showed me every side with care, indicating there were no bumps or scratches and that the gadget has never been tampered with. After trying the charger we turned on the laptop and he guided me in testing the apps, USB ports, DVD drive, everything! He’s so enthusiastic in testing the product by the end of the day you won’t have anything to complain about.
The only thing that might put off a buyer is that the box was already opened prior our meeting- this is standard safety procedure for them and the buyer because they want to check themselves the product first before delivering it. He mentioned there was this instance before where the product was delivered direct from the supplier, unopened, and when they did open it in front of the buyer, the laptop had a cracked screen. In that situation, it will be hard to determine where the crack occurred- leaving the supplier skeptical, in which there’s a good chance they won’t entertain the incident anymore. Bad business for both right?
Acer Aspire E5-571G-759V Specifications
|Operating System||Windows 8.1|
Processor & Chipset
|Processor Type||Core i7|
|Processor Speed||2 GHz|
|Standard Memory||8 GB|
|Maximum Memory||16 GB|
|Memory Technology||DDR3L SDRAM|
|Number of Total Memory Slots||2|
|Memory Card Reader||Yes|
|Memory Card Supported||Secure Digital (SD) Card|
|Hard Drive Capacity||1 TB|
|Optical Drive Type||DVD-Writer|
Display & Graphics
|Screen Size||39.6 cm (15.6″)|
|Display Screen Type||Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Graphics Controller Manufacturer||NVIDIA|
|Graphics Controller Model||GeForce 840M|
|Graphics Memory Capacity||Up to 2 GB|
|Graphics Memory Accessibility||Dedicated|
Network & Communication
|Wireless LAN Standard||IEEE 802.11b/g/n|
|Ethernet Technology||Gigabit Ethernet|
|Finger Print Reader||No|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Total Number of USB Ports||3|
|Operating System||Windows 8.1|
|Operating System Architecture||64-bit|
|Pointing Device Type||TouchPad|
|Number of Cells||6-cell|
|Battery Chemistry||Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)|
|Battery Capacity||2500 mAh|
|Maximum Power Supply Wattage||65 W|
|Height (Front)||25.30 mm|
|Height (Rear)||30.30 mm|
|Weight (Approximate)||2.50 kg|
Post-Comments After Usage
It’s been three months now since I got the E5, and from that time span I was able to do a couple of photo and video projects with it already. Compared to my old V3, video rendering is faster and definitely much more comfortable due to the bigger work space. I can also play FFXIV smoothly with maximum graphics settings (which lags badly on the old one.) It’s not constant 60-70fps on maximum settings at all times, but it’s not a P60,000 laptop, either.
I also love the fact that the system boots very fast. Just a few seconds after turning the on button, boom! You’re at your desktop already. It’s thinner, lighter, and it also comes with a genuine Windows 8.1 so you can download all the updates you want, anytime! (I’ve already installed Windows 10 though.) If there’s one downside for me, it’s the laptop not having a mic-in port. It has a universal mic, but what’s bad about that is that it can hear everything, unlike when you have a dedicated mic plugged in. But oh well. Those are just minute details.
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed yet another nerdy article from me. If you have any questions or inquiries related to this topic or any topic discussed in my site, feel free to comment below!