October 14, 2013
- Affordable price
- Comfortable keyboard
- Good overall performance
- Removable battery
- No keyboard backlighting
- No optical drive
- Below average battery life
The Acer Aspire E1-571-6870 is a budget laptop that offers the latest Intel Haswell CPU, a comfortable keyboard and removable battery. It does lack an optical drive, the display could be a little better and the battery life is short.
With the current trend being thin and lightweight laptops, the Acer Aspire E1-572 looks to be just that while being having a budget price too. The design of the Aspire E1 looks more like a mid-range laptop. It definitely doesn't have that budget look that we sometimes see. It has a silver Acer logo on the top and an all-black exterior. It weighs 4.5 pounds and measures 15 x 1.1 x 10.1-inches (whd), so it's very portable and can easily fit into a small carrying bag.
Despite the non-budget look, you get a different impression once your handle the laptop. The exterior is made of plastic and it has a lot of noticeable flex to it, especially if you put it up one-handed. The laptop's lid also has a lot of flex when you open it up, so don't be too rough with it.
The keyboard is maybe this laptop's best feature. It has an island-style layout with keys that offer a solid click. There's no noticeable flexing with the keyboard and in our experience, was extremely comfortable to use. For you number crunchers, there is a numeric keypad too. The one thing we wish it had was backlighting, so if that's a deal-breaker, you'll be disappointed.
The touch pad is centered under the space bar, which leaves you with almost zero palm rest space to the left of the pad. The touch pad works well, but the single click button at the bottom has a major dead spot in the middle, so you are forced to click on either of the two sides to get anything to work.
Acer gives you a 15.6-inch LCD display with a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution. It's a standard resolution for a laptop of this size, so nothing to complain about there. We do wish the display was brighter, especially since the display has a glossy coating. Viewing angles were good, however. There is no touch screen aspect to the display, which does force you to miss out on Windows 8's touch-friendly interface. Acer most likely left out this in order to keep the price down.
For connectivity, the Aspire E1-572 gives you one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, microphone/headphone jack, Ethernet and an SD card reader. You get both 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. We were surprised to see there is no optical drive despite there being a spacer for one on the side. There is a more expensive configuration with one if you need it.
Our review unit included a Haswell Intel Core i5-4200U (1.6GHz) CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive and integrated Intel 4400 graphics. With the new low-voltage Haswell fourth-generation CPUs, we have seen an increase in performance among these budget laptops. We didn't notice any slow downs during normal use. Some heavy multitasking combined with HD video streaming did result in some sluggish performance, but that's to be expected from a budget laptop.
Battery life, which should benefit from the latest low-voltage CPU, actually is below average for an ultraportable. We got just over 3-hours of life, which is more than an hour below the category average. We do like that the battery is removable, which is slowly becoming a thing of the past thanks to Apple.