Acer Aspire 7 Laptop Review and Benchmarks bast laptop review 2020

 The Acer Aspire 7 laptop features an Intel

quad core CPU and Nvidia 1050Ti graphics,

so let’s put it through its paces and find

out what it’s capable of.

" Acer Aspire 7 laptop "


Let’s start with the specs of this unit,

I’ve got the slightly older 7th gen model

here but it’s also available with newer

8th gen CPUs too. There’s an Intel i7-7700HQ

quad core CPU which can turbo to 3.8GHz in

single core workloads. In my unit there’s


32GB of DDR4 memory running at 2,400MHz in

dual channel, the maximum the two slots support.

For storage there’s a 512GB M.2 SATA SSD

and no hard drive, but there’s a 2.5 inch

drive bay for expansion. For the graphics

there’s an Nvidia 1050Ti 4GB, which powers


the 15.6 inch 1080p 60Hz IPS panel, and we’ll

see how this performs soon in the benchmarks.

For the network connectivity there’s an

ethernet port, support for 802.11ac WiFi and

Bluetooth.

The interior of the laptop is a matte black

brushed metal, and we’ve got the same effect


on the lid with the Acer logo in the center

featuring a mirrored finish. Overall the laptop

felt nice, no sharp edges and solid build

quality.

The dimensions of the laptop are 38.1cm in

width, 26.2cm in depth, and 2.4cm in height,

about average for a 15 inch laptop.

The weight is listed as 2.4kg on the Acer

website and I found mine to weigh about 100g


under this, probably because mine’s missing

the hard drive. With the 135 watt power brick

and cable for charging, the total weight increases

to 2.8kg, so not too heavy.

As mentioned the screen is a 15.6 inch 60Hz

1080p IPS panel, no G-Sync available here.

I found the viewing angles to be really good,

images are still perfectly clear even on sharp


angles and the screen bends back a full 180

degrees. The screen gets bright enough, at

100% brightness I measured it at 274 nits.

I’ve also measured the current colour gamut

using the Spyder 5 Pro, and my results returned

61% of sRGB, 44% of NTSC and 46% of AdobeRGB,

so perfectly fine for gaming and office work

for instance, but for colour accurate work

like photo and video editing you might want

to look elsewhere.


I’ve performed my usual backlight bleed

test on the display, which involves having

the laptop show a black screen in a dark room

to help emphasize any bleeding. I then take

a long exposure photo to display any bleed,

so this is a worst case scenario test. There

was a little noticeable bleed, particularly

on the bottom left and top right, but this

will of course vary between laptops.

While moving the display there was minimal

flex, it felt quite solid as it’s got that


metal exterior with the hinges out towards

the corners. It can’t be opened up with

one finger, demonstrating that there’s more

weight towards the back and we’ll see this

when we open it up.

Above the display in the center is a 720p

camera.

The camera looks pretty blurry, even with

decent lighting. The microphone doesn’t

sound great either, fairly average, but you’ll

be able to judge both for yourself.

The keyboard has white backlighting which

can only be turned on or off, no brightness

adjustments or RGB here.


Overall the keyboard was alright to type with,

some of the keys are a little cramped along

the top as there are a few function keys but

it wasn’t a big deal, otherwise the small

arrow keys were my only other dislike.

There was just a little keyboard flex while

pushing down fairly hard, overall it felt

quite solid and this wasn’t an issue while

typing normally. The keys felt a little clicky


while typing, here’s how they sound to try

and give you an idea.

The touchpad was smooth to the touch and has

a fingerprint scanner in the top left corner,

I had no issues using either.

Moving onto the I/O on the left there’s

a Kensington lock, ethernet port, USB 3.1

Gen1 Type-C port, no Thunderbolt support here

unfortunately, HDMI port, USB 3.0 Type-A port,

and SD card slot.


On the right there’s a 3.5mm audio combo

jack, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, status LEDs

and the power input.

On the back there’s just an air exhaust

vent towards the side, while there’s nothing

at all on the front.

Fingerprints show up quite easily on both

the lid and interior, and they can be a little


difficult to clean once dirt gets into the

grooves.

Underneath there's some rubber feet which

do a decent job of preventing the laptop from

sliding around while in use, as well as some

air intake vents towards the back.

The two speakers are found towards the front

corners on the left and right sides. They

sounded pretty good for laptop speakers, quite

clear even at higher volumes but not really

any bass.


There’s also two panels that can be removed

with a single screw, giving you easy access

to the 2.5 inch drive bay and memory.

The rest can be accessed easily using a phillips

head screwdriver, giving us further access

to the WiFi card and single M.2 slot.

Powering the laptop is a 4 cell 48 Watt hour

battery, and with a full charge and just watching

YouTube videos with the screen on half brightness

and keyboard lighting off, I was able to use


it for 4 hours and 14 minutes, not bad. The

Intel integrated graphics were in use during

this test thanks to Nvidia Optimus.

While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings

and Nvidia’s battery boost set to 30 FPS

the battery lasted for 51 minutes, about what

I expected for a battery of this size with

this hardware. Overall I’d consider the

battery life to be alright, nothing super


amazing but should be enough in most cases.

Thermal testing was completed with an ambient

room temperature of 18 degrees celcius, it’s

getting cold here as winter has just started,

so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer

environment. Also remember that the CPU and

GPU share heatpipes, so a change in temperature

of one component will affect the other.


At idle both the CPU and GPU were quite cool

at around 40 degrees celsius. While playing

PUBG at high settings we can see that the

temperatures rose a bit as shown in green.

After applying a -0.150v undervolt to the

CPU we were able to drop the temperatures

back a little.

The full load stress tests were run using

Aida64 and the Heaven benchmark at the same

time, and we actually see the temperatures

of the CPU rise with the undervolt applied,

as shown in purple, but this’ll make sense

in a second.

These are the average clock speeds while running

the same tests for the temperatures just shown,


so although the temperature goes up with the

undervolt applied on the stress tests, so

does the clock speed. I was seeing both power

limit and thermal throttling prior to the

undervolt, despite the temperature being higher

while undervolted it’s more stable and not

going any higher, whereas without the undervolt

it actually spiked to 93c briefly before throttling

back. As for gaming it made no real difference,

we’re almost getting the full 3.4GHz all


core speed of the 7700HQ with or without undervolting,

but this will of course vary based on the

game.

Just briefly I want to mention there was no

issues with a CPU only stress test, we’re

getting the full 3.4GHz all core speeds even

without undervolting, so we only seem to reach

thermal and power limits with a combined CPU

and GPU load.

As for the external temperatures where you’ll

actually be putting your hands, at idle the


body of the laptop got into the high 20s in

the center. While gaming this increases to

around 40 degrees celsius, about the same

as with the stress tests running, so not really

that hot.

As for the fan noise produced by the laptop,

I’ll let you have a listen to some of these

tests.

At idle it was basically silent, and it was

still fairly quite even while gaming, not


changing much under stress test. I’ll also

note that there was no noticeable coil whine

while testing in my unit.

Finally let’s take a look at some benchmarks,

we’ll first cover some real world gaming

benchmarks followed by tests with various

benchmarking tools. All tests were run at

1080p with the latest Nvidia drivers and Windows updates to date installed.

Fortnite played well at high settings or below,

it was still playable at epic but just felt


a little more sluggish, just remember that

this game is difficult to benchmark as frame

rates will vary based on what’s going on

in game and what other players are doing.

Overwatch was tested playing with the bots,

even at epic settings it ran quite smoothly,

no issues at all, but again performance will

vary based on things such as the specific

map and what others are doing.

CS:GO was running alright, definitely playable

as it runs on just about everything, the 1%


lows dip down quite a lot due to the smokes

in this specific test.

I thought PUBG played pretty well at medium

settings or below, higher settings were playable

but not a great experience, and of course

take the results with a grain of salt, as

like Fortnite it will depend on what’s going

on in the game, so the results can vary quite

a bit.

I’ve tested Farcry 5 with the built in benchmark,

definitely still playable at lower settings

on the 1050Ti.


Assassin’s Creed Origins was also tested

with the built in benchmark and the results

were similar, lower frame rates but the 1%

lows aren’t too far behind, again easily

playable at lower settings.

Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the built

in benchmark and even the 1% lows at ultra

are above the refresh rate of the display,

so it’s running pretty well here regardless

of setting level used.

Testing Battlefield 1 in the first campaign

mission we can just about average 60 FPS even

at ultra settings, and it was still quite

smooth as shown by the 1% lows which aren’t

too far behind.


The witcher 3 doesn’t really need a high

frame rate to play, however it wasn’t great

at ultra settings, perfectly fine at high

or lower though.

Rise of the tomb raider was tested with the

built in benchmark, and we’re able to average

above the refresh rate of the display at medium

settings or below.

Ghost recon is a resource intensive game,

and was again tested with the built in benchmark.


Pretty terrible at max settings as expected,

but definitely playable at the lower levels.

Watchdogs 2 is another resource intensive

game, but is another that I personally think

doesn’t need a high frame rate to play.

I thought it played perfectly fine at high

settings.

Now onto the benchmarking tools, I’ve tested

Heaven, Valley, and Superposition from Unigine,


as well as Firestrike, Timespy, and VRMark

from 3DMark, just pause the video if you want

a detailed look at these results.

As we’ve seen we’re getting some pretty

decent gaming results here, the 1050Ti is

perfectly adequate in many less demanding

games, and still gives an acceptable experience

in higher end AAA games at lower settings.

As for overclocking, the 7700HQ CPU can’t

be overclocked, but I was able to increase


the GPU core clock of the 1050Ti by 175MHz.

These are the average clock speeds while running

the Heaven benchmark with and without the

overclock applied. With both CPU undervolting

and GPU overclocking applied we get a small

boost in games, I’ve retested PUBG and we’re

getting just over a 6% improvement at ultra

settings.

In Crystal Disk Mark the 512GB M.2 SATA SSD

was performing fairly well, over 500MB/s in


sequential reads and around 430MB/s in sequential

writes. I’ve tested the SD slot with a V90

rated card, so the card shouldn’t be the

bottleneck, and we’re getting alright results

compared to most other laptops I’ve tested.

As for the price I haven’t been able to

find much information, as it’s a slightly

older 7th generation model and the new 8th

gen version of the Aspire is already out.


The closest I’ve been able to find is the

same model but with 1050 graphics, so it will

perform a fair bit less in games compared

to what I’ve shown here, but that one goes

for around $700 USD and has far less memory.

In any case there appear to be some pretty

good discounts on the 7th gen models, and

as we’ve seen it still performs quite well,

I’ll update the link in the video description

if I can find correct pricing.

So what did you guys think of the Acer Aspire

7 laptop? Overall I thought it was a fairly


nice machine, definitely still capable of

gaming as you’ve seen but with a classier

design compared to your typical black and

red shooting RGB lasers gaming laptop.

Let me know what you guys thought down in

the comments, and leave a like to let me know

if you found the review useful. Thank you.


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