The Bottom Line
Apr 1 2013 - The Acer Aspire E1 may be appealing to some that are on a tight budget but the Aspire E1-571-6659 just sacrifices a few too many features that it makes for a less than desirable choice. In particular, the storage on the system is smaller than systems just slightly more affordable than it and it lacks USB 3.0 for use with high speed external peripherals with storage. The machine is fine enough for those that might not be able to afford more but if you can spend just $50 or $100 more, there are better options even from Acer.
- Functional Design
- Lacks USB 3.0 Ports
- Smaller Hard Drive
- Intel Core i3-2328M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Burner
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) Display With VGA Webcam
- Intel HD Graphics 3000 Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n
- Three USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 15" x 10" x 1.3" @ 5.4 lbs.
- Windows 8
Review - Acer Aspire E1-571-6659
Apr 1 2013 - Acer's Aspire E1 is a new lineup of low cost laptops that falls below their typical Aspire V3 series in price. Mind you it isn't much of a price difference but it is something that will likely attract buyers. In terms of appearance, it is nearly identical with similar dimensions and layout as the Aspire V3 such that if there were side by side they would be hard to distinguish other than some slightly difference colors.
The first way that Acer makes the Aspire E1-571-6659 more affordable is to use a second generation Intel Core processor rather than the latest Ivy Bridge versions. This turns out to be an Intel Core i3-2328M dual core processor. For most tasks, this is just fine but it does have a few drawbacks compared to the third generation chips particularly in power usage and being restricted to slightly slower memory. It comes with 4GB of memory which is typical of most budget systems and can be upgraded to 8GB if you don't mind removing the existing memory and replacing it. It will be just for the average user that will be browsing the web, watching media and using a few productivity applications.
The next area where the Aspire E1-571-6659 is more affordable is through the storage system. While many systems use a 500GB hard drive, Acer has elected to use a smaller 320GB drive that provides it with roughly thirty percent less storage space than the typical competing machine. This wouldn't be so bad now that many systems have options for high speed peripheral ports but this laptop only features UBS 2.0 ports rather than the much faster USB 3.0 ports. This makes expanding it through external storage much slower than its competition. The system still features a dual layer DVD burner for those that want to playback and record to either CD or DVD media.
The display for the Acer Aspire E1-571-6659 is the same 15.6-inch one that was seen in previous Aspire V3 laptops. It features your typical TN technology based panels with a modest 1366x768 resolution that is beginning to seem awful low compared to many tablets these days. Color and contrast are decent but viewing angles are limited as is common for most laptops in this price range. The graphic are handled by the Intel HD Graphics 3000 that are built into the Core i3 processor. This is a bit slower than the new HD Graphics 4000 are really aren't suitable at all for 3D applications like gaming even at a casual level. It does offer acceleration of video encoding via Quick Sync but does fall short of the same performance offered by the new Intel graphics.
Since it uses the same basic design as the Aspire V3, the E1 uses the same six cell battery pack with a 48WHr rated capacity. In digital video playback testing, this resulted in just under four hours of running time before going into standby mode. This puts it in the middle of the pack for the features and battery size. It is a bit better than the Aspire V3-571G I looked at last August but it still falls short of what some of the ultrabook styled laptops can achive such as the HP Envy Sleekbook 6 with its five and a half hours of running time.
Priced at $450, the Acer Aspire E1-571-6659 is a tough laptop to recommend. In just lacks a few too many features that make it less than optimal choice. For just $50 more, you can get more storage, a newer processor and better peripheral ports. This includes even the Acer Aspire V3-551G which is just a bit more expensive, has the same overall feel but more features. Dell's new Inspiron 15 is more affordable, has more features and offers a more recent processor.