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Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
To make the choice easier, we have judged this Acer EX215 according to what you are going to do with it.
This article will help you make the right choice according to your needs.
EX215 compatible with internet use?
Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
That’s the direction taken by Acer with this EX215.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Material that seem to be well-designed.
The screen is quite large, with 15.6 inches. Not necessarily easy to carry around. With a processor AMD A4-9120E, Acer offers an already outdated technology. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. So certainly, with this laptop you have enough resources for internet surfing and word processing, but you may have to change it in less than 5 years. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 4 Gb of memory. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Your computer will work better and longer.
For hard drive sizing, Acer decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Last point concerning the autonomy of 5 hours: A time of freedom that you will have to take into account and keep the power kit not too far away. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the EX215 is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
Is EX215 one for watching movies and listening to music ?
This EX215 is an interesting option for anyone who uses laptops to view movies, photos, or listen to music. The model has sufficient basic equipment for this purpose.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
The laptop from .Acer is imposing by its size. Large by size, with 15.6 inches and a high resolution of 1920×1080. Because of its wide screen, it is perfectly designed for watching movies. The rendering is bright and vivid, and if you take a moment to look at the screen from several angles you will see that there is no distortion of the image or inverted colors.
Note that one eliminatory criteria for some nomadic users is its weight; here this model weighs 1.9 kg, partly because of the screen size.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. This results in poorer quality in environments with intermediate to low light levels. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
For the sound part, the EX215 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Even if the use of this laptop does not require the latest generation of processor, be aware that it AMD A4-9120E is now outdated. The result will be higher electricity consumption and less quiet than in recent generations. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
With AMD Radeon R3, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 4 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Speaking of connectivity, this laptop provides 3 ports.It’s better than the competition. Plenty of room to connect your mouse, speakers and other USB keys.
It EX215 is one of the worst endowed laptops on the market. Indeed, with 5 hours of autonomy, it is one of the worst specifications. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. Therefore, it is best to use this computer constantly plugged into an outlet, without worrying about battery life.
The EX215 to use while travelling.
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes EX215 to be easily carried around. At least that’s what we find out a priori. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Forget about vacations and commuting.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this EX215 of 1.9 Kg. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On the other hand, it is also pleasant to use it to surf the internet or write e-mails. For 15.6 inches, on the other hand, it allows you to have a clear display when you want to browse the internet or write e-mails.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not really necessary.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. The viewing is up to the mark.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
Too bad for the processor AMD A4-9120E that equips this computer; it is one of the weakest of the moment and moreoverit consumes too much power.
Note that like all manufacturers, Acer is optimistic about the autonomy of this EX215. Furthermore, these figures reflect an estimate of Acer; the reality is closer to 70% of this value.
With 5 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who will need more space, this EX215 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
When it comes to traveling, you’ll probably think twice before you take that computer with you. And the only times you’ll have to carry it will be between the bus or train and your hotel room. The reason for this is its size; with 15.6 inches, it is one of the largest laptops of the moment.
The connector part is very interesting, with 3 inputs available. Convenient for travelling when you will need it, it ranks among those with the most.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Finally with the EX215, Acer deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
EX215 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
If your main professional activity is not audio or video editing, but you are looking for a laptop that can meet this need for your hobbies, then this EX215 is the right choice. Thanks to its processor and its RAM, it accepts multitasking without flinching. This is below what dedicated computers do for professional use, but a good level for those who need it.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor AMD A4-9120E that is almost obsolete. The general design is now too old to consider this type of use in a pro version.
Even if this corresponds to quality components, Acer made the choice to put only one SSD. The advantage is the speed of starting and execution, but the disadvantage is the shorter lifetime of the disk. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
With 5 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. It’s not much, and it’s best to let it plugged in while you’re editing audio or video. Maybe the next model will be better off.
For the connector part, the EX215has the USB3 format. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
A quality product, designed by Acer with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode. It will also do very well for word processing or web browsing when you need it. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.
The EX215- the right model to play with?
Most manufacturers are aware that the use of laptops is not limited to word processing and spreadsheets. And this EX215 is one of the average laptops you can play with. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. After our analysis, it appears that use in game mode generates processor overheating and degradations in terms of images and colors. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Since Acer has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Possibly, the display will be less degraded if you are playing old games, requiring fewer resources.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this EX215 an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 256 Gb drive. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
For Wi-Fi technology, Acer decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
As far as space requirements are concerned, this computer weighs 1.9 Kg and is 15.6 inches sized; it is in the average range of other laptops.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with 5 hours available.
In conclusion, it EX215 is good when used for local games or online games, although other competing models may be preferred in the same price range. Good for games, but also for many other uses.
EX215 the right choice for office automation ?
Although this does not affect the majority of users, it is important to know the OS of this hardware. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. Perfectly office oriented, this EX215 is efficient.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It is equipped with Windows 10.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. In short, an average laptop with 1.9 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
About storage, this model has average space . It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In short, it EX215 is perfectly suited for word processing and spreadsheet use. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
EX215 the right choice for the right use
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The EX215′ is average but will do the job very well.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– travel use
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– office tasks