Analysis of the Extensa 15 – AMD A4-9120C from Acer.

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Is the Extensa 15 for you?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.
From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.

Extensa 15 enough for internet use?

We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. With this Extensa 15, the company wanted to design a very basic model. Acer is a manufacturer that has been offering laptops for several years now, but for this laptop they have used lower quality components. In the end, it is a product that will make you think about changing it in less than 4 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 15.6 inches size. Unlike some competitors, this model does not have a touch screen. It’s not prohibitive, but you may find it Extensa 15 less easy to use when you’re on the go.
The materials used for the screen, keyboard and touchpad still seem to be of good quality. After all Acer, has accustomed us to design quality products, just like this model, which will serve you for a long time to come.
The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the AMD A4-9120C. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. 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. Very clearly, with only 8 Gb ofRAM, this laptop is not the best equipped model. It will be a very good idea to spend a few extra euros to upgrade your computer with an extra 2Gb or 4Gb. Your computer will work better and longer.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. By offering only 256 Gb, this Extensa 15 is one of the smallest in its category. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
Last point about the autonomy. the Extensa 15 can work 9 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.

Is Extensa 15 one for watching movies and listening to music ?

With this laptop, Acer offers a product oriented toward general use. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this Extensa 15 is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 15.6 inches, with a 1280×1080. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.9 kilogram.
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 readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
On the sound side, it Extensa 15 has good components: board and integrated 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 A4-9120C is now outdated. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
On the application side, Acer chose to let you do it. The operating system and that’s it. As a standard, you have some Windows 10 Professional on which it will be possible to add all the software you need. Clearly, to watch movies, nothing more.
Equipped with the AMD Radeon R3 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Acer didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. Indeed, it Extensa 15 has only 2 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
Nothing is more unpleasant than a computer that shuts down before the end of the film because of batteries of poor autonomy. With only a little autonomy, you don’t have a lot of time. 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.

Is Extensa 15 planned for travelling ?

It Extensa 15 is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Acer. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
With a weight of 1.9 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. With a 15.6 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
Unfortunately, it is not Extensa 15 equipped with a touch screen as standard models. If you’re only doing it with the mouse, don’t forget it in the satchel. The alternative could be the keyboard trackpad.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
CPU AMD A4-9120C power consumption is a bit high considering the performance of the laptop.
Also, the batteries hold the charge for a shorter time; probably the worst results in this range. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
With 9 hours, this model is unfortunately one of the weakest currently offered on laptops.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. The main advantage of this type of hard drive is that it contains fewer moving parts and is faster than standard drives.Thanks to this, Acer was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who will need more space, this Extensa 15 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. With a screen of 15.6 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
It Extensa 15 provides only 2 connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Finally with the Extensa 15, Acer deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.

The Extensa 15 to make audio or video editing. 

The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of Acer have thought of for this Extensa 15. This type of use requires power and memory, which this model lacks. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. So use this laptop for simple tasks, otherwise you’ll reach the limits and very often you’ll have frozen screens .
The software suite installed by default on this model provides the bare minimum to start working. You can always try to do video editing with the processor AMD A4-9120C. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
The designers of Acer have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
With 9 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. This is less than average, so we advise you to keep the power cable close by, otherwise you may lose your work unexpectedly. On this point Acer could have done much better.
For the connector part, the Extensa 15has the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
As you will have understood, it Extensa 15 proposes a rather basic oriented use. This also explains its price positioning below the laptops designed for this specific use.

The Extensa 15- the right model to play with?

It is now possible to use laptops for online or local gaming. With this Extensa 15, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. Clearly, Acer has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
Provided with a resolution of 1280×1080, this model is unfortunately much less equipped than its competitors. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Tests have shown the limitations of this laptop, including some image degradation and processor temperature rises. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
Not really designed for gaming, which leads to a display system that is a little behind the times Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
On the question of hard drive size, this model is not very good.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 256 Gb.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 1.9 Kg.
For autonomy, 9 hours, this model is worse than most other laptops.
In the end, we do not recommend this Extensa 15 for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. But it can be a good choice for office functions.

Extensa 15 the right choice for office automation ?

Not really designed for office use, Extensa 15 it’s still a good product. Here are the main reasons.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s Windows 10 Professional, last generation.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. No applications pre-installed, one would expect more from. Acer in this product line. Assuming that you will have to take this laptop to the office, on a trip, or any other travel, you will appreciate its weight. A weight of 1.9 Kg, which makes this computer one of the best in the lightest category.
Key spacing will be important for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
With only 256 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
In short, the Extensa 15 is an average choice. It would be more suitable for other, simpler uses, such as web browsing.

What about the Extensa 15 ?

This Extensa 15 will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. With an interesting price, it will be able to do the job if you know you’re going to change in 3/4 years.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks