Acer Aspire 5 A515-45-R74Z Slim Laptop | 15.6" Full HD IPS | AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Hexa-Core Mobile Processor | AMD Radeon Graphics | 8GB DDR4 | 256GB NVMe SSD | WiFi 6 | Backlit KB | Windows 11 Home

Regular price $789.32

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SKU: E-22391

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  • AMD Ryzen 5 5500U Hexa-Core Mobile Processor with AMD Radeon Graphics
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Display
  • 8GB DDR4 Onboard Memory and 256GB NVMe SSD
  • 1 - USB 3.2 (Type-C) Gen 1 port (up to 5 Gbps) | 2 - USB 3.2 Gen 1 Ports (one with Power-off Charging) | 1 - USB 2.0 Port | 1 - HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP support
  • Wi-Fi 6 | Backlit Keyboard | Up to 11 Hours Battery Life | Comes with Windows 11 Home

Product Attributes:

Attribute NameAttribute Value
Standing screen display size15.6 Inches
Max Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 Pixels
Processor4 GHz ryzen_5
Hard Drive256 GB SSD
Chipset BrandAMD
Card DescriptionIntegrated
Wireless TypeValues:
  1. Bluetooth

  2. 802.11ax
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports3
Average Battery Life (in hours)11 Hours
Date First AvailableDecember 26, 2021
AvailabilityIn Stock
Rating4 stars and up

Ratings & Reviews

Reviewed on July 31, 2022
Biggest case of buyers remorse in my life. Always bought HP with Intel hardware but figured with the reviews for this Acer Aspire 5 with AMD Ryzen 5 and Radeon graphics why not explore unfamiliar territory and see what the hype was about in the reviews. This Acer Aspire 5 for $489 Brand New shipped to the door I was astonished the laptop didn't come with an actual user manual. Was even more pissed that you can not setup and use this without first connecting to a WiFi network. For those who don't care about WiFi connections and just want a localized laptop with out brand manufacturers spying on you and gathering data your SOL. Wanted to read the user manual to see there if there was a way around this but for $489 you have to have the internet and download it. After I connected to the internet against my will the computer restarted and entered an error message that an error was encountered and it needed to restart. It did this twice with no luck just blue screens. It then went to diagnose repair screen attempting to diagnose the failure to start up with no luck only option was to shut down. After shutdown it actually loaded back up the and the very next screen was demanding to log in with a Microsoft account or sign up for one. Now there are ways around this with HP laptops. All you have to do is say no internet connection at 1st use and then you can sign in with a local account instead of logging in with a Microsoft account. For those who may not understand why this is an issue for some is when you login with a Microsoft account no matter what settings on privacy you think you can control you have zero privacy. Microsoft can see anything any everything you do on your laptop down to the keyboard typing and all activity. Oh well I know how to fix that later and I sign on with a Microsoft account. Finally get to windows and do what I always do download Firefox and Uninstall Microsoft edge. I restart the laptop to the same cycle of error loading operating system and attempt to diagnose that fails. Shut down the laptop and it loads again. Finally found out that anytime you restart the laptop whatsoever it cycles back to the same blue screens of error loading windows and diagnosing. Performed a factory restore back to complete factory settings so it was like the first time I opened the laptop up no difference. Still doing this cycle of device ran into problem gathering info, then diagnosing PC, PC cant be repaired, shut down, loads till the next time it restarts. Being upset is putting it mildly. I'm 38 and have been using computers and fixing them since I was 12, this is not a foreign language to me. This Acer Aspire 5 with AMD processor and graphics is total garbage. Brand new and it don't even work properly right out of the freakin box. I factory restored this thing 3 times and supposedly this wipes the hard drive completely and saves nothing but yet every time it re-installs it still has my name has the device owner. I started growing aggravated with HP but Acer is a complete joke. The display sucks also. Everything looks fine till you open a windows system or program property window then it's so blurry you think u have something in your eye, played with resolution and display settings and everything is clear and fine until you open a windows properties window and you can barely make out the letters. Same windows on my 3, 5 and 7 year old HP laptops zero issues but this brand new $500 Acer laptops display stops wanting to work properly over a properties window??? Who ever designed this model and it components and said yeah let's ship that out to the unexpected consumer needs banished from working in the information technology field. I wanted to get product support from Acer to address this issue but I couldn't even register this product through the preinstalled Acer Care Center software or their website, everytime I tried it gave me an error message and to try again later. So if you know a little about computers and want to fix a Brand New laptop yourself to get it to work properly I think you will be very pleased with the performance of this machine with the AMD components. UPDATE: Found the fix for above issues. Don't use the operating system or ghost recovery drive programmed into the laptop. Download windows media creation tool and perform a full wipe and installation using the USB flash drive on startup. The install will only load windows 10 but after 2-3 days windows update will automatically install windows 11. I used Driver Booster 9 to update all the drivers for the hardware which always works flawlessly, best part its free and fast and has 1 click upgrades for all drivers. After a bunch of headache and wasted time I'm pretty impressed and happy with the hardware components. I bench-marked and stress tested this PC to some remarkable results. Too bad it couldn't work properly right out of the box, someone at Acer really dropped the ball. What I like about this Acer Aspire A515 45 is that it has 2 memory slots and comes with 8GB preinstalled and is up-gradable to 32 GB. The Graphics card takes half of the preinstalled 8GB and dedicates it to graphics processing which is nice in a way but its a give and take. I had a 4GB card of DDR4 with a 2666MHz clock frequency and threw that in the unused memory slot. I was unsure how the PC would benchmark after this because the memory preinstalled was 3200MHz and that basically bottle necks the original memory card from 3200MHz down to 2666MHz but it still performed better than without it. Ideally you want to match the memory frequency with what is preinstalled to avoid this but like I said I had this 2666Mhz card already. In the near future I will match the preinstalled memory card with an after market 8GB DDR4 card with a 3200MHz frequency as well as matching the rank of the card (single rank/double rank) and all other specs. Ideally you want both slots to match down to the last detail including the memory capacity to prevent bottle necks between the processor and the motherboards ability to communicate with the memory. When I had the back off this the 2nd memory card slot was right there and accessibility but the original wasn’t visible so If you want to replace the original memory card it appears you have to remove the mother board and flip it over to get to the original used memory slot. While I was installing the added memory I scene that it has a space for an extra additional hard drive which is really great! I have a 500 GB Samsung 870 EVO SSD hard drive in one of my older HP laptops that will be going in this next. I thought I was gonna have to buy different brackets and sata cable to install the Samsung Evo SSD but they were included in the box with all the screws as well! If you buy a model with Intel products that stuff will be inside the laptop taped where the second hard drive goes. After setting up the additional Samsung hard drive so it was recognized by the laptop I used Samsung's "Magician" software to benchmark both drives and was astonished that the western digital SSD was 3 times faster than my Samsung EVO 870. My Samsung was doing almost 600MB a second read/speed and the WD was almost 2GB per second! My fastest laptop before this Acer was a HP Notebook 15 with an dual core Intel i3 processor. That HP ran me the same price as this Acer 2 years ago. It worked great but its a night and day difference between this Acer for multi tasking and for video and graphics capabilities. That HP didn’t have the extra bay for an additional hard drive either. I’m very pleased with this Acer after I removed the pre-installed operating system and software.
Reviewed on September 22, 2022
Purchased this laptop because I didn't want to use my gaming rig for work and other basic tasks. Build quality is far better than I expected at this price point. Sure, it would be great to have a solid aluminum case instead of just the top, but that is to be expected for the price. Took it apart as soon as it was delivered so I could add a 8gb ram stick and a second ssd. Installation was super easy. Kudos to acer for adding the ability to install a 2.5" hard drive with provided hardware. Not many other rigs at this price point that have a second drive option. You can also upgrade the nvme drive if you want to. Backlit keyboard is also a huge plus and it is the perfect brightness in my opinion. Keyboard is comfortable to type on and the addition of a 10 key is another bonus at this price point. Screen is nice and bright with no glare. Honestly a much better picture quality than I expected for a sub $500 laptop. It has all the ports you need to get the job done. 2x usb 3 1x usb 2 1x usbc "Out only unfortunately" You have to charge the laptop with included charger. Lan/Ethernet Headphone jack Performance is where this laptop really shines. I am dual booting the stock windows 11 and linux mint. Both run flawlessly and super fast. Hasn't slowed down at all with multiple apps and browser tabs running at once. Everything runs just as fast as my desktop gaming rig. Would't run any high end games on it of coarse since it is not built for that and has no deddicated video card. Pretty sure you could run minecraft or wow/diablo on lower settings. Battery life is also amazing. I am getting about 8 hours of usage before I plug the battery in at 30%. That is with full screen brightness, wifi and bluetooth enabled. It took 10 hours to completely drain the battery after the first charge. I would recommend this laptop to anyone that wants a solid rig at a great price for everything other than gaming. It is also very light for a full featured laptop, so it would be a great choice for school or business for someone that needs/wants to carry around a full sized laptop. I don't think you could find a better laptop for a student at this price.
Reviewed on September 11, 2022
I am Very please with the purchase the price with the upgrades come to around 600,easy to set up,does not come with bunch of software,it is simple and clean,works great, very light weight product is as described. i have 2 acers that are 12 yrs old,they were great,i also have lenovo G780 that's discontinued and to fix it would been more than new acer; so i replace 3 computers with one.i did not want to worry about lag or memory or freezing up. these are the upgrades i did, and boots up in 2 secs. i also bought a portable rechargeable mouse,i like it better than touch pad. also i bought a 2tb external drive to keep my personal info pictures,documents ext,computer recognized right away. i did a few upgrades. Add 32 gb RAM computer recognized it immediately now i have 40 bg Ram. i also installed 2TB hard drive,don't forget to initialize it.
Reviewed on September 11, 2022
I give it 5 stars because I can't imagine getting better bang for the buck. This is a $400 laptop that punches like a $1500 laptop, which is what it replaced. I am a dad, not a gamer, so I use it for dad stuff. Office 365, MS Teams, WebEx, Zoom, YouTube, Spotify, relatively low impact stuff. I don't need a CPU/GPU/RAM that make your toes curl. I need simple, functional and reliable, and that's what I got for *#@$&? $400. Heck yes.