Acer is pushing out a new notebook carrying the NVIDIA’s GeForce MX150 with Acer Aspire A615-51G. This performance-oriented 15.6-inch notebook, looking to hit the market around January 8th, features a 1920 x 1080 IPS display, a 128 GB or 256 GB solid state hard drive coupled with a 1 TB in the secondary slot, and ether a Kaby Lake-R i5-8250U or i7-8550U CPU in the premium model. Both versions come stock with 8 GB of RAM in a neat 20 mm thick metal package weighing just shy of 5 pounds. Lower end versions come in about $825 while the higher end models can top out around $1000.
The GeForce MX150 series of GPU clocks in around 1500 MHz and comes with 2 GB of GDDR5 making it fairly snappy for a mid-range laptop GPU. Without tweaks, it can run Destiny 2 on high to ultra settings at around 30 FPS, though performance suffers a bit in Assassin’s Creed Origins. Most modern gaming is perfectly playable, especially at the price point and in the smaller frame compared to the gargantuan monsters Alienware, ASUS, and Dell push out for gamers who crave a buttery smooth 60 FPS plus on ultra settings. So, if you are willing to sacrifice performance for size and price, it’s a good deal, especially if you are comfortable tweaking graphic settings in more upscale graphics intensive games.
For professionals, the package is pretty appealing. Rendering on the MX150 GPU is snappy for most graphics design work, and the solid state and 1TB hard drive combo is great for people who need to work on large files but also needs their professional software, whether it’s the Adobe Suite or otherwise, do not have a bottleneck when it comes to driving speed. There are plenty of other feature-rich options out there though, like the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 that is also a tablet with a really good touchscreen for detailed artistic work with the digipen, but for people who work in Windows and don’t want any gimmicks and just a hardnosed no thrills laptop with solid performance you can’t go wrong with what Acer will be offering soon.
Which what Acer is really gunning to compete against. It will entire into the race against laptops such as the Lenovo IdeaPad 510-15IKB, the Dell Inspiron 5000 series, and HP’s Pavillion 15 series. None of these laptops market themselves as for gamers or for hardcore professionals but put themselves at the premium end of consumer available laptops with solid GPUs. So you can game on them, and you can do a lot of work on them, but if you are a gamer that doesn’t care about portability you should probably stick to ASUS ROC machines or monster Alienware behemoths. Likewise many graphics professionals will likely want to try to stick with the Apple ecosystem where they can, but as much more slip away as the MacBook Pro line deviates away from professional needs, especially when it comes to ports, there is an opening market for PCs that aren’t flashy or sleek but instead just do the job.
And that’s what Acer is really pushing with the Acer Aspire A615-51G. It will do the job if your budget is under what it takes to get a rocking gaming specific computer or you want more portability, or if you are a video editor or graphic designer that is willing to break away from the Apple ecosystem, it will just work. Its sleek metal frame won’t turn heads, it won’t have cool LEDs, but it will have everything else you need to get into the game or into work if you in a mid-range budget, and it is priced just under its competition with an almost identical spec sheet.