Acer is one of the most popular names in the Indian laptop market. Year after year they have launched some sturdy, good looking and high-performing laptops in the sooq. The latest to come off the supply chain of the maker is Acer Aspire 7 2021 model, which they handed over to us for an evaluation. We spent some days and nights with the machine working and watching our favourite Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar shows on it. This is our review of the Acer Aspire 7 (2021).
Acer Aspire 7 review: Design and Display
Out of the box, you do not get an oomph factor from the Acer Aspire 7, as it has basic looks with a pinch modern outlook. It comes across as this laptop is built for your productivity needs but has lots more to offer. Dressed in charcoal grey you will find the Acer logo on the top of the lid with Aspire written on the silver, back spine.
Open it and you are greeted by a large full QWERTY with NUM pad keyboard and medium-sized trackpad. Which, by the way, is multi-touch/gesture ready. The large 15.6-inch (FHD IPS) display can be swivelled to 180 degrees and does not feel flimsy. The screen to body ratio is about 82% and you do get an HD webcam a well as few MICS over it in the Acer Aspire 7. The keyboard is backlit and comes with function keys that also double up as multimedia buttons. The typing experience on the keyboard of this Acer laptop is good, however, we would have wanted a larger trackpad.
There are plenty of ports on the Acer Aspire 7. The company has put in the power USB and audio (3.5mm) on the right side, while the left side has two more USBs, one USB Type-C, HDMI and the ethernet ports. Two downward-firing speakers can also be found under the laptop (on the left and right side). Overall, the laptop looks premium, and it does say it means business.
Acer Aspire 7: Performance
Let’s first talk about the tech specs of the Acer Aspire 7 (2021). The model that we have has Intel Core i5 10th Gen CPU with 6 cores (10300H). The max clock speed here is 2.5Ghz. With that the users get 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650 graphics card. Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 6 are also part of the package.
Windows 10 Home edition is what users get, which was a bit strange as we were expecting the Pro edition on this laptop. There is a little bit of bloatware that comes along with the laptop, but all the extra software can be uninstalled. Users also get 100GB of free storage with Acer Aspire 7, which they can use for 1 year. This machine also comes with 30 days trial of Norton security.
We played a lot of movies and Netflix shows on the laptop and we quite liked the experience. The screen is bright and viewing angles are good. With it, the sound is not too bad. However, a little bit louder would have been perfect. The gaming experience on the Acer Aspire 7 is good too. Games like CS: GO and Dota 2 can be played at 100FPS, but PUBG or more graphics hungry games have to be figured down to 30-60FPS at medium settings. But the experience with these games at mid settings is not bad either.
The battery life of the Acer Aspire 7 is one of its brightest points. The 3-cell battery lasted over 7.5 hours for us, when not gaming. A 135W charger comes in the box that quickly charges it back. Our experience in Zoom calls was good too. The MICS work well, and the screen did a good job. Again, a slightly louder speaker output would have been perfect. The writing/typing experience on Google docs or MS Word was nice. The tactile feel of the keys is excellent and the lightest of taps registers the alphabet on screen.
The overall weight of the Acer Aspire 7 laptop is 2.15 Kg, which is not bad. We were able to lug it around easily and it made p for a good work and play companion. At Rs 57,990, Acer has managed to bring out a very good workhorse. If you are on the lookout for a work machine and want a good multimedia experience with it, then this machine will suit you well.
Acer Aspire 7: Pros
Excellent battery life
Acer Aspire 7: Cons
The trackpad could have been larger
The sound could have been better
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