Acer aspire v5 591g


Acer Aspire V15 (V5-591G)

Pros
  • Elegant design and robust aluminum lid
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent sound quality thanks to Dolby Digital Plus
  • Full sRGB coverage
  • Powerful hardware for this price range
Cons
  • Presence of PWM in brightness levels up to 99%

DISPLAY: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, TN

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Health-Guard

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body.

Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Office Work and Web Design

The second profile type is Office Work and Web Design. Business tasks are various, most often related to a set of office-targeted applications. Sometimes, working outside is necessary. In such cases color accuracy is paramount, but so is image clarity, brightness, contrast etc. A piece of text must be legible, graphics and histograms must be clear. All of this is precisely what this profile is for. If you’re doing office work, web design, or simply value color accuracy when browsing the Internet, this is the profile to use!

It’s important to note that not all displays are suited for Web design – our profiles can not compensate for insufficient sRGB coverage (most TN panels have this problem), so you you might want to check our detailed color tests in the respective product reviews we’ve done if you want to use the machine for professional work.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Gaming is among the main driving forces for the fast clip of hardware development. Gamers are well-aware of the fact that a poor image can ruin the entire experience.

The same goes for watching movies. Imagine sitting down for a nice movie after a long day, and barely making out what’s on the screen. The ‘Gaming and movie night’ profile can make a huge difference. We strongly recommend you use it, since it’s gamma curve is specifically tuned to reveal details in the dark sections of the image.

Here’s what this amounts to:

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

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If your field is office work or web design, or you just want your monitor's color set to be as accurate as possible for the Internet color space, this profile will prove to be useful.

We developed this profile especially for occasions on which you spend a lot of time in front of your monitor with some games or watching movies – it will be easier for you to discern fine nuances in the dark.

This profile reduces the negative impact of pulsation and the blue spectrum, securing your eyes and body. You still get a pitch-perfect color image, albeit slightly warmer.

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Acer Aspire V 15 V5-591G-50MJ prices and specs

Processor

Intel Core i5 2.3 GHz

Graphics Card

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M

The Aspire V 15 V5-591G-50MJ is a 15 inch notebook that you can purchase in USA for $770.00 for today. The Aspire V 15 V5-591G-50MJ is equipped with a fast Quad-Core Intel Core i5 (6th Gen) 6300HQ CPU with 2.3 GHz clock speed. As the processor has four cores it will be very good at multitasking. The 8 GB of RAM is average size which will handle any tasks of the average user. If you feel that the notebook has not enough memory for you, the memory is expandable up to 32 GB.

This model is equipped with a big 1 TB HDD. Hard drives are cheap but they are significantly slower than SSD and Hybrid drives.

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Acer Aspire V15 (V5-591G) review – an elegant workhorse

The Acer Aspire Nitro is one of the most approved gaming lines because it provides not only power and aggressive style, but also – an affordable price. Of course, this series does not target only gaming fans, as it provides configurations meant for those who need it for business tasks or heavy workload, demanding high computing capabilities.

Today we shall have a look at a typical for this line model – Acer Aspire V15 which is not Nitro, but still features the latest 6th generation Intel CPUs and DDR4 RAM – enough to make it worth our while. Apart from these, you will find a latest NVIDIA series GPU – the GTX 950M. Even though an IPS panel is not present, we can’t wait to see what the V5-591G has to offer in terms of performance and quality.

You can find out more about price and availability here: http://amzn.to/1Tum7Y0

Contents

What’s in the box?

Apart from the laptop, the box also containes a power cable and a charger (in our case 135 Watts – PA-1131-16 model).

Design and construction

The latest trend in the Aspire V15 line ensures that its models are easily recognizable. Nano-imprint lithography is what makes the construction of this laptop so stylish. It provides beauty and durability because of the aluminum integrated in the chassis.

Our interest is further increased by this innovative feature. When looked at a different angle, the construction refracts light in an itneresting way and resembles a matrix. If you take a closer look, you will see interesting lines and dashes forming a fascinating pattern. Despite all this, the chassis can be covered with fingerprints relatively easy.

Below the screen you will find a plastic panel that resembles aluminum. Upon it are placed the traditional stickers giving information about specifications. Between them is positioned the Precision Touchpad supporting several different gestures which allowed us to comfortably control our mobile device without any major difficulties.

The keyboard makes typing very easy and comfortable for two main reasons. The first one is about the distance between the keys – 0.3mm, and the second one is the key travel – increased from 1.4mm (in previous models) to 1.6mm in the Acer Aspire V15. Above the NumPad section you can find an intriguing multifunctional button – the Power button. Even though you start the laptop by a single press, this is not the case when you want to turn it off.

If you press it for up to 1.5 seconds, the laptop will not take any action becase Acer’s developers have taken into account the potential accidental pressing on your part. If you hold it between 1.5 and 4 seconds, the Acer Power Button app will appear on the screen offering several options – Sleep or Hibernate mode, or to be turned off. Press it for longer than 4 seconds and the V5-591G will be switched off without there being any pop up apps. The amazing keyboard and white backlighting, together with the Dolby Audio logo stand out against the black design of the laptop. We shall discuss the sound quality in the lines below.

Taking a look at the sides we see that Acer offers some interesting ports, despite the relatively thin size (23.9 mm thicknes) and weight (2.4 kg). On the left, there are two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI, VGA, Kensington Lock and Lan Ethernet ports. On the right, we see the charging port and a USB 2.0. One of the USB ports allows you to charge a smartphone, tablet or another mobile device, even when the Aspire V15 is turned off.

Display and sound

The Acer Aspire V15 (V5-591G) features a Full HD TN matte panel, whose model is N156HGE-EAL. Despite the lack of an IPS panel, Acer has incorporated a technology that resolves this detail. Its name is ColorBlast and is a great feature for the new models of this company. The V5-591G has twice as many colors as most other laptops in this price range. All this makes it a good solution if you are dealing with photo editing. In the lines below you will find our detailed analysis of the display. Its diagonal is 15.6″ (39.62 cm) and its resolution – 1920 x 1080 pixels. Additionally, the screen ratio is 16:9, the pixel density – 141 ppi, and the pixel pitch – 0.18 x 0.18 mm. The screen can be considered as “Retina” when viewed from a distance equal or greater than 61 cm (the eye cannot differentiate between the separate pixels from this distance, which is normal for looking at a laptop).

The viewing angles are not exactly good. You can have a look at the image below.

We measured a maximum brightness of 219 cd/m2 before calibration, with only 7% maximum deviation on the surface of the screen. The average value of the color temperature, measured on a white screen and maximum brightness, is 7300 K – cold, but not too much, day light (the optimal is 6500 K).

Color reproduction

To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction of the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. Starting with the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy. Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that has been used by millions of people in HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used by professional cameras, monitors and etc. for printing. The colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.

The yellow triangle displays the V5-591G capabilities. The coverage is impressing meaning that the color saturation will be also impressive. Complete sRGB coverage!

Below you will see practically the same image before and after calibration. Color circles represent the reference colors and white circles – the result. You can see main and additional colors with 50% and 100% saturation inside the sRGB gamut.

The profile has been set to 140 cd/m2 and optimal white point – D65 (6500K).

We used the X-Rite i1Display Pro as a tool for calibration.

Below you can see the results from the accuracy color checker with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange etc. Post-calibration color accuracy is high, avg DeltaE 2000 = 0.93. The contrast ratio is low – 335:1 before and 205:1 after calibration.

Some of the colors from the report on the display test are presented in the below histogram.

PWM

The Acer Aspire V15 (V5-591G) uses PWM for brightness control. The frequency is low and therefore aggressive for your eyesight – 200 Hz. To avoid this negative aspect, you will have to use the screen at maximum brightness (242 cd/m2).

Conclusion

Acer Aspire V15 (V5-591G) comes with a high definition display with accurate and saturated colors. In fact, its accurateness is comparable to that of professional monitors, even though it is a TN panel. Furthermore, the sRGB coverage is completely covered, making this laptop suitable for photo editing. On the other hand, the viewing angles and contrast are limited. There is also a use of PWM which is not a negligible drawback, if you want to reduce the brightness of your display.

Sound

Acer Aspire V15 (V5-591G) has a very good sound reproduction thanks to Dolby Digital Plus. In the different modes such as movie, music, game, you can fine tune thanks to an intelligent equalizer. The highs and lows are pleasant for listening and with almost unnoticable and rare deviations. Indeed, the sound quality is very good.

Specs sheet

Check price CPU RAM GPU HDD/SSD Display Optical drive Connectivity Features Battery Thickness Weight
Intel Core i7-6700HQ (4-core, 2.60 – 3.50 GHz, 6MB cache)
32GB (2x 16384MB) – DDR4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (4GB DDR3)
1128GB (128GB SSD + 1TB HDD)
15.6-inch (39.62 cm) – 1920×1080 (Full HD), TN matte
LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 2x USB 3.0
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • integrated HD webcam
  • integrated microphone
  • combined audio jack (headset/microphone)
  • HDMI
  • RJ-45
  • SD card reader
  • integrated stereo loudspeakers
  • keyboard backlighting
56Wh, 6-cell battery
23.9 mm
2.4 kg

Software

The unit we tested came with a pre-installed Windows 10. You can dowload drivers from Acer’s official website: http://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/drivers

Battery

Our model’s battery is 55944 mWh (56Wh), which is expected for a machine of this class (between the mid and high range). It has to feed the powerful Intel Core i7-6700HQ and GeForce GTX 950M GPU. As always, all tests we run include the same settings – Wi-Fi turned on, power saver switched on and screen brightness set to 120 cd/m2.

Web browsing

In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.

Average battery results, as it was expected since the machine features a powerful CPU and the GTX 950M – 4 hours and 27 minutes.

Video playback

For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.

An interesting fact – the battery lasted for 14 minutes more, in comparison to Web browsing – 4 hours and 41 minutes.

Gaming

For accurate gaming simulation we use the Metro: Last Light benchmark with graphics settings set to minimum.

It is definitely not a good idea to play while you are away from power supply. Despite this, the battery held up for almost two hours – 118 minutes which is a good result.

CPU

Intel Core i7-6700HQ represents the Skylake family and it’s considered as a high-performance chip with normal voltage and 45W TDP. This is a step down from its direct predecessor – Core i7-4700HQ, but matches its short-lived predecessor Core i7-5700HQ. The Core i7-6700HQ has four cores ticking at 2.6GHz and can go up to 3.5 GHz for one active core and 3.1 GHz for four active cores. The silicon supports the so-called Hyper-Threading technology that emulates one virtual core for each physical and thus establishing a total of 8 threads.

Furthermore, the chip is manufactured using 14nm FinFET process and integrates Intel HD Graphics 530 GPU with 24 EU (Executable Units) clocked at 350 – 1050 MHz. The memory controller supports up to 64GB of DDR3 or DDR4 RAM at 1600 or 2133 MHz respectively. The CPU is suitable for heavy applications and gaming.

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Fritz

Fritz is a chess benchmark that tests the computing capabilities of the CPU with various chess moves. The Intel Core i7-6700HQ reached 12.440 million moves per second. By comparison, one of the most powerful PCs, Deep(er) Blue, was able to squeeze out 200 million moves per second. In 1997 Deep(er) Blue even beat the famous Garry Kasparov with 3.5 to 2.5.

GPU

The GeForce GTX 950M is a direct successor to last year’s GTX 850M and it’s placed in the upper-mid range class. It is commonly used as a multimedia GPU and light gaming as its properties can handle some more demanding applications. The GPU core is the GM107, similar to most Maxwell NVIDIA graphics card and it’s clocked at 914MHz and can go up to 1124MHz. It has 2GB DDR3 memory and the effective clock speed of the memory is 2000MHz, while there are other variants of the GPU with GDDR5 memory.

However, the memory width is 128 bit with 16 ROPs, 40 texture units and 640 CUDA cores (or shading units). It also features increased L2 cache size, which is now 2MB. Supports features like Battery Boost, GameStream, ShadowPlay, GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, SLI and GeForce Experience.

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Gaming tests

Tomb Raider (HD, Low) Tomb Raider (HD, Medium) Tomb Raider (HD, Max)
137 fps 68 fps 34 fps

F1 2015 (HD, Low) F1 2015 (HD, Medium) F1 2015 (HD, Max)
73 fps 56 fps 40 fps

Thief (HD, Low) Thief (HD, Medium) Thief (HD, Max)
26 fps 26 fps 24 fps

GTA 5 (HD, Low) GTA 5 (HD, Medium) GTA 5 (HD, Max)
56 24 fps 8 fps

Temperatures

This test can’t be a good representation of a real-life usage but it gives us a good grasp of how the system handles higher and longer workloads. Also, it gives us a hint about the stability of the system in the long run.

As always, we start with a 100% stress test of the CPU alone. Almost instantly the temperatures reached 90 degrees Celsius in all cores, with the first core being the hottest throughout the entire CPU test. Unfortunately, due to the great heating the CPU used throttling, so that it may be cooled and not reach the 100 degrees maximum operational temperature. Throughout the 30 minutes of testing, the frequency remained around 3.0 GHz (100 MHz lower than the usual), which is a good result.

Without stopping the CPU stress test, we launched a 100% load of the GPU. From the very beginning we noticed an increase in temperature, because the CPU and GPU are cooled by a single heat pipe. After 30 minutes of testing, two of the cores reached 100 degrees. This almost did not stop the CPU from working at relativley high frequencies, even though at times it ticked at 2.6 GHz. On the other hand, the GPU showed no weakness, despite having reached 80 degrees, and worked at the maximum 1124 MHz all the time.

After an hour we stopped the GPU stress test and started a 15-minute benchmark to see how the GPU will perform, parallel to the 100% CPU load. The frame rate was not at all high – only 20, and the points – 1853.

Immediately after the above benchmark we returned to the stress tests in order to completely exploit the cooling system and see how it performs in the exterior of the laptop. The hottest point we measured was in the lower keyboard area – 53 degrees, which does not cause discomfort when typing. Also, the palmrests remained cool.

Verdict

This model’s design is awesome, and the comfort while typing, taken together with the white backlighting and comfortable touchpad can definitely be considered as the merits of the V5-591G. Furthermore, we can’t help mentioning the great sound quality, thanks to Dolby, providing enjoyment while playing, listening to music or watching movies. The hardware quality is great, as it is characteristic of this line. With the V5-591G you will be able to enjoy all new games, without any worries, even though the settings may not always be set to maximum. The updated Intel i7-6700HQ CPU and the GeForce GTX 950M did very well in our gaming tests, as you can see above, and considering the price range – the V5-591G is more than attractive for gamers on a budget.

We were somewhat disappointed by the lack of an IPS panel. Forutnatelly, the ColorBlast TN panel covers the entire sRGB color gamut, and the colors are accurate and saturated. The presence of PWM is unpleasant, but can be avoided by setting your brightness to 100%.

You can find out more about price and availability here: http://amzn.to/1Tum7Y0

  • Elegant design and robust aluminum lid
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
  • Excellent sound quality thanks to Dolby Digital Plus
  • Full sRGB coverage
  • Powerful hardware for this price range
  • Presence of PWM in brightness levels up to 99%

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Acer Aspire V15 (V5-591G)

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes is suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

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Acer Aspire V15 V5-591G review - solid specs and great price, but...

Last year Acer debuted the V15 Nitro series of full-size multimedia laptops and they were well received around the globe. This year, with the launch of Intel’s Slylake hardware, they’ve updated the V15 Nitro line, but also introduced a new model, the V15 V5-591G.

I spent a lot of time with this laptop in the last two weeks and in this post I’m going to share with you my impressions of this more affordable member of the Aspire V15 family. How much more affordable, you might ask? Well, the base configuration is scheduled to start at around 800 Eur, and includes a Core i5 Skylake quad-core processor, 8 GB of RAM or Nvida 950M graphics, among others. The higher end models get a Core i7 quad-core CPU, up to 32 GB of RAM, a FHD display and SSD storage.

The laptops is available in Europe at the time of this post, but I’ve yet to find it in any US stores.

In other words, the Acer Aspire V15 V5-591G offers modern specs and a mid-level graphics chip, but it’s built primarily with price in mind. It outprices its direct competitors, like the Asus ROG GL552JX or the MSI GP62 Leopard/GE62 Apache, so the specs are there and the price is great, but are these enough to make it a good buy? Well, read on and you’ll find out.

The specs sheet

Acer Aspire V15 V5-591G
Screen15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 px resolution, matte, TN, non-touch
ProcessorIntel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ CPU, quad-core 2.6 GHz (3.5 GHz TBoost)
VideoIntegrated Intel HD 530 + Nvidia GTX 950M 4GB
Memory32 GB DDR4 2133Mhz (2xDIMMs)
Storage128 GB M.2 SSD (LiteON CV1-8B128) + 1 TB 2.5″ HDD (Toshiba MQ01ABD100)
ConnectivityWireless AC Atheros QCA6174 , Gigabit Lan, Bluetooth 4.0
Ports2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, mic/earphone combo, SD card reader, LAN
Baterry55 Wh (encased)
Operating systemWindows 10
Size382 x 260 x 30 mm (15.04” x 10.2” x 1.19”)
Weight2.4 kg or 5.29 lb
Extrasbacklit keyboard, webcam

Design and exterior

On the outside the Aspire V15 looks like many of the previous Acer Aspire notebooks I came across in the last years, a design some will appreciate and some might find a bit dated. However, unlike the lower-end Aspires which are entirely made out of plastic, this one gets aluminum on the lid cover and on the interior, while the rugged plastic remains present on the belly, sides and the screen’s bezel.

The build quality is pretty good. Not impressive, as there’s still some flex in the lid and the keyboard area, but I’m overall satisfied. The screen’s hinges are rather small, but they are strong enough and hold the screen in place steadily.

Those aside, you should know this V15 is a full-size laptop with a rather chunky body, as it’s 1.2-inches tall and weighs 5.3 lbs, so it is going to spend most of its life on a desk and won’t travel much.

On the practical side, there are few aspects to complain about. The interior’s margins are blunt, the front lip isn’t very tall and the status LEDs are hidden on this front lip, mostly out of the way. The IO on the edges is well designed, with most of the connectors being placed on the right. However, keep in mind there are only three USB slots on this laptop and for outputting video you’ll have to rely on the HDMI and VGA ports. There are no DisplayPort or USB Type-C connectors.

Flipping the computer over you’ll notice there’s no quick-access bay on the underbelly and that the battery is encased. You can however remove the entire back panel, hold in place by about two dozens of Philips screws, and that will give you access to the 2.5″ HDD, the M.2 SATA slots, the RAM modules, the Wi-Fi chip and the battery.

However, be careful when removing the back, as the speakers are tied to it and you’ll have to unplug the connection cable before you can actually take the shell away. So proceed with extra care and don’t pull too hard, or you’ll end up severing that cable.

Screen

Acer went for a pretty crappy 15.6-inch Chi Mei N156HGE panel on this laptop. It’s the same TN panel that we previously saw on the FHD version of the Lenovo Y50 multimedia laptop.

The Spyder4 sensor shows the panel’s poor brightness, contrast, gamma and color reproduction.

  • Panel HardwareID: Chi Mei N156HGE-EAB;
  • Coverage: 51% sRGB, 41% AdobeRGB;
  • Measured gamma: 1.8;
  • Max brightness in the middle of the screen: 218 cd/m2 on power;
  • Contrast at max brightness: 270:1;
  • White point: 7100 K;
  • Black on max brightness: 0.80 cd/m2;
  • Average DeltaE: 10.82 uncalibrated, 1.52 calibrated .

Now, the casual user will probably find this display decent in everyday use? However, potential buyers should keep this computer indoors, away from bright light, and definitely calibrate the panel, as the colors and gamma are severely skewed out of the box.

Keyboard and trackpad

The keyboard is backlit and overall not bad. I appreciate the key’s rubbery finishing, the deep stroke and overall firmness, although it took me some time to get used to the overall feedback, which resulted in a fair amount of missed strokes.

The layout is standard for an Acer laptop, with a full-size chiclet keys and a narrower NumPad section, plus minuscule Up and Down arrow keys and the Power button integrated as the top-right key. Acer use variations of this layout on most of their 15-inch laptops, but the finishing and the feedback is somewhat improved on this series, compared to the more affordable Aspire E and F lines.

The trackpad is decent, large enough and smooth, although made of plastic and a rather clunky when performing taps. It performed accurately though during my tests and handles taps and gestures fine too, so there’s not much to complain about here.

Hardware, performance and upgrade options

The V15 V5-591G is advertised as an all-round 15-inch laptop and Acer cut no corners when it came to the hardware specs. Our test version is the most powerful configuration available, with a Core i7-6700HQ processor, 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, Nvidia 950M graphics and dual-storage options, with an M.2 SATA SSD for the OS and the important software, plus a regular HDD for storage.

As a result, this computer flies through everyday chores, and will handle heavy multitasking or more demanding workloads as well. However, don’t expect much in terms of gaming. The Nvidia chip included is only a mainstream solution and will be able to tackle many titles at the native 1080p resolution, but only if you trim down the details a fair amount. I have some gaming results for you below, so you’ll know exactly what to expect here.

I also ran a few benchmarks, if you’re interested in the sheer numbers.

  • 3DMark 11: P4624;
  • 3DMark 13: Ice Storm – 88821, Cloud Gate –14589, Sky Driver – 10383 Fire Strike – 2860;
  • PCMark 08: Home Conventional – 3415;
  • CineBench 11.5: OpenGL 42.21 fps, CPU 7.34 pts, CPU Single Core 1.55 pts;
  • CineBench R15: OpenGL 50.28 fps, CPU 662 pts, CPU Single Core 139 pts.
  • x264 Benchmark 4.0 32-bit: Pass 1 – 156.5 fps, Pass 2 – 41.63 fps;
  • x264 Benchmark 5.0.1 64-bit: Pass 1 – 71.28 fps, Pass 2 – 14.53 fps.

And here are those gaming results.

FHD HighFHD Low
Shadow of Mordor27 fps42 fps
Tomb Raider50 fps119 fps
Grid Autosport65 fps105 fps
Bioshock Infinite46 fps75 fps
NFS: Most Wanted36 fps60 fps

It’s not enough for a multimedia/all-round computer to perform smoothly though these days, it also needs to run cool, quiet and efficiently. We’ll talk about these aspects in the next sections.

Noise and Heat

The V5-591G is cooled by a single fan, which pushes air through the exhaust grill on the laptop’s right edge. This fan is active pretty much all the time and it’s a bit noisier than I would have hoped, even when it spins at its slowest speeds, so you’ll definitely hear it in a quiet room. But it keeps the laptop cool in this situation.

When it comes to running games or other high-load tasks though, the cooling system does not perform as well. On one hand, the fan doesn’t get much noisier, but on the other both the internals and the outer shell get hot quickly, both on the belly and on the interior. The are around the M and N keys gets especially hot, which is pretty much where the CPU is placed.

*Daily Use – 1080p Youtube clip in Edge for 30 minutes *Load – playing Need for Speed Most Wanted for 30 minutes

Now, keep in mind we did test a pre-production model of the Aspire V5-591G here, so if you’ll be reading this post in the future and have this computer on your shortlist, make sure you check out some other reviews as well and see what they have to say about the thermal and acoustic performance.

Battery life

Acer put a 55 Wh battery in this laptop, which is a fair-size for a mid-level multimedia 15-incher. The battery is encased, but it’s actually very easy to replace if needed, once you take apart the bottom panel.

We took the laptop through a couple of different scenarios and recorded consumption below. We calibrated to screen to about 120 nits, which is roughly 60% of the panel’s brightness.

  • 6.5 W (~8 h 20 min of use) – idle, Power Saving Mode, screen at 0%, Wi-Fi OFF;
  • 10 W (~5 h 30 min of use) – very light browsing and text editing in Google Drive, Balanced Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 8.8 W (~6 h 15 min of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in EDGE, Balanced Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 7.8 W (~7 h of use) – 1080p fullscreen .mkv video in the Movie app, Balanced Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 14.5 W (~3 h 45 min of use) – heavy browsing in EDGE, Balanced Mode, screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON.

The fair-sized battery and the low-brightness TN screen push this laptop’s autonomy above average in its class.

This laptops lasts for quite a while on a charge

Price and availability

The Acer V15 V5-591G is scheduled to sell for between $800 and $1200. Some configurations are already available in Europe, so you might want to check out your local shops for more details.

The base versions only get a Core i5-6300HQ processor, 8 GB of RAM, a regular HDD and an HD TN screen, while the top model is going to be pretty much identical to the version we tested here. The Core i5 processor is not a bad pick, and both the HDD and the RAM can be later upgraded, but I’d advise against the HD screen if you care about image quality. That’s an even poorer TN panel than the one we tested here.

Wrap-up

Let’s say you have around $1000 (or EUR if you’re living over here, in Europe) and want to spend them on the best 15-inch full-size computer. Usually, you can either opt for a configuration with powerful hardware, but look past some aspects like build or display quality, or you could aim for a computer built on Core U hardware and squeeze a larger SSD or a better screen in your budget.

The Aspire V15 V5-591G falls in the first category. In fact, I feel this is a computer designed to offer the best hardware specs for as little money as possible. $1000 can get you a Core i7-6700HQ processor and Nvidia 950M graphics, while similarly specked rivals like the Asus ROG GL552VX, the MSI GP62 and the HP Pavilion 15 are all more expensive than Acer’s offer.

The Aspire V15 v5-591G offers solid specs for the money and it’s overall a good laptop, but cuts corners when it comes to screen quality and temperatures

However, a few important corners were cut in order to reach the low price point, and while that was expected, I can’t accept the poor TN display or the high temperatures under load. Personally, I’d rather pay extra, but get a better display and a computer than can run cooler. You might think otherwise.

If you can look past these aspects, the Aspire V15 V5-591G is a pretty good notebook. It looks fine and is fairly well built, it packs a decent keyboard and trackpad, it’s powerful and last for quite a while on a charge. But are these enough to make it a good buy? Well, that’s going to be entirely up to you.

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