I love the formula that ACER Aspire 5 uses on their “cheap” machines. Outstanding upgradability, user serviceability, and all around fine quality. For those looking for a starter machine, something basic that they only do email and internet with, general productivity things like Word and Excel, look no further than the ACER Aspire 5.

Test unit configured with:

  • 11th Gen Intel i3
  • 4GB DDR4
  • 128GB NVMe

Equipped with an i3 and NVMe solid state drive, it’s fast and peppy and wont stutter on your general day to day tasks.

Features: There’s nothing sophisticated on feature set, no windows Hello fingerprint reader or camera, or backlit keyboard, but it does have an adequate webcam, wifi 6 and bluetooth all baked in. I/O is fantastic for a sub $400 computer. In fact, better than some $500+ machines.

I/O

  • 1x USB C
  • 2x USB SS
  • 1x USB 2 (for your mouse)
  • Power Point (IT DOESN’T RUN ON SOLAR ENERGY)
  • Headphone jack

While not a video editing powerhouse, or a gaming rig, this computer will be great for those needing something basic.

Who’s it for?

  • Non-profits
  • Basic users
  • Email and Web Browsers
  • Netflix watchers (though the speakers are only adequate)
  • Students needing entry level

Who’s it not for?

  • Video Editors
  • Heavy Gamers
  • Students in engineering or CAD related programs

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