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Acer Aspire 5 A515-46-R3CZ (2023) Review And Specification


Acer Aspire 5 A515-46-R3CZ (2023)

The Acer Aspire 5 is available in a variety of models and specifications, with over 50 different configurations listed on Acer's US website, including 17.3-inch and 15.6-inch displays and Intel and AMD processors. If you scroll down, you may also see the entry-level 14-inch models.

For today's review, we're looking at the Acer Aspire 5 A515-46-R3CZ, a 15-inch budget laptop with an AMD Ryzen 7 3700U quad-core processor, a full HD IPS screen, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage, and Windows 11 Home pre-installed.

That is clearly not the most powerful laptop "for accelerated photo editing and video editing performance" that Acer claims on paper, but if you buy the Aspire 5 for its own merits, it is without a doubt one of the best affordable laptops for ordinary web browsing and productivity chores. 


Acer Aspire 5 A515-46-R3CZ (2023) Specification

  • CPU    AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
  • GPU    Radeon RX Vega 10
  • RAM    8GB DDR4
  • Storage    256 GB NVMe SSD
  • Display    15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS
  • Size    ‎14.31 x 9.86 x 0.71 inches
  • Weight    ‎3.99 pounds

Pricing and Variations

The Aspire 5 2022 is available in a variety of configurations, all of which are outfitted with 11th generation Intel CPUs and the most recent AMD Ryzen architecture. However, most laptops have 15-inch screens, and only a few have 17-inch screens. The 15-inch AMD-based device under evaluation has an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage, and AMD Radeon graphics.

Other options include the Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-50RS, which has a 15-inch (1080p) screen and a Core i5 processor, or the Acer Aspire 5 A515-56-73AP, which has up to 16GB RAM, Intel Iris Xe graphics, and up to 512GB of storage. Aspire 5 models all include 1920 x 1080 pixel displays and a 48Wh battery.


Acer Aspire 5 A515-46-R3CZ (2023) Design

The Acer Aspire resembles its premium rival, the MacBook Pro, with thin, elegant, and modest style that is appealing without being overtly spectacular. When closed, the aluminum lid looks beautiful and, thanks to its super-smooth surface, is held securely against the chassis. The minimal black bezel encircling the display is the first thing you notice when you open it. 

Although it is only 0.7 inches thick at its thickest point, this laptop is easily upgradeable thanks to an easily accessible motherboard. Overall, the bundle weighs 3.99 pounds, making it slightly heavier than its 15-inch sister but still portable enough to carry around the house and easily tote about a day in college.

The port selection is superb. You get two USB 3.2 ports for peripherals, one USB 2.0 port, and a single USB-C port for current devices. An Ethernet port for hardwiring, an HDMI port for an external display, a Kensington Lock connector, and a standard headphone jack are also included. Wi-Fi 6 provides wireless access.


A 1080p display is now quite standard on low-cost laptops, and the 15.6-inch display continues that tradition. It will get the job done, albeit the matte screen will occasionally catch a glare from outside light. It has a low average brightness of 259 nits, although it is brighter than rival models like the Asus VivoBook 15 and Lenovo Yoga C740, which have 247 nits and 251 nits, respectively.

Nonetheless, the screen is adequate for working at night, but really intense light may make the Aspire 5 screen uncomfortable. The color saturation on the screen is more strong, which improves the liveliness of dreary scenes. The Acer Aspire 5 A515-45-R74Z is great for viewing movies and surfing the web, but for photo editing and media creation, you may require an additional monitor with superior color reproduction.

Touchpad and Keyboard

The full-sized keyboard is one of the few things on the 15in Acer Aspire 5 specs sheet that you'll appreciate, and it includes a number pad for easy data entry. The keyboard is pleasant for typing, and given its large size, little hands will find it even more comfortable for multitasking. Because of the mild illumination, you may use it in a dark room, just like Apple's MacBook Pro computers.

Acer aims to provide the touchpad the same aluminum finish as the chassis. The touchpad includes a fingerprint reader, however you may need to disable multitouch gestures because the touch-drag mechanism can be difficult to operate. Surprisingly, there is a Function key that disables the trackpad, which is useful when typing.

Acer Aspire 5 A515-46-R3CZ (2023) Keyboard


The AMD Ryzen 7 3700U processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD storage, and AMD's Radeon graphics card are featured in this Acer Aspire 5 review. This laptop's configuration falls short of the powerful Ryzen 7 5700U models, but it has enough power to do most day-to-day chores. The Ryzen 7 processor can manage Chrome, Spotify, and Firefox all at the same time.

Most users will find the Acer Aspire to be fully adequate for all but the most demanding processor-based tasks. Except for demanding jobs, the Acer Aspire 5 A515-46-R3CZ is a good pick in terms of performance. Everyday operations such as accessing the internet, streaming media, and editing images and videos will work flawlessly.

You won't be able to play modern games on this new Acer Aspire 5 because it has an integrated video card. The most recent AAA releases will not render properly, and everything will stutter. If you're looking for a low-cost gaming laptop, we recommend the Asus TUF Dash 15 (2021), which has a 144Hz screen and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics card.


Battery Life on the Acer Aspire 5

As it turns out, the Acer Aspire 5's battery outperforms last year's model, which had a disappointing battery. Acer promises that it would last 8 hours on a single charge, but in practice, it lasts just under 7 hours, which isn't bad. 

In conclusion

The latest Acer Aspire 5 laptop isn't a game changer, but it does the job effectively (for the most part). Its look is all too familiar, and its Ryzen 7 processor, while new to the market, will not impress you with its performance. The Acer Aspire 5 pricing, on the other hand, is a boon for most budget consumers searching for a Full HD screen, and it serves up a nice design and enough power to get the job done. It won't let you down whether you're writing a report, video chatting with family, or binge-watching Netflix.

If you want more power, a longer battery life, and a better screen, the LG Gram 17Z90P is a wonderful choice, with a WQXGA (25601600) screen, over 17 hours of battery life, an Intel evo 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 16GB RAM, a 2TB SSD, and Thunderbolt 4.

You'll pay a little extra for the sleek look and more power, but it's worth every penny. However, if all you need is a laptop capable of remote or in-person schooling and work, the Acer Aspire 5 A515-46-R3CZ is an excellent alternative.

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