While the Aspire E5 is affordable, you couldn't tell that by its case. Even though its lid and base are black and plastic,
a clothlike texture provides a great feel. This treatment also prevents fingerprints.
Display and Audio
While I watched the trailer for American Ultra, the Aspire E15's (1336 x 768) HD screen was both bright and sharp.
From the vibrant blues and whites in a nightclub to the oranges and yellows in the fire-filled, on-screen text, this Acer
shows that you can get a solid screen at an affordable price.
The keyboard on the Aspire E5 is good for a budget laptop, but the keys were slightly too tall
for my taste. (Its keysKeyboard, Touchpad and Webcam
have 1.6mm of travel, which is better than the typical 1.5mm.) Still, on the 10fastfingers typing test, I clicked my way
to 75 words per minute with 97 percent accuracy, which is better than my desktop average (65 wpm).
Powered by a 1.7-GHz Intel Core i3-4005U processor with 4GB RAM, the Aspire E5 easily handled having 10 tabs (which
included a Google document, Twitter, Facebook, email, and both streaming video and music) open in Chrome with the
Camera app open and a full-system scan running. However, the when I added another 10 tabs -- simulating the activity
I put my laptop through every day -- the system slowed noticeably.