In addition to the Acer Acer Aspire 5 (result “Good”), we also received the current Acer Aspire 7 in the best version for testing.
Scope of delivery
The scope of delivery of the Acer Aspire 7 is relatively spartan. The simple brown box contains a notebook, a 135 watt power supply, a short manual and a warranty card.
Material, workmanship and design
The display cover and the keyboard frame are made of brushed aluminium. At first glance, the glossy surface looks high-quality, but has the disadvantage of being very susceptible to dirt. Distracting fingerprints can hardly be avoided. The remaining parts of the case are made of matt black plastic. Only the display hinge sets an accent with its silver colour. Unfortunately, Acer also uses plastic instead of metal here.
The workmanship is tidy for a device of this price class. The display hinge is pleasantly tight and hardly wobbles even when the device moves. Overall, the notebook appears to be relatively torsion-resistant. Acer’s reputation, often accused of cheap materials and poor workmanship, is not met by the Aspire 7. Of course, the notebook can’t keep up with high-end models, but it doesn’t have to for the relatively low price.
Also to be criticized is the relatively thick display frame, which makes the 2.3 kg notebook look relatively clumsy overall. The notebook’s dimensions are 26.2 x 2.4 x 38.1 cm.
The Acer Aspire 7 features a 15.6-inch IPS display with full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). Thanks to IPS technology, viewing angle stability, colour rendering and contrast are at a high level. Unfortunately, the relatively low display brightness in combination with the glossy display ensures that even weak light sources cause annoying reflections. Working on the road is therefore only possible to a limited extent with the Aspire 7.
Even demanding gamers will not be really satisfied with the notebook’s display, as the maximum refresh rate is 60 Hz.