In this modern age of technology, it doesn’t seem good to mix the ordinary laptops with the gaming laptops. It would be safe to say that the market is teeming with the best gaming laptops, but, the laptops that can match the performance of a true gaming laptop are quite expensive. Consequently, we decided to put the best budget gaming laptop in front of you i.e. Acer Aspire VX 15.
Let me tell you about Acer that it is one of the companies that are well known for producing excellent and affordable laptops for the people. Especially manufacturing the laptops having decent performance in gaming. Let’s take a look at this amazing laptop for gaming.
The Acer Aspire VX 15 is a very interesting entry level gaming laptop. As far as the performance is concerned, it performs really well for not that much amount of money. The most noticeable improvement is of 1050Ti over 1050. The performance improvement is about 20% to 25%, so if you can afford to go with Ti, then go with that.
With that said, to have a good performance with the Acer Aspire VX 15 you need a good laptop cooling system. When you see on the bottom, there is a group of screws. If you are to pop up the bottom panel, if required, you will have to apply little force to do so.
So, what’s inside this amazing budget gaming machine. When you look inside, there are two fans and two heat pipes. As you know the cooling fan makes enough noise to disturb you while working or playing. In Acer Aspire VX15, the fans are quite enough even when there is a load on the system, however, they do a decent job by cooling the laptop’s components.
There is no serious issue of overheating even when one is playing some standard games. When playing games the temperature in the keyboard areas is not that much to bother you. When it comes to memory, there are two memory slots. The stocked one in the unit is a SATA drive. You also get space for the 2.5-inch drive. In Acer VX 15, there is no mounting hardware or cabling with this model and if you want Acer will supply to you. Now let’s talk about the battery which is 52 watt-hours. With average use, you can get the battery life up to 4 hours that’s you can get with the screen at 250nits.
Therefore, we get to the point that the battery life isn’t that much enough to get the device out for the day without a charger. And it will take around two hours to charge the battery.
As Acer is not well known for producing laptops with a lot of aluminum or other materials, yet, they did well with the build quality. The company manufactured this gaming laptop with the plastics; in a respectable manner. The keyboard area is made of plastic, the bottom panel is also made of plastic but they are very rigid. So, the hinge design is very good, looks cool. The hinge design helps to give the laptop an artistic look.
It seems that the design is sturdy, but, we are not much sure about the usage of the long term. There are red accents on the top panel. They don’t light up, however, they look good enough to be attractive. It has a brushed finish, this metal-like thing is liked by a lot of people, it looks good, not bad. The screen bend is not much poor, you have to apply pretty hard force to do this.
That said, the display is good enough for the price you pay. You must keep in mind that it is a 1080p non-touchscreen budget oriented laptop. When buying a one for yourself, try to get the IPS panel if possible. With the IPS panel, it gets bright and gets a good contrast to please its users while gaming. The color gamut is not great. The viewing angle could be made better for an IPS panel.
The speakers can never be ignored. They are not amazing if speaking truly. There are laptops in this price range with the speakers louder than its the fans. Though such speakers don’t have much bass they are good to go for positional audio in games. The port selection is limited or average. There is an HDMI, 1 USB-C port which doesn’t support the Thunderbolt 3, SD card slot and an audio jack.
The only flaw according to me is a minor one that the majority of the USB ports are located on the right side of the laptop. If you have several devices connect, it can hinder the movement of your mouse. However, you can solve this issue by having a USB hub connected and placing it at a distance from the mouse area.
Well, this is the first entry of Acer into the laptop gaming market. With this model, you are getting a laptop built with plastic. The screen is an IPS panel, good enough, remember you are not going to get a better screen at this price.
The storage and RAM of the Acer Aspire VX 15 are easily upgradable. So, this is a good gaming laptop for the money. With this model, you can get incredibly good performance and that at 1080p. It is not predictable that how long it will go with you in the future. But, it is expected that you can get a couple of years of solid gaming experience (at 1080p, 60FPS) with this model, not bad.
Making the story short, there is one issue i.e. the battery life. But, if we think rationally, the battery life is good enough at this price level. And this price level, you can’t expect everything. When going with a budget machine you have to make some compromises and for this gaming laptop, you have to compromise on the battery life. If battery life is very important to you, then have a look at some other options. Cheers!