Acer Aspire VX 15: A budget gaming laptop definitely worth your money

Over the last decade or so the term Gaming Laptops has been synonymous with either the Alienware or the Razer Blade. But in the past couple of years, the industry has seen a sudden growth in this category – “Budget Gaming Notebooks” with almost every company having a powerful laptop with quality gaming grade hardware under the $1000 mark in their lineup. And the Aspire VX 15 marks Acer’s entry into this segment. Let’s take a deep look into this device.

Design: 

The VX 15 looks exactly how a gaming/business laptop should look like. It looks like a toned down and a more socially acceptable version of the Acer Predator laptop. The first thing you’ll notice when you look a the laptop are those huge dark red dual air vents (Acer’s new cooling solution; individual vents for the GPU and CPU). Aspire-VX-15_overview_design_largeSome might find that as an overkill but to me – they look incredibly good.The top is made up of brushed metal-like plastic and has the Acer branding in the centre and is surrounded by two red accents. One more thing that stands out to me is the silver central hinge. Imparts a really good look to the device.

Hardware:

Coming to the hardware department, you’ll find that Acer has packed quite a lot of hardware for a quite a reasonable price. You get an Intel i7 7700HQ – A Quad Core processor clocked in at a healthy 2.8 Ghz(Turbo BOost up to 3.8GHz), 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, 1 TB of HDD Storage and a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.acer-notebook-original-imaeshfrcfdk8dgc Thanks to the latest Pascal Technology, companies can now incorporate the GPUs into the laptops in such a way that there is ALMOST no difference in the performance from their desktop counterparts which unfortunately wasn’t the case with the earlier generations of GPUs. Speaking of the GPU, the 1050 Ti is quite an able one. It definitely is a bang for buck graphics card and can take on any of the latest games at 1080p extremely well.

Battery:

The VX 15 uses a 55 Wh battery. Acer could have packed in a larger battery since it’s thicker and bigger than other notebooks of its kind and most of them actually have a larger battery. It gives about 6 ½ hours of general usage and around 1 hr of gaming just like any other gaming notebook in this price segment.

The I/O:

This is where the VX 15 trumps its competition. The VX 15 has almost every port you could ask for. It comes with 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 HDMI port, 1 Ethernet jack, an SD Card Reader, a Headphone/MIcrophone Jack and the best of all, a USB Type-C port which is sadly missing from its competitors like Dell Inspiron 15 and the HP Omen 15.Aspire-VX-15_gallery-07

 

Display:

Meh……..Not exactly great but not too bad either. Definitely better than its direct competitor – Dell Inspiron 15. It is a 15.6 inch 1080p IPS panel. The screen is a little dull and is not so colour accurate either (65% Adobe RGB). It’s perfectly fine for 1080p gaming (since it’s the sweet spot for GTX 1050 Ti) and media consumption. But not recommended for photo or video editing purposes. One more thing to note are those really thick bezels. They are the first things you’ll notice when you open the lid. Just like the average display even this is another cost cutting measure.

Configurations:

This is where Acer falls short. Here in India, the Acer Aspire VX 15 is available only in a single configuration of i7, GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB RAM and 1TB of HDD storage and retails for around INR 89,000/- while in other countries, it is being sold in various options ranging from an i5, GTX 1050, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD (at a jaw dropping $800 USD) to an i7, GTX 1050 Ti, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD and 1TB of HDD(for $1200 USD). So, for those of you on a really tight budget it’s better to look elsewhere.

Keyboard and Track-pad:

Good news here. The keyboard and track-pad are very good. The extra thickness of the laptop gives the keys added travel distance (1.6 mm) and keys are actually fun to use. Aspire-VX-15_gallery-06They have a good feel and are also spaced well; thanks to the larger body of the laptop.  The WASD keys and the track-pad have a red outline and even the back light is also of red colour. Acer makes sure you won’t forget you’re using a gaming machine even for a second. The track-pad also feels good. Luckily, it’s using native Windows Drivers. So, there won’t be any problems with it.

 

  • In conclusion, the Acer Aspire VX 15 is a really powerful entry-level gaming notebook and is clearly one of the best in this segment because. I would strongly recommend this device to anyone who wants a gaming laptop under the INR 1,00,000/- price point. Sure like I mentioned earlier, there are many other options like the Dell Inspiron 15, Lenovo Legion Y520 and HP Omen. But all of them are a bit too mainstream and generic in my opinion. Acer brings in a lot more character with the VX 15.  And with the all new hardware it is bound to last you for a while and serve you well.

 

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Ultimate 50,000 INR AMD Gaming PC

With the PC world being taken over by the launch of AMD’s new Ryzen CPUs and then with the low-key launch of the RX 500 GPUs, I decided it was time to put together an AMD powered Gaming PC under 50,000 INR . This Build can handle all the latest games like Battlefield 1, DOOM, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Injustice 2 and others maxed out at 1080p easily over 60fps. This can also handle other productivity and video editing tasks thanks to the Quad Core CPU and a pretty capable 4GB Graphics Card. So, let’s dig right into the parts!

 

CPU: Ryzen 5 1400                    (Rs.12,799)

For the processor, I’m going with the entry level Ryzen 5 1400 since it fits the budget perfectly and is an outstanding processor. As for performance is concerned, it absolutely thrashes its direct competitor- The Intel Core i3 (7th Gen) and also goes head to head with the i5 (7th Gen). The Ryzen 5 1400 is a Quad Core CPU with hyper threading (#8 threads) with a base clock speed of base clock speed of 3.2Ghz and turbo boost upto 3.4Ghz. It also has a TDP of just 65W. With the cherry on top being, it comes with Wraith Stealth Cooler which is by far one of the best stock coolers in today’s market.

 

https://www.primeabgb.com/online-price-reviews-india/amd-ryzen-5-1400-3-2-ghz-socket-am4-processor-wraith-stealth-65w-cooler/

 

RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR4 8GB  (RS.4,848)

This RAM stick from Corsair is very reliable and surely gets the job done at the right price. At this price point, an 8GB RAM config would be perfect. The Vengeance LPX 8GB is a DDR4 RAM module which runs at 2133Mhz. Also, it is available in Red which adds to the over-all AMD theme of this build.

http://www.amazon.in/Corsair-Vengeance-2400Mhz-Chipset-CMK8GX4M1A2400C16R/dp/B01ARHCZYO/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1493796525&sr=1-1&keywords=corsair+vengeance+8gb+ddr4

 

 

MOTHERBOARD: ASUS B350M-A  (Rs.7,110) 

The B350M-A as the name suggests is a Micro ATX Motherboard and is based on the new AM4 platform to support Ryzen CPUs. This Mobo comes with a slew of features including, 4 RAM slots which is nice, 2 USB 3.1 ports(not Type-C though) also has an M.2 slot!! The motherboard also has a reinforced PCle slot with an LED Indicator to hold your GPU.

https://www.primeabgb.com/online-price-reviews-india/asus-prime-b350m-a-socket-am4-motherboard/

 

ROM: WD Blue 1TB HDD (Rs.3,565)

As for storage, 1 TB should be enough to hold all games, movies, songs, documents etc. Selecting the hard drive was quite simple, I went with the WD Blue 1 TB HDD. It runs at 7200 rpm which is nice. But keep in mind, the first upgrade you do for the PC should be an SSD and since the Motherboard of our choice has an M.2 slot, an M.2 SSD would be a great upgrade.

https://www.theitdepot.com/details-Western+Digital+Blue+1TB+SATA+Internal+Desktop+Hard+Drive+(WD10EZEX)_C12P24121.html

GPU: Asus ROG Strix RX 570 4GB (Rs.16,849)

Ah the Graphics Card, the most interesting part of the build! Since this is an AMD powered PC, The newly launched RX 500 series GPU was the obvious choice. I decided to go with the Asus ROG Strix RX 570 4GB Graphics Card. It has a base clock speed of 1244 Mhz and can be overclocked further. The card has the patented Wing   Blade 0dB Fan Design and also the Asus Aura RGB Lighting. The card has 2 x DVI Ports, 1 x HDMI 2.0 Port and 1 x Display Port and as mentioned, has 4GB of memory. Though this card is officially not launched in India, it is available on many online shopping websites. It wouldn’t be tough to get your hands on this one.

 

https://www.primeabgb.com/online-price-reviews-india/asus-rog-strix-rx570-4g-gaming-rx-570-4gb-graphic-card/

 

 

 

PSU: Thermaltake Litepower 450W (Rs.2,199)

To power this PC, a 450W Power Supply Unit should be more than sufficient. The Thermaltake Litepower 450W PSU does it for us. It is has certified 70+ efficiency and comes with a 120mm fan for the air flow. Since its not modular a power supply, we need to deal with those extra ugly cables. But it’s something we can compromise on given the Rs.2,200 price point.

https://www.primeabgb.com/online-price-reviews-india/thermaltake-litepower-450w-lt-450p-power-supply/

 

CASE: Corsair Carbide Spec-01 (Rs.4062)

 Finally, to house all these parts we are using a Corsair Carbide Spec-01 Micro ATX Case. The case comes included with a red LED 120mm fan at the front and another 120mm fan at the back. and has plenty of space for decent cable management. The Red accents and the fan just fit right into the theme of the build and also gives off an aggressive gamer vibe. The top panel has 1 USB 3.0 header and 1 USB 2.0 header, headphone/microphone jacks and Power,Reset Buttons. The case has an acrylic glass side-panel so that you can admire your work while Windows boots up!

 

https://www.primeabgb.com/online-price-reviews-india/corsair-carbide-series-spec-02-red-led-mid-tower-gaming-cabinet/

 

* Try purchasing the parts from your nearest computer hardware store since you tend to get them for a cheaper price in the local market *

             

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Source: http://www.amd.com

 

  • For more benchmarks:

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/amd-radeon-rx-580-and-rx-570-review/1100-6449402/

http://www.in.techspot.com/reviews/cpu/cpus/amd-ryzen-5-1400-review/articleshow/58382209.cms?page=2

 

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