Acer Aspire 3 (A315-35) – Top 5 Pros and Cons
This has put the manufacturers in a weird place, as all of a sudden, they have to supply even more notebooks, which is difficult while factories are shut down and the workforce is limited. Then we have the chip shortage, which isn’t helping either.
This is why we get laptops like the Acer Aspire 3 (A315-35). The device has some of the least powerful specs that you can find but gets the job done when it comes to daily tasks, sending emails, and having online meetings.
Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Acer Aspire 3 (A315-35).
3 reasons to BUY the Acer Aspire 3 (A315-35)
1. Design and build quality
Despite its affordable price tag, the laptop doesn’t look cheap at all. It is very thin and portable, measuring 1.90 kg and 19.9 mm for weight and height, respectively, which is really good for a 15.6-inch notebook. The silvery finish on the outside looks fantastic with the rounded corners and edges, while the base is simple and has a keyboard with small keycaps, which does however come with a NumPad.
The lid doesn’t open with one hand, but it does have a hinge mechanism, which lifts up the rear, giving you a more comfortable typing angle, while also allowing the fans to breathe more, which you don’t really need, considering the hardware inside. In terms of durability, both the chassis and the lid are bendy, despite the former featuring a honeycomb pattern on the inside.
For a budget laptop, that you probably won’t ever upgrade, it brings two SODIMM RAM slots, which can handle up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and a single M.2 PCIe x4 slot, along with a 2.5-inch SATA drive.
Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access both the RAM and SSD slots.
3. Battery life
Pairing a 37Wh unit with very efficient chips seems to be doing the trick, as the laptop lasted for 8 hours and 9 minutes of Web browsing, and 6 hours and 29 minutes of video playback. Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.
2 reasons NOT to buy the Acer Aspire 3 (A315-35)
1. Display quality
The laptop has a single display option, which honestly is horrible, and we have seen Acer do better even in the very budget segment. The Full HD IPS panel struggles with its viewing angles, while the contrast ratio is low and brightness uniformity is great.
In terms of color reproduction, both the color coverage and accuracy aren’t up to standard, with the panel covering only 50% of the sRGB color gamut.
Accuracy was poor with the stock settings, giving us a dE value of 11. After we applied our Design and Gaming, the dE value went down to 3.4, which is still unusable.
Thankfully, the panel doesn’t use PWM at all, giving your eyes a safe work environment.
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The laptop features a decent selection of ports but lacks USB Type-C ports, which are essential in 2021. An SD card slot is also missing. What you actually get is a total of three USB Type-A ports, with one 2.0 port and two 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, an HDMI 2.0 and RJ-45 connectors, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
All Acer Aspire 3 (A315-35) configurations:
Acer Aspire 3
- AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
- AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000, 15W)
- 4GB RAM
- 256GB SSD