Inside Acer Aspire 3 (A315-22) – disassembly and upgrade options

Well, the Aspire 3 (A315-22) is certainly not a powerhouse, but you can rely on future upgrades.

Check out all Acer Aspire 3 (A315-22) prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.


1. Remove the bottom plate

To get inside of this device, you have to undo 11 Phillips-head screws. Then, carefully pry the bottom panel away from the body.


2. Battery

Unfortunately, the battery has a capacity of only 37Wh.


3. Memory and storage

As you can see, there is one RAM SODIMM slot, which enables you to upgrade the soldered 4GB memory. In terms of storage, you get one 2.5-inch SATA drive bay and an M.2 slot for NVMe drives.


4. Cooling system

Here we have a semi-active cooling solution. There are no heat pipes, but instead, Acer has used a thin cooling plate. Also, there is a fan, that spins the air around the chassis. The idea here is that the intake grills on the bottom panel are placed right beneath the cooling plate so that the fresh air gently brushes the surface.

Check out all Acer Aspire 3 (A315-22) prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

Acer Aspire 3 (A315-21/31/32) in-depth review

Today we have something that is on the budget. And we mean really on the budget. Usually, you can find the Acer Aspire 3 in many different configurations, some of which include pretty powerful hardware. This makes the Aspire 3 (A315-22) look like a very weird option, as the processor inside is the AMD A4-9120e. It is built on a 28nm architecture, called Stoney Ridge, and it came out roughly 6 years ago. So why is Acer selling a laptop that comes with such old hardware? Well, we see one reason for that. Because of the current situation, which pretty much depleted the low-budget laptop marke[...]

Pros

  • Extremely affordable
  • Decent upgradeability
  • Doesn't use aggressive PWM for brightness adjustment (BOE NT156WHM-N44)

Cons

  • Poor build materials choice
  • Its TN panel has poor viewing angles, mediocre contrast ratio and covers only 53% of the sRGB color gamut (BOE NT156WHM-N44)
  • Dated hardware with a very low performance
  • No SD card reader and USB Type-C port
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