Inside Acer Aspire 5 (A515-57) – disassembly and upgrade options
Twelfth gen processors? Full package of upgrade options, and Gen 4 M.2 PCIe x4 support? The new Aspire 5 looks really promising.
Acer Aspire 5
- Intel Core i5-1235U
- Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (80EU)
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
There are 10 Phillips-head screws you need to undo, to access this laptop’s internals. After that, pry the panel with a plastic tool and lift it away from the chassis.
Inside, we see a 50Wh battery pack. It lasts for more than 9 hours of Web browsing, or about 7 hours and 30 minutes of video playback. Unplug the battery connector, and undo the two Phillips-head screws that hold it in place.
3. Memory and storage
Memory-wise, there are two SODIMM slots, which fit 32GB of DDR4 RAM in total. As for the storage, you get two M.2 PCIe x4 slots, one of which supports Gen 4 drives.
4. Cooling system
The cooling system here looks very simple but effective. There are two heat pipes connecting to a long heat sink, where two fans blow the heat away.
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- Thin and light design
- Alder Lake-U CPUs
- Thunderbolt 4 + Wi-Fi 6
- Touchpad + great input devices
- Capable cooling
- 2x SODIMM + 2x M.2 PCIe x4 (one supports Gen 4 drives)
- Good battery life
- Doesn't use PWM for brightness adjustment (BOE NV156FHM-N48 (BOE0A56))
- No SD card reader
- 51% sRGB coverage (BOE NV156FHM-N48 (BOE0A56))