Inside Acer Aspire 5 (A517-52G) – disassembly and upgrade options

This notebook is easy on the budget and provides a decent amount of upgrade options down the line. Take a look!

Check out all Acer Aspire 5 (A517-52G) prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.


1. Remove the bottom plate

To get inside this notebook, you need to undo 14 Phillips-head screws. After that, pry the bottom panel, starting from the front, and remove it from the chassis.


2. Battery

Here, we see a 54.6Wh battery pack. It lasted us more than 10 hours of Web browsing or about 7 hours of video playback. The first thing you need to do is to unplug the battery connector from the motherboard. Then, undo the two Phillips-head screws holding it to the body, and take it away.


3. Memory and storage

This notebook comes with 4GB of memory soldered to the motherboard. You also get a single SODIMM slot for up to 16GB expansion. Storage-wise, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 slot. In addition to that, you get a 2.5-inch SATA drive bay with mounting accessories included.


4. Cooling system

On the other hand, the cooling looks a bit underwhelming with only a single heat pipe dealing with both the CPU and the GPU. Thankfully, the graphics memory sports a metal heat spreader.

Check out all Acer Aspire 5 (A517-52G) prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

Acer Aspire 5 (A517-52 / A517-52G) in-depth review

Acer has a bit of catching up to do with their Aspire lineup. Both Lenovo (with their Ideapad), and ASUS (through its Vivobook brand) have done a great job with their latest low-budget machines. This leaves the Aspire stuck in the past. Well, we hope that's no more, as today we're going to show you the Aspire 5 (A517-52G), which is a 17-inch model with a 1080p IPS display and a bit more than meets the eye. This particular version comes with a dedicated graphics card, hence the "G" in its name. Well, don't expect a GTX, or an RTX GPU. After all, this is an everyday device, not a gaming prod[...]

Pros

  • 1x SODIMM, 1x M.2 PCIe x4, 1x 2.5-inch SATA
  • Decent performance
  • Comfortable viewing angles and good contrast ratio
  • No PWM
  • SATA accessories inside the box
  • Lowkey design + optional fingerprint reader
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Covers only 53% of the sRGB gamut
  • No SD card reader and Thunderbolt 4
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