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[Review] Acer Aspire F 15 F5-571T-569T Budget Core i5 Touchscreen laptop

Pros: 8 GB of upgradable RAM, Core i5 CPU, 1 TB of Storage, mid range price, Touchscreen.
Cons: 4th generation Core i5 instead of the standard 5th gen.

With the wide variety of laptops available in the market, finding a laptop that fits our needs is becoming an increasingly difficult task with many people opting to pay for more than what they need simply to get the process over and done with.

However, once in awhile we run into a laptop whose spec/price balance is so good we simply can't bare not to share the knowledge and that's exactly what's happened today, a day in which we share with you guys our review on the Acer Aspire F 15 F5-571T-569T, a touchscreen laptop with a killer price that sets itself apart thanks to its 8 GB of RAM and Core i5 CPU. Now, without further ado, let's delve into this review and get to know a little bit more about this compelling machine.

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Acer Aspire F 15 F5-571T-569T Full Review

Design and Display

We'll kick things off by tackling the screen, one of the most outstanding features on the Acer Aspire F 15 F5-571T-569T. In that regard, the newly released Windows 10 laptop sports a 15.6 inch LED backlit widescreen display with a 1366 by 768 pixel resolution. 

However, this is no ordinary screen, but rather a touchscreen. It's debatable whether that's a function that users actually need but it never hurts to have it, especially if it doesn't show in the price as is the case on this model.

As for the design, we're quite contempt with this laptops overall design thanks to its brushed metal surface which really offers a more "premium" look to the notebook. We also appreciate the fact that it comes with a dedicated numeric pad as well as a backlit keyboard, ideal for when we write at nights.
It's also relatively light, with a weight of just above 5 pounds. The norm within this kind of mid range machine. 

Let's talk performance...

Probably the most important thing one looks at before committing to purchasing a laptop is the overall performance that the machine can give us. In that sense, we're very pleased with the Acer Aspire F 15 F5-571T-569T.

Starting off with the CPU, we've got an Intel Core i5 CPU under the serial number 4210U. This is a 4th generation processor with two cores and 3 MB of cache that clocks in at 1.7 GHz and reaches a maximum speed of 2.7 GHz thanks to turboboost. 

Overall this is a pretty solid processor, however it should be noted that it's also a mid 2014 processor, which is why we're able to buy this laptop at such an affordable price point. 

Along with the CPU we've also got 8 GB of system memory (RAM). It's worth noting that you can expand upon this to a maximum of 16 GB of RAM. That said, 8 GB of RAM should be enough for even the most demanding users and there's hardly ever a true need for more than that unless you need to run virtual machines on a regular basis or run several resource demanding programs.

Finally, in the graphics department we're looking at an Intel HD Graphics 4400 graphics card. This is an integrated graphics card which means it already comes with the CPU. That said, it's not a bad graphics card and it's good for most tasks like streaming Full HD video, editing images, surfing the web and so forth. However, as you might imagine, it's not a graphics that will allow you to play assassins creed at a full 30 frames, for example.

How about that storage and battery life?

Ok, so we've already covered the basics in terms of performance but now it's time to talk storage, a key deciding factor for many users and that's why we couldn't leave it out of our review of the Acer Aspire F 15 F5-571T-569T.

In that regard, Acer's new flagship mid range laptop comes with a 1 TB hard drive that runs at an average 5400 rpm speed. It's a pretty good storage capacity and it shows us that Acer is serious about making this laptop a must-have for many users. Sure, an SSD module would've made us fall in love with the gear but if that where the case we'd be looking a very different price.

Finally, moving on to battery life, Acer doesn't give us a specific amount of hours but it does tell us that the Aspire F 15 F5-571T-569T features a 4 cell battery which, taking into account similar models would round up at a bit over 5 hours of autonomy, not to shabby if you ask us though not nearly as good as the 12 hours that we could get on MacBook Air (which also costs more than double).

Wrapping things up...

When it comes down to connectivity, we're happy to say there's nothing missing on this model. We've got 3 USB ports (2 USB 3.0), WiFi with the b/g/n/ac standard, HDMI output, Bluetooth, ethernet port , DVD reader/writer and of course a VGA port.

It goes without saying that the Acer Aspire F 15 F5-571T-569T comes with a webcam as well as a built in microphone and in terms of OS we've got Windows 10 Home edition in its 64 bit version so we'll be able to take full advantage of the 8 GB of RAM.

So, what's the verdict?

After weighing in the pros and cons of this notebook and conducting a full review of the Acer Aspire F 15 F5-571T-569T we feel pretty confident when saying it's a killer laptop. The biggest cons are that it's CPU is a bit outdated (though still very good) and it's biggest pros are its 1 TB of storage and 8 GB of RAM. We won't say the touchscreen is a pro though if you're looking for a touchscreen laptop it would definitely fit into that category. We're also big fans of the WiFi ac standard and the backlit keyboard.

All in all, it's a very good option for powerusers who are looking for a fully fledged machine and don't want to spend over $700 or more to get it. It goes without saying that there are better alternatives in the market but at it's price point this is a very good deal (see price here).

That said, we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't also urge you to take a look at the Toshiba Satellite C55-C5241 (see our full review here). This is a similarly priced laptop which stands out thanks to it's 5th generation Core i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and 7 hour battery life. It lacks the touchscreen that this Acer model sports but in return you get a more powerful machine in overall performance.