Budget-Friendly Gaming Buddy
Leaning away from its Predator lineup, which mostly focuses on mid-range to high-end gaming systems, Acer introduces the Aspire VX 15, a budget-conscious gaming laptop that is capable to meet the everyday gamer’s expectations. After making its debut during CES 2017, the Aspire VX 15 finally makes it way to our shores at RM4,399, a much more reasonable price as compared to what the Acer Predator series has to offer in terms of gaming laptops.
A Tortoise Moves Faster
The Aspire VX 15 comes with 4GB of DDR4 SDRAM with the option to upgrade up to 32GB. To make up for its affordable price, you will want to upgrade the RAM as 4GB is way too little, even for a basic laptop standards. Having Google Chrome with three tabs open and Spotify playing in the background, it took me a good five minutes to just navigate my way to the home screen. Why Acer decided to leave the Aspire VX 15 with just 4GB of RAM to begin with is beyond my comprehension.
Thankfully, the Aspire VX 15 comes with NVIDIA’s latest Pascal architecture, the GeForce GTX 10 Series GPU. It also comes with Intel’s 7th Gen. i7 processor, making it an extremely worthwhile purchase, that is if you’re also planning to upgrade the RAM. The Aspire VX 15 also has admirable benchmark scores; although not great, it is marketed towards the everyday casual gamer who considers gaming a hobby and a pastime.
Almost Carbon Copy Design
One note I would like to point out about the Aspire VX 15 is its eerie similarity with the ASUS ROG laptops. Granted, both companies are from Taiwan and share similar colour schemes with each other. However, it was the exhaust ports of the Aspire VX 15 that gave it away. ASUS ROG laptops are known for its gargantuan exhaust ports so from the back, the Aspire VX 15 did strike a close resemblance on that front.
Cop or Drop?
With its modest price tag and top-notch components, the Aspire VX 15 is a no-brainer, especially if you’re looking for a gaming laptop that can run most games while still being able to watch your movies, enjoy your music and even get work done. However, you must upgrade the RAM to at least 16GB, otherwise, you’re gonna have a bad time.
1 – Easier Viewing Enjoyment
The 15.6-inch FHD (Full HD) IPS display screen allows you to game better while also enjoying your movies a lot more than usual.
2 – Powered by Dolby
The Aspire VX 15 comes with Dolby Audio Premium, greatly enhancing the laptop’s overall audio quality with home-theatre quality sound.
3 – Speed is of the Essense
You can now have much quicker transfer speeds as the Aspire VX 15 comes with USB3.0 ports.
4 – Bathing in the Blood of your Enemies
The keyboard has Iron-Red backlit keys, allowing you to game in the dark without even needing external light.
5 – Bring It Everywhere
Weighing at 2.8kg, the Aspire VX 15 is considered pretty light in gaming laptop standards so you can bring it with you wherever you go.
Dimensions (HxWxD): 27.94 x 388.62 x 266.7mm
Processor: 7th Gen. Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz Quad-Core
Memory: 4GB DDR4 SDRAM
Storage: 256GB M.2 SSD; 1TB HDD
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Display: 15.6 Full HD (FHD) IPS
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti – 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM
Ports: USB 2.0; USB-C Gen. 1; USB 3.0; HDMI; LAN; SD Card Reader
3DMark Fire Strike – 6,252
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated – 3,530
Value – 10
Performance – 8
Features – 8
Design – 7
Usability – 6
Total – 7.8
Verdict: If you’re looking for a budget-friendly gaming laptop, this is one for you.
Byline: Teh Wi-Liam