Acer Aspire 5 now 20% in Prime Day deal

Acer Aspire 5
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An affordable laptop gets even more budget-friendly. The Acer Aspire 5 is on sale for $279 @ Amazon during Prime Day. Which means for a limited time, you can get the laptop that we praised for it's solid performance and strong audio for under $300. 

Powered by an AMD Ryzen 3 processor and AMD Vega 3 graphics, the Aspire 5 is a reliable work horse. It's an ideal laptop for a student or professional looking for a reliable laptop for work and play. And best of all, you can upgrade the storage via the bottom panel, which adds even more value. 

Acer Aspire 5: was $359 now $279 @ Amazon

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The Acer Aspire 5 is totally powered by AMD with a Ryzen 3 processor and a Vega 3 GPU. The notebook also offers 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display. And in case you use a lot of peripherals, the Aspire 5 offers a healthy amount of ports including USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C as well as USB 2.0. 

Sure, the Acer Aspire 5 isn't as powerful as a flagship, but for the price, it's a hard laptop to overlook. While we haven't reviewed this exact model, the iteration of the model we did evaluate has a lot of winning qualities. 

In terms of design, the aluminum-clad laptop strongly resembles a MacBook. Measuring 14.3 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches and weighing 3.7 pounds, it's lighter than the Asus VivoBook S15 (S533F) which comes in at 4 pounds, 14.1 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches. The 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 is plenty bright at 258 nits with solid color reproduction of 63% of the sRGB gamut

The Aspire 5 had mixed results during our performance tests, but had no problem handling multitasking duties. Our review unit managed to outpace the mainstream laptop average (22:21) during the Handbrake video-editing test, taking 21 minutes and 55 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p. And in terms of battery life, the notebook lasted 11 hours and 29 minutes on the Laptop Mag battery life test.  

Now that Amazon Prime Day 2020 has offically kicked off, we expect to see tons of deals on the industry’s best notebook PCs. Be sure to bookmark our Prime Day laptop deals page for this year’s exclusive deals on laptops.

Sherri L. Smith
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Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.