You may have noticed the sleek and sudden marketing campaign by some of South Africa’s top bloggers and Instagram where they were all sporting an Acer? Often in gold but not always, some got the more discreet looking black one.
Because we don’t like feeling left out and it was all over our Instagram feed. The fomo was real with this piece of tech. We got our hands on it, so we too could give it a test run.
Our first thoughts
Boy is it heavy for such a small laptop. It was the type of heavy that made you wonder if you tossed it across the room would you decapitate someone? Not that we ever recommend throwing a laptop but still. The Acer is very solidly built but still, manages to be quite sleek and streamlined.
From a design perspective, the solid metal casing made it feel very sturdy. As if it wouldn’t break easily and live comfortably between textbooks and notebooks. You will, however, notice that it is in your backpack because it is heavier than it’s Lenovo and Dell counterparts. Still light enough to be an ultrabook though.
For the usual Youtube and or Netflix test, we watched a few hours of one of our favourite series on it. It worked well, we had HD videos on Netflix and got to feel better about ourselves. because one of our favourite actresses also has a few pimples on her chin.
Since it handled the Netflix test, we decided to throw a proper game on it and see if it could handle it. Yes, yes it can. We loaded overwatched, hooked up a games controller because why use a keyboard when you can use a controller.
While the graphics card isn’t the same as you would get in a huge custom built a rig or even Acers’ own predator range. It is impressive enough for us to say we could comfortably play overwatch on it and even play against some of our friends online. if you like the ability to travel with your laptop and play in different locations or at airports without carrying a gaming laptop on your back then this works well.
It could even handle photoshop while we were editing photos for one of next months big features. For a campus laptop for a graphic designer that doesn’t want to use a mac, this baby could work.
One of the things we always review is would this computer work on campus. Would it fit the need of all students or specific needs for certain degrees? While most of the laptops we honestly say won’t work for engineers or those that need serious processing power. It would be a lie for us to say that about this laptop.
If you are looking for a light and portable laptop that you can use when either running emulators or any of the weird and wonderful programs you need in class. This one should be able to handle it. The keyboard isn’t a full keyboard but the standard without a numpad that many ultrabooks seem to have.
So this laptop doesn’t have standard USB ports, everything from it’s charger to its peripheral are all USB 3 ports. Which is great if you have it, super annoying when you just quickly want to plug in a memory stick to transfer a file. While it comes with adaptors, it means you are carrying extra things you can lose and it isn’t nearly as sleek as you would expect it to be. We suggest getting a small pencil bag that you can put your adaptors and extras for this laptop in.
The screen has a slight overhang versus the keyboard, we can’t decide if that makes it look cooler or just plain old weird. Though it is amazingly clear and a fully working touch screen so for most things you don’t even need a mouse or to use the trackpad.
All that said, we liked this laptop, if we were looking for something light that packs a serious punch, that would rock. The ability to plug an extra monitor onto it and play games or dual screen while working means this can comfortably work on your desk at home.