Acer VX 15 laptops offer Pascal and Kaby Lake on a budget

A while back during CES, we talked briefly about the Acer Aspire VX 15 gaming laptops. They've now arrived, and we have the skinny on them. Acer says the machines belong in the "budget gaming" laptop category. After taking a gander at their Pascal graphics cards, Kaby Lake CPUs, and price tags, we're inclined to think they should offer good value indeed.

The VX 15 comes in two versions, easy to tell apart: one with a Core i5-7300HQ CPU with four cores and a 3.5 GHz turbo clock, and another with a Core i7-7700HQ and its four cores, eight threads, and clocks up to 3.8 GHz.

The remaining specs are exactly identical for both machines. The CPUs are accompanied by 16GB of DDR4, and graphics horsepower comes by way of a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti card that slaps pixels at speed on a 1920×1080 screen. Acer doesn't say what's the panel type, so we're guessing they're TN displays with a 60Hz refresh rate.

Battery capacity is listed as 4605 mAh, and Acer says it should be good for six hours without a trip to a power outlet. For peripheral connectivity, the VX 15s come with a USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 connectors, and a USB Type-C port. Since these are gaming laptops, they pack red-backlit keyboards with highlights on the WASD block. The rest of the common laptop trappings apply: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a Gigabit Ethernet port, Bluetooth 4.0, and a webcam. The machines themselves measure 15.3" x 10.5" x 1.1" and weight in at 5.5 lbs (or 2.5 kg). Certainly not the weight of a feather, but they pack the hardware to show for it.

The VX 15s are pretty well-balanced, if a little bulky. Their best characteristic is their price, though. You can get the model with the Core i5-7300HQ for only $900, or the higher-end version with a Core i7-7700HQ for not much more at $1050. Acer offers one-year warranty coverage on the VX 15s.

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    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    Wonder how the screen is. The Dell inspiron Gaming is a really cheap way into a laptop 1050/1050TI, but the screen is impresively poor in contrast ratio and colour gamut. Had they used the same screen as last time it would have been a winner. Hopefully this manages better.

    • shank15217
    • 3 years ago

    Would be worth if it was a 1060 not a 1050

    • Anovoca
    • 3 years ago

    Nice specs, but what is the point of making a computer portable (laptop) if you are afraid to ever be seen with it in public.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    I’ve been looking at these over in the EU and I can’t tell if they’re a TN or IPS screen.

    Youtubers and other reviews seem to suggest that there is a mix a screens but nobody selling them specifies the screen type or offers a choice of screen. When unspecified you can always be sure it’s TN 🙁

      • shank15217
      • 3 years ago

      Better be TN, cause when the ladies come up to me at the coffee shop, I dont want them to see the pr0n i’ve have playing on mute.

      • zaeric19
      • 3 years ago

      According to Amazon’s US listing for this product (which has been up for a couple weeks based on verified purchaser reviews from late February) it is an IPS display. In the Q&A someone specifically asks about the panel and the answer is that the NA version is IPS but TN may be used in other parts of the world. Amazon.co.uk listing does not specify panel type unfortunately.

      [url<]https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-Gaming-GeForce-VX5-591G-75RM/dp/B01N12YZ7B/[/url<]

    • krazyredboy
    • 3 years ago

    I may be in the minority, but I feel like the mouse pads just keep getting further and further to the left side of modern laptops. I know they try to keep them centered on the space key, but it just feels weird to me.

      • ChicagoDave
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah that touchpad placement just looks odd. If anything they should be moving it to the right since most people are right handed. Or they could just leave it in the center and not piss off anyone

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    I’m not a fan of these Unreal-esque designs but I suppose you have to hand it to Acer for giving you these specs for this price.

    • kn00tcn
    • 3 years ago

    i dont know what you people keep talking about, how is a nice red on a nice grey supposed to be ugly? only the keyboard is wrong to have the red border on each key

    edit: not saying the fighter jet geometry is good

    • Bumper
    • 3 years ago

    that thing is fugly. those angles… yuck. colors certainly don’t help. just make it all black people. gaming laptops are always so ugly.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    Their updated top-of-the-line [not budget] model is coming out in a few weeks and is pretty decently priced for the specs [I’ve been shopping for similar rigs]. It’s the Acer Predator GX-792-77BL:

    [url<]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834315933&cm_re=predator_gaming_laptop-_-34-315-933-_-Product[/url<]

    • dpaus
    • 3 years ago

    Garish colours aside, it’s a damn shame they didn’t offer a higher-res screen on the top-end model. Say, 2560×1440?

      • Vhalidictes
      • 3 years ago

      4K would be a heck of a lot better, but 1280×720 pixel-doubled isn’t terrible for gaming.

      • BoilerGamer
      • 3 years ago

      They want to stay within the performance envelope of the GPU and don’t want to offer 1060, so 1080P is about as high as they could go for it to play most recent AAA with 1050Ti.

      • watzupken
      • 3 years ago

      I believe this is targeting the budget conscious folks. Adding a 1440p monitor will only increase the price. And typically, big brands such as Acer don’t really offer lots of customisation on their laptops.

    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    Nice specs, but sadly these are colored for gamerz.

      • nico1982
      • 3 years ago

      If this is representative of “colored for gamerz”, it won’t bother me in the slightest.

        • Bobs_Your_Uncle
        • 3 years ago

        Indeed. While the Candy Apple Red trim and red keyboard back-lighting don’t appeal to me at all, at least turning it on doesn’t run the risk of triggering flashbacks resulting from bad acid.

      • Vhalidictes
      • 3 years ago

      They’re priced for gamerz too. When did a grand become the cheap option?

        • nico1982
        • 3 years ago

        Both comes with 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and a 1050Ti. I think they are reasonably priced.

        • Billstevens
        • 3 years ago

        Do we have to take a stroll back to the Apple site and look at what people spend on productivity laptops?

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