Why this Windows laptop is one of the best values in tech right now

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Few product categories in the world of technology are as large as Windows laptops. They can be either highly affordable or very expensive, and come in virtually every shape, size, and hardware configuration. 

So when the stars align and a product checks off a lot of the right boxes, it’s worth mentioning; and that’s certainly true of Acer’s Aspire E-15 laptop.

Its internal specs are top-notch for normal users, with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and 2.3ghz i5 processor. The SSD in particular is a nice touch. Unless you’re looking for a super budget product, I wouldn’t recommend anyone get a computer with a standard hard drive anymore. The RAM and processor are more than sufficient for web browsing, word processing, email, and social media, but one additional spec struck me.

This machine has 2GB of dedicated graphics memory. That makes this machine a good buy not only for normal people, but for folks who want to edit photos in Photoshop and video in Premiere between writing emails. Dedicated graphics memory on a normal laptop like this is a huge win.

The E-15 is also equipped with every standard port under the sun: HDMI and VGA outs for video, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB C port, 1 USB 2.0 port, an Ethernet port, a headphone jack, an SD card slot, and it even has a DVD burner. Given its internal specs and array of ports, this is like the Swiss Army knife of laptops. The one spec that could be a little better is the screen resolution: It’s 1080P, which isn’t bad, but on a 15-inch screen, you’re definitely going to see some pixels.

I can’t think of a reason why I’d go back to a Windows laptop from my MacBook Pro, but if I had to, I would seriously consider the Acer E-15. It might not be as aesthetically pleasing, but it matches, and even exceeds, some of the specs of my current laptop (built-in Ethernet, anyone?) If you’re in the market for a mid-range laptop, I would consider this a slam dunk for Acer’s asking price.

Acer Aspire E-15, $A718.65, available at Amazon

This article was originally published on 8/22/2016. 

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