As­pir­ing Preda­tor

Acer As­pire VX 15

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Ian Chee

For the long­est time, the As­pire name has been Acer’s way of de­nom­i­nat­ing its per­for­mance sys­tems, and gen­er­ally a name to ex­pect for a gam­ing ma­chine be­fore the Preda­tor name came about. Now that it has, it would seem that the Preda­tor se­ries is for those who are go­ing all out in per­for­mance, while the As­pire ma­chines are for those with a bud­get limit in mind when con­sid­er­ing their next pur­chase. And with that, we take a look at the As­pire VX 15.

Now, Acer has been giv­ing its gam­ing ma­chines fairly ag­gres­sive looks re­gard­less of se­ries, so look­ing at the As­pire VX 15, we were won­der­ing why it wasn’t named Preda­tor. This

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is es­pe­cially so when you con­sider two red mark­ings on the lid that look like the eyes of a wild animal in the woods at night. You get ag­gres­sive red ac­cents else­where too, with some out­lin­ing the touch pad, WASD but­tons, as well as at the edge of the ex­haust vents that look like they have been mod­eled af­ter those on an Ital­ian su­per­car. Be­sides th­ese reds, the As­pire VX 15 is gen­er­ally clad in black. If you want more red on the As­pire VX 15, then you’ll find them in the form of the back­light­ing for the key­board, which fur­ther high­lights the red on the four keys. It only comes with two set­tings – on or off.

Go­ing to the num­bers, the

RAM add-ons aside, we’d eas­ily rec­om­mend the Acer As­pire VX 15 to the bud­get­con­scious gamer.

As­pire VX 15 comes with a Full HD dis­play, an In­tel Core i7-7700HQ pro­ces­sor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU, and oddly enough, 4GB of DDR4 RAM. While 4GB of RAM is enough for most things, you’ll in­ad­ver­tently run into some hic­cups. You can add more all the way up to 32GB, and while we won’t say you need that 32GB max­i­mum, we’d say that you’d def­i­nitely want more than 4GB of RAM, es­pe­cially since we’re so used to gam­ing note­books be­ing ul­tra re­spon­sive.

With that out of the way, we’ll go through our usual bench­mark pro­grams to check the ac­tual per­for­mance of the As­pire VX 15. The ma­chine ob­tained scores of 2,329 1,769, 3,327 and 6,268 for 3DMark’s Time Spy, Fire Strike Ul­tra, Fire Strike Ex­treme and Fire Strike, re­spec­tively. On PCMark’s set of bench­marks, the scores were 3,256 3,913 and 4,260 for Home, Cre­ative and Work, re­spec­tively. That said, we ex­pe­ri­enced mi­cro stut­ters when play­ing Dota 2, and only got­ten a smooth ex­pe­ri­ence when we capped the frame rate to 60 and kept graph­i­cal set­tings on medium. This con­vinced us that the As­pire VX 15 needed just a bit more RAM than it cur­rently has.

The WASD keys are given the ex­tra red treat­ment for the dis­cern­ing at­ten­tion of FPS players.

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