Acer Aspire VX 15
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
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.