ACER AS­PIRE VX 15

HWM (Singapore) - - Test -

The Acer As­pire VX 15 isn’t a mem­ber of the com­pany’s high-end Preda­tor gam­ing range, but there’s a good chance that it’ll sell more units than the fancy Preda­tor 15. Acer has gone ahead and given it a more gamer-ori­ented de­sign, with sweep­ing lines, red ac­cents, and a brushed metal nish on the lid. There are also two large styl­ized vents at the rear where the note­book spits out hot air, rem­i­nis­cent of what you’d see on sports cars.

Two fans seem to do a good job cool­ing the unit. This is a freak­ishly si­lent lap­top even un­der load. While the palm rests never got un­com­fort­ably hot, CPU tem­per­a­ture ac­tu­ally peaked at a toasty 91°C in our tests.

The good news is that per­for­mance didn’t seem to be a ected, and the VX 15 passed our 3DMark Fire Strike Ex­treme Stress Test and per­formed in line with the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is no gam­ing pow­er­house, but it is a de­cent en­try-level GPU that should run most games at 1080p and Medium set­tings. That said, you’re out of luck if you want to run VR games.

The VX 15 comes with a good se­lec­tion of con­nec­tors, in­clud­ing a USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, and a full-sized HDMI out­put.

The key­board is pleas­ant to use with good key travel dis­tance, and it sports a sin­gle-color red back­light that will help you pick out keys in the dark. The back­light­ing op­tions are quite lim­ited how­ever, and there’s not even an op­tion to ad­just the bright­ness level. In com­par­i­son, lap­tops like the After­shock MX-15 Elite and Gi­ga­byte Sabre 15 sup­port three­zone RGB cus­tomiza­tions and even key­board macros.

The left- and right-click but­tons in­te­grated into the track­pad could do with crisper feed­back as well, and we couldn’t help think­ing that they felt mushy at times.

When it came to the screen, the 1080p IPS panel was a bit dis­ap­point­ing. Col­ors ap­peared va­pid, and the screen wasn’t quite bright enough even at max­i­mum set­tings. Still, it has a matte coat­ing, and that’s a small mercy un­der bright over­head light­ing.

Ex­tremely si­lent opera on Unim­pres­sive screen that could be brighter

The brushed metal nish on the lid looks to be an at­tempt to cre­ate a more pre­mium feel.

The WASD clus­ter is rimmed in red for a more gamer-cen­tric aes­thetic.

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