Acer Aspire A514-52 

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Acer seem reluctant to bring in new names, as I have reviewed an Aspire 5 in the past, only the bit after the ‘5’ varies here however there is doubt that this a different unit as the previous one weighed over 2kilos and this one only clocks in a tad over 1.5 kilos so what else is new on this small and light laptop?

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The Acer Aspire A514-52 laptop computer measures 32x23x1.5cm and weighs 1524grams. The viewable screen is 31x17.5cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial measurement of close to 14 inches. The screen is HD 1920x1080 with the default display set at 150% but I was perfectly happy using it at 125%.

The 84 key keyboard has 4cm clear behind 2.5cm clear either side and 9cm clear in front with the 10.5x6.5cm trackpad mounted 9.5cm from the left and 12.5cm from the right. The alpha and numeric keys are full size.

Going around the outside has socket for the supplied charger, next is an Ethernet port, then HDMI out followed by two USB ports and finally a USB ‘C’ port all on the left side. Both the front and back have no ports or connections. The right side has a 3.5mm socket for headphones or earbuds, a USB port two LEDs and finally a Kensington lock port. The bottom has two 3x.6cm rubber feet at the front and a long 27.5x.6cm rubber strip at the back these lift the unit from whatever it is resting upon and help to dissipate heat. Also on the bottom set on the slightly curved edge are two speakers outside the rubber feet that help to increase the sound to rise upwards.

Startup time is a very good six seconds while shutdown is only four seconds.

It has an Intel i5 tenth generation processor running at 2.1GHz. It has 8GB or RAM and a 237GB SSD with 201GB available.

It has Windows 10 Home version 1909 installed and despite doing several sessions of updates while with me would not offer the latest version 2004.

There is an offer of Dropbox of 100GB of storage free for people without a Dropbox account. It also comes with a 30 day trial of Norton Security Ultra and a similar trial of Microsoft Office 365.

The aluminium lid gives you some extra protection as most notebooks get used out and about rather than sit permanently in an office. The screen has good clarity and only with direct sunlight can this be a problem.

A lot of recent notebooks no longer have an Ethernet port and this does manage to squeeze one in by the bottom edge opening up by .2mm to enable the Ethernet plug to fit in. A lot of offices do not allow Wi-Fi for security reasons. Talking of the Wi-Fi here it is rather good as its both 802.11 a and c.

A very nice notebook with rapid booting and while a larger SSD would have been useful with a range of off computer storage it should be fine.

The Acer Aspire A514-52 is available from the link below for £599.99 in silver grey or black.

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