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  • - Hey, guys, this is Austin.

  • A few months ago, we took a look at this,

  • the $350 Acer Aspire E15, which just so happens

  • to be the best-selling laptop on Amazon.

  • But for 350 bucks, what are you actually getting?

  • Well, at first glance, it doesn't look all that special,

  • so for $350, you're getting plastic on plastic

  • with a side of plastic.

  • Nowhere is this more obvious than the screen,

  • which flexes, well, a lot

  • with just a little bit of pressure.

  • However, if you can look past

  • a few of these smaller nitpicks,

  • you'll find that this is actually

  • a surprisingly solid laptop.

  • What really makes this guy stand out

  • is the level of specs and features

  • that you're getting for the price.

  • Inside, you're getting a 7th-generation

  • Intel Core i3-7100U processor,

  • 4 gigabytes of RAM, as well as a one terabyte hard drive.

  • Definitely the slowest part is going to be the hard drive.

  • It's 2018, and you know, SSDs are a thing.

  • However, what really helps to save this laptop

  • is the Core i3.

  • This is gonna be a lot more powerful

  • than pretty much any other laptop in this price point.

  • Luckily, it's really easy to upgrade this guy.

  • Remove three screws on the bottom of the laptop.

  • You get access to not only your hard drive,

  • but also to your memory as well as to install a full M.2 SSD.

  • And it just so happens that I have an M.2 SSD right here.

  • For $45, you can get this ADATA 128 gig drive,

  • which, once you install on this,

  • is gonna make a huge difference.

  • If you've never installed an M.2 drive before,

  • it's about as easy as it gets.

  • Remove this single screw from the bottom,

  • and then all we need to do is line it up with the slot,

  • make sure it's fully inserted,

  • and then we take that same screw

  • and use it to hold it into place.

  • Now while a 128-gig drive might not sound too impressive,

  • the idea here is that this is going to be enough

  • to install Windows as well as a few games and apps,

  • but you still have your full one terabyte hard drive,

  • which means that you're gonna have

  • over a terabyte of capacity inside the laptop,

  • and if you want to get even crazier,

  • you can remove the optical drive

  • to install yet another drive inside.

  • I said the word drive a lot, but hopefully you get the idea.

  • Something else I was able to pick up for just over $40

  • is another four gigabytes of RAM.

  • Now this is okay as it is, but especially if

  • you want to get into anything like gaming,

  • or just want more than four gigs of RAM

  • for, like, you know, six or seven Chrome tabs,

  • this is gonna be really helpful,

  • and again, super simple to upgrade.

  • You can literally do all this stuff in, like, 10 minutes.

  • And so, with that, we have eight gigabytes of RAM,

  • a 128-gig SSD, and an upgraded $440 laptop.

  • But, is it actually any good?

  • With these upgrades, we're ready for a bit of gaming,

  • and starting out, we have CS:GO.

  • Now with integrated Intel graphics,

  • you shouldn't expect a ton.

  • I should really turn my volume down.

  • So running on low settings at 900p,

  • we're actually getting solid frame rates,

  • so we're at anywhere between 50 to 80 frames per second.

  • Now, it's not going to be a perfect CS:GO experience,

  • but this is not a bad little gaming laptop.

  • Next up, we have Fortnite.

  • Now this is a game that actually scales

  • pretty well to lower-end hardware.

  • Here at 720p on low settings,

  • we are getting between 30 to 40 frames per second.

  • Now don't get me wrong, this is not a gaming PC.

  • However, especially with that Core i3

  • and that dual-channel memory,

  • it's not going to be too bad

  • as long as you keep your expectations in check.

  • Some lighter titles are definitely going to be playable.

  • I've actually gotta say, I don't really ever play Fortnite,

  • but this does really scale nicely.

  • I mean, yeah, we're getting 35, 40 frames per second here,

  • but on such a low-end laptop, it's not bad at all.

  • Next up, we have Rocket League,

  • another game that traditionally runs

  • pretty well on low-end hardware,

  • and here at 900p on Performance settings,

  • we're getting anywhere between 40 to 50 frames per second.

  • It's not bad, which I know I keep saying,

  • but when you consider just how cheap this laptop is,

  • even with the upgrades,

  • I'm impressed at how much it doesn't suck.

  • This laptop is definitely useful

  • for more than just gaming, though.

  • It's rocking a 15.6-inch 1080p panel.

  • Now it is going to be TN, so you're going to be sacrificing

  • some color and especially some viewing angles,

  • but when you consider that this guy cost $350 stock,

  • the screen is much, much better than you usually get.

  • I can't tell you how many laptops I've looked at

  • that cost much more than this with much, much worse screens.

  • Something you don't exactly see on laptops very often

  • these days is an optical drive, but this does have it

  • in addition to a USB 2.0 port, but more importantly,

  • on this side, we're going to be getting

  • two more USB 3's, HDMI.

  • Weirdly enough, there's a VGA port,

  • but then you get Ethernet as well as a USB Type-C.

  • The keyboard is classic Acer,

  • so it's a good thing for the most part.

  • You're getting a pretty standard layout

  • with a couple of odd additions,

  • but you do get the number row,

  • and for $350, it's pretty impressive

  • that it actually does have a backlight.

  • It's not a super-bright backlight, but again,

  • that's not something you usually find on a budget laptop.

  • You're also going to be getting

  • a Windows precision trackpad.

  • Now, it's pretty solid.

  • You're getting full support for the multi-touch gestures,

  • and thankfully, like all of these precision trackpads,

  • it does actually track much, much more accurately

  • than a lot of the third-party options.

  • It's almost like there's a lot of things in this laptop

  • that are shared with much more expensive options.

  • I sense a trend here.

  • Battery life is going to be pretty solid,

  • so especially thanks to that Core i3 inside,

  • you should expect somewhere in the neighborhood

  • of about eight hours of light use on a charge,

  • and if you upgrade with an SSD and install Windows on it,

  • that's probably going to make things even better.

  • So, for $350, is the Acer Aspire E15 worth it?

  • I've gotta say, it totally is.

  • I see why everyone on Amazon is buying these.

  • Now I will say, though, that if you do pick one up,

  • I think it is well worth it to spend

  • a little bit of extra money to upgrade

  • with an SSD and more memory.

  • But regardless, if you're wanting to pick up a cheap laptop,

  • this is a solid option, and as always,

  • links to this as well as the upgrades I used for it

  • will be in the description.

  • Anyway, guys, thank you so much for watching,

  • and I will catch you in the next one.

- Hey, guys, this is Austin.

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