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Verdict: Editor's Choice
The best in class multimedia 17.3-inch laptop. Period. It may have some unpolished edges here and there – we refer to the slightly flexible interior, lid and the wobbly touchpad – but it delivers exceptional multimedia experience and pretty powerful hardware for the asking price.
More often than not, 17-inch notebooks in the entry-level segment of the market tend to cut more than one corner when it comes to performance or screen quality. However, in this case, the Aspire 5 (A517-51G) checks all the boxes in this regard. The Core i7-8550U (or the Core i5-8250U if you go for the base model) along with the GeForce MX150, make a good team for light gaming, especially in the competitive gaming segment. Don't expect high frame rates at higher resolution settings, though.
Speaking of resolution, we can't miss mentioning the most exciting thing about the Aspire 5 (17-inch) – the surprisingly good IPS display. Laptops in the same ballpark tend to incorporate either a TN panel or a budget IPS panel but this time around, Acer used a high-end LG panel that's also found on the Lenovo Legion Y920, which costs more than twice as much. This ensures wide sRGB coverage, high contrast and exceptionally high maximum brightness. And last, but not least, the Aspire 5 delivers pretty good battery runtimes despite the rather small 48Wh battery leaving behind some 15-inch laptops as well.
What do we get from all of this? Well, it's pretty simple – if you are looking for a 17-inch laptop, either for light gaming, multimedia, work etc., the Acer Aspire 5 (A571-51G) is probably the best all-rounder for now. It should be able to bring way above average user experience no matter what you will be using it for.
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