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Acer Aspire 5 15.6" Laptop: FHD, i5-8265U, 8GB DDR4, 512GB NVMe, MX250 2GB

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Newegg.com and Neweegg via eBay,com have Acer Aspire 5 15.6" Laptop w/ Intel Core i5-265U (A515-54G-54QQ) on sale for $529.99. Shipping is free. Thanks sr71

Newegg.com also has Acer Aspire 5 15.6" Laptop w/ Intel Core i7-8565U (A515-54G-70TZ) on sale for $629.99Shipping is free.

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  • 15.6" 1920x1080 Full HD IPS display (non-touch)
  • Intel Core i5-8265U Quad-Core (Eight Thread) Processor
  • or Intel Core i7-8565U Quad-Core (Eight Thread) Processor
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM (4GB Soldered Onboard + 4GB DIMM, max 20GB supported)
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX250 2GB Graphics Card
  • 802.11ac WiFi (2x2) MU-MIMO / Bluetooth 5.0
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Weight: 3.97 lbs.
  • Ports
    • 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C
    • 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (one w/ Power-off Charging)
    • 1x USB 2.0
    • 1x HDMI v1.4
    • 1x Gigabit Ethernet
    • 1x Headphone/Mic Combo Jack
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Just got this laptop in the mail today. I do not have either the envy or vostro, but I do have a lenovo yoga 730.

It feels quite similar in build quality. The hinges on both are sturdy. It seems like more of the bottom of the acer is plastic. The keys do feel cheaper on the acer as well. Honestly, for a 530 laptop my first impression is that the build quality is good.

As far as the IPS vs TN panel debate, I own it and I still couldn't tell you. It has a matte finish, and it seemed plenty bright and colorful to me. I could never give a legitimate opinion on viewing angle of a laptop screen because...it's either on a desk right in front of me or on my lap. Maybe there are reasons for this to not be the case, but I can't fathom them. Regardless, the screen looks great when it is in either one of those places.

Weight is under 4 pounds. Perfect for a 15". No buyers remorse yet, so it's not like youd be getting a complete POS like some reviews will tell you.
Perhaps you've never used a laptop this way, but limited viewing angle would affect...

Multiple people viewing a video. (Probably not everyone is sitting straight on).
Using the laptop on a countertop for reference (recipe, repair manual, etc)
Using it as a temporary monitor (ring, security camera, server UI, baby monitor, etc)
Using two computers at once (linux and windows, work/home, etc.)


Sure, most of the time if you are sitting and typing, the view will be fine.

Once you are standing and doing anything else (or just using two different computers), the limited view angle might just annoy you right away.
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Perhaps you've never used a laptop this way, but limited viewing angle would affect...

Multiple people viewing a video. (Probably not everyone is sitting straight on).
Using the laptop on a countertop for reference (recipe, repair manual, etc)
Using it as a temporary monitor (ring, security camera, server UI, baby monitor, etc)
Using two computers at once (linux and windows, work/home, etc.)


Sure, most of the time if you are sitting and typing, the view will be fine.

Once you are standing and doing anything else (or just using two different computers), the limited view angle might just annoy you right away.
If the primary function is any of those things, I would strongly recommend against spending $500. If you use it for those things just because you happen to have a laptop handy, neat - turn it to the correct angle. I would strongly recommend to someone who has no clue what the difference is between a TN or IPS to not let either one of them dissuade them from purchasing this, or any laptop, on those grounds.
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If the primary function is any of those things, I would strongly recommend against spending $500. If you use it for those things just because you happen to have a laptop handy, neat - turn it to the correct angle. I would strongly recommend to someone who has no clue what the difference is between a TN or IPS to not let either one of them dissuade them from purchasing this, or any laptop, on those grounds.
It doesn't have to be a 'primary' function. I just don't really want to keep turning the laptop while I'm cooking and have messy hands. Its simply inconvenient, like any of the other use cases I presented would be. You said you couldn't fathom a use, so I simply gave you a few.

IPS panels aren't a big cost delta over a TN either. There's no real reason to get a TN unless a laptop is a crazy good price.

IPS is better color quality and contrast too. TN used to have higher peak refresh rates (for gamers) but they've even lost that edge now. TN really is just outdated tech.
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