• CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5)
  • Display: 17.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 1000GB HDD
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4, 2400 MHz
  • Weight: 2.9 kg (6.4 lbs)

Acer Aspire 5 (A517-51G) - Specs

CPU Performance #15
  • Intel Core i7-6820HQ 1%
  • Intel Core i7-6820HK 1.1%
  • Intel Core i7-8550U
  • Intel Core i7-6700HQ 0.4%
  • Intel Core i7-4800MQ 1.6%
GPU Performance #53
  • AMD Radeon Pro 555 (2GB GDDR5) 0.3%
  • AMD Radeon Pro 455 (2GB GDDR5) 0.4%
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (2GB GDDR5)
  • 2x NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M (2GB GDDR5, SLI) 0.1%
Display
17.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
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LG LP173WF4-SPF5
Color accuracy 5.8 -> 3.1
HDD/SSD
1TB, 5400 rpm
M.2 Slot
M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD slot (2280)
RAM
8GB DDR4, 2400 MHz
OS
Linux
Battery
48Wh, 3220 mAh
Body material
Plastic / Polycarbonate, Aluminum (Plastic exterior, aluminum interior)
Dimensions
423 x 290 x 28 mm (16.65" x 11.42" x 1.10")
Weight
2.9 kg (6.4 lbs)
Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 2x USB Type-A 2.0
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • HDMI
  • Card reader SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Ethernet LAN Gigabit LAN
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Audio jack
Features
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera HD 720p
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

DISPLAY: 17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080, IPS

Name LG LP173WF4-SPF5
Diagonal 17.3"
Pixel density 127.34 ppi
Brightness 404 cd/m2
sRGB 90%
PWM frequency No PWM (Flicker-Free)
Panel Type IPS
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Becomes "Retina" from 27 inches (69 cm)
Contrast 1140:1
dE Color Checker 5.8 3.1
PWM Rating 10.0: (safe)
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Health-Guard

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body.

Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Office Work and Web Design

The second profile type is Office Work and Web Design. Business tasks are various, most often related to a set of office-targeted applications. Sometimes, working outside is necessary. In such cases color accuracy is paramount, but so is image clarity, brightness, contrast etc. A piece of text must be legible, graphics and histograms must be clear. All of this is precisely what this profile is for. If you’re doing office work, web design, or simply value color accuracy when browsing the Internet, this is the profile to use!

It’s important to note that not all displays are suited for Web design – our profiles can not compensate for insufficient sRGB coverage (most TN panels have this problem), so you you might want to check our detailed color tests in the respective product reviews we’ve done if you want to use the machine for professional work.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Gaming and Movie Nights

Gaming is among the main driving forces for the fast clip of hardware development. Gamers are well-aware of the fact that a poor image can ruin the entire experience.

The same goes for watching movies. Imagine sitting down for a nice movie after a long day, and barely making out what’s on the screen. The ‘Gaming and movie night’ profile can make a huge difference. We strongly recommend you use it, since it’s gamma curve is specifically tuned to reveal details in the dark sections of the image.

Here’s what this amounts to:

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

You’ll find more information about the profiles HERE.

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Office Work - screen profile

Office Work

Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

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Design and Gaming - screen profile

Design and Gaming

This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

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Health-Guard - screen profile

Health-Guard

THealth-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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Acer Aspire 5 (A517-51G) in-depth review

The last few years, Acer is the OEM with one of the best value notebooks and it aims to uphold its reputation with the new Acer Aspire 5 lineup. The series delivers a variety of configurations packed in a decent 15-inch and 17-inch bodies without too much compromise in build quality. The most interesting models, however, are the ones with the latest 8th Generation Intel Core-U processors. Luckily, we now have the chance to test the Core i7-8550U processor that features not two but four compu[...]

Read the full review

Pros

  • Decent build with small exceptions
  • Best in class display - bright, vibrant and with wide sRGB coverage
  • No PWM at any brightness level
  • Good price/performance ratio
  • Impressive battery runtimes for a budget 17-inch laptop

Cons

  • Wobbly touchpad
  • No keyboard LED illumination
  • Just a few flexible areas - the lid and interior

CPU Performance: Intel Core i7-8550U

GPU Performance: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5)

Gameplay recordings with NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5)

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