How to open Acer Aspire 5 (A515-48M) – disassembly and upgrade options
The Acer Aspire 5 (A515-48M) is a not-so-expensive laptop but at the same time, it has a lot to offer for its price. In this article, we’ll show you how to access its internals.
1. Remove the bottom plate
If you want to remove the bottom plate, you have to undo 10 Phillips-head screws. Then, you can start prying the panel with a plastic tool.
2. Remove the battery
The battery is a 54.6Wh model. Before upgrading the machine, you have to pull out the battery connector from the motherboard. The unit isn’t fixed with screws directly to the base so it’s very easy to be removed. The capacity is enough for 11 hours and 7 minutes of Web browsing and 12 hours and 30 minutes of video playback.
3. Upgrade memory and storage
The RAM is soldered and the LPDDR4X-4266MHz memory is working in a dual-channel mode which has a positive effect on the performance of the device. For storage, you get a single M.2 slot compatible with Gen. 4 SSD. Unfortunately, the slot is downgraded to Gen. 3 speeds because of AMD platform limitations.
4. Cooling system
The cooling solution looks normal for a machine in this price category. It comprises one fan and two heat pipes.
Acer Aspire 5 (A515-48M) in-depth review
In most cases, the Acer Aspire laptops impress buyers with pleasant prices while the performance and the goodies of these machines are around average levels. It looks like the manufacturer wants to change that because the new Acer Aspire 5 (A515-48M) is trying to be a bit more premium compared to its older "cousins". This time, we can spot some implemented clever tricks to boost the overall power of the machine.The design is typical for an Aspire device but yet modern at the same time. There are some IPS display options and it seems that there is no sign of 720P TN variants which is great [...]
- Good battery life
- Good cooling and performance
- Comfortable viewing angles (Innolux N156HCA-EAB (CMN15E7))
- No PWM (Innolux N156HCA-EAB (CMN15E7))
- Light chassis
- Decent port selection + optional fingerprint reader
- Soldered memory and just one M.2 slot
- Low sRGB coverage (Innolux N156HCA-EAB (CMN15E7))