Acer Aspire 5 (A517-51G) vs Aspire 7 (A717-71G) – what are the differences?

This time the focus of our article are two premium laptops by Acer – we are talking about Acer Aspire 5 (A517-51G) and Aspire 7 (A717-71G).

Starting off with hardware options, the Aspire 7 configurations feature 7th generation Intel Core processors (standard voltage) which translates into higher energy consumption and more power. On the other hand, the Aspire 5 is powered by 8th generation Intel Core CPUs (ULV). Usually, the ULV processors have lower energy consumption prolonging battery life in this way but they are also less powerful. However, thanks to their improved architecture called Kaby Lake Refresh the 8th generation ULV CPUs have equal or even greater power compared to the standard voltage ones so at this moment, it is more beneficial to go for an 8th generation ULV one at least until the 8th generation standard voltage processors are released.

As for the memory capacity, the Acer 7 comes with up to 8GB of DDR4-2400 RAM compared to up to 12GB of DDR4-2133 RAM in Acer 5. In addition, both laptops feature 17.3-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS configurations, however the former also sports a Full HD (1920 x 1080) TN panel, while the latter – an HD+ (1600 x 900) TN one. What’s more, the overall dimensions are almost identical – 28.25 mm thickness and 3.04 kg weight compared to 28 mm and 2.9 kg. We would also like to note that both the interior and the lid of Aspire 7 are metal, while the Aspire 5 has metal interior but the lid is plastic. And finally – the connectivity options are also similar except that the Aspire 7 lacks an optical drive.

Specs sheet

  • Acer Aspire 5 (A517-51G)
  • Aspire 7 (A717-71G)
  • Windows 10 Home, Linux
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Intel Core i7-8550U
  • Intel Core i5-8250U
  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • Intel Core i5-7300HQ
  • up to 12GB of DDR4-2133 RAM
  • up to 8 GB of DDR4-2400 RAM
Internal storage
  • M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD slot (2280)
  • PCIe NVMe M.2 slot (2280, M-key)
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5)
  • Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB GDDR5)
  • 17.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • 17.3”, HD+ (1600 x 900), TN
  • 17.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • 17.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), TN
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 1x 3.0 USB Type-A
  • 2x 2.0 USB Type-A
  • 1x 3.0 USB Type-C
  • HDMI
  • SD card reader
  • audio jack
  • optical drive
  • 1x USB 3.0 Type-C
  • 1x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 2x USB 2.0 Type-A
  • HDMI
  • SD card reader
  • audio jack
  • 3220 mAh, 4-cell, Li-Ion
  • 3220 mAh, 4-cell, Li-Ion
Weight 2.9 kg (6.4 lbs) 3.04 kg (6.7 lbs)

All Acer Aspire 5 (A517-51G) configurations

All Aspire 7 (A717-71G) configurations

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2 years ago

nice, the 5 is good for work and school, but the 7 can do the same and much more, and can also run games. It is an ideal gaming laptop for beginners and for people that do some on and off gaming on the laptop. 5 is good too, but 7 is more ideal with better graphics card if you want to do some gaming. If you just want to do stuff just for yur work or school, then i would go for the 5.