Acer Aspire 5 (A517-52G) – Top 5 Pros and Cons

An everyday device is what most people are looking for. They don’t need to have good gaming performance, although it is encouraged. A large percentage of consumers do menial tasks like just browsing the web or consuming media.

For that purpose, Acer has built the Aspire 5 (A517-52G), with the G standing for discrete graphics. However, don’t get too encouraged as we are talking about the MX series of GPUs, which haven’t been up to stuff, especially when considering that Intel’s own integrated solutions seem to be doing just fine.

Today we are presenting you with LaptopMedia’s top 5 picks about the Acer Aspire 5 (A517-52G).

Acer Aspire 5 (A517-52G): Full Specs / In-depth Review

4 reasons to BUY the Acer Aspire 5 (A517-52G)

1. Design and build quality

The notebook arrives with an aluminum lid and a plastic base and bottom panel. Its large 17-inch footprint is complimented well by the chassis rigidity. The exterior comes painted in silver and is graced by shaped edges and rounded corners. Branding-wise, there is an Acer logo in the center of the lid. The lid sadly doesn’t open with a single hand. In terms of weight and height, the device stops the scales at 2.60 kg and has a profile of 19.9 mm.

2. Upgradeability

The upgradeability isn’t perfect, but you can expand RAM and SSD storage, which is enough in our books. There is some soldered RAM, along with a single SODIMM slot. For storage, there is a single M.2 PCIe x4 slot, which is already full, along with enough space for a 2.5-inch SSD. Acer also gives you mounting hardware and SATA cables inside the box, so you can even do it yourself if you’re brave enough.

Here is our detailed teardown video, which shows how to access the RAM and SSD slots.

3. Battery life

With a medium-sized 54.6 Wh battery pack and the Tiger lake U-series processors, the laptop manages to deliver 10 hours and 20 minutes of Web browsing, or 6 hours and 44 minutes of video playback. Now, we conduct the battery tests with the Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits, and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with.

4. Display quality

The 17.3-inch Full HD IPS display won’t win any awards, but it comes with everything you need for a good daily driver. The panel has comfortable viewing angles, ensuring that movies can be enjoyed by more people and not only you. There’s also no PWM across all brightness levels. Speaking of brightness, the panel caps out at 295 nits in the middle of the screen and 277 nits on average across the surface with a maximum deviation of 14%. The contrast ratio is good at 1180:1. Needless to say, color coverage and accuracy aren’t great, with the display covering only 53% of the sRGB gamut.

The accuracy is very little affected by our Design and Gaming profile, lowering the dE value to 4.1 from 4.5. Here are the results of our test with the stock settings (left) and with our profile applied (right).

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Since our profiles are tailored for each individual display model, this article and its respective profile package are meant for Acer Aspire 5 (A517-52G) configurations with 17.3″ BOE NV173FHM-N49 (BOE084E) (FHD, 1920 × 1080) IPS.

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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.

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.


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. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

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1 reason NOT to buy the Acer Aspire 5 (A517-52G)

1. I/O

The I/O has an abundance of USB ports, with two USB Type-A 3.2 (Gen. 1) ports, one USB 2.0 port, and a single USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen. 1) port. The rest consists of an Ethernet port, an HDMI connector, and a 3.5 mm audio jack.

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