Inside Acer Aspire 3 (A315-42) – disassembly and upgrade options

Acer Aspire 3 (A315-42) is based on Acer’s own Aspire 5 (A515-52G). Despite them sharing pretty much the same chassis design, both laptops are very different from each other, with the main one being the use of AMD processors instead of Intel.

Check out all Acer Aspire 3 (A315-42) prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.


1. Remove the bottom plate

Again, this laptop requires its entire bottom plate to be removed, should you wish to access its internals. There are 10 Phillips-head screws that keep it in place, and after you unscrew them, you would need to pop the plate up with a plastic pry tool


2. Battery

After you open the device, make sure you disconnect the battery connector. It is important not to fry your hardware when you are trying to improve it. In terms of battery size, the laptop is equipped with a rather small 37Wh unit.


3. Memory and storage

What is impressive about this laptop is the amount of upgradability it offers. There are two RAM DIMMs that fit DDR4 memory modules. Additionally, you are able to put a 2.5″ SATA drive as well as an M.2 NVMe SSD.


4. Cooling system

As long as the cooling is concerned, Acer was not on the edge of technology. Nevertheless, the good old design seems to work just find with the ULV processors of AMD.

Check out all Acer Aspire 3 (A315-42) prices and configurations in our Specs System or read more in our In-Depth review.

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Lapo
Lapo
2 years ago

Can you give the part number for sata cable/ adaptor ?

A helpful commenter
A helpful commenter
2 years ago

Please delete this comment, it was edited out the remove the inaccuracy.

Jlloaiza
Jlloaiza
2 years ago

Hi! Thank you very much with this analysis.
Is too much if I can ask you to highlight where the 2.5″ SATA drive and M.2 NVMe SSD slot is? I’d appreciate it very much!

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I have this exact laptop bought brand new, but after minutes of usage it runs so slow.What you think is the main problem?

Dwight
Dwight
2 years ago

M.2 NVMe is a must.

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago

how to upgrade graphics card slot?

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

Kind of useless. Location of m2 is unclear as others have said. I can get the same information from the above by looking at the thing in person

Luka Rilović
Luka Rilović
1 year ago

Is it possible to change the keyboard of the laptop (spilled coffee)

June Jay Carias
June Jay Carias
1 year ago

Hi. you said on the video that it can be M.2 SSD 2280 but here you say it must be NVME SSD, I iknow NVME is better but does it also support 2280 m.2 ssd?

June Jay Carias
June Jay Carias
1 year ago

I mean does it support M+B key m.2 ssd or only the ones with M key is possible

Gaby Orense
Gaby Orense
10 months ago

What size of bottom screws does this laptop need? I lost one and I’m planning to buy a replacement. Thank you!

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