• CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5)
  • Display: 15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
  • Storage: 256GB SSD + 1000GB HDD
  • RAM: 12GB DDR4
  • Weight: 2.20 kg (4.9 lbs)


  • Fairly good build quality
  • Decent keyboard
  • Generally good IPS display for the asking price
  • The display doesn't use PWM for regulating brightness above 22%
  • Good price/performance ratio
  • Extra long battery life


  • Wobbly and stiff touchpad
  • No keyboard illumination
  • GPU gets a bit hot under heavy and extended workload

Acer Aspire 5 A515-51 - Specs

CPU Performance #22
  • Intel Core i7-8705G 0.1%
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 0.5%
  • Intel Core i7-8550U
  • Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6 0.5%
  • Intel Core i5-8265U 1%
GPU Performance #74
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (4GB GDDR5, GM107) 0.7%
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX250 (2GB GDDR5) 0.9%
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (2GB GDDR5)
  • NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (4GB GDDR5) 0.1%
15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS
panel 1
Panda LM156LF1L03 (NCP001C)
Color accuracy 4.8 -> 3.5
M.2 Slot
1x 2280 PCIe NVMe M.2 slot See photo
Windows 10
3220 mAh, 4-cell
Body material
Plastic / Polycarbonate
382 x 263 x 22 mm (15.04" x 10.35" x 0.87")
2.20 kg (4.9 lbs)
Ports and connectivity
  • 1x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 1x USB Type-C 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 2x USB Type-A 2.0
  • HDMI
  • Card reader SD
  • Ethernet LAN 10, 100, 1000 Mbit/s
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth
  • Audio jack 3.5 mm combo headphone/mic jack
  • Web camera 720p
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Microphone
  • Speakers
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot



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DISPLAY: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, IPS

Name Panda LM156LF1L03 (NCP001C)
Diagonal 15.6"
Pixel density 141.21 ppi
Brightness 218 cd/m2
sRGB 53%
PWM frequency 1000 Hz
Panel Type IPS
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Becomes "Retina" from 24 inches (62 cm)
Contrast 1470:1
dE Color Checker 4.8 3.5
PWM Rating 4.1: (undesirable)
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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

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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


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 A515-51 in-depth review

Acer just released its new Aspire 5 and 7 lineup but the market responded shortly due to the great value these notebooks offer. And despite some obvious drawbacks, the 17-inch version of the Aspire 5 quickly became our favorite choice in the budget 17-inch segment thanks to its excellent price/performance ratio, ideal screen and fairly robust design. But for a little less, you can get the 15-inch Aspire 5 that we are reviewing here so we expect similar if not the exact same user experience. [...]

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CPU Performance: Intel Core i7-8550U

Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)

GPU Performance: NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5)

Results are for the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (the higher the score, the better)

Some games you can play on this laptop

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44 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
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82 fps
33 fps
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TC: Six Siege
50 fps
44 fps
40 fps
32 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Rise of the Tomb Raider
39 fps
29 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
For Honor
31 fps
29 fps
22 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
104 fps
98 fps
66 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
144+ fps
90 fps
26 fps
1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
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