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Best Cheap Acer Gaming Laptops at Currys PC World for Covid Isolation Days March/April 2020

With many people using their laptops and PCs more now we are all stuck inside, some of us are starting to realise how outdated they are. With video game launches still going strong and some top graphically demanding games like Doom Eternal and Half Life Alyx being released recently, or you just want more frames on Call of Duty Warzone, or Apex Legends you might have decided enough is enough. Well the Chomping Turtle has scoured Currys PC World to find some not so hidden gems below £1000 in the gaming laptop space. The Acer Nitro 5 series of laptops

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Sub £700 – Acer Nitro 5 With Ryzen 5 and RX 560X

This laptop has been around in various forms for a while now. It has got a solid processor in the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H, and you get an SSD for the OS and then 1tb to store you games. The build quality wont blow you away, but it looks nice if you are into the “gamer” look. It has solid I/O with full HDMI so you can plug it into a TV, 3 USB type A ports and 1 USB C and a backlit keyboard.

The RX560X will plough through eSports titles like Fortnite (apparently at over 100FPS), Overwatch and CSGO. However you will have to lower some settings to play Doom Eternal etc.

Its a solid cheap gaming laptop and you get an IPS display, which is a nice addition at this price point. Being an Acer its upgradable to 16GB RAM pretty easily too which I would recommend as the 8GB will be shared between the GPU and the main memory. Plus you currently get 6 months free Spotify Premium from Currys PC World which is worth £60….

However before you buy…………

Sub £1000 – The £899 Acer Nitro 5 AN515 with Core i5-9300H and GTX 1660Ti

So what do you get for your £200 upgrade? Quite a lot actually. If you can afford it this is the Acer Nitro 5 to go for. It offers the best balance of price and performance. Its GPU the Nvidia GTX 1660Ti only came out last year and its all you will need for 1080p gaming. You will get well over 60FPS on nearly every game, with even the latest games like Doom Eternal being comfortably ran on high. The GTX 1660Ti is multiple generations better than the RX560X and will last you for a good few years yet.

That Core i5-9300H is a hex core processor and it is powerful, so will get through everyday tasks all day everyday. It even has an adequate webcam.

The IPS screen is still only 60HZ but Linus Tech Tips managed to overclock it to 90Hz, but your mileage will vary. All the other things I said about the Ryzen model still count, I would still get 16GB RAM and you still have great I/O so can plug it into a TV and have plenty of USBs. I’m not huge on the red keys but you might like them, and “gamer” look fans will like it.

For £899 this is a bargain, so I would get this over over the £669 model if you can afford it as you get so much more. But if you just play eSports games, maybe you can skip it. If you want to keep an i5 but cannot push for the 1660Ti there is a model with an older 1050 but it is the 3GB model which will only do eSports games.

Again you also currently get the 6 months of Spotify Premium. Hope that helps someone.

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Acer Iconia B1 Tablet Review – £99 Tablet That Works!

Many of the big PC manufacturers are trying to get onboard with the affordable tablet market, and Acer Iconia B1 is one of 2013’s most aggressively priced tablets by a traditional PC manufacturer. Aimed at people who think the Nexus 7 is too much for them, its main rival is the similarly price non-HD Amazon Kindle Fire. This review will look at the specification and what its good for, and also how it compares to the Kindle Fire, and ultimately what would you buy?

 

The Acer Iconia B1 Specification

The Iconia B1 is a nicely sized 7 inch tablet. It isnt the thinnest tablet around but its not a lump either. The bezel is very similar to the Nexus 7 meaning you can hold it with ease. It feels very similar in profile to the Amazon Kindle Fire too. Processor power is also very similar with both packing 1.2GHz Dual Core units. However the Acer is a better Cortex A9 unit, but this is nothing major on paper (more on this to come). It also sports 512MB RAM and a 1024×600 resolution screen.  There is 8GB of on board memory, and unlike Nexus 7 it has got a microSD card to expand the memory size which is a nice feature. And a webcam for Skype.

Software wise it runs the superb Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software, which as you would expect is fast and smooth. The chassis looks good, however at £99 there has to be compromises. This being the plastic screen, which has a bit of flex, however you can forgive it for the price. The brightness is strong, which makes up for this somewhat.

 

Whats Good? 

On paper the specifications look a tad weak. Especially the 512MB of RAM. However in reality, Android Jelly Bean is smooth and very responsive. The internet browser works well, as do most apps. But at £99 you cannot expect it to play the latest games. This is where the Acer Iconia B1 has its party trick. Somehow, it can! Running the Unreal benchmark on high you get 25-30fps, not great but certainly playable. Put it to medium and you get 45 frames per second, which is outstanding when you remember £99! Even intensive games like Dead Trigger work smoothly, which is simply incredible as that was one of the first mobile games that had console graphics  Now obviously you wont be on High/Ultra detail, but the fact you can play, and play well says huge things about this £99 tablet. Great work Acer.  Casual games, Angry Birds etc. work smoothly also so the kids will be happy. There are some tablets out there at £99 that your kids will rightfully throw back at you as they cant even play Angry Birds. The Iconia B1 can satisfy them and you as it can do 3D games more than adequately, nevermind casual ones. You can definitely be productive with this tablet, and have fun too.

How does the B1 compare to the Kindle Fire?

A huge advantage to this Acer over the Kindle Fire is it runs a standard version of Android. This means the full Play Store is available, as is the possibility for customisation. You can personalise it just as much as a Nexus 7. Plus if you want you can download the Amazon app store and still use it as a Kindle. Plus at current prices it saves £30 over the Kindle Fire. The main disadvantage is the Kindle is easier to use for people not used to tablets. Being locked down in a closed eco system as large as Amazon’s does have its advantages, as does Amazons free cloud storage of your books / magazines / videos.

 

Should You Buy the Acer Iconia B1 or the Kindle Fire?

I think you would be happy with both. If I was buying for my Mum, I would get the Kindle Fire. For kids, the Acer. For myself the Acer also. The gaming potential really shows off some hidden horsepower in this tablet which bodes well for everyday non-gaming usage. There is the argument of spending an extra £59 and getting the Nexus 7, but that is a huge percentage price increase, and I dont think they are targeted at the same market. Plus the fact the Acer can do gaming so well you would have to really want those graphics and the high resolution screen to pay the extra. The Kindle Fire has been around the £100 mark at Christmas but seems to have gone back up to £129 for now. This also has to be factored in, as not only is there this initial price increase, but more apps and games are free on the Play Store than on the Amazon App Store, so the Kindle may cost more in the long run. Saying that, the Kindle Fire has sold millions in the US and will be more supported.

The Android market place has definitely shifted. This time last year for this price you would only get some Chinese brand you have never heard of. Now Acer, Amazon and soon Asus all have got well built, tablets which would suit casual users well and with real UK warranties.

The Acer is a great introduction to tablets, as it provides a frustration free experience, and one you can get as involved in, with customisation etc., as you want. Thanks to its microSD slot it is also great for media. The Acer Iconia B1 is a great budget tablet which carves itself a nice niche at the sub £100 tablet market. Until the Asus comes out, it has to be the only sub £100RRP tablet worth getting.

 

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Laptops and Netbooks

Cheapest New Core i5 Laptop in the UK? Acer Aspire E1 – £329.99 Delivered

Today is Intel Core i5 day, and here is another superb Core i5 laptop deal this time from Acer and Amazon. This is performance over flash, and it packs a serious punch with this Acer Aspire E1 being backed by an Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of fast DDR3 RAM. Plus with 500GB of storage it really is all many people would every need.

The Acer Aspire E1 is a compact laptop, which has many premium features, like HDMI and USB 3.0, but it doesn’t come with a premium price, only £329.99 delivered. It even comes with a HD Webcam and LED backlit screen. Grab one now from Amazon.

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Acer Aspire 5250 15.6 inch Laptop (AMD Dual Core E450 1.65GHz, RAM 6GB, HDD 500GB, DVD-Super Multi DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)

Acer Aspire 5250 15.6 inch Laptop (AMD Dual Core E450 1.65GHz, RAM 6GB, HDD 500GB, DVD-Super Multi DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)

  • Product code : MICACELXRJY02164
  • Brand : ACER
  • Manufacturer part number : LX.RJY02.164
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ACER Aspire 5250 156 INCH AMD DC E450 6GB 500GB DVD 6cell W7HP 64bit LXRJY02164 Acer Retail Decommit

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Acer Aspire 5733 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Core i3 380 2.53GHz, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit)

Acer Aspire 5733 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Core i3 380 2.53GHz, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, DVDSM DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit)

  • Product code : MICACENXRN5EK004
  • Brand : Acer
  • Manufacturer part number : NX.RN5EK.004
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Acer ACER 5733 Core i3380 Windows 7 Home Premium 156 HD 8GB RAM 750 GB HDD DVD Dual Layer NXRN5EK004 Laptops Notebooks

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Acer Aspire 5750 15.6 inch Laptop – Black (Intel Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz, RAM 6GB, HDD 500GB, DVD-Super Multi DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)

Acer Aspire 5750 15.6 inch Laptop – Black (Intel Core i5-2450M 2.5GHz, RAM 6GB, HDD 500GB, DVD-Super Multi DL, LAN, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)

DescriptionThe Acer Aspire 5750 gives you the rapid performance graphics and communication tools to step up your digital entertainment go around your daily computing tasks and stay in touch with everyone you know whether you are at home or away.SpecificationScreen Size: 15.6″ LED BacklitCPU: Intel Core i5-2450M (2.50GHz)Hard Drive: 500GBMemory: 6GB DDR3Graphics: Intel GMAMax Resolution: 1366 x 768Network: Wireless 802.11b/g/n Audio: Optical Drive: DVDRW Super-multiOperating System: Windows 7 Hom

List Price: £499.99

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Laptop Adapter for Acer Aspire 5315 5742 5732z 5735 5332 AC Adaptor Charger PSU Power Supply “Laptop Power” (TM) Branded (Supplied by Cambridge Accessories – includes UK P/cord & 12 month warranty)

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Replacement ACER ASPIRE 5315 5735 5920 LAPTOP AC ADAPTER CHARGER UK

Replacement ACER ASPIRE 5315 5735 5920 LAPTOP AC ADAPTER CHARGER UK

  • BRAND NEW Replacement Power Supply.
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  • Technical Specification: 19V 3.42a 65W Output Ac Adapter Current(Non OEM Replacement AC Adapter) (Max): 3.42A – Tip Diameter: 5.5mm x 1.5mm
  • Power Details Input Range: 100-240V AC (Can be used worldwide if country specific power cord or travel adapter is used.)

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Acer Aspire S3 13.3inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i7-2637M, 4GB RAM, 500GB, 6 Hours Battery Life)

Acer Aspire S3 13.3 inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i7-2637M, RAM 4 GB, HDD 500 GB, Bluetooth, Windows 7 Home Premium with up to 6 Hours Battery Life)

Acer Aspire S3 13.3 inch Ultrabook (Intel Core i7-2637M, RAM 4 GB, HDD 500 GB, Bluetooth, Windows 7 Home Premium with up to 6 Hours Battery Life)

  • Processor clock speed: 1700 MHz
  • Processor family: Intel Core i7
  • Processor model: i7-2637M
  • Processor socket: BGA1023
  • Motherboard chipset: Intel UM67 Express

Acer ASPIRE S3 CI72637M17G 500GB 4GB 133HD W7HP64 EN LXRSF02167 Laptops Notebooks

If you need a powerful laptop which is very portable at the same time, then look no further than the superb Acer Aspire S3. It is one of the cheaper ultrabooks on the market, but still packs a punch. All wrapped in a superb looking chassis. With a Core i7 under this 13 inch laptop, you are getting high spec power, but with a portable size and mid range price.

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Ultra-fast and portable? The Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook

The ultrabook is the given name of a new breed of fast, light, powerful laptops. Aimed at people who want a Macbook Air experience but on a Windows PC. Style and portability is the name of the game, and this Acer Aspire S3, Acer’s first ultrabook, is one of the first to enter the ultrabook game. There are three available models, a Core i5 with a 320GB hard drive and one with a 240GB SSD Solid state drive, the other model is a Core i7 with a 500GB hard drive. Prices start at under £699 rising to about £1099. Confusing there is no Core i7 SSD combination at this time although an option is in the pipeline.

Build & Design features

Essential dimensions of the Acer Aspire S3:

  • 17mm Thick maximum
  • 321mm Width
  • 217mm Depth
  • 1.36kg Weight

As you can see, that is thin and light. Thinner and lighter than a Macbook Air. It certainly is ultra portable and would fit in any bag without you noticing the additional size or weight. It is so slender in your hand that it has to have the USB, HDMI and power point sockets on the back as the bezel is too small on the sides! Impressive stuff. It is even smaller than an iPhone at its smallest edge, nevermind the Macbook Air.

The chassis of the Aspire S3 is good, certainly beautiful, but not great. It does not feature the unibody of the Apple or the Asus Zenbook, however its brushed aluminium feels strong to touch and certainly turns heads. It even leaves virtually no finger prints, a bug bearer of many glossy cases. The keyboard is a stunning design which the spaced out keys make for few errors and easy typing from the get go. The screen is a slight let down though. It looks good, and is very clear for films and general browsing, but at this price range I would like to see a full HD screen or at least 1600 pixels wide. The trackpad is a nice size and offers multi touch.

Performance

One area the Acer Aspire S3 does not lag in is performance. Every model is quick and certainly leaves most of its rivals, including the Macbook Air trailing in the distance. The option of a quad core Intel Core i7 in something this portable is impressive, and the solid state drive (SSD) speed is incredible. It boots from off into Windows 7 in around 15 seconds. For a full version of Windows 7 that is seriously quick. Everyday usage is even better. However there is a let down. Again at this price range, why are the two USB ports not USB 3.0? While USB 3.0 is not the standard yet, on a laptop this fast it would be nice to transfer files from your SSD to your portable USB 3.0 flash drive at the correct speed. Benchmarking scores on PCMark near 10,000 which is incredible on such a light weight device. Battery life is also an impressive 5 hours. Again with this power and no bulk for battery cell space, it is an impressive trait of the ULV Core i5 and i7 processors.

It is great to witness a truly powerful, lightweight, stylish entry to the PC laptop market. With alternatives from Asus, Samsung and Dell on the horizon this Acer Aspire S3 has sent out a good benchmark for ultrabooks. To read more on the Acer Aspire S3 click this link or click on the image below for the model you are after.

Essential Specifications:
Processor: Intel Core i5 2467M or Core i7 2637M
RAM: 4GB DDR3
Hard Drive: 320GB or 500GB HDD / 240GB SSD
Optical Drive: None
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Webcam: Included 1.3MP
Screen: 13.3″ HD 1366×768
Battery Life (hours): Up to 6 Hours
Weight (KG): 1.3
Warranty
: 1 year, with 2 year and 3 year warranty as optional extra
Acer Aspire S3-951-2464G34iss, 13.3 inch Ultrabook, Core i5 (2467M) 1.6GHz, 4GB, 320GB, WLAN, BT Webcam, Windows 7 HP 64-bit, (UMA Graphics) ALTERNATIVE: Asus UX21E-KX004V Zenbook, 11.6inch ultrabook, Core i5, 4GB, 128GB SSD,
USA Version: Acer Aspire S3-951-6646, Core i5, 4GB, 320GB HDD with 20GB SSD,
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Acer 5742Z 15.6 inch Laptop with 6GB RAM for under £400


This latest Acer laptop on the market is a real gem on paper. Offering a huge amount of hard drive space and a massive 6GB of RAM combined with a dual core processor and Windows 7 it appears to tick all the right boxes for a great family or student 15 inch laptop. But is all what it seems with the Acer 5742Z?

Acer have really upped their game in recent years. Going from cheap and nasty to cheap and classy with relative ease. The Acer 5742Z features a stylish body and a fantastic HD screen measuring 15.6 inches in widescreen format, as per normal in this category. The screen is clear and crisp at most viewing angles. It is also a comfortable laptop to use everyday. It could be considered a replacement to a desktop as it has the power and its keyboard features a full number pad ideal for accounts and regular number crunchers.

Where the Acer really scores is with its price. At only £369 (As of, November 2011) it is a huge amount of kit for the money. Especially with the hard drive supply problems and their subsequent increase. As previously mentioned, it has what most people would want, HDMI for HDTV video output, plenty of USBs, and an attractive body matched to good, if not Core i3 fast processor. It also has a HD webcam built in, so it is great for Skype.

The laptop is not built for games, however it should play most less graphically intense games like The Sims, and Facebook games with no problem at all. Where it excels is handling Microsoft Office, most photo editing and web browsing.

The Acer 5752Z is a great branded everyday laptop, which has a good battery and power for a cheap price. Only the lack of an Core i3 processor stops this being given 5 Chomps, although most users will not care as it is a true example of a fit for purpose laptop.

Essential Specs:
Processor: Intel Pentium P6100
RAM: 6GB DDR3
Hard Drive: 640GB
Optical Drive: DVD-Super Multi
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
Webcam: Included
Screen: 15.6″ HD Acer CineCrystal LED LCD (1366×768)
Battery Life (hours): 3.5
Weight (KG): 2.6
Warranty: 1 year, with 2 year and 3 year warranty as optional extra
For more information on this Acer 5742Z laptop on why it is such a good budget everyday laptop, please visit this page or follow the image link below.