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Aspire 5 vs Swift 3 vs Aspire 7

John_Titor

19 months ago

Heya,

I am about to start grad school (non-science major) and I desperately need a new laptop. It will be used for basic stuff like word processing in class, but I will also use it to play video games with friends when I visit my hometown on holidays. I have a full gaming rig (Ryzen 5 1600/GTX 1070) but it's obviously not portable, so i'm looking at laptops with dGPU's. On my laptop I don't play anything graphically demanding, CiV/Stellaris/Total War mostly. I think I have it narrowed down to three choices:

Acer Aspire 5 with i5 8250U/MX150 ($750-$800CAD, $680CAD if I get open box) https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/acer-aspire-5-15-6-laptop-black-intel-core-i5-8250u-256gb-ssd-8gb-ram-windows-10/11624440.aspx?

Acer Swift 3 with i5 8250U/MX150 ($800-$900CAD, haven't seen open box) https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/acer-swift-3-15-6-laptop-silver-intel-core-i5-8250u-128gb-ssd-1tb-hdd-8gb-ram-windows-10/11624445.aspx

Acer Aspire 7 with i5 8300H/GTX1050 4GB ($930CAD with Acer's 15% discount available until tomorrow) https://caen-store.acer.com/aspire-7-laptop-a715-72g-55ep

I was initially set on getting an open box Aspire 5, but the price/power of the Aspire 7 seems amazing. Not sure if it is IPS tho. The Swift also seems really light and well-built, but it definitely comes at a premium. I am kind of terrified that the low power U series chips are going to throttle like crazy, as I have seen happen in benchmarks (for more graphically demanding games). The Aspire 7 is also like 1lbs-2lbs heavier, not sure if that is a big deal tho. I am budget conscious, but I could pop for the Aspire 7 if it was an outstanding deal in people's opinion (normally retails on Acer site for $1100CAD).

Would appreciate any input!

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  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely the Aspire 7. I think that would be worth the extra money over the other options. Not only do you get the GTX 1050 but you also get the i5-8300H rather than the U processor.

http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-8250U-vs-Intel-Core-i5-8300H/m338266vsm425634

http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-MX150-0-vs-Nvidia-GTX-1050/m332822vs3650

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, that is what I was thinking. Was very worried about the 8250U throttling, it doesn't seem to hold up very well for any kind of gaming, which kind of defeats the purpose of getting a dGPU. I also confirmed with Acer it is IPS, although I am not expecting it to be amazing, it's better than TN!

Just placed my order for the Aspire 7, hope it's as good as it looks!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, congratulations!

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