Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L Slim Laptop (15.6″ Full HD, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U / Vega 3, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD)

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The Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L is a budget-friendly 15.6-inch laptop. Although it is in the sub-400-dollar range, the Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L offers quite decent specs.

Surprisingly at its price point, the A515-43-R19L sports a display with sharp 1920×1080-pixel Full HD resolution and wide viewing angles. Usually, budget laptops come with 1366×768 HD resolution and narrow viewing angles. The notebook also stands out with its keyboard backlight, which isn’t a common feature on affordable notebooks. Furthermore, Acer highlights the notebook’s portability with its 0.7″ slim profile and light 4-pound weight, as well as aluminum top cover.

Performance-wise, the Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L isn’t a sluggish machine. It is based on the AMD Ryzen 3 3200U dual-core processor with enough power to run the ordinary computing tasks easily. For sure, it isn’t as fast as the mid-range quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 or Intel Core i5 series. But chances are you wouldn’t be able to tell a difference when using these chips for the routine duties like web browsing, movie watching, or work in Microsoft Office applications. However, the difference is noticeable in heavier duties like video editing. As for gaming, the Ryzen 3 3200U features the Radeon Vega 3 integrated graphics processor. It is a basic IGP which can run only light PC games.

The Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L isn’t generous when it comes to system memory (RAM) and data storage capacities. It comes with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive. 4GB RAM can be limiting for running multiple tasks simultaneously. At least 8GB of RAM is recommended for comfortable multi-tasking. As for the 128GB SSD, it can’t store large amounts of data like for instance ordinary 1-Terabyte (1000GB) hard drives, but solid state drive storage is noticeably faster than HDD storage. Thankfully, both RAM and data storage are upgradeable on the Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L. The laptop has two RAM slots, enabling you to install up to 32GB of RAM. The included SSD is in form of a M.2-format card, which can be replaced with a more capacious one. Furthermore, the laptop has an empty 2.5″ storage bay in which you can insert a 2.5″ hard drive or solid state drive.

As for the battery, Acer has equipped the A515-43-R19L with a 3320 mAh unit. Acer says the battery life of this notebook model can last “up to 7.5 hours”.

It’s worth mentioning that the laptop comes pre-loaded with Windows 10 in S mode. S mode means limited functionality of Windows 10 operating system, but also better security in comparison to the standard Windows 10 Home. However, you can switch out of S mode and get full access to Windows 10 Home free of charge.

Specifications of the Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L

Here's the specs sheet of the Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Acer
Laptop type Standard laptop (non-convertible)
Screen size 15.6-inch (most popular laptop screen size)
Screen resolution 1920x1080 pixels Full HD (very good sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs IPS display tech (wide viewing angles)
Processor (CPU) AMD Ryzen 3 3200U (enables smooth everyday computing)
Graphics (GPU) AMD Radeon Vega 3 integrated graphics of Ryzen 3 (for the lightest games only)
System memory (RAM) size 4GB (for light multi-tasking)
Data storage 128GB SSD (small but usable capacity)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Backlit keyboard with numeric pad

Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front

HD 720p (standard laptop webcam resolution)
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC
Ethernet network port Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 1 x USB 3.1

2 x USB 2.0
Video ports 1 x HDMI
Media card reader No
Battery 3320 mAh
Weight 4 pounds
Height 0.7"
Width 14.3"
Depth 9.7"
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)
Warranty 1-year
Year of release 2019

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Published on October 30, 2019

User Reviews and Q&A on the Acer Aspire 5 A515-43-R19L

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Current rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  1. 5 out of 5

    Gerhard Gressmann

    I purchased the laptop in the hope that I would be able to make it able to run my games online. I added 8gb of ram and added a second hard drive, HP SSD S700 2.5 in drive. When I turned on the computer, the setup for the HD was straight forward. The system recognized the ram. Now I have 12 gig of ram and 628 gig of hard drive. I installed the game, World of Warships to test the processor and video graphics. I loaded the game to the new D drive because of the the size of the game 32gb. All of the game graphics settings were set to medium. The game runs flawlessly, the graphics are beautiful on the large screen. There is no heat buildup after playing the game for an hour. In the future, I plan to upgrade the M.2 hard drive from 128gb to 500gb and upgrade the ram to 32gb. The laptop is lightweight and I don’t mind the plastic case. I am very pleased with this computer and the back-lit keyboard is a real plus. With the upgrades, I give this laptop an A-.

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    • Armando

      I bought this laptop and upgraded it to 16 GB (2x8GB) and I think it is already worth the investment.
      However I need to know which are the compatible processors for this laptop. CPU-Z info on motherboard:
      Manufacturer: PK
      Model: Grumpy_PK V1.05
      Chipset: AMD Ryzen SOC Rev 00
      SoughtBridge: AMD CarrizoFCH Rev 51

      Current processor: AMD Ryzen 3 3200U with Radeon Vega Mobile Gfx
      Socket FP5
      12nm
      Any info is appreciated.

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    • Dan Z

      Hi, as far as I know the Ryzen 3 3200U is permanently soldered onto the motherboard, so it isn’t upgradeable. Just like almost all newer laptop processors.

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