• High performance
  • Faster SSD storage
  • An extra slot for HDD storage
  • A dedicated NVIDIA graphics
  • Pretty tactile keyboard
  • Smooth, responsive, and accurate precision-enabled touchpad
  • Pretty solid and sturdy build
  • Wide viewing angles display
  • Smooth multitasking
  • No thunderbolt port
  • Poor screen color gamut
  • Display is below-average brighter
  • Speakers are little below-average loud
  • Poor camera and microphone
  • Small and very closely placed arrow keys
  • Fingerprints show up but easy to clean
  • Doesn't open with one finger
  • Camera doesn't support Windows Hello unlock here
  • CPU UV helps in performance and temperature reduction, but a cooling pad doesn't.
  • Can do
  • Web/Desktop/Android Programming
  • Graphics & Video editing
  • Gaming
  • Run engineering-specific software like AutoCAD, and like
  • Small-scale machine learning
  • Can't do
  • Medium and above-level of machine learning
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Hello, guys. Today, in this article, I'm going to review the Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop in detail.

In addition to that, I will also compare it with other laptops to give you an idea of what to expect from the same price range laptops. So, let’s get started. But before I begin, read my dedicated article on laptop specs written in easy-to-understand language.

Table of Contents

Furthermore, the review unit that I have received from New Delhi, India has the following specs.

Technical Specs of Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G Laptop

Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop.
  • CPU: 1.6GHz 10th Gen 4 Core Intel Core-i5 1035G1 Processor, 6MB cache, Max 4.2GHz
  • Graphics: Dedicated NVIDIA MX350 2GB GDDR5 GPU
  • RAM: 2666MHz Dual Channel 8GB DDR4 | Upgradeable to 12GB
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD
  • Display: 14-inch FHD display | IPS & Anti-glare panel | 242 nits
  • Battery: 48Wh 4 Cell Li-ion battery | Lasted for 7 hours and 6 minutes while watching YouTube.
  • Wireless Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0
  • Weight: 1.6 Kg (3.5 Pounds)
  • Laptop dimensions: 32.8 x 23.6 x 1.8 cms

The Build Quality and Material

All-plastic build of Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop.

This Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop is all-plastic build. Though the material is plastic, it's pretty solid and sturdy enough. The plastic lid is enough capable to withstand the flex. The smooth plastic silver finish base is also quite solid enough. To save the cost of this machine, Acer hasn't put the recommended Aluminum lid. But, don't worry, the existing one is not problematic.

Dimensions and Weight

Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop on hand.

The dimensions of this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G are 32.8 cms (12.9 inches) in width, 23.6 cms (9.3 inches) in depth, and 1.8 cms (0.7 inches) in height. In addition to that, I have also measured the weight using Propert’s weighing scale. The weight is

  • For laptop only: 1.6 kg (3.5 lbs)
  • For laptop with charging accessories: 1.839 kg (4 lbs)

The purpose to check the laptop’s weight with its charging accessories is to give you an idea about the weight you may need to carry during traveling. When compared to other laptops, it found much lightweight.

Display Quality and Color Reproduction

Size and Quality

14-inch FHD IPS display of this laptop.

This Acer Aspire 5 A514-57G is coming with a 14-inch Full HD IPS display. And, it has a 60Hz refresh rate. The display is surrounded by an 8.5mm thin bezel which gives you more screen-to-body ratio. It has better viewing angles with a 763:1 contrast ratio, thanks to the IPS display.

The contrast ratio for this display is below-average (1000:1). At thanalysis, we recommend the minimum 1000:1 value for it. Next, see the color gamut of the screen.

Screen Color Reproduction

I have measured the screen color gamut to measure color reproduction efficiency. For that, I have used the Spyder 5 PRO. And the SRGB, AdobeRGB, and NTSC results for this 14-inch IPS display are in the below image.

Screen color gamut of Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop's 14-inch FHD screen.

As shown in the above image, the color gamut for this laptop’s display is 64% of SRGB, 39% of AdobeRGB, and 36% of NTSC as produced by Spyder 5 PRO. Honestly, the color gamut result is quite poor which makes this laptop useless for professional photo and video editors. However, there are some reasons that they can use it. I will discuss it later in this article.

Display Nits at different Brightness levels

Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop's display nits at different levels of brightness.

This Aspire 5 A514-52G’s display has reached 242 Nits at 100% of screen brightness at the center of the screen as shown in the above image. So, below an average brighter display. The average brighter display should have nits value of at least 290 to 300. The 300 nits display allows you to work in direct sunlight without having pain in your eyes.

Screen Flex

When intentionally moved the display of this laptop up and down with fingers, I found little flex but it wasn't problematic for me. Despite not having an aluminium lid, the display has managed to withstand the flex as much as possible. In addition to that, the 180-degree hinge of this laptop has also contributed to the prevention of the flex.

The hinge is found running mostly along the base. The length is above-average that helped the screen to resist the flex. It is to note that I failed when I have tried to open the display with one finger. That shows the uneven distribution of weight across the hinge.

Keyboard

Build Quality and Flex

A chiclet keyboard of Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop.

The chiclet keyboard has a plastic island which is designed to give it more strength to resist flex as much as possible. When pressed the keyboard of this laptop down hard with fingers with a fair amount of pressure, I found little flex there. But, to be frank, it wasn’t even problematic for me during aggressive typing.

The flat square keys which are mostly identification marks of the chiclet keyboards are made of plastic keys. It has black color with white fonts on it for both primary and secondary functions. In addition to that, the WASD part isn’t highlighted here, which isn’t even required since this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop is not a gaming machine.

Backlit

White zonal backlit on the chiclet keyboard of this laptop.

The keyboard has a white zonal backlit to illuminate the keys in the low-light or darkroom. The backlit is enough bright to illuminate the keys’ secondary functions. Overall, I found the Chiclet keyboard of this laptop quite better than Mi Notebook 14 Horizon’s Scissor mechanism. Also, Mi has not put the backlit on it. So, not incredible but not bad even, just a little above an average to get the job done.

Typing Experience

Keyboard of Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop for typing.

While typing on this keyboard, I found the keys were travelling on average 1.5mm of distance down. That’s a little below than we recommend. At thanalysis, we recommend at least 1.5mm of travel for keys for tactile feedback. However, I found the feedback consistent.

On 10FastFingers.com, I achieved 86 words per minute (WPM) speed while my speed on Macbook Pro 16-inch is 101 WPM. The keyboard of this Acer Aspire 5 A514-57G gives tactile feedback. In addition to that, during aggressive typing, I found no flex on the keyboard.

However, the keys are a little bit noisy but you will find them considerably silent when compared to the mechanical keyboards. Furthermore, the power button is placed next to the “Delete” key doesn’t create any problem because it requires a long press to execute the function assigned to it. So, the accidental wrong press isn’t a matter to worry about in this Aspire 5 laptop.

Small and Very Closely Placed 4 Arrow Keys

Small and very closely placed 4 arrow keys with Page Up and Down keys.

The 4 arrow keys are smaller in size and also bad-placed. They are too small and near to each other, which will make the accidental wrong press very easily. In addition to that, Page Up/Down keys are also similarly smaller in size and very closely placed similar to Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop.

I have sometimes pressed Page Up key when wanted to press the Left-Arrow key and same for Page Down key. So, overall, the keyboard is better than the Asus VivoBook Ultra 15 M513 and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon laptops. This keyboard doesn't bend down while normal typing, unlike Mi Notebook's keyboard.

Touchpad

Smooth, responsive, and accurate 4.1-inch precision-enabled touchpad of this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop.

The plastic touchpad of this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop occupies the area of 10.1 x 6.5 cms (4.1 x 2.55 inches) approximately. In my experience, it is found to be smooth, responsive, and accurate. And it uses Windows Precision drivers despite made of plastic material instead of glass.

In addition to that, it has two integrated buttons to click like Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 and SF314-57G. Unlike Asus VivoBook Ultra 15 M513, the fingerprint sensor isn’t integrated with a touchpad. This touchpad will surely not help you in gaming. For that, you need to buy a dedicated gaming mouse.

Fingerprints on the Smooth Surface

Fingerprints on the smooth matter silver plastic surface of this laptop.

Fingerprints easily show up on the smooth matte silver finish like its another variant. But, I found it easy to clean using a micro-fibre cloth. In addition to that, unlike Alienware m15 R2 gaming laptop, I found no change in surface color over the use. In Alienware’s white version, I found it was getting slightly yellowish at some of the parts.

RAM

This Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop is equipped with an 8GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM. Out of 8GB RAM, 4GB is a soldered RAM that you cannot upgrade. And, the remaining 4GB of RAM is upgradeable to 12GB of maximum. So, A quite big amount of RAM Acer is giving to you for smoother and better multitasking. See below the other laptops that allow you to upgrade the RAM.

  • Acer Swift 3 SF314-57G (review) – 2400MHz 8GB Dual Channel DDR4 – Upgradeable up to 32GB
  • Acer Swift 3 SF314-57 (review) – 2400MHz 8GB Dual Channel DDR4 – Upgradeable up to 32GB
  • HP 14 DK0093AU (review) – 2400MHz 8GB Single Channel DDR4 – Upgrade to 16GB
  • Lenovo IdeaPad S145 (review) – 2400MHz 8GB Single Channel DDR4 – Upgrade to 12GB
  • Acer Aspire 3 A315 (review) – 2666MHz 8GB Single Channel DDR4 – Upgrade to 12GB
  • Dell Inspiron 3593 (review) – 2666MHz Single Channel 8GB DDR4 – Upgradeable to 16GB

Processor and Graphics

The Intel Come Lake series Core i5-10210U processor and an NVIDIA MX350 Graphics is responsible for the great performance of this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop. In addition to that, Acer has equipped this laptop with 512GB of the solid-state drive to make this laptop work faster. An SSD storage allows us to read and write files at lightning speed.

So, let’s check some of the benchmarks to see where this laptop stands in terms of specs.

Cinebench R20 Score

Here, I took 3 runs of Cinebench on this laptop and shown the average of it. Cinebench is a tool to measure the single and multi-core scores of the CPU. In this Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop, I can do CPU undervolting because of the dedicated NVIDIA MX350 GPU.

Cinebench R20 scores of Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop during with and without a cooling pad, and 0.15v undervolted CPU.

When put on Cinebench R20 test without a cooling pad, this laptop has achieved 415 scores for Single-core and 1187 for Multi-core. And, the same scores Cinebench has displayed when the cooling pad was used. So, that makes clear that the cooling pad is unworthy to help in the performance of this laptop.

With 0.15v CPU undervolting, the multi-core score has raised to 1267 while the single-core score was found the same. It tells that CPU UV is definitely going to help you. Now, the question is what these scores tell?

First of all, During the testing, Cinebench R20 puts an excessive load on the CPU to execute the tasks. By doing so, it will check the machine’s cooling solution also which other tool doesn’t except for 3DMark. So, when the CPU comes under a heavy load, thermal throttling takes place in the processor and it reduces the performance.

For example, If your CPU has a max clock speed of 4.5GHz, then you will reach 4.1GHz max during gaming or stress tests. The reason for not picking up the limit is thermal throttling. So, If the Cinebench R20 score of the laptop is high means the laptop has a high powerful CPU with better thermal management.

Now, let’s check Geekbench benchmarks.

Geekbench 5 Score

Geekbench 5 Single and Multi-Core scores for this laptop.

When tested this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop using Geekbench 5, I found this laptop has scored 1061 for single-core and 3789 for multi-core. Now, what does this score tell?

It tells the performance of the laptop. The higher the score, the higher the performance. Here, you have to consider the multi-core score. Look, Geekbench doesn’t put an excessive load on the CPU like Cinebench R20. And, Geekbench considers mainly productivity tasks like emailing, browsing, multitasking, and etc to evaluate the hardware.

And, such ways cannot give you an idea about the cooling solution. Because tiny tasks don’t make much weight on the CPU. Hence, If the laptop has a higher Geekbench multi-core score means its capability for productivity is much better. But, at the same time, information about thermal throttling and the cooling solution will remain unanswered by this tool.

Hence, for gamers and programmers, Geekbench isn’t a tool to evaluate the laptop. It’s better to consider Cinebench here. And, for normal users or office users, this one seems to be getting the job done.

Average CPU & GPU Clock Speed

Average CPU and GPU clock speeds measured during stress test at auto fan, cooling pad, and 0.15v CPU UV.

To check the CPU and GPU clock speeds, I have used AIDA64 tool.

In a stress test at an auto fan without a cooling pad, the CPU and GPU clock speeds were 2876 MHz and 1358MHz, respectively. The same test with a cooling pad has raised the CPU speed by 10 MHz and kept GPU clock speed same at 1359MHz. So, no noticeable change has been observed.

But, with 0.15v CPU UV, the CPU clock speed has raised to 3312MHz and GPU to 1383MHz. It clearly indicates that the use of a cooling pad for this laptop is useless. But, I found CPU undervolting helpful for this laptop. Hence, only buy it if you’re about to waste your money.

Furthermore, this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop is not a dedicated gaming laptop. So, TDP (Thermal Design Power) measurement isn't necessary here as it won't make an influence on the office-level uses. So, it’s void to measure. Hence, for a non-gaming laptop like this one, I have skipped such a test.

Video Editing Performance

The video editing performance of this laptop was tested by two ways.

  • Average of the video export time
  • Multitasking during video export

Average of the video export time

In this test, I have exported the 16 minutes and 13 seconds long video on YouTube 4K H.264 preset using Adobe Premier CC. And I have repeated the same test 4 times further to show you the average result.

Video benchmarks of Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop measured by Adobe Premier CC.

So, during my test of video export in 4K preset, the Acer has ended up in on average 23 minutes and 20 seconds. That’s too much.

Multitasking during video export

The motive to conduct this test wasn’t other than to rate the smoothness of this laptop when the CPU is busy with intense work. I have checked the following during the video export, the touchpad, keyboard, and laptop’s response time.

But, I found this laptop almost smooth.

Thermal Performance

Average CPU and GPU temperature

This test was performed to tell you whether the CPU undervolting and cooling pad are efficient in temperature reduction with stable or increased performance. For the stress test, I have used the AIDA64 tool. So, the results are in the below image.

Average CPU and GPU temperaure of this laptop measured during idle state, stress test with and without a cooling pad, and 0.15v undervolted CPU.

At idle at auto fan, the CPU and GPU temperatures were 48 and 49 degrees C, respectively.

During the stress test with an auto fan, both CPU and GPU temperatures were raised to 81 and 72 degrees C, respectively. The same test with cooling pad has reduced the CPU temperature to just 80 degrees C while keeping the GPU temperature the same. That’s much more. In addition to that, 0.15v CPU undervolting in the same test has further reduced both’ temperatures to 76 and 69 degrees C, respectively.

So, the CPU undervolting is found to be worthy in this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop. However, the cooling pad also contributed little small reduction but that’s not useful.

Laptop’s Exterior Temperature

At idle at an auto fan, the exterior was near to mid 30 C – a pretty cool.

During the stress test at the auto fan, the palm rest was found cool to touch. The middle of the keyboard was at mid 45 C. The sides of the middle of the keyboard were found less hot compared to the middle part. The exterior above the function keys was a bit hotter to touch. Furthermore, there was no difference between the QWERTY part and other keys in terms of temperature.

During the same test with a cooling pad, I found nearly similar results that I have got without it. It was a little cool to touch.

Fans Noise Emission

Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G fans noise emission at idle state and during stress test at an auto fan.

At idle, the single fan of this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop has emitted 34.2dB of noise which is not even heard. During the stress test at an auto fan, the level was increased to 48.5dB.

In addition to that, the gaming laptops like Lenovo Legion 7i, Dell Alienware m15 R2, MSI GS65 Stealth-004, and like have more noisy fans than this one. the noise level during gaming at performance mode increases to 60dB. And, that’s become equal to the noise emitted by a washing machine, hairdryer, and electric toothbrush.

But, such scenario is not the case with this laptop.

Camera and Microphone

The 720p camera and a microphone placed at the top bezel of the Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop.

The 720p camera and a microphone are placed at the top bezel of this laptop. The camera, when used outdoor, captured a lot of noisy pictures. And, I've the same bad review for the microphone. At outdoor, the microphone is more than average unworthy to use.

Overall, At least not usable from my balcony on the 2nd floor of my building. Both of them got ratings 3 out of 10 - A quite worst. Furthermore, with a worst quality, I can't expect Windows Hello support here. Acer could equip at least an average quality camera and a microphone.

Speakers

Down-firing speakers of this laptop.

The 2 down-firing speakers are been equipped at the front corners of both sides underneath the laptop. They are below average at maximum volume and a bit tiny with a little bass present. In addition to that, while watching the YouTube video, Digitech’s sound level meter has measured the sound. The sound level was 77dB and changing around it.

Ports on Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop

Left Side

  • 1 x Power input
  • 1 x Ethernet (RJ-45)
  • 1 x HDMI 2.0
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Type-A Gen-1
  • 1 x USB Type-C Gen-1

Right Side

  • 1 x 3.5mm Audio/combo jack
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x Kensington lock

Backside

There's nothing on the backside of this Aspire 5 laptop except air exhausts. It looks like Acer isn't interested to put anything there unlike Lenovo in their Legion series gaming laptops.

Air Intake Vents

Air intake vents on the back cover of the laptop.

This laptop got too many air intake vents on its back cover. Acer might put them to let the cool air enter to cool the laptop down possibly, but my tests have revealed very different results. When I have used the cooling pad during the stress test, It has shown near to zero effect.

And, it's not surprising that having a lot of air intake vents actually cool down the laptop. All of the cooling solutions of the laptop depends on the fans and the heat pipes. In addition to that, the CPU thermal paste also plays a major role in this case.

Battery

Battery life of this laptop during YouTube watching and stress test.

To be frank, this laptop didn’t get a long-lasting battery for CPU-intensive tasks. The 48Wh battery is powering this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop and lasted for 1 hour and 23 minutes during continuous stress tests using AIDA64. And, 7 hours and 6 minutes on YouTube Watching at 50% of screen brightness, keyboard backlighting turned off, and background apps disabled.

When compared to Mi Notebook 14 Horizon laptop, it’s pretty average. Because a 48Wh battery is powering the Mi Notebook and, it has lasted for 7 hours and 29 minutes. Overall, the battery life is about average in life and quality.

Storage

This laptop has got 512GB of PCIe-based solid-state storage to provide a possible high performance. I have used the CrystalDiskMark tool to test its speed. And the results are below.

SSD storage speed test of this laptop.

So, the SSD storage is pretty faster. The reading speed is 2175MB/sec and the writing speed is 1795MB/sec. Furthermore, as you can see in the image above, there are many technical terms by CrystalDiskMark. You read here their meaning in detail.

Gaming Benchmarks

Gaming benchmarks of this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop.

Final Thoughts

After reviewing this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop, I found it capable of handling the processor-intensive tasks. An Intel Core i5 Comet lake CPU is powering the laptop. With NVIDIA's latest MX350 GPU, this laptop can also handle gaming. However, this one sucks at max gaming-settings. It's not recommended for competitive gamers as it's only made to entertain you. The 14-inch FHD IPS display not enough brighter to show you the clear picture in direct sunlight without releasing pain in your eyes. In addition to that, the low screen color reproduction makes this laptop unworthy for professional photo and video editors. However, in terms of performance, this machine is perfectly fine for office-users. Furthermore, the tactile chiclet keyboard and a smooth, responsive, and accurate precision-enabled touchpad is catching the attraction of students. This laptop is very useful for the students of computer science, chemical, mechanical, architecture, and civil engineering for various purposes like programming, designing, and running of some engineering-specific software like AutoCAD, CFD, DWSIM, Android Studio, and many more. However, this laptop isn't made for video conference since the camera and microphone qualities are worst. With little below-average speakers, this laptop is rated by me 39.42 out 100 overall.

FAQs

Should I buy this laptop?

This laptop has Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA's MX350 graphics with 2GB of memory. And, its weight also 200 grams less than the limit we recommend at Thanalysis. So, you should buy this one if you're going to use for office-uses, gaming (not high-end), or academic purposes. But, you shouldn't buy this one if you're in the field that requires too much processing power such as Medium and above-level machine learning. However, there are other laptops also who can replace this one such as Acer Swift 3 SF314-57G, if you are ready to spend a little bit more.

Is this laptop good?

This laptop is good for the students of computer science, chemical, mechanical, architecture, and civil engineering. It's also good for the office-uses like in presentation, preparing the reports, Microsoft office, and like. In addition to that, this laptop is also good for graphics and video editing, in terms of performance only. However, this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop isn't good enough for good color reproduction due to its low color gamut 14-inch FHD display. Hence, it's not recommended for color-accurate graphics and video editing purposes because of just 39% of AdobeRGB. For gamers, this machine won't help you to win the competition, but it's capable enough to entertain you will below-average gaming-settings. You can see that in gaming benchmarks section of this article that games were run on the lowest Frame Rates when played on the maximum gaming-settings.

Can I add HDD/SDD to this laptop?

Yes, you can add the hard disk of 2.5-inch in size and maximum of 2TB in the storage-capacity. Acer has put an empty slot for that. But, you cannot add extra SSD storage in addition to the 512GB of SSD PCIe-based storage that's coming with the laptop at the time of purchase.

Is this laptop good for video editing?

Yes, this laptop is good video editing, but in terms of performance only. As the screen color gamut values of the 14-inch FHD screen are below-average, it won't help you out to attain the very color-accurate video editing.

Can I play Games on it?

You see that in the Gaming Benchmark section of this article that at maximum gaming-settings, many games were playable and many weren't. I would like to advise you to not to expect much more from the NVIDIA MX350 GPU that's been equipped in this Acer Aspire 5 A514-52G laptop. For gaming passion, I have written a dedicated article on the Gaming Laptops where you can find the laptops that can help you to win the gaming competition even. But, in the case of this laptop, you will just get entertained.

Is this laptop upgradeable?

In the case of RAM, the RAM is 8GB in capacity. However, the 4GB out of 8GB is soldered, hence you can't upgrade it. The remaining 4GB can be upgraded to 12GB of maximum. In case of storage, as I have discussed earlier, you can put an extra hard disk, but cannot an SSD. However, you can replace the SSD with a higher capacity one. In addition to that, you can replace the battery with a higher capacity one with the same size. No upgrade for GPU is possible. Furthermore, I haven't tested if for Wi-Fi 6 upgrade.

Is Acer, the manufacturing company of this laptop, the best?

Yes, Acer is one of the best laptop manufacturing companies on this planet. It manufactures many outstanding products. But, the customer service isn’t satisfactory. In fact, According to the survey by LaptopMag, Acer’s customer service got 54 scores out of 100.

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