Acer Aspire E1-472G-6844 review: Better graphics, budget laptop

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This Acer covers its bases on ports and connections. There's an SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. You also get an Ethernet port, HDMI, USB 2 and 3, and -- why not? -- VGA. What looks like a DVD drive door on the right side appears glued shut, a vestigial non-feature. On the left side, vents push out some heat when the Aspire starts getting taxed.

Acer Aspire E1-472G-6844

Video HDMI, VGA
Audio Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks
Data 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, SD card reader
Networking Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Optical drive None

Battery life: Passable

Battery life on our tests held up for 4 hours 18 minutes, a completely mediocre and unimpressive result. I'd expect six hours or more. But, for a budget laptop, it's not bad...unless you consider something like the Asus Transformer Book T100, which is a smaller, less powerful laptop, but gets far better battery life. And, it costs less (and has touch).

Good value, unimpressive design

This Acer is fine for a basic starter laptop. But don't expect more. If you really care about graphics on a laptop, spend up a bit. If you want a completely bare-bones laptop, spend down. I wouldn't straddle the line. Acer's addition of Nvidia graphics into this laptop just amounts to a tease. I'd rather have a better-feeling computer that did a little less than cram more performance into a body and screen that make it awfully hard to appreciate.

Handbrake Multimedia test (in seconds)

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14
594
Acer Aspire E1-472G-6844
596
Acer Aspire E1 572-6870
691
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite
1310

Note:

Shorter bars indicate better performance

Adobe Photoshop CS5 image-processing test (in seconds)

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14
254
Acer Aspire E1-472G-6844
269
Acer Aspire E1 572-6870
337
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite
674

Note:

Shorter bars indicate better performance

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14
124
Acer Aspire E1-472G-6844
150
Acer Aspire E1 572-6870
151
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite
367

Note:

Shorter bars indicate better performance

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14
429
Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite
307
Acer Aspire E1-472G-6844
258
Acer Aspire E1 572-6870
196

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

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System configurations

Acer Aspire E1-472G-6844

Windows 8.1 (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz; 2048MB Nvidia Geforce 820M; 500GB 5400rpm Seagate hard drive

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 14

Windows 8 (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 1792MB Intel HD Graphics 4400; 128GB Samsung SSD

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite

Windows 8 (64-bit) 1GHz AMD A4 Quad-Core; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz; 512MB AMD Radeon HD 8250; 128GB Samsung SSD

Acer Aspire E1 572-6870

Windows 8 (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz; 32MB (Dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 4400; 500GB 5,400rpm hard drive

What you'll pay

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Where to Buy

Acer Aspire E1-472G-6844

Part Number: NX.MKLAA.001

MSRP: $599.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

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  • Graphics Processor Nvidia Geforce 820M
  • CPU Intel Core i5 4200U