Acer Aspire 5 laptop - $280 from Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Aspire 5 from Acer is a solid entry level AMD Ryzen laptop that doesn’t break the bank. It is probably the fastest notebook that sells for less than $300 and - with a full HD display, 4GB RAM and a 128GB SSD - should outperform laptops costing far more.
From afar, you might mistake the Acer Aspire 5 (opens in new tab) laptop for an older variant of Apple’s MacBook, thanks to a few shared design elements.
The laptop is currently on sale at Amazon as part of the Prime Day (opens in new tab) "deal of the day offer". Available at $280, it carries a discount of almost 25% on its original price tag ($360).
However, the laptop has a few flaws which, depending on what you want to do with the device, may impact negatively on performance.
- Browse all the latest offers at Amazon (opens in new tab)
- Save with a 30-day free Amazon Prime trial (opens in new tab)
At the heart of this laptop is an AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, a dual-core processor that can run at up to 3.5GHz, which is paired with Radeon Vega 3 mobile graphics. There’s also 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, which is just about enough to run Windows 10 and a few applications.
However, we usually recommend a quad-core processor (Core or Ryzen) with 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage at a minimum for a decent Windows 10 user experience.
It’s worth noting that this laptop is Amazon Alexa-enabled, which is a much better option than Microsoft’s Cortana and far more versatile as well.
Other worthy features include a full HD IPS display (no TN here), nearly eight hours of battery life, a backlit keyboard and a dedicated numeric keypad.
On each side of the A515-43-R19L are three USB ports, one HDMI connector, an audio port and a Gigabit Ethernet port. But it's a shame there’s no microSD card slot nor a Type C connector.
TechRadar is rounding up all the top deals over the Prime Day sales period, and we’ve put all the best Prime Day deals in an easy-to-navigate article to help you find the bargains you’re looking for.
- Here's our list of the best business laptops (opens in new tab) right now
- We've built a list of the best mobile workstations (opens in new tab) around
- Check out our list of the best rugged laptops (opens in new tab) out there