Today we are going to take a closer look at another Acer, Extensa EX2540-33WP (NX.EFHEK.003). Unlike Aspire or Nitro, Extensa is one of their somewhat less popular, cheap and business-oriented notebook series. At £390, it provides a very decent notebook with including potentially almost everything that a business or general purpose user might need.
- CPU – Intel Core i3 Dual-Core (6th Gen), 2.0 GHz
- GPU – Intel HD Graphics 520
- Memory – 4 GB DDR3, extendable up to 16 GB
- Screen – 15.6-inch HD IPS (1,366 x 768)
- Storage – 500 GB SATA HDD
- OS – Windows 10 Home edition
- Performance – Okay, let’s check out then what it has got under its hood. It has got a slightly dated 6th generation Intel Core i3 processor, 4 gigs of RAM and 500 gigs of hard disk storage. While the spec sheet may seem a bit shallow (which can’t really be denied) it can comfortably take care of your everyday tasks as well as a tiny bit of light gaming.
- Ports – No matter what Acer do to keep the price under control they decided to not skimp on the ports. It included 3 USB ports, an Ethernet port and a full-size HDMI port; although it does lack a USB type-C port which is usually much faster and more versatile than the standard type-A variance.
- Portability – Now, while it can’t be said that it’s a very lightweight and portable notebook it isn’t overly heavy either. With a dimension of 38.2 x 25.5 x 2.46 cm (WxDxH) it can be slid into your bag pretty easily and weighing at 2.4 kg, it’s pretty average I would say.
- Display – The included 15.6 inch HD panel is barely passable if you ask me. To maintain the price tag Acer had to cut some corners. And the display is one of them. The HD resolution might be a good option for an 11-inch netbook but for a 15-inch laptop it really sticks out like a sore thumb. Next in line are the pretty low display brightness and the dull colours. In short, while it may be suitable for general purpose use, it would be a pain in your neck for slightly visual needs.
- Slow hard drive – To keep the price at the prementioned level Acer decided to go for a relatively slower 5400 rpm disk drive instead of a solid state drive or at least a 7200 rpm hard disk drive.
After checking it out closely I would say that it’s a worthy option for business users as well as light general users. The price tag is pretty affordable as well for the budget consumers. Only one obvious flaw that I could find was the second rate display. But that’s the story of almost every second budget notebook. Other than that, Acer Extensa EX2540-33WP gave a pretty solid performance.