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Acer Aspire 7 A717 72g Laptop Complete Review

Acer Inc manufactures Acer laptop computers. It is a global electronics and information technology corporation. Stan Shih created the firm with his wife and friends under the name MultiTech at that time.

MultiTech was not in the computer business but rather producing semiconductors and other electronic components. In 1987, the firm rebranded itself as ‘Acer’ once it had grown large enough to build its PC. Acer is currently one of the most recognizable names in computer technology and electronics. They’re also one of the most popular laptop companies, renowned for their low-cost computers.

Acer is well-known for its quick and dependable customer care personnel. To address the hundreds of questions throughout the day, the firm has been concentrating more and more on its phone customer service system.

Acer Aspire 7 a717 72g is one of the most famous laptops by Acer. Many people are inclined toward this gadget but are unsure whether to invest in it. To make things easier, this review will provide a thorough description of the Acer aspire 7 a717 72g.

Acer Aspire 7 A717 72g Laptop

Acer’s newest 17-inch multimedia-gaming hybrid from the new Aspire 7 line comes with a powerful GTX 1060, a quick quad-core processor, and an IPS display but is cost-optimized in every other way. From a technological standpoint, the new laptop is extremely good, and Acer’s cost-cutting efforts were sensible. It also has a good internal memory, HD resolution, and a decent contrast ratio, to name a few specs.

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Even if the GeForce GTX 1060 and Core i7-7700HQ are clear markers of a gaming machine, Acer presents its newest Aspire 7 A717-71G-72VY as a multimedia all-rounder. Because the whole Aspire line-up (3, 5, and 7) is new, there is no precedent for comparison with it. The Aspire 7 lacks features such as G-Sync, an RGB lighting for the keyboard, programmable macro and extra modifier buttons, and software for optimizing and overclocking compared to “true” gaming laptops by Schenker, Asus, MSI, Alienware, and Acer’s Predator series.

Along with the Aspire 5 series, Acer released the Aspire 7, a better performance-focused model that runs on Intel’s quad-core Kaby Lake-H CPUs. It has a good GTX 1050 GPU, which is sufficient for casual to moderate gaming. There are also a few noticeable modifications in the chassis compared to the Aspire 5. Brushed aluminum is the primary material used, making it seem a little sturdier, and the keyboard, oddly, feels somewhat tweaked as well.

Although the Aspire 7 seems to be designed for gaming, the laptop isn’t advertised as such by the OEM, nor does it have the traditional fancy style with red highlights or a gaming-optimized keyboard. The Aspire 7 seems to be a solid option if you want an economical 17-inch high-performance laptop. It can also run most games in low to medium graphics settings. But to be an excellent laptop, it must perform well in other areas, like battery longevity, screen quality, and temperature management.

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Case

It was immediately evident that Acer had not spent any money-making the laptop smaller. The Aspire 7 A717-71G-72VY is black and has a relatively broad bezels flank in its display. The lid and top cover of the base unit have a chilly metal-like sensation and are easily fingerprinted due to their brushed metal surface. Users might face difficulty cleaning the fingerprints off the surface. The remaining portion of the casing is non-slip plastic. The silver Acer logo on the lid, decorative strips surrounding the base and touchpad, and the eye-catching silver Aspire-series hinge are among the most prominent features.

The foundation is exceptionally solid, flexing slightly under tremendous strain yet remaining steady with excellent accessories as well. The thick and pressure-resistant lid is also exceptionally strong, scarcely reacting to torsional stresses. The hinge is close. So much so that when it is opened, the whole foundation gets elevated. On the positive side, there is hardly any vibration. In general build quality, there are no evident issues. The gaps are quite consistent and tiny. Protruding edges surrounding the hinge seem to be a part of design components rather than manufacturing flaws. Additionally, the casing is robust, without excess glitter. Although, it might not be appealing to some people.

Design and Build

The Aspire 7 and Aspire 5 have certain similarities in overall look and mobility. The Aspire 7, like the Aspire 5, isn’t the lightest laptop on the market, but it does manage to stay under 3.0 kg (2.9 kg, to be exact). To be honest, it’s not awful for a 17-inch screen. The thickness, though, isn’t as striking – at roughly 27 mm, it can be classified as a computer that is a “little hefty,” but we hope the cooling system benefits from this.

The lid and the performance are the most noticeable differences between this model and the Aspire 5. The laptop now seems a little more sturdy in the center and is less prone to extreme twisting. But the bottom chin remains flexible owing to the hinges being set too far apart, leaving the center of the screen without any support. Speaking of hinges, they seem a little too tight and prevent you from opening the machine with only one hand. The bottom retains roughened plastic with some grills for heat dispersal and two service hatches for simple access to the 2.5-inch HDD and RAM sticks.

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Additionally, the left edge beneath the palm rest area wobbles even when put on a level surface. This must be due to an imbalanced foundation, or the silicone leg, which is slightly shorter on the right. In any case, it may not be a problem with all of the units available.

Moving to the sides of the body, we see the typical I/O arrangement, which looks to be well-distributed – the left side houses most of the ports, including RJ-45 for LAN, USB-C 3.1 (Gen 1), HDMI, USB 3.0, and the SD card reader. The DC charging port, two USB 2.0 ports, and a 3.5 mm audio jack are on the right side. There is also a graphics card in this laptop.

When you open the lid, you will find a similar Acer design that can be seen on numerous other computers. The brushed metal inside is still a fingerprint magnet but somewhat provides a solid structure. Only the touchpad’s region looks to be bending somewhat, but not significantly. Besides, this is a low-cost laptop in the first place. While talking about the touchpad, it’s the same as the one on the Aspire 5, having a smooth gliding surface. It is surrounded by chamfered edges., The touchpad is pretty sensitive and has a light mouse with a clicky sound. In terms of the keyboard, there is a slight but noticeable difference when compared to the cheaper Aspire 5. The keycaps retain their slightly concaved surface for improved typing comfort and give subtle yet clicky tactile feedback. However, you may feel the increased key travel compared to the typing via Aspire 5. The keys on the latter felt “dull.” Still, the arrow keys aren’t very pleasant for gaming, but this model isn’t strictly promoted as a ” gaming laptop” in the first place.

The Aspire 7 seems to be a well-built 17-inch laptop with fewer compromises than users would have anticipated, particularly considering the price. The keyboard and touchpad are very good, which sometimes are overlooked in these laptops.

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Connectivity

Connection is one of Aspire 7’s flaws. Two of the four USB ports are simply USB 2.0, while at least one of the remaining USB 3.1 Gen. 1 connectors is USB Type-C. There is also a fold-out Ethernet connector as well as a full-sized HDMI port. Because of its single 3.5 mm combo audio connection, which is unusual on gaming laptops, most gaming headsets will not operate with the Aspire 7. The ports are located toward the back of the laptop on both sides, so protruding parts and wires are less annoying than they would be upfront.

Reader for SD Cards

The Aspire 7’s SD card reader seems to be linked through USB 3.0 (the same as on the HP Omen). However, it falls short of the latter in the real-world JPEG copy test compared to our 64 GB Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC UHS-II reference card. Nonetheless, it outperformed the Aspire Nitro’s sluggish USB 2.0 card reader.

Communication

The Atheros/Qualcomm QCA 6174 modem cannot compete with an Intel dual-band Wireless-AC 8260 module. Its transfer rates fell well short of the theoretical limit of 867 Mbps minus overhead. As a result, it was substantially slower than other MIMO 2×2 Wi-Fi modems. However, this might be due to the antennas rather than the wireless modem. 

Security

Acer may surprise the users by including not just a TPM 2.0 chip but also a fingerprint reader in the top left corner of the touchpad, which proved to be quite reliable and speedy.

Accessories

Budget notebooks and accessories are commonly known as no-accessories at all. Apart from the charger, the typical quick start instructions, and warranty brochure. The barren package that is standard for most Acer computers these days had no extras. There are no accessories manufactured expressly for the Aspire 7.

Maintenance

Given the height of the bottom cover, reaching the top cover, and the number of removable screws, it is noticed that disassembling is a difficult operation. Most likely, the top cover must be pulled out of the bottom pan. Fortunately, the Aspire 7 has two maintenance hatches for the hard drive and RAM slots.

According to certain vendors, the Aspire 7 includes a complimentary PCIe 3.0 M.2 slot, which is not confirmed. It is best not to disassemble the laptop. However, the variant now available in the US (A717-71G-735Q) comes with a 1 TB hard disc and an extra SSD drive.

Warranty

Those sold in Europe, as usual, come with a 2-year bring-in limited guarantee, while devices sold in the US have a 1-year limited warranty. 

Input Devices

Keyboard

The pressure-sensitive keyboard is almost as broad as a conventional desktop keyboard and just a few millimeters thinner. It is a backlit keyboard. Despite the extra space, the number pad is still smaller as compared to the ordinary keyboards, which will be difficult for individuals with big hands. Aside from that, the size and spacing of the somewhat concave and slightly roughened keys are enough, and touch-typists should be comfortable. The layout is similar to that of a normal keyboard, as is prevalent in Acer laptops. Only the bottom row differs: because of the arrow keys, CTRL and ALT keys are either the same size as the other keys or even smaller.

The keyboard’s feedback was soft. Most keys are quiet, except the bigger ones, such as the space bar and return key, which clatters loudly. The lighting can only be switched on/off and maybe brighter.

Touchpad

The touchpad, enclosed by a silver decorative strip, is adequate in size but located too far left, where it might interfere with a hand resting on the WASD keys. Even with the damp fingertips, it had adequate sliding qualities. However, it did not sense movement or inputs near its edges. Precision and reaction times were excellent, and quick motions also got consistently identified. The drag and drop function using double-tap worked flawlessly every time.

The touchpad, however, is not flush with the shell and is clattered considerably. The two buttons, on the other hand, are adequate and perform well, with their rather tight but well-balanced resistance. Because there is no separate touchpad software, motions are restricted to what Windows 10 can configure (basic gestures with up to three fingers).

Display

The maximum brightness of 357 nits on the 17.3-inch matte FHD IPS display was superb and substantially brighter than both of its rivals, which were tested at approximately 300 nits. The display’s brightness distribution of 86 percent was adequate. Although, it was observed some little screen leakage at the borders, caused blacks to be uneven. However, this was only a problem with all-black display contents. As bright parts were added to the screen, the screen leaking became imperceptible.

Up close, the screen contents seemed slightly coarse-pixilated due to the fairly low pixel density of just 127 PPI. However, the crispness was excellent with a higher resolution. Acer does not provide any more display choices for the Aspire 7.

Speakers

Speakers Manufacturers often miss or purposefully disregard the fact that speakers are a vital aspect of a multimedia laptop, and regrettably, this is also true in this situation. The maximum volume and base frequency of the two downward-facing speakers are just loud enough for medium-sized rooms. Overall, the sound was harsh, flat, and had too accentuated highs, as well as unpleasant distortions. The bass line from the Miami Vice soundtrack’s “Crockett’s Theme” is totally absent, replaced with an inchoate hiss.

The dynamics and spatiality of the sound are scarcely discernible. Metal or punk music, on the other hand, such as NOFX’s “72 Hookers” with its numerous extremely loud instruments, is not as soft as on many other laptops. Overall, the sound quality is unimpressive, and the moderately annoying speakers are only appropriate for infrequent usage.

Battery Life

While most comparably equipped 17-inch laptops have substantially bigger batteries starting at about 65 Wh, the battery, according to the evaluation machine, was a pitiful 48 Wh (-36 percent). 

The Aspire Nitro’s 69 Wh battery is a benchmark thanks to its more efficient i5-7300HQ CPU (4x 2.5 – 3.5 GHz, no Hyperthreading, 45 W TDP). While the Nitro’s more efficient CPU may account for the Aspire 7’s somewhat shorter idle and Wi-Fi runtimes, we found no explanation for the considerable difference under load (130 vs. 74 minutes). As a result, gaming on batteries will be switched off after around an hour. The Aspire 7 lasted more than 5 hours when surfing the web, which is adequate for a 17-inch laptop.

System Efficiency

Despite having a lesser GPU, the HP Omen 17 outscored both Acer laptops in the PCMark 8 test, while the Aspire 7 finished last. The quicker the storage device, the higher the PCMark 8 score. Subjectively, the absence of SSD storage has a noticeable impact on overall performance. Installing and running programs took longer than usual, and the system, in general, seemed sluggish. Resultantly, users who are already used to working with SSDs will be disappointed. When running games, the poor storage performance impacted initial startup times, but the gameplay experience was unaffected by the sluggish hard disc drive.

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Is it Worth It?

The Aspire 7 delivers a major advance not just in terms of technology but also in build quality for the additional pricing rise. Aluminum lids and interiors are rare to come by in this class, particularly with such strong hardware. In addition, the keyboard and the touchpad feel way better than the ones in the Aspire 5. Also, the layout isn’t particularly conducive to gaming, although, to be fair, Acer never said it was a gaming laptop in the first place.

Despite the apparent value-for-money setup (quad-core Core i5 + GTX 1050), the laptop nevertheless impresses with an amazing IPS display. The 17-inch Aspire 7 has the same panel as the Aspire 5 and other far more costly gaming machines like the ASUS ROG GL702VM and the Lenovo Legion Y920. This makes it an excellent option for multimedia and gaming on a budget. The LG screen is bright, has outstanding contrast, and does not utilize PWM to regulate brightness.

To be honest, it’s difficult not to suggest this cheap, high-performance laptop. It is suitable for general office work, multimedia, and even gaming, and it costs roughly €750.