Gadget Reviews

REVIEW | Acer Aspire 6: Captain America edition

This is a part of an article first published on the pages of The Manila Times written by the same author, reposted with permission

Similar to the Acer Swift 3: Ironman edition, the Acer Aspire 6 Captain America edition packs the same processor and graphics card: the 8th Generation Intel Core i5 8260U and the Nvidia GeForce MX150.

The unboxing experience is also similar with the rest of the Marvel Edition laptops where you will find the laptop inside the sleeve with the Captain America artwork, a charger, and a manual.

You will also find the Captain America keyboard cover and when you turn on the laptop, you will be greeted by the Avengers: Infinity War splash screen as well.

The major difference in the internal configuration is that the Aspire 6 only has 4GB of DDR4 ram and a much slower 1TB 5400RPM hard disk drive (HDD). Because of this, the machine itself is not as snappy as the Acer Swift 3 and the user experience is less desirable.

Thankfully, there are room for future upgrades as you can easily access the RAM and hard drive bays by opening the lids on the bottom of the laptop, so adding more memory and swapping out the slow 5400RPM hard disk can be done in a breeze.

Like I have said earlier, the user experience is not as desirable on this laptop because it is sluggish mainly because of the slower 5400 RPM hard drive and 4GB of RAM. Performing usual tasks like web browsing and editing documents is acceptable, but the machine tends to be sluggish when there are multiple applications open.

Gaming performance is also a little bit less compared to the Acer Swift 3. The Acer Aspire 6, with its current hardware configuration, scored 3,217 points on the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark, which is slightly lower than the Acer Swift 3.

Looking at the aesthetics, we think that the Acer Aspire 6 Captain America Edition has the best look of all the three laptops: matte finish on top with Captain America theme looks amazing as well as the design on top of the keyboard as well as the artwork on the touch pad itself. The keyboard also feels good to type on and it is also backlit.

The laptop also has a lot of connectivity options that makes it a very flexible office machine such as an HDMI port, USB Type-C port, USB 3.1 Gen, USB 3.0 ports, and USB 2.0 ports and a SD Card Reader.

For basic purposes like web browsing and creating office documents and such, the Acer Aspire 6 is a very functional laptop that can get work done. The slow 5400 RPM 1TB hard drive is actually tolerable if you don’t really think about it. As a gaming machine, it might need a little RAM upgrade since having 4GB of memory can be limiting when running some games. But overall, the 8th Generation Intel Core i5 8250U paired with the GeForce MX150 is a pretty capable combo if you want to play some e-sports titles.

Ira James
Editor-in-chief | Tech Journalist | AMD Ryzen and AOC Gaming influencer | PC Hardware Enthusiast | Mixed Martial Artist

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