Written by Jelle

Expert review of the Acer Aspire 3 A315-56 laptops

Acer Aspire 3 A315 laptops are available in a variety of configurations, so they're suitable for a wide audience. Whether you're an intermediate or demanding user, there is always an Acer Aspire 3 to suit your needs. I've tested an Aspire 3 A315 model for a week and you can read my findings in this review.

Acer Aspire 3 A315-56

Powerful enough for photo editing | Intel Core i5 - 8GB - 512GB SSD | Full HD screen
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  • With an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM, you can multitask with basic programs such as Microsoft Office.
  • Thanks to the SSD, you can boot the laptop and your programs in about 15 seconds.
  • If you edit a lot of photos or videos, choose a laptop with at least an Intel Core i7 processor.
  • This laptop produces sound for intensive tasks such as photo shopping or multitasking.

The Acer Aspire 3 A315-56 series

Man works on Acer laptop.

The Acer Aspire 3 laptops are mainly seen in the lower to mid-range segment. This makes the laptops especially suitable for studying, watching movies, using the internet, and even using Photoshop.

  • Processor: AMD Athlon up to Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 4GB RAM or 8GB
  • Storage capacity: 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSD

Good first impression

Acer laptop close-up.

After I take the laptop out of the box, the first thing that strikes me is the material. The laptop is completely made of plastic, which is less sturdy than aluminum. The laptop doesn't feel cheap, although I do recommend that you use a cover. That feels just a bit safer. I also think the laptop is neither thick nor very heavy for its size. This also makes the laptop useful for students.

Screen looks large

Man watches movie on laptop.

The average laptop has thin screen bezels nowadays, which provides relatively more screen space. The Acer Aspire 3 is no exception. The bezels of the screen are nice and thin, so you have a large screen when you work on the laptop or watch a movie. As for the color representation of the screen, it's a bit disappointing. The panel is TN instead of IPS, which makes colors look a bit pale. Apart from the pale colors, the screen is mostly pleasantly large.

Comfortable keyboard and trackpad

Man works on Acer laptop.

When I work on the laptop, I notice that the keyboard and touchpad work well. The keys are easy to press without losing accuracy. This also applies to the touchpad, which allows me to easily scroll and navigate through my work and other websites. It's a pity that the keyboard isn't backlit, but this is only a small blemish on the whole. The keyboard and touchpad do what they should do and that's the most important thing.

Sufficient connectors

Connectors on laptop.

The Aspire basically has all the connectors you need. There are 3 USB ports, an HDMI connector with which you can connect the laptop to an external screen, and even an Ethernet port. It's always useful when the wireless connectors are slow or unstable. The 3 USB ports are more than enough for an extra mouse, keyboard, or external hard drive. As far as connectors are concerned, I have no complaints about the Aspire.

Good performances

Intel processor sticker on laptop.

The Acer that I've tested is in the higher category of the Aspire 3 series. My laptop has an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and storage space of 512GB. You notice that this is a fast configuration. Whatever I do on the laptop, the Acer runs it without slowing down, even when I have multiple programs running at the same time. The speed of this laptop is the biggest plus for me.


Powerful enough for photo editing | Intel Core i5 - 8GB - 512GB SSD | Full HD screen
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If you're a student or you don't have too many demands for your laptop, an Acer Aspire 3 A315 is more than enough. The fact that the screen is somewhat dull and the keyboard doesn't light up are minor blemishes. The laptop is thin enough, there are sufficient connectors, and the screen looks larger than usual, thanks to the thin bezels. The i5 variant of the Acer doesn't disappoint in terms of performance either and runs everything smoothly and quickly. It's a must-have.

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