A slim, versatile notebook running Windows 11 Pro, the lightweight Acer Aspire 5 Pro A517-53G-54PU with fingerprint reader performs well in everyday use, contained multimedia work and modest gaming thanks to its Intel Alder Lake-U Core i5-1235U hybrid processor, 16GB of RAM and GeForce MX550 graphics card. Featuring a 17-inch IPS Full HD anti-glare display and a fast 512GB SSD storage that boosts its responsiveness, this sleek silver laptop comes with a backlit keyboard and connectivity with Wi-Fi6 and USB-C.
Acer Aspire 5 Pro A517-53G-54PU Performance, Battery Life
The Acer Aspire 5 A517-53G-588M is aimed at those who are looking for a relatively thin and light large format laptop for regular multi-purpose Pro use.
Its slimness and its contained weight for a 17 inches will be appreciated by those who wish to be able to transport their PC regularly. Although not the most nomadic by nature, it can nonetheless last about 7 hours on battery in light use, which is appreciable for a large format model offering the advantage of being comfortable for a mostly sedentary use (e.g.: home).
To ensure such autonomy, this computer relies on low-power components such as the low-power Intel Alder Lake-U Core i5-1235U processor, here coupled with 16 GB of RAM to provide good overall performance.
This core also allows you to watch photos and videos but also to play modest games thanks to the Iris Xe graphics module inserted in the Core i5 hybrid.
The same can be done with the GeForce MX550 dedicated graphics card on board. It’s a little more powerful, but it’s also a little more powerful, so you can play a lot more games.
NVIDIA Optimus technology automatically switches between the Iris Xe and the GeForce MX550 in real time, and the Iris Xe is favored as long as possible because it consumes little power, which promotes autonomy. The GeForce MX550 is therefore activated by Optimus to carry out the graphic work deemed too heavy for the Iris Xe.
Moreover, the heart of this Pro-oriented notebook is suitable for multimedia work using the multi-core – and therefore the 10 cores of the Alder Lake-U – and RAM. This includes video conversion and photo editing.
However, if the objective is to carry out processor-intensive work, it is better to choose a PC with a non-low-power processor.
On the storage side, we find an SSD that rivals the standard hard disk in terms of capacity with its 512 GB while being silent, less energy consuming, more robust and much faster.
In practice, the SSD ensures a much better fluidity and reactivity on a daily basis compared to a simple hard disk. Thanks to the SSD, starts/stops are much faster, as well as processing and launching applications, and you can get to online games faster.
Of course, if 512 GB is not enough, you can rely on an external storage unit. Favoring a USB-C/USB 3.0 device is then an advantageous option to obtain fast transfers.
Acer Aspire 5 Pro A517-53G-54PU Features
|17.3” Full LED IPS ComfyView (1920×1080, anti-glare)
|Intel Core i5-1235U Alder Lake (10 cores: 2P 1.3 GHz, 8E 0.9 GHz, TDP 15W)
|Installed RAM (max)
|16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz (32 GB), 2 slots (occupied)
|NVIDIA Turing GeForce MX550 2 GB GDDR6 dedicated, Intel Iris Xe integrated in the processor and Optimus
|512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe)
|3 USB 3.2 (Gen1) + 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI
|Wi-Fi 6 ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.2 + Gigabit Ethernet
|Yes, via fingerprint reader
|Windows 11 Pro 64 bit
|Announced autonomy / Battery
|7 hours / Li-Ion 3 cells
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)
|2.2Kg / 402.1 x 257.8 x 19.9mm
Acer Aspire 5 Pro A517-53G-54PU vs.
The Acer Aspire 5 Pro A517-53G-54PU is currently on special offer at Acer France and is one of the few in its category to be so thin and light but also to run under the Pro system with such a powerful graphics solution.
Acer Aspire 5 Pro A517-53G-54PU chassis, connectors, screen
It has a sleek and discreet appearance with its slim, relatively light dark silver design cooled by 2 fans, 2 heatpipes and ventilation grills.
This versatile laptop runs on Windows 11 Pro, a more complete system than the classic Windows 11 with its advanced networking and security tools like BitLocker.
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As a fingerprint reader is integrated, one can authenticate by biometric recognition through Windows Hello technology.
This laptop has good connectivity, with 1 USB-C, Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6 ax wireless modules (more recent and efficient than Wi-Fi ac) to communicate and connect remotely, a practical HDMI video output to easily connect it to a monitor or TV, for example, Ethernet and audio ports, and 2 USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) that guarantee transfers up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0 if USB 3.0 peripherals are connected.
The keys of the chiclet keyboard can be backlit, of course, to make them easier to see in low-light environments.
Thanks to its IPS technology, the screen has large vertical and horizontal viewing angles. It also lends itself very well to the display of High Definition content such as videos thanks to its Full HD definition and its 16:9 format. As it is treated anti-reflection, the screen also offers a better visibility than a glossy slab in bright environments (eg: outdoor) while being less tiring for the eyes in prolonged use.