Acer Aspire 7 review: practical, affordable and relatively powerful laptop is let down by a dull screen

With a separate graphics card, the Acer Aspire 7 A715-76G could be a standout in its field, but a dull screen lets it down.

An Acer Aspire 7 sitting on a wooden desk
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Our Verdict

The Acer Aspire 7 A715-76G is a relatively powerful laptop let down by a dull screen. It has a decent battery life, it’s very affordable for the hardware it contains and it works really well when it comes to non-visual jobs. Unfortunately, the rather dull screen just isn’t good enough for visual, colour-sensitive work. The Acer Aspire 7 is a jack-of-many-trades, capable of doing several things to a relatively good standard but not specialising in any one element. And if it meets your needs, it’s a strong choice for the price, but if you’re looking for something more specialist — or a bright, accurate screen — you’d be better off looking elsewhere.

For

  • Affordable
  • Good battery life
  • Relatively powerful

Against

  • Screen is dull
  • Colour accuracy is low

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The Acer Aspire 7 A715-76G is a mid-range laptop that falls within a similar price bracket to the MSI Prestige 14 Evo and the ASUS Vivobook 16X K3605ZF. With RAM starting at 16GB and storage starting at 512GB (both easily upgradable), the base model is capable of easily running Photoshop and Pro Tools without any real issues.

While it’s a great option for recording on the go or first drafts in Photoshop, the Acer Aspire 7 A715-76G isn’t designed for video editing — if you’re looking for a better option, our guide to the best laptops for video editing is here. It’s also let down by its screen, so if you’re looking for a photoshop powerhouse, our best laptops for photoshop guide is the place to go.

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CPU:Intel Core i5-12450H
Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 with 4 GB dedicated memory
RAM:16GB
Screen:15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 IPS 144 Hz
Storage:512 GB
Connectivity:1 x HDMI, 3 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C thunderbolt, Ethernet, Audio jack
Size:19.9 x 362.3 x 237.4mm
Weight: 2.1kg
Additional features:Fingerprint reader, webcam, microphone, backlit keyboard
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Cinebench R23:Single-core: 1,609Multi-core: 9,774Row 0 - Cell 3
Geekbench 6:Single-core: 2,082Multi-core: 5,312Row 1 - Cell 3
PCMark 10:Total: 5,454Row 2 - Cell 2 Row 2 - Cell 3
Procyon battery life test:6h03m (video playback, 50% brightness)Row 3 - Cell 2 Row 3 - Cell 3
3D Mark:Night Raid: 28,692Fire Strike: 9,167Time Spy: 4,011
PugetBench:Photoshop: 2,583 (General: 29, Filter: 23)Premiere Pro: 2859 points (LongGOP Score (Standard): 25, Intraframe Score (Standard): 27, RAW Score (Standard): 55, GPU Effects Score (Standard): 18)Row 5 - Cell 3
The Verdict
3.5

out of 10

Acer Aspire 7

The Acer Aspire 7 A715-76G is a relatively powerful laptop let down by a dull screen. It has a decent battery life, it’s very affordable for the hardware it contains and it works really well when it comes to non-visual jobs. Unfortunately, the rather dull screen just isn’t good enough for visual, colour-sensitive work. The Acer Aspire 7 is a jack-of-many-trades, capable of doing several things to a relatively good standard but not specialising in any one element. And if it meets your needs, it’s a strong choice for the price, but if you’re looking for something more specialist — or a bright, accurate screen — you’d be better off looking elsewhere.