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| | Acer 5560 Honest Review, Overclocking and Gaming (AMD APU A6, AMD 6520G, 4GB DDR3)
This diwali, I thougt about Gifting a new laptop to my Sister. She is a graphic designer and her current Intel C2D was not very enjoyable for the same. AMD was my natural Choice, especially with the advent of these new APU Tech. APU combines the CPU with Graphcis cores and Accelerates them with Automatic overclocking as needed. There is also some DECENT Graphics Horsepower made onto the same chip. A Winning Forumula.
The laptop was purchased at 27,500 from lamington.
Acer 5560- This the the model we will be reviewing today. Its a simple model with AMD APU and DDR3 Ram. Graphics performance is good.
Acer 5560G- The "G" Model takes graphics performance to all new level by adding a second AMD 6 Series graphics card (Usually HD 6470M). This model was reported with heating issues and was rarely available to buy in India. If you are looking for a dekstop replacement and will be using extra Fans, THIS is the model to look for. Unfortunately the model has been impossible to find on my level.
I got a chance to play with the device for a week, here are my Impressions-
+As opposed to the usual Glossy trend, the lappy has a matt finish all over. The Lid is textured with small Cross figures. The palm rest is matte as well. What that means that we can focus more on our tasks rather than wiping the machine of Finger prints and dust! Palm rest has a novo Copper-esque colour which I did appreciate. over build quality is fantastic and better than my previous Samsung NPX.
Well done Acer!
+The keyboard is not Islad type, but is neverthless Good to type. Volume Controls won't Crash your Games.
+Numeric Keypad is Present.
+Ports Located Conveniently.
+Heat vent to side.
+Illuminated Power Button.
+Very large Touch pad with gesture Support. Please be advised that proper drives are required for gestures to work. You can scroll Horizontally as well as vertically, Zoom in and out, Drag and do more with the gestures. I really loved them
-Some Keyboard flex when typing.
-No separate keys for volume, WIFI, BT. used is supposed to use Fn+Combo.
-Arrow keys are small and Girly
-There are NO indicators for Num, Caps, scroll! Very supid Acer!
+Dual Monitors are supported
+Adjusting Screen brightness in Game won't cause crashes (It did on Samsung NPX)
- I wish they had Carried the Matte Treatment to Screen as well, The glossy screen is the usual 15.6 inch (1366x768) widescreen with good brightness but S0-SO Viewing angles.
Infact my 7 year old LG Flatron 17 inch LCD (1280X1024) walks all over it. The Colour, Contrast and viewing angles show a huge difference in quality.
-There is a very narrow Sweet spot (head on) where the colours are good. Otherwise its a dull Display.
-Any amount to colour correction could not bring the display quality to my Satisfaction
+There's HDMI and VGA out. However you can't do triple Monitor with VGA+HDMI+ laptop.
-This laptop has some serious dissapointment with Ports, and I shall take my time to explain it.
Firstly, there are only 3 USB ports. Being a desktop replacement , I wanted atleast 4 Ports. Whats worse! there is NO USB 3.0!!. Damm@!
Both Flip kart and Snap deal have mentioned in their spec that 1 port is USB 3.0.....FALSE! I connected my Sony 1 TB USB 3 HDD and all ports are USB 2.0 ONLY.
Final nail in the coffin is lack of Firewire, Expresscard and E-sata, Which means that any external HDD are going to be slow by all means. My 6~7 year old laptops have been upgraded to USB 3.0 by the means of Expresscard upgrade. This one cant be. What a SHAME.
I wish i had paid more attention, as lack of USB 3.0 (or any means of fast External HDD) is a deal breaker for me.
+Inbuilt WIFI and BT are very good and work as expected.
+I was able to use BT remote from my samsung NOTE and it works like a charm. range is Full Room (20Ftx20Ft)
Please be advised that proper drives are required for These to work well. Inbuilt Windows drivers will cause stability issues.
-There is no dedicated Button for WIFI and BT. Fn+ combo is required
-Turning on/off Wifi and BT are merged into a single Button.
+Sound is best in Headphones. It is recommended to remove the Supplied drivers and use just inbuilt Microsoft Drivers. Try it and sound quality actually improves.
-Given speakers are just for a namesake. Don't get carried away by dolby etc logo. Its all Junk. Infact my Samsung Note is Louder both in Speakers and headphones. Poor show Acer!!!
You WILL Need external speakers with this lappy.
*Heat & Stability-
+This lappy is very cool even under Heavy Load and Gaming. It idles max around 57.C with Cooling pad.
Gaming Temps are 67.C with cooling fan and 72.C with Cooling turned off.
I am using zebronics 200mm fan cooling pad.
+I have let the lappy run straight for 65~70 hours (3 days Continious) while Batch processing my Photos (HDR) and i must praise the Stability.
+For General Tasks the Lappy is very fast and responsive, esp when browsing through folders and opening Pictures,Videos etc.
+There is Turbo Core support, And there's more to pefrormance via Overclocking. (read on)
+RAM controller is Dual channel, I am grateful That Acer has provided 2 Sticks of 2GB unleashing Best performace.
+The Integrated Radeon HD 6520G has 320Shaders which puts it straight in class of desktop 9600GT or ATI 3850 or ATI 4670. Very respectable performance and supports DX11. Which means all modern games will run at 720P with mid settings. It shoud have no qualms running Slightly Older games at highest possible quality and resolutions. Overall its a very nice Gaming/ Graphic machine.
+Rendering HDRs at Full quality (Consisting of 3x 10mp photos) gave pleasant results,
++The machine was responsive enough for me to Play Battlefield bad Company 2 While Batch processing HDRs!!
*Gaming- I am carried away by the Gaming perofmance! All the Games from my Desktop PC (nvidia 9800GT) work flawlessly.
WORKING SMOOTHLY (1360x768 or 1280x720P).
COD4 MW 1, COD6 MW2, COD MW 3, COD Black ops 1, COD 5 WAW.
Serious Sam 2, Battlefield Bad company 2,
NFS Most wanted old (Using NFSMW-RES trick)
Left 4 Dead, L4D 2
Split Second (Disney interactive),
Crysis 1, Crysis Warhead, crysis 2
Ghost recon Advanced warfighter 1 & 2
Transformers War from Cybertron, Transformers FALL of cybertron
OLDER / Simpler GAMES WORKING WELL (At their max possible settings)
Unreal 2, Unreal Tournament 2004, Unreal Tournament 3 (UT3)
COD 1 , COD 2
Dooming Racer, wacky races
NFS Underground 1, NFS Underground 2, NFS HP2
Serious Sam First encounter, Serious Sam Second Encounter.
Angry birds for PC
Painkiller, painkiller BOOH, paikniller Resurrection
Unreal Tounrament 2003.
WORKING With reduced settings or stutter.
Crysis 3 (works well at low settings)
NFS Undercover (Crappy game anyway)
Games throwing error-
Quake 4 (perhaps a re-install should fix)
AMD APUs are surprizingly great Overclockers!!
Using K10 STAT i was able to Boost the Tiny Childish Processor all the way upto 2.33 GHZ per core with Undervolted settings! This is a decent jump from stock 1.5Ghz. I am still experimenting and i think I should be able to push this baby past 2.4Ghz and beyond.
It may go more but I need to spend some more time. You could also underclock and Undervolt the CPU all the way down to 528mhz for better battery and Idling.
There IS a battery. Thats all about it.
I was able to manage a meager 2.5 hours of battery life with light loads (music, internet)
*My Overall Rating-
7 of 10!
+Spacious HDD and good Ram
+Stability and Cooling
-No USB 3.0 or Express card or Firewire or E-sata.
-No dual graphics (you can get dual graphics for same price in US)
-High price (27,500) Considering all above (Amd A8 with dual graphics, 1TB HDD is only 32k)
P.S BETTER PICs and SCREENSHOTS COMING UP
Model Number 5560
Utility Everyday Use
Architecture 64 Bit
Operating System NO
Hard Disk Capacity 500 GB
Hardware Interface SATA
Size & Weight
Weight 2.6 kg
Dimension (W*D*H) 382 x 253 x 33.2 mm
POWER & BATTERY
Power Supply 60 W
Standard Battery 6 cell Li-Ion
Screen Size 15.6 Inch
Screen Type HD, Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD Screen
RAM 4GB DDR3
Expandable Memory Upto 8 GB
Memory Slots 2
Processor Name AMD Quad Core A6
Chipset AMD A60M
Clock Speed 1.50 GHz
OPTICAL DISK DRIVE
Optical Drive DVD-Writer
Integrated Camera Yes, Webcam
Internal Mic Yes
Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
USB Port 3
RJ45 LAN Yes
HDMI Port Yes
VGA Port Yes
Multi Card Slot Yes, Memory Card Slot
1)yesterday I managed a highest overclock of 2.4 ghz on ALL cores. when playing crysis 2,the temps started soaring to 77.c with extra fans running. don't know if it's safe running that way for long. feel. free to join in and discuss.
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