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Acer Aspire 5 (15.6" FHD, i3-8145U, 128GB/8GB) $479.20 + Delivery (Free C&C) @ Bing Lee eBay

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Another Bing Lee laptop deal, also some great specs for the price. Under $500 for a FHD display, 8th gen i3 (that benchmarks better than 7th Gen i5-7200U and i7-7500U), 128GB SSD, 8GB of RAM and decent battery life (Manufacturer claim of 11 hours maximum, laptopmag test of 8 hr 51 min). Would've upgraded if it had a smaller 14" form factor, but this is a great work laptop.

Intel Core i3-8145U 2.1GHz
8GB DDR4 SDRAM
128GB Solid State Drive
15.6" FHD ComfyView Display
Windows 10 Home in S mode 64-bit
Intel UHD Graphics 620

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    Wow..this one is setting too faaaast
    !

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        hmmm.. good point. the upvotes give the impression that this is selling quick. Perhaps not…. perhaps'click advocates' behind the scenes

        • +7 votes

          Now showing 11 sold last 2 hours :)

          Funny how the Bing Lee 20% off deal was already up for 7 hours prior to this post and didn't sell a single unit in the 7 hours, but after the ozbargain post it has already sold 11 units in 2 hours on a Friday night at 12am AEDT :)

          • +1 vote

            @lyl: 35 @ 10.27AM EST and counting! Great buy, but I have a similar Acer with this screen, OK but don't expect too much from it because it's FHD, the colours, contrast and brightness is average and not ISP.

            With the i3 CPU and 8GB DDR4 ram/SSD below AU$500, this is great value.

            Things to note: No memory card reader ( might need to upgrade/add ssd ), has bluetooth 5, has usb C Gen1 ( most likely not for charging laptop itself ), wifi a/c 2x2, 48WH battery. Pretty Sweet Deal :-)

            • +1 vote

              @ozhunter68: Dude,
              Just a heads up, I think you misspelled IPS. :P

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                @Ryanhere007: Cheers, and…..I can't blame spell correction either as I typed it on a laptop lol.

                Also I might have made a mistake about the screen, although name is same as the one I was thinking of, FHD Comfy View, this one might be IPS after all and pretty bright at 260 Nits if screen is the same as the Acer Aspire 5 with the Ryzen 3 linked lower down in the comments. As they say,….oils ain't oils.

            • +1 vote

              @ozhunter68: 92 sold now ;) Same experience with my Acer screen, not great but not bad either, happy with the performance to price.

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                @lyl: Yeah, selling like hot cakes. Did you end up getting one from this deal?

                If so, does it look like it's IPS and getting up 260/270 Nits Max?

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                  @ozhunter68: Nope didnt get this deal as my Acer swift 3 i5-7200u/mx150 is still kicking strong after 2 years. Saw your comments in the other Swift 3 deal, my Swift 3 doesn't have USB-C charging on its port, a shame as I wanted to use my PD powerbank on it. Not sure if the newer Swift 3 would be any different, but a traditional round power port means probably still the case.

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    Learned about Win10 S mode - new to me

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      S mode seems to be Windows for Dummies mode: "This mode locks installation of apps only from the Microsoft Store versus downloading potentially dangerous .exe apps via a web browser." Apparently one can switch to normal Windows 10 Home mode though: https://www.windowscentral.com/surface-go-how-unlock-windows...

      • +3 votes

        Shame it’s not Speed mode

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        Once you switch out you can’t go back due to security reasons - obviously. Only way is to make a backup before you switch out.

        FYI, S is for security but there would be an element of speed too I guess

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          I read a review where they say after switching to home the computer started to lag and being very slow

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            @Laziofogna: Considering this has an SSD it shouldn't be slow once upgraded to Home.

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              @Clear: Agree. Most likely if a computer noticeably slowed down going to regular W10 it's because it had weak specs to start with.

              Unusual to see a system with Windows 10S that has an i series CPU. Usually lower end CPU's like Celeron or Pentiums or AMD E/A4 series etc.

              • +1 vote

                @ozhunter68: Very unusual as for licensing as it would set them back about $65 per device, while with the lower spec CPUs and less RAM/Storage it's $25-45.

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                  @Clear: Good point. Remember reading something about Windows 10S being free on devices up to a Max screen size ( most likely no bigger than 14" ? ) and a Max spec ( most likely up to Pentium CPU and 4GB ram ? ).

                  Will have to look it up when I can be bothered lol.

                  • +1 vote

                    @ozhunter68: I believe that was revised to cost $25 but who knows. Microsoft are always changing their costs.

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                      @Clear: My memory is not always reliable, but it was definitely lower price than full W10 Home lol.

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                @ozhunter68: It was one of the asus vivobook sold at jb, specs are good. Maybe the reviewer just (profanity) up who knows

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                  @Laziofogna: Oh,….a user review, take that with a few grains of salt.

                  Do you remember model or price so I can check?

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                    @ozhunter68: It's the Vivobook with i5, $1298. I was thinking to buy it and read reviews around, I think the review I mentioned was from Amazon though. I could not find any other hints anyway that switching out from S creates problems.

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    LOL Why are we people awake it's 12:01AM

    • +3 votes

      12:10am is considered late nowadays?

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      Wee

    • +5 votes

      Yeah - not everyone is on AEDT.

    • +3 votes

      Ozbargain - the best place for late Friday night browsing.

  • +8 votes

    Only 9:09pm Perth

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    So tempted

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    Get something better. These things are flimsy as.

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    You can exit S mode but 128 GB is a joke. You'd have to factor in buying a larger drive if you want to do anything other than browse the web.

    • +2 votes

      128gb is tiny for sure but nowadays it's dirt cheap and fool proof to throw in a 512gb ssd.

      i would also throw in another 8gb of ram (hope the original 8 gb is not a 2*4gb) and this machine is good for another 5 yrs.

      imo this laptop is recently priced.

    • +4 votes

      I got through a semester of Uni with 32GB - just had to be careful with updates, but had Office and a few programs installed and ~6GB free. 64GB is more than liveable for web browsing/office etc and 128GB should be plenty for a lot of users (provided you're not storing a lot of media, using VM's, installing large games etc).

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        Use OneDrive with Files on Demand enabled. I keep ~600gb of documents, data etc. in the cloud and it selectively downloads as I need something.

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          You sir are a logical man…. This is OzB though… The cloud storage needs to be free and even then we must complain about a fhd laptop with good specs under $500…. Tis the way of the ozbargainer…

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        After dealing with Windows update on a NUC with tiny eMMC, giving up and buying a hard drive, I'd rather eat glass than deal with that again. No quicker way to ruin a nice cheap machine than to have it become unusable without extra effort to fix it or without an extra spend. Reinstalling once I got a HD was no fun either.

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      How much space you are left with by default with a 128gb drive in Win 10?

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        About 110GB free space.

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          Closer to 100GB for most computers after a few months use and updates ( even after deleting all possible extra files in windows ).

          Should be workable for most people but keep in mind no memory card reader here ( although with most laptops these stick out when inserted anyway, so not as handy ).

      • +2 votes

        Just got one and it is saying 95GB free after going through setup…

    • +1 vote

      So is it possible to change the drive and the RAM sticks in this one? I thought these ones usually come with eMMCs.

      • +1 vote

        They sometimes have eMMCs in smaller thinner systems, but larger laptops still often have ssd or M2

        or NVMW M2 connections, some even 2 with one empty. Also some laptops have ram soldered on only,

        some only one ram slot, and others 2 ram slots with varies maximum ram supported.

        So many possibilities here, hope someone opens one up and reports back soon :-)

  • +2 votes

    Bought one for my dad’s birthday present.
    Thanks op

    • -2 votes

      Can you open it up to see if ssd/ram upgrades are possible, and see if it has a

      possible extra M2 ssd connection and/if one or two ram sticks/slots. Please lol

  • +1 vote

    Got one for my eldest who starts high school next year. This was one of the ones on their acceptable for years 7 to 10 list.

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      They have a prescribed list?! O.O

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      School 'approved lists' are totally bogus.

      Just another tool for the Harvey Normans of this world to screw more cash from unsuspecting non-tech-savvy parents under the guise of 'Service and convenience'.

      Any modern generation Pentium/i3/i5 (or AMD equivalent) fits almost any school use, unless your kid is really into engineering or art (Mindstorms/Adobe Suite/CAD, which not all schools have student licences for anyway) which might (Might) justify looking at i5/i7 over Pentium or i3. Even a G4560 is well up to report writing duties.

      Frankly, battery life and screen size are far more important. My kids school doesn't allow chargers and doesn't have lockers but the school list has battery munching 15-inchers on it. Completely nonsensical.

      Key requirements:

      14 inch screen.
      At least 6 hour battery
      At least 256gb SSD

      The battery life need really chooses the processor, not the other way around.

  • +1 vote

    Heads up VIC peeps, change your postcode if it shows as out of stock. For some reason eBay/Bing thinks my postcode is regional despite being metro.

  • +1 vote

    what is people's opinion compared to this laptop for $514.06?

    With SB 12% cashback, comes to $464 ($514 - $50)

    Acer Aspire 5, 15.6" Full HD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 in S Mode, A515-43-R19L
    https://www.amazon.com.au/Acer-Display-Graphics-Keyboard-A51...

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      This has 8GB of RAM (vs 4), performance is similar (i3 will feel faster for most use thanks to better single-threaded performance), but the i3 model has much better battery life. See review with comparisons here.

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      15" screens are really inconvenient for school use. They're just too big to lug around all day or fit comfortably on a desk.

      I'd compromise on the processor and get a 14" laptop with great battery life over a 15" with a top-end processor and possibly dedicated graphics.

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    Pop in to Binglee to check this out. Fast computer, but screen is sick, and plastic case finishing is subpar. Decided to pass.

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      So no aluminium lid like on some other variants of this model.

      Did the screen look like IPS and got fairly bright up to 260-270 Nits like some other similar models quoted in this thread?

      Just wondering what made you pass this model as you'd be hard pressed to get a better spec new 15.4" for similar price?

      Keyboard back-lit? Bing Lee email said No to me.

      • +2 votes

        ebay spec page says its backlit

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          Just had another look and your right now ( not sure if that was there earlier on ).

          I did not see it hence asked bing lee a question to which they replied No, so I accepted that.

          Bonus for people getting this, surprise no one has mentioned it as it's usually an anticipated feature.

      • +4 votes

        just picked one up. Can confirm keyboard is backlit…comes with a "2.5" HDD Upgrade Kit" so I presume you can put a 2.5" in there…Tried to install cpu-z etc. to read memory/disk configuration without opening it up but forgot I have to get rid of "S" mode first…

        I had a look at the screen in store too, but they didn't have the exact same model, just an Aspire 5 with the i7. Not sure if it is the exact screen as on this i3 model but I agree the screen looked terrible next to the nice IPS displays like the Acer Switch. Taking it home now and firing it up in isolation it is surprisingly decent, certainly usable. I am used to using a laptop with IPS so it is certainly not as good as an IPS but that is at least double this price.

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          Thanks for your detailed real world reply. You could say you got a win and not so much of a win, but hay,…for this price you really are still getting good value and will love the Backlit Keyboard ( especially if it's new to you, but then again once you have had one it's hard to go without ).

          The screen should still be clear and crisp, just not the depth of colours and less black. It is good news that the hhd is 2.5" and easily up gradable ( you might already have one from the many deals here lol ). I wonder if it has just the 2.5" or also a second M2 spare slot like on some of these ( could be different with other config. ).

          Get rid of the S mode, get a system scan and report back please :-) Happy computing.

          • +2 votes

            @ozhunter68: I was curious and had a look…it had a big empty spot for 2.5" most likely only the thin (7") variety. Couldn't see a second M2, the existing is a KINGSTON RBUSNS8154P3128GJ1 NVME. Confused about the RAM, could only see a single accessible 4GB module and no second slot. CPU-Z SPD reports 4GB DDR4-2666 in slot 1, but in the Memory Tab it just says 8GB. Windows reports 8GB too, where is the other 4GB perhaps somebody else can enlighten…

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              @colche: No need to be enlightened, just need to spend a fair bit of time on Ozbargain and reading comments and reviews.

              Cut to the chase regarding your RAM, it is 4GB soldered on the board and 4GB stick in the single RAM slot which is up gradable to Max 12 GB, so swap out the 4GB for a 8GB ( can get some $ back on ebay if you want ).

              Great to hear there is a spare 2.5" slot, so can easily install extra store without the need to clone O/S, or clone, swap and keep original for an external hhd. 7" HHD max size has been pretty standard for some years now.

              How hard was it to open up to look at the bottom/insides?

              • +2 votes

                @ozhunter68: pretty straightforward…Follow: https://youtu.be/XiadRhJ70Rs - it has identical chassis. The parts placement pretty much mirror the model in the video except for minor differences (eg. 1 ram slot instead of 2)

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                  @colche: Cheers. Will have a look. I have zero Bing Lee stores near me to check, so thanks for feedback.

                  Should be a nice snappy system with the faster Nvme drive coupled with an i3 and the 8GB ram.

                  Edit: Looking at that video, it has one M2 slot ( with current NVMe installed ), and a spare 2.5" Sata which is really good for most people ( as they might already have a 2.5" SSD ready to go ).