If you’re excited to get your adrenaline pumping by playing action-packed video games like Bayonetta or Vanquish on a laptop, then Acer’s newest product is worth a strong look. The Acer Aspire VX 15 is a viable option for a comparatively cheap price.

ACER ASPIRE VX 15 REVIEW

The Acer Aspire VX 15 comes in multiple configurations. The lower-end model will cost about $800, whereas a higher-end option will cost closer to $1,100.

Components that are worthy of the current hardware generation power the Aspire VX 15, and CNET’s reviewer noted how he was able to enjoy modern and retro games at 60 frames-per-second in HD. In terms of specifics, the screen is 15.6 inches, and it gives off a 1,920 x 1,080 image.

However, the image quality flusters somewhat if you’re viewing at an off angle. While CNET’s reviewer admitted it was better than the Dell Inspiron 15 7000’s picture, it’s still the biggest issue plaguing the Aspire VX 15. Disappointingly, the GPU is also incapable of running VR games.

As for its exterior, the Aspire VX 15 displays an aura that reflects its niche, which is further compounded with the red lights decorating its black body. While it’s actually made of plastic, it manages to give off a metallic facade. There are also two fans in the back to help keep it cool. Additionally, it can easily be opened in order to insert as much as 32GB worth of storage and a 2.5 inch HDD.

A sizable keyboard is featured, and it, befitting of the laptop’s aesthetic, is backlit with a red glow. CNET’s writer, however, expressed disappointment with the touchpad; it works and the standard Windows 10 gestures are accounted for, but it could be a tad larger with more overt left and right buttons. Its palm rejection needs some refining, too. The audio, notably, was a marked improvement over the VX 15’s contemporaries.

CNET’s review tested three games on the VX 15, the first of which is a few years old (BioShock Infinite), with the latter two being more recent (Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Battlefield 1). The first two titles ran well, although Deus Ex benefited from dialing the settings back to medium. Similarly, Battlefield strained the laptop. The battery life, in CNET’s testing, maintained itself for just over six hours. This is a respectable length, although Dell’s Inspiron 15 7000 beats it by three hours.

As a gateway to PC gaming, the Acer Aspire VX 15 is more than adequate. Its hardware is capable, it offers a stylish sheen and, overall, it’s a great deal.