If you're after a cheap but reliable laptop for college or office work, don't miss the 25% discount on the Acer Aspire 5 in Amazon's ongoing Prime Day sale.

Regarded as one of the best budget laptops available by our colleagues over at PCWorld, the Aspire 5 is all the more enticing with a $100 price drop that takes this particular version down to just $299.99. 

There are various models in the Acer Aspire 5 family, of which this A515-46-R14K running Windows 10 (S) is one of the cheaper models. But it has similar features to the slightly older A515-43-R19L that we also reviewed, including the same slim chassis that includes a roomy 15.6in full-HD display.

New in this model is an improved quad-core Ryzen 3 3350U processor, a backlit keyboard, a fingerprint scanner and what should translate to longer battery life.

You wouldn't expect it to be perfect at this price point, and we would like to see slightly more storage and memory (it has a 128GB SSD and 4GB of DDR4 RAM), but given the budget these are compromises we are prepared to make.

See the Acer Aspire 5 deal on Amazon

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Acer Aspire 5 A515-46-R14K specs

  • Display: 15.6in (1920x1080) LED
  • Processor: 3.5GHz AMD Ryzen 3 3500U
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 6
  • Memory: 4GB DDR4 RAM
  • Storage: 128GB SSD
  • Ports: USB-C 3.2, 2x USB 3.2, USB 2.0, HDMI 2.0 with HDCP, headphone jack, RJ-45, DC-in for AC adapter
  • Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi 6, Ethernet, Bluetooth 5.1
  • Extras: Backlit keyboard, fingerprint sensor, dual speakers
  • Battery life: 10 hours (claimed)
  • Operating system: Windows 10 (S)
  • Weight: 3.99lb
  • Dimensions: 14.31x9.86x0.71in

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