September 23, 2013
- Affordable price
- Comfortable keyboard
- Large, matte 1080p display
- Decent overall performance
- No keyboard backlighting
- Slow hard drive; no SSD drive
The Acer Aspire V3-772G-9402 is a gaming laptop that delivers decent overall performance, a large, bright display and good battery life. However, the hard drive is lacking and does not have a solid-state drive for cache purposes.
The Aspire V3 has a plain, yet still stylish design. It has an brushed aluminum exterior that doesn't show fingerprints or smudges. The aluminum wrist area is flat black and the display has a glossy black bezel, which looks slightly out of place against the rest of the matte exterior. One thing we should mention is the flexing of the lid when handling the laptop in a closed position. It did feel fairly flimsy and slightly fragile much to our disliking. The Aspire V3 measures 1.4 x 16.3 x 10.8-inches (hwd) and weighs 7.1-pounds.
The keyboard is comfortable to use as the flat, textured keys were adequately sized and spaced with little noticeable flex. Our only two complaints with the keyboard were the undersized arrow keys and the lack of a backlight. The touch pad was surprisingly large at 5-inches diagonally. We were able to perform multitouch gestures with ease and the pad felt responsive too. There are no dedicated buttons, instead the lower third of the pad clicks when pressed.
For a display, Acer chose a "ComfyView" (Acer's moniker, not ours) 17.3-inch, 1080p HD panel that lacks a touch-screen aspect. Because there isn't a touch screen, the display has a matte finish, which helps to reduce glare and reflections. The display is also quite bright, which is always good. Overall, color quality and accuracy was on average or slightly better than other similar laptops.
For ports, you get two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out, Ethernet, headphone and microphone jacks and an SD card reader. There is also a DVD+/-RW optical disc drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The Acer Aspire V3-772G-9402's internal specifications include a new, fourth-generation 'Haswell' Intel Core i7-4702MQ (2.2GHz) CPU, 12GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and GeForce GTX 760M graphics. We do wish it had at least a 1TB hard drive and a solid-state cache drive wouldn't hurt either, especially since there is probably enough internal room for it.
In a PCMark 7 benchmark, the V3 earned a score of 3,320, which is about 1,000 points below the category average. The lower score is most likely due to the lack of a higher speed hard drive and/or a solid-state drive. In real-world use, this laptop performed quite well and we didn't experience any noticeable slow downs or other performance issues.
Gaming performance is decent, but don't expect to run anything at full 1080p resolution. This laptop can certainly run today's 3D games, but at slightly dialed down performance settings.
Battery life came in at around 4-hours of life, which is about 30 minutes longer than the category average.