November 21, 2012
- Good budget price
- Responsive touch screen
- Solid performance
- Plastic body flexes
- Much below average battery life
The Acer Aspire V5-571P is another new Windows 8-equipped 15-inch touch screen laptop computer that features a sleek design, a decent configuration and an affordable price. It does offer solid performance that can keep up with other similar, new laptops but it does lack in battery life.
The design of the Acer Aspire V5 15-inch is rather sleek, however it is still made of plastic after all, which isn't the best for sturdiness. Aside from that it does look eye-pleasing and goes for the super-slim appeal. The body has a matte-silver finish that does flex a little due to the plastic material. The dimensions of the system measure 15.0 x 9.9 x 1.0-inches (wdh) and weighs 5.4-pounds, so it's definitely moderately thin and lightweight for a 15-inch laptop.
Acer chose to include a full numeric keypad to the right of the keyboard, which is a good idea in thought, but it results in a rather small regular keyboard. Acer could have made the keys larger but they chose to leave a lot of space between each key much to our dismay. There is also a tad bit of noticeable flex when you use the keyboard as well. It does have a backlight, which is great to see on a budget laptop.
The touch pad, on the other hand, is large and provides more than enough room. The multitouch Windows 8 gestures work great and button-free clicking also works great. As this is a touch screen, you'll likely use the display for a lot of your navigation.
Speaking of the screen, the Acer Aspire V5-571P includes a 15.6-inch touch screen display with a 1366 x 768-pixel native resolution. This resolution is definitely on the lower-end for a 15-inch laptop, but that's what you get for a budget price. The lower resolution definitely becomes noticeable when browsing the Web and reading small text sizes. The display does look good visually, however, thanks to the edge-to-edge class design similar to the Apple MacBook Pro.
The touch screen feature worked very well and seemed quite responsive, both while navigating Windows 8 apps and while surfing the Internet.
For ports, the Acer V5 includes one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI-out, VGA-out (via a dongle), Ethernet (via a dongle), a headphone jack and an SD card reader. You also get a DVD+/-RW optical disc drive, which is sometimes omitted on today's slim laptops. Wireless connectivity includes both 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The use of a dongle for both the VGA and Ethernet ports is annoying but we can't complain too much about that.
Our review unit had a configuration that included an Intel Core i5-3317U (1.7GHz) CPU, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and integrated Intel 4000 HD graphics. There is one other configuration that trades down to a Core i3 CPU and lowers the price to around $550.
This Core i5-3317U CPU is one that we find in a lot of the new Windows 8 laptops, which is a good thing because it offers solid all-around performance. In real-world testing, we encountered no issues while watching streaming HD videos, multitasking and using image editing software. The integrated Intel graphics will not provide you enough power for 3D gaming but will do just fine for anything else.
Battery life, however, could use a lot of work. We were able to squeak out only 3.25-hours, which is much less than other similar Windows 8 15-inch laptops.
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