April 1, 2013
- Slim, attractive design
- Backlit, comfortable keyboard
- Very good performance, including gaming
- Lower resolution display
- Battery life is much below average
The Acer Aspire V5-571PG-9814 is a slim and portable 15-inch laptop that has a DVD drive, strong graphics performance and a comfortable, backlit keyboard. It could have better battery life and the display's screen resolution could use an increase, but overall it's a good laptop for the money, especially if you want to play 3D games on-the-go.
The design of the Acer Aspire V5-571PG is quite nice overall. It has a silver plastic exterior (we wish it was aluminum) with rounded edges to give it a more refined look. The inside is also silver to make it look uniform and finished. The laptop measures 15.4 x 10.0 x 1.0-inches (wdh) and weighs 5.6-pounds, which puts it right in the middle in terms of size and weight among Windows 8 15-inch laptops.
One of the things we liked most about the keyboard was the backlighting, which was one of the brightest that we've seen. Overall the keyboard provided a comfortable typing experience with little flexing to speak of. There's also a numeric keypad to the right of the keyboard for added convenience.
Acer also gives you a huge silver touch pad with plenty of room for Windows 8 gestures and screen navigation. The bottom edges of the touch pad also serve as the two mouse buttons. We found the pad to be very responsive and the buttons gave a good solid click when pressed.
The 15.6-inch touch screen display has a native resolution of 1366 x 768-pixels, which is less than the 1600 x 900-pixel category average. Aside from the lower resolution, we generally liked the display because of its vividness and color accuracy. The brightness could have been better and the viewing angles were about average. The touch screen aspect was well-designed and seemed to work well. We were able to perform Windows 8 gestures with little trouble.
For ports, the Aspire V5-571PG-9814 gives you two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, HDMI-out, Ethernet, a headphone jack and a 2-in-1 memory card reader. There is also a DVD writer optical drive (a rarity these days with Windows 8 laptops) as well as 802.11n wireless connectivity.
For the money, this laptop is powered by some fairly powerful internals. These include an Intel Core i7-3537U (2.0GHz) CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive and discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 710M graphics with 1GB of dedicated video memory. In a PCMark 7 benchmark, the V5 earned a score of 2,570, which is a little less than the category average but in real-world use, it outperformed this benchmark. We had no issues watching streaming HD videos while doing heavy multitasking. Boot times were a little better than the category average at around 30 seconds.
Gaming performance was a definite selling point for this laptop. Thanks to the Nvidia Optimus technology, which switches automatically between the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics and the discrete Nvidia GT 710M based upon current demand, this is a decent gaming laptop. At medium to high graphics settings, it was able to play today's demanding 3D games at above average frame rates. If you're looking for a mobile gaming machine that won't cost you a lot of money, this might be the one to get.
Battery life is not the best at only 3.25-hours, which is over 2-hours less than the category average.
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