Review | Acer Aspire V5-571G
Unlike the hateful glossy finish on its V3 cousin, this one has a classy matte black finish. You could probably accuse it of being a tad drab, but simple isn’t always boring. The dimensions speak for themselves—0.9-inches thick and weighing 2.44kg.
The Acer Aspire V5-571G laptop is powered by the Intel Core i5-2467M processor clocking at 1.6 GHz, with 4 GB RAM, and supports USB 3.0. It uses both an Nvidia GeForce GT 620M (1 GB) and Intel HD 3000 graphics card, in switchable mode, depending on the program running. Standard speed benchmarks are not bad—the PCMark Vantage score of 5,855 points is solid mid-range performance. PCMark 07’s score of 1,701 verifies this. For gamers, there is some good news. The 3DMark11 gives 1,842 for Entry Mode, 1,128 for Performance Mode and 345 in the Extreme Mode (higher is better for all these tests). The V5 will be able to handle the latest games at medium settings.
Simple isn’t boring: The Acer V5-571G has a great display.
Battery life clocked two and a half hours in battery tests. Translate that into real life performance, and this should double. This one is clearly closing in on what most ultrabooks will offer.
The display is amazing—no reflectiveness—and the entirely matte quality makes this a hot favourite. Just be careful about keeping the light levels down, because it gets uncomfortably bright.
At its current price, the Aspire V5 could be your ultrabook-ish laptop, without the ultrabook prices.
Processor: Intel Core i5-2467M @ 1.6GHz
RAM: 4 GB
Display: 15.6 inches, 1366x768 pixel
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 620M with 1 GB RAM and Intel HD 3000
Storage: 500 GB HDD
Optical drive: Yes
Connectivity: 2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI, SD card slot, Ethernet and Wi-Fi
Build quality: 7
Value for money: 8.5
*Ratings are on a scale of 10.
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