The Acer Aspire V5 series is a welcomed addition to the ever increasing world of portable devices, boasting laptop form and tablet functionality. They are packed with Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8. The Acer V5 has a modest 15.6-inch touchscreen with a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768, plenty to benefit from the ‘touch feature rich’ Windows 8. However, we felt that the large touch-screen was great, but was lacking in color and visual quality.
Power & Performance
At an entry price of £430, it was no surprise to find this device lacking in processing power. The V5 is equipped with one of Intel’s older processors, the Intel Core i3-2365M (Dual-Core). The ’2′ refers to an older Sandy Bridge chip, unlike today’s Ivy Bridge. However, with the 1.40GHz processor, coupled with 4GB of DDR3 memory doesn’t skip a beat with everyday multi-tasking such as word processing, email, and browsing the internet. The V5 hardware also offers room for expansion with regards to memory. The V5 is shipped with 4GB standard but can handle double that with memory upgrades. All of this does offer a fresh experience with Windows 8 Metro and the generous touchscreen.
Some more technical features, the V5 also features a built-in webcam and microphone which is surprisingly good quality for use with applications such as Skype for live video chat. This device boasts a massive 500GB hard drive which is more than enough for your average user.
Around the sides, you will find an HDMI port, 3 x USB ports with 1 of those being of USB 3.0 interface, a VGA port and also a DVD Writer/reader. I was disappointed not to find a high definition Blu-ray reader, but with that being said the screen wasn’t capable of such display which again is OK considering its price of £430.
Don’t get too excited by the looks of this laptop, Yes it is skinny; however, the V5 is composed of an all plastic case giving it a slightly cheaper feel. The lid is of a solid dull grey color which is carried through to the inside of the laptop. The back-lit critical tiles, however, stand out nice and are silent to touch with the right amount of spacing. The V5 also presents a large trackpad which can be used instead of the touchscreen to swipe around Windows 8.
Overall this is a very lovely laptop let down by the outdated hardware which however copes well running lightweight applications and Windows 8. The screen could be much better but probably won’t be noticed by the average user. The lightweight design makes this laptop very portable so ideal for anyone who does a lot of traveling or works on the go. So for £430, this laptop is of good value in our books.