Summary: Acer's V5-171-6675 offers speedy performance, a comfortable keyboard and great portability at a budget-friendly price. You won't find a more feature-rich 11-inch machine for $449. However, unless you plan on using this Acer mostly in your living room or near an outlet, we don't recommend it. Less than 4 hours of juice is just sad. If you're willing to spend a little more, we'd get the $499 ASUS Q200.
Pros: Compact design, Crisp display, Impressive overall performance for a budget price
Cons: Very short battery life, Inconsistent touchpad, Low-grade speakers
Summary: The Acer Aspire V5 is a pretty sleek laptop at first glance. But don't be fooled by its silky-smooth silver exterior - there's not a whole lot going on inside this laptop. Sure, it's got its strengths: the touchscreen is responsive and smooth, and video looks and sounds pretty good. But it's got a heck of a lot more weaknesses, such as poor overall performance, lower-than-average battery life, a strangely loud fan, and a noticeably low screen resolution.
Acer Aspire V5-171 Notebook Review: The Death and Rebirth of the Netbook
21 November 2012
Conclusion: While I try to approach my reviews without much bias, or at the very least leave that bias checked at the door, I'll admit I haven't had the best impressions of Acer's products when I've reviewed them, and I certainly never imagined I'd ever buy one for myself. When I read about the Acer Aspire V5-171, I approached it with a heady mix of skepticism and optimism: I was pretty sure there would be some dealbreaking problem with it (I'm incredibly picky when it comes to the...
Conclusion: Of course, that's assuming your computing needs include Windows and a built-in keyboard. Otherwise, you may be tempted by a tablet—or by one of the many hybrid, convertible, detachable, or dockable tablet/ultrabook combos expected to arrive with the advent of Windows 8. Your number of 3-pounds-or-less, $600-or-less choices is likely to increase before long, but that won't diminish the Acer's slightly retro appeal.
Pros: Core i5 processor and 500GB hard drive, Sharp, bright screen, Light weight, Full set of ports, Removable battery
Cons: Humdrum design, Crunchy keys, Short keyboard deck, Fan noise, Brief battery life
Excerpt: Mini ultrabook. A handy 11.6-inch notebook with a low-voltage Core i5, USB 3.0 and HD 4000. The Aspire costs significantly less than an entry-level ultrabook, but falls short of a few mobility factors. One year ago, Acer started the ultrabook era with the Aspire S3-951-6646 . Since then, the next generation processors (Ivy Bridge) became available in the successor and the price of 700 Euros (~$901) for an entry-level ultrabook remained the same.
Pros: Light, handy, Easy maintenance access, Good battery life
Cons: Barely sufficient battery life, Flexible chassis, High temperatures under load, TFT not anti-glare, Wobbly keyboard, No AC adapter
Conclusion: All things aside if you are in the market for a quality 11-inch notebook this is certainly one of the better options available. Given the impressive price/performance ratio and specs you'd expect to see in a larger notebook you'll love the Aspire V5. Of course all that in a tiny package gets quite hot, and if you're going for an Ivy Bridge and 500GB hard drive you might as well pick up something with a 14 or 15-inch display.
Acer Aspire V5 review: an 11-inch Ivy Bridge laptop for $550
23 August 2012
Summary: If you're in the market for an 11-inch notebook, you could do much worse than the Aspire V5-171-6869. It packs some of the most robust specs amongst machines with its form factor, including a Core i5 processor and 500GB of storage, and we think its keyboard is comfortable considering the limited space. But if you have a little more room in your backpack (and wallet), you can do better with a bigger machine, as you can expect longer battery life and a roomier keyboard.
Pros: Light, compact design, Good specs for price
Cons: Sticky touchpad, Cramped keyboard, Unimpressive battery life
Conclusion: The Acer Aspire V5 is no powerhouse. It’s also doesn’t offer outstanding endurance, or a great display or groundbreaking design. The V5 is relying on two features: It’s inexpensive, and it’s light.
Pros: Good build quality, Fast processor for the price
Cons: Hot running at load, Short battery life, Lackluster overall performance, Clunky touchpad