Summary: Too noisy, too slow. Acer's 15.6-inch Aspire V5-551-64454G50Makk is a slim and light notebook selling for less than 400 Euro (~$520). The power-efficient AMD A6-4455M APU should guarantee a long battery life. Find out here if the new notebook can deliver on that promise.
Pros: 24-month warranty, USB 3.0, Display offers good contrast, The high contrast ratio and the 24-month warranty.
Cons: Fan always audible, Hard drive is slow, Not easy to maintain / expand, Battery life not very good (low-capacity battery), The notebook is in desperate need of a faster hard drive. We would also appreciate a less obtrusive cooling fan.
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.
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.
Summary: The Acer Aspire V5 isn't a bad-looking machine, considering its price point. It's heavier than it looks, but that heaviness translates into denseness, which translates into the machine feeling sturdy and stable. It almost looks like an Ultrabook it's relatively slim, it has a simple, sleek overall design, and an edge-to-edge glass display. But does this laptop's performance live up to its prettiness?
Conclusion: The Acer Aspire V5 is only competitive as an entry-level laptop. Jacking the price up to $730 without addressing battery life or performance has predictable results. Touch is the justification for this model’s unusually high price, yet Acer hasn’t made any effort to integrate the touch experience into the laptop. The screen is too far away to reach comfortably, and the laptop is too large and heavy to constantly move about. Using it proved a chore rather than a pleasure.
Pros: Low power draw, Inexpensive for a touchscreen laptop
Cons: Unpleasant keyboard and touchpad, Touchscreen use seems an afterthought, Short battery life, Lackluster performance, Poor hardware value
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...
Summary: Ultrabook flair. On a limited budget - but drawn to stylish and thin notebooks? Those not wanting to spend the money for an Ultrabook might be interested in Acer's new 14-inch Aspire V5. Price point: 400 Euros (~$520).
Pros: Chassis sufficiently sturdy, Optical drive, Dongle for VGA/LAN, Removable battery, Quiet during every-day use, Low power consumption, Large & very functional touchpad
Cons: Noisy keyboard, Short battery life, Glossy TFT, Hardware not easily accessible, Power just sufficient for office-type applications, Gaming not really possible, Noisy webcam
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
Summary: 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.
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: 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. These facts provide a reasonable argument for buying a V5. Few options exist in the world of budget ultraportables, and those competitors are going to have few significant advantages over the V5.
Pros: Good build quality, Fast processor for the price
Cons: Hot running at load, Short battery life, Lackluster overall performance, Clunky touchpad