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.
Excerpt: The last time we reviewed Acer's 11-inch ultraportable, we were impressed with its Core i5 muscle and aggressive $549 price, but lamented its short battery life. The Acer's V5-171-6675 makes the jump to Windows 8 while dialing down the specs to a Core i3 CPU to reach an even more aggressive price of...
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.
Acer Aspire V5-171 Notebook Review: The Death and Rebirth of the Netbook
2 January 2013
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.
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...
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
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
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.
Pros: Good build quality, Fast processor for the price
Cons: Hot running at load, Short battery life, Lackluster overall performance, Clunky touchpad
Summary: The Acer Aspire V5 proves that there’s room in 2012 for ultraportable laptops that
technically ultrabooks. Priced between $500 and $550, Acer’s new laptop is a few hundred dollars cheaper than most comparable ultrabooks, but it’s just as light and portable, if not quite as thin.
Excerpt: Now that the netbook backlash has pretty much subsided, PC makers are hoping that shoppers give 11-inch ultraportable laptops another chance. And why wouldn't you when you could pick up a 3-pound, Core i5-powered system like the Acer Aspire V5-171-6867 for a very affordable $549?