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
Excerpt: Several of the machines in this test include Intel Core i5 processors, but this Acer's chip doesn't use Intel's latest Haswell type. Instead the Aspire V5 makes do with last year's Ivy Bridge, but we can forgive that when its £499 price is the second-cheapest here. See also Group test: what's the best budget laptop?