Excerpt: Acer's Aspire laptops often offer a lot for not a great deal of money. The last V-series laptop we saw, the Acer Aspire V3-571 , won a Best Buy award earlier in the year, so we had high hopes for hopes for the new V5-571. The V5 makes a good first impression. It looks every inch the high-end laptop and is significantly smarter than the V3. Our review sample had a smooth, matt silver finish on the screen bezel, keyboard and wrist rest, and is a slim 23mm thick.