Excerpt: Ultra-budget laptops powered by dual-core Intel Pentium processor and 2GB RAM are best suited only for basic everyday tasks such as media playback, web browsing, using office suite and social networking. If you want more power for snappier performance and running demanding applications without spending much, consider models that lie in the sweet spot of Rs 30,000 to Rs 35,000—you get at least a second-generation Core i3 processor and 4GB RAM.
Summary: The Acer Aspire V5-571PG-9814 packs fairly robust specs and graphics performance into a sleek package. For $999, consumers walk away with a touch screen notebook that can run some of the more taxing games on the market. However, we'd hope for a sharper and brighter display at this price, and you get only 3.5 hours of battery life.
Pros: Slim and portable design with DVD drive, Enough graphics muscle to play latest games, Bright backlit keyboard
Cons: Low-resolution screen for price, Mediocre battery life, Sluggish hard drive, Runs hot when playing games
Summary: In many ways the Acer Aspire V5-571P-6499 is a satisfying Windows 8 notebook, combining an accurate touch screen, good performance and robust audio. Still, with an anemic battery life of just over 4 hours, you won't want to leave home without the power brick. (Fortunately, you likely won't be traveling much with this 15-inch system.) Another strike against the V5-571P is its wonky touchpad, which had some trouble with Widows 8 gestures.
Summary: The Acer Aspire V5-571-6869 provides good performance for a low price. This $529 15-incher is also thinner and lighter than the bargain notebook competition. However, the battery life could be better and the design is bland.
Pros: Good everyday performance, Can handle mainstream games, Runs cool, Lightweight for 15-inch notebook
Cons: Short battery life, Bland design, Finicky touchpad
Conclusion: The Acer Aspire V5 is a frustrating laptop in many ways. While it hits a low price point, it does so at the cost of terrible battery life and an inadequate display. If you can look beyond these flaws, there is definitely some good value here – the combination of a Core i5 and the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics is a strong one even for modern AAA titles (at low settings) and in normal use the laptop works well.
Pros: Comfortable and well laid out keyboard, Strong day-to-day performance, Can play modern AAA games at low settings
Cons: Comfortable and well laid out keyboard, Strong day-to-day performance, Can play modern AAA games at low settings, Disappointing, sub-par battery life, Inconsistent and annoying trackpad, Woeful display resolution, colour and viewing angles, Long-standing wireless issues
Summary: The Acer Aspire V5 is a slim and affordable laptop. Its touch-enabled screen makes it easy to swipe around Windows 8, but it's badly let down by a poor display and unimpressive performance from old components.