Summary: Overall, we prefer the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500, which for just $50 more (through Newegg) offers a brilliant 1080p display, an SSD to complement its 1TB hard drive and dual Nvidia GeForce GT 650 GPUs. Although you don't get a touch screen.
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.
Excerpt: With the release of Windows 8, Acer has updated its 15-inch Aspire V5 with a touch screen so users can take advantage of Microsoft's tile-based interface and bevy of new apps. The Acer Aspire V5-571P-6499 also offers a low-voltage Intel Core i5 processor, backlit keyboard and a 500GB hard drive, all...
Summary: In this price range, we prefer the $599 Dell Inspiron 15R . Yes, it's bulkier, but it offers a more attractive design, a better keyboard, and longer battery life, making it worth the $70 premium over the Acer.
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...
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 V5-571 uses a second-generation Core i3 processor but has enough muscle to handle medium to slightly heavyweight applications. Rest assured, multitasking (multiple light applications) with antivirus running in the background will be a breeze.