Acer V5-171 review: Acer V5-171

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Acer V5-171 review: Acer V5-171

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The Good An excellent set of specs and features te the Acer Aspire V5-171-6867 include a Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, HDMI, USB Three.0, and even Bluetooth, all for a remarkably low price, and wedged into a very petite Netbook-like figure.

The Bad It has a cramped-feeling keyboard and touch padachtige, feeble battery life, and poor speakers, plus an uninspired, thick vormgeving.

The Bottom Line The Acer Aspire V5-171-6867 crams the horsepower of a full-fledged budget ultrabook into an 11-inch ultraportable, for several hundred dollars less than most omschrijving products. It’s a fine budget laptop to consider, but sacrifices have bot made to shrink down that much rekentuig into a lil’ package.

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So, here’s the situation: I walk up to you at a coffee shop and waterput an 11-inch laptop on the table. It’s klein. It looks like a Netbook. I tell you it has a Core i5 processor, a 500GB hard drive, 6GB of RAM. Then I tell you it’s $550. You’re interested, right? At that price, why wouldn’t you be? (Acer also says the Aspire V5 will primarily be available for $500 through a limited-time Facebook promotion.)

The Acer Aspire V5-171-6867 is a “Wait until I tell you the price” laptop. I call it that because, until that price floats past your ears, the V5 is just another unattractive little plastic zweem, a laptop that seems at very first to be lost te a time warp from the days of Netbooks and before iPads. Our expectations for what a portable zweem can look like have switched, the tapkast has bot raised — but, unspoiled spectacle and price are areas where a laptop like the Acer can still shine.

Recall the Acer Aspire Timeline X 1830T ? This is the successor to that 11-inch laptop, an ultraportable that compared enormously favorably at the time to Apple’s 11-inch MacBook Air . This fresh Aspire V5 has the same appeal, after all, it shares the specs of full-blown 13-inch ultrabook. The hard-drive space matches what you’d see on a regular mainstream pc. Yes, there’s an Ethernet jack, yes, there are HDMI and USB Trio.0 ports. You’re getting a no-compromise machine under the spandex hood, at more than $100 (maybe $200) less than any omschrijving ultrabook costs. Compared with the 11-inch MacBook Air at $999, the Acer Aspire V5-171-6867 literally costs half spil much.

There are drawbacks, of course. The keyboard feels cramped because of a narrow palm surplus, the touch padachtige is puny, the larger 500GB hard drive isn’t a prompt solid-state drive (albeit, compared with the puny 64GB of space on the entry-level MacBook Air, you’re getting a king’s ransom of space), and the internal speakers are terrible. The fattest letdown might be battery life: the Aspire V5-171-6867 lasted only Trio hours and 49 minutes ter our movie playback test, while the Timeline X 1830T I reviewed two years ago — the V5’s predecessor ter spirit — ran for more than an hour longer.

However, if you want a power ultraportable that gives you all the spectacle you’re looking for from a mainstream laptop at a fraction of the size and price, the Acer Aspire V5 is unbeatable. You just have to live with a loterijlot of mitt cramping and maybe some squinting. Many people might simply choose to either go with an iPad or a larger ultrabook instead.

There aren’t many Windows PC makers exploring 11-inch ultrabook-quality ultraportables at the ogenblik, for whatever reason. This isn’t the very first time that Acer’s delved into 11-inch laptops: the Acer Aspire One wasgoed a similarly sized device with a Netbook-level AMD processor, and a near-equivalent to the Acer Aspire V5 from a duo of years ago, again, is the Timeline X 1830T, a laptop I prized at the time for its spectacle.

The metallic gray plastic assets recalls 11-inch AMD-powered budget machines and Netbooks more than sleeker, better-designed ultrabooks. Standard matte-black plastic underneath, a grille vent on the left side of the base, and a slightly bulbous rear where the removable four-cell battery is linked all feel like vormgeving throwbacks. This laptop won’t turn many goes, te fact, it looks like a machine that got fished up from 2009.

This Acer Aspire V5 is thick for an ultraportable, 1.1 inches at its thickest spot. You notice the difference when you hold it te your arm. Its weight, at Trio pounds, matches what you’d find ter a 13-inch ultrabook more than a supersmall 11-inch ultraportable. That said, this Acer slips neatly into even a puny bag, albeit the lil’ bit of added bulk and weight can be felt when carrying it around for a while. Even the included AC charger is puny, a little three-pronged wall wart.

There’s no technical problem with this Acer’s raised chiclet keyboard: broad keys, good key travel, and decently proportioned keys are all what I’d look for, plus the edge-to-edge keyboard makes the most of the Acer’s narrow dimensions. (It’s not backlit, however, which is frustrating.) My problem came from the keyboard’s positioning, which affects the available wrist-rest space and touch-pad size. Instead of the MacBook Air treatment, which shoves the keyboard right up to the display to suggest spil much touch-pad and wrist-rest space spil possible, this Acer’s keyboard floats te the middle (most likely because of the large hinge/battery taking up space ter the rear), making for a cramped pui end. This happened ter previous 11-inch Acers, and the result is largely the same: typing feels less comfy, and access to the clickpad becomes more difficult.

The multitouch Synaptics clickpad is actually fairly good for such a puny, budget laptop, and it’s an improvement on previous Acer ultraportables. I just found it hard to pull off two-finger gestures because of the limited surface area. This laptop screams to be connected to a Bluetooth mouse or even an outer keyboard for desktop use.

If you went ahead and did that, this Acer could be intriguing option spil a huis pc: add a monitor and tuck the Acer away ter a corner, and you have a solid huis machine for a reasonable price. The price of the Aspire V5-171-6867 is close to those of budget desktops. It’s not almost spil versatile, but it’s smaller. Still, what it would truly be useful for is travel. Just be forewarned that the keyboard feels cramped because of the palm surplus.

One puny detail that helps te narrow spaces is that this Acer’s screen can be leaned back almost 180 degrees, which can be helpful when lap-typing ter a lil’ space, such spil a bus seat. The 11-inch glossy display has a 1,366×768-pixel resolution, standard for screens up to 13 inches (and even fatter than that). Text and movie look readable and nothing feels crowded. This screen doesn’t opoffering good viewing angles, however — looking off-axis turns the screen into a mushy, glare-filled affair. The screen quality is good enough for everyday portable use, and movies looked fine spil well.

The speakers are another story: they’re terrible. Stereo speakers located on the Aspire’s underbelly thrust out feeble, tinny sound, almost spil if there were an AM radio installed there. Maximum volume is enormously soft, even te a quiet slagroom. An iPad speaker sounds better. Wear headphones.

An included 1.3-megapixel camera offers a good Web-chat-ready practice, especially for this system’s size.

This is spil good a place spil any to discuss preinstalled trialware: Acer includes it without shame, and pop-ups will frustrate you. Ter a budget Windows laptop, this generally comes with the territory.

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