Street price: $575 | By: Acer
Rather than the usual array of Core i3 and i5 processors buried inside the V5 Touch is a Pentium 2117U. It’s an ultra-low-voltage CPU running at 1.8GHz with dual cores that are single-threaded. For those who are unfamiliar with this chip it’s similar in performance to the Core i3-3217U though with a lower price slightly lower power consumption and fewer features. The V5’s also equipped with 4GB of RAM and a standard 5400rpm 500GB HDD instead of an SSD.
The V5 manages to squeeze in an optical drive and while it’s only a DVD drive (not Blu-ray) it’s still a very useful inclusion for those who have to regularly deal with optical media. The keyboard is well-spaced easy to type on and has minimal flex. The trackpad is responsive and has a great tactile feel.
The V5 has an unexcitingly average 2 hours and 49 minutes of battery life and is actually a pretty heavy laptop at 2.6kg. It’s therefore not the ideal choice if you’re after always-on-the-go portability. Connectivity is good though with two USB 2.0 ports a single USB 3.0 socket HDMI output card reader Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Via an included adapter you can also easily add a LAN port or VGA output.
The 15.6-inch screen had good viewing angles but the colours are a little muted. The 1366 x 768 resolution is lower than we would like but it’s a necessary trade-off to keep the price down. Fortunately the 10-point multitouch display is excellent and we had no problems navigating our way through Windows 8.
If we had to accuse the Acer of anything bad we would have to say it’s a little boring albeit in an affordable practical Toyota Camry kind of way. Shopping online the Acer can be found for under $600; at that price it’s an excellent buy.
Pros : Very affordable optical drive 15.6-inch screen.
Cons : Average battery life boring style heavy.
Rating : 8 out of 10.