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Acer Aspire V5 review

A touchscreen and decent build quality can't rescue this budget laptop

Although available with Intel-configured components, our review model was built around an AMD A6 quad-core processor.

It's AMD's middle-ranking processor and combines both the CPU and GPU onto a single chip. The graphics side of things is handled by the integrated Radeon HD 8250 unit - which will manage graphically complex websites and high-definition media playback, but not too much more.

While performance isn't as acute as Intel's offering, the AMD model of the Aspire V5-122P comes in cheaper and is a good option if you're stuck on a budget.

Acer Aspire V5 122P review

In terms of memory, the Aspire V5 is loaded with 4GB of RAM, which keeps things moving at a reasonably slick pace.

It would be even quicker if storage was handled by a solid-state drive rather than the 500GB hard drive Acer has decided to use here. Because this isn't an Ultrabook, there's no requirement for an SSD and so presumably it has been omitted to keep the costs down.

But, credit where credit is due, and the Acer Aspire V5-122P does deserve some for its display. The screen boasts a standard 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution which means it'll handle 720p HD footage but not full on 1080p.

Even so, the 11.6-inch LED-backlit screen is bright and crisp with a reflective TFT coating that gives a better contrast than your average matte display. Our one complaint is the thick black bezel surrounding the screen.

Acer Aspire V5 122P review

The Aspire V5-122P also gets points from us for being a touchscreen - a feature that is fast becoming nigh-on essential as Windows 8 gathers adoption. You will, unfortunately, get greasy marks all over the TFT display, but the usability positive outweighs the aesthetic negative.

Acer has employed a standard brushed-metal design approach with the V5, similar to the company's earlier Aspire S3 Ultrabook.

The slightly rounded corners of the chassis can't disguise a boxy look, although it does feel reasonably sturdy. Push down on the chassis either side of the touchpad and you'll notice some serious flex - but even so, this laptop should be able to put up with the inevitable bumps and knocks.

Acer Aspire V5 122P review

This laptop doesn't muster a mind-blowing set of specifications, but it does come in reasonable, considering the price you'll pay for it. You also won't find it clogged with pre-loaded bloatware, although Acer has included its clear.fi media management program for playing music and watching videos.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
TouchscreenYes
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 8280
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time3.50 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire V5-122P
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelA6-1450
ColourSilver
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeA-Series
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells3-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.38 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Total Number of USB Ports2
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height20.8 mm
Width289 mm
Depth206 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product SeriesV5-122P
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelV5-122P-61456G50nss
Product NameAspire V5-122P-61456G50nss Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNX.M8WEK.007
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Acer's Aspire Series offers a diverse range of notebooks with the performance, graphics and communication tools to maximize your digital entertainment, complete your daily tasks, and keep you in touch with friends and family, whether you're at home or on the go.

Powerful PC performance

With the abundance of graphics-intensive multimedia and sharing applications available these days, smooth multitasking is more vital than ever before. So Aspire Series notebooks pack today's best processors and memory options so your system always runs efficiently. This series also provides ample storage for all the multimedia files you may wish to keep.

Maximum Memory6 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire V5-122P-61456G50nss Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter