Hands on: Acer Aspire V5 review

A slim and light budget notebook with plenty of speed

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Excellent price
  • Choice of specification
  • DVD drive


  • Non-Full HD screen
  • Unremarkable look and feel

We reviewed the previous version of the Acer Aspire V5 recently and weren't terrifically impressed with it, but Acer has tried again with this updated model that we were shown at CES 2014.

It's a budget €599 (around GBP £500, USD $817, AUD $903) Ultrabook that makes several compromises to hit its price point.

Acer Aspire V5 review

Most interesting is the fact Acer has responded to feedback on the previous V5 and has reintroduced an optical drive into the mix. At this price point it seems people still want a way to install legacy applications from disc.

Acer Aspire V5 review

The drive also features M-DISC technology, which is designed to make discs resistant to extreme conditions as well as age. Essentially, it means your data lasts longer thanks to a modified layer on the disc. You need to buy special M-DISCs to take advantage of the drive, but the data can be read by any DVD drive.

Acer Aspire V5 review

The 15.6-inch laptop comes with up to 16GB of RAM, plus a 1,368 x 768 HD LED-backlit display (not Full HD, note) with 10-point multi touch. The display features what Acer calls Direct Bonding technology for closer screen layering, which increases contrast ratio.

Acer Aspire V5 review

AMD Radeon R5 or R7 graphics are included depending on the specification you choose, as well as one of the range of lastest-generation Haswell Intel Core processors.

Acer Aspire V5 review

The trackpad is sizeable and reasonably responsive, while the keyboard is standard Acer fayre - nice enough to use, but not the best you've ever experienced. Appearance-wise, the V5 is utilitarian, but the silver lid does make it seem a little more distinctive than your average black laptop.

Acer Aspire V5 review

The V5 comes toting Windows 8, though we'd expect it to have Windows 8.1 by the time you get your hands on one.

There's full-size HDMI and also - hanging round like a bad penny - VGA for hooking up the laptop to external displays, alongside a USB 3.0 port, Ethernet, headphone jack and SD card slot on the front.

Acer Aspire V5 review

Early verdict

We'd expect this version of the V5 to do better when it comes to our review, simply because it seems like a powerful combination of Intel processor and AMD graphics. We're also hoping it fares better in terms of battery life; the previous model only gave us 3.5 hours of use. If our hopes are realised, this should be an excellent budget choice.

Acer Aspire V5 review

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time5 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire V5-571
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-3317U
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1.70 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.30 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM77 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0 + HS
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Height23 mm
Width382 mm
Depth253 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesV5-571
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelV5-571-53318G50Makk
Product NameAspire V5-571-53318G50Makk Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNX.M2DEK.003
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

The full-featured Aspire V5 Series Notebook completes your mobile life style with its impressive performance in an incredibly slim design- and at a price you can afford! At only 1" slim and super light, its easy to complete assignments, watch movies, jump on your social networks and more wherever you are! Cool features like Acer Instant Connect and Acer Clear.fi™ make connecting and sharing media easy so you can have fun and stay productive without any extra effort.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire V5-571-53318G50Makk Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter