Acer Aspire V5 Touch review

A budget Windows 8 touchscreen laptop

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The touchscreen. That's the crux of this laptop. The Acer Aspire V5 Touch exists pretty much entirely as a low-end touchscreen laptop, and its creation really seems to have been geared purely to that end.

For a small amount more, you could get the Asus S56CA, a Windows 8 Ultrabook with a more powerful processor and an SSD for fast boot/wake times. You'd even still get an optical drive with that model. But you wouldn't get a touchscreen. Here, you pay a little bit less, you get a weaker processor/graphics combination but you get a touchscreen for Windows 8 - which isn't something to ignore.

But it's not our first choice for a touchscreen laptop priced at £400 (about AU$603/US$628). The Asus VivoBook S200 is a great 11.6-inch touchscreen laptop, which weighs half what the Acer Aspire V5 Touch does. Its big brother, the Asus VivoBook S400C is a 14.1-inch touchscreen laptop for around the same price, and it's more powerful. If you want a bigger screen than that, the V5 is your man, but otherwise, we think it's just a bit too middle-of-the-road.

We liked

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As far as Windows 8 interaction goes, this is a top laptop. The trackpad is excellent, and the touchscreen works perfectly. It's rather larger than your average touchscreen, of course, but if that's what you want, it's hard to fault. It all responds smoothly and works well.

The screen quality itself isn't bad for a laptop of this price, though the resolution is a let-down.

The main thing here really is getting the touchscreen at this price. It's good that Acer is offering the option, even if it takes a lot of compromises to get it there.

We disliked

You can really feel the price-point groaning here. The lack of high-end power isn't a problem in light use, but it does mean a bit more waiting around, and it means there's not much room to get into something like video editing.

But the real issues are the low battery life and the soft, bendy keyboard. Both are easily improved on by other machines without spending much more money at all.

And the weight issue is an odd one, and annoying. It's not that much heavier than comparable machines, but we noticed it much more in this, seemingly because of how it's distributed. Little details like this are what separate the better laptops from the average, and it's just another reminder of the sacrifices made for the price.

Final verdict

The Acer Aspire V5 Touch is a laptop of compromises. Low power, low battery life and a poor keyboard in exchange for a budget price and excellent Windows 8 support with a good touchscreen and trackpad.

It's not the best touchscreen laptop for under £500 by any means - we'd definitely be inclined to go for one of the Asus VivoBooks. But if what you want is a 15-inch touchscreen Windows 8 laptop for the home, it'll work. It's just a shame about the horrible keyboard.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time5 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire V5-571
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-2365M
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 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 ModelV5-571-323b4G50Mass
Product NameAspire V5-571-323b4G50Mass Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNX.M4YEK.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 V5-571-323b4G50Mass Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year