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Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch review

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Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch
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  • Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch
  • Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch
  • Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch
  • Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch
  • Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch
  • Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch
  • Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch
  • Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch
  • Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch
  • Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch

Summary

Our Score:

7

Pros

  • Touchscreen makes Windows 8 more tolerable
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Good sized trackpad

Cons

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Hefty weight

Key Features

  • 15.6” touch screen display
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Windows 8
  • 500GB Storage
  • Manufacturer: Acer
  • Review Price: £549.99

Acer Inspire V5-571 Touch - Introduction

Window 8 may not be the most popular piece of software Microsoft have ever released, but one of its key benefits is the way (in theory at least) it straddles the touch screen worlds of tablets, and the more conventional bread and butter keyboard and mouse kingdom of laptops and desktops. To make the most of this, we’re seeing a bunch of hybrid laptops that offer both keyboards and touch screens, and the Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch is another such hybrid.

It isn’t a tablet with a keyboard dock, though - the screen half of it doesn’t have any of the innards that will allow you to detach it, meaning that most of the time you’ll find the tried and tested traditional computer inputs are not only sufficient, but actively desirable.

Priced somewhere between the budget end of the market and the Ultrabook end, at £600 on the surface it sounds like a compromise between power and the finger swiping world of Windows 8, while not saying goodbye to the traditional benefits of portable computing. But can it offer a worthwhile experience to make the ultrabooks sweat?

Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch – Design and Build

The V5 Touch doesn’t deviate from standard laptop aesthetics. A plasticky silver shell on the screen side, with a black undercarriage. It’s not exactly thick, as 15.6” laptops go, but at 2.4kg it’s quite weighty to be taken around everywhere with you.

Lifting the lid reveals a spacious full sized keyboard, complete with a full number pad on the right hand side and a generously sized touch pad, slightly offset to the left (in order to be underneath the letters, rather than caught between them and the numbers). With the silver frame, and backlit black keys with a black rim around the screen, it’s vaguely reminiscent of the Macbook Pro, when in its open state, if it weren’t for the tell-tale signs that OSX is nowhere near this: the Start button, and the big ‘Acer’ label being the most obvious clues.

It feels solidly built, and that it could take some of the knocks and scratches that life will inevitably hand it quite comfortably, and the screen, which allows you to tilt surprisingly far back doesn’t feel like it’s going to be easily moved - though of course this may well deteriorate over time.

Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch – Connectivity

Like with the S7 Ultrabook we looked at recently, Acer has taken the sensible decision to move all the connectivity ports from the back to the more easily accessible sides, which we heartily approve of. Along the left hand side, you have the power in jack, VGA/ethernet, HDMI out, and 3 USB slots (2 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0) and a headphone jack, while along the right hand side you have a Kensington lock and a DVDRW drive. Wirelessly it supports WiFi N and Bluetooth 4.0, though I found during testing that the WiFi in my house was prone to dropping even while a Macbook, Note 2 and iPad were having no such difficulties.

Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch – Screen

The V5 boasts a 15.6” screen, packing a 1366x768 resolution. In practice the resolution is fine for most things, but as consumers increasingly spoiled by spiralling mobile phone resolutions and the retina screen of recent iPads, it’s a touch disappointing. What’s not disappointing is the touch, which allows 10 point multi-touch, should you wish to give all of your digits a workout, and it certainly allows you to get the most out of Windows 8’s navigation functions, though this understandably gets a bit more fiddly when in ‘classic desktop’ mode. Pleasingly, it doesn’t seem hugely prone to getting noticeable smudgy fingerprints that even non-touch laptop screens seem to accumulate over time.

Other than the tactile nature of it, there’s not much else really outstanding about the screen. Some of the icons in Windows 8 look quite fuzzy, and the viewing angles aren’t as good as some of its rivals, but it’s perfectly serviceable.

Luke

April 21, 2013, 9:47 pm

Why are TR not listing the most important part of a laptop (the specs) any more?

Luke

April 21, 2013, 9:48 pm

Specs should have its own page

Matthew Salmon

April 24, 2013, 9:08 am

The connector next to the HDMI is not a display port - its a proprietary connector for the VGA and Ethernet dongle. The laptop has a backlit keyboard also (worth mentioning) and the version in your review is an Ivy bridge i5-3317u with HD 4000 gfx. Lower spec sandybridge versions are available online currently which people should avoid. Cheers

Matthew Salmon

May 3, 2013, 10:19 pm

Re: The wifi issue mentioned - it just ships with a bad driver - this can be updated via the acer website..

Eric ServBasic

August 11, 2013, 2:10 pm

Mine lasted about 8 days and permanently lost its operating system. Been reading all night seems to be more the Acer v5 than windows. Recovery Disk didnt work and the built in repair for windows took 14 hours to say no operating system It is a cheep PC but so is Toshiba and I work them to death here. Eric / Software sales and support esirl@servsuite.net

notafan

September 22, 2013, 8:00 am

First Acer I've bought and will definately be the last.
Won't connect to Wi-Fi (even after Acer sent me updated drivers),so I plugged my cable modem from my Desktop and still only limited access,which is basically none.
The Techs don't know what to do.$600 piece of crap

Trixx

October 7, 2013, 6:10 pm

I bought mine at Future Shop and I asked the salesman about the wi-fi connection problem and he lied. This laptop sucks. I am lucky to get 30 seconds online before it goes to limited access. I then have to disconnect and reconnect. Worst purchase I have ever bought.

Jon Vella

October 9, 2013, 3:45 pm

This laptop is a good build, just remove the wifi lan card and change it to another brand for not more than eur25. Thats all...

ellen

December 28, 2013, 8:37 pm

I hate the task bar, give me a mouse or a right / left click option anyday. The touch screen only works 1/2 the time

Natalia

February 8, 2014, 7:55 pm

i got this computer a few months ago andabsolutley Iove it. it's a great price especially with the touch screen. i love the key board which lights up underneath. this computer starts up very quickly and is the fastest computer i have used. mine is much faster than my parents dell laptops and my ipad mini 1. the battery life isn't gonna wow you lasting no more than four hours if that. i dont find this a problem though because my laptop is always home plugged in as i use my ipad mini for traveling. this computer is very slim only half the thickness as most computers. ts not really light either so not the bets choice for traveling. i don't have any problems with screen quality. i would definitely recommend this computer if you are looking for a touch screen computer that wont break your bank

Guest

July 23, 2014, 11:53 pm

This is the bane of my current life! I have been looking for 2 laptops for my friends kids with at least an Intel HD 4000 for gaming at the bare minimum.

How do review and shop sites get away without listing the most basic components of a laptop (most don't even include the specific GPU only a generic name - 'Intel integrated' )?

You would be surprised to hear that even HP/Toshiba and more often don't even list this GPU detail on their website specs and sites such as NotebookReview, which should have the details, often have their specs section BLANK! WTF?! I can only imagine that people are truly stupid these days and will buy inferior and old components as long as they are packaged well. People are being ripped off and they don't realise..it's their own fault as most people don't care about the inside as long as the outside looks good...I had the same with a friend who wanted a tablet, and despite telling him that the Nexus 10 was way superior in screen and components and cheaper in price than the Samsung Tab 10, he took the Samsung because it looked better.

Cat Lint

January 24, 2016, 9:27 pm

Hi, my lasted two days and then the HD died. :( My son is going to try to put a new HD in it for me, but I have to also buy the recovery thumbnail from Acer as it didn't come with a recovery disk. What version of Windows 8 did it have on it originally? My husband has a different model Acer laptop with Windows 8.1 on it and I noticed the two days that mine did work, the Windows 8 seemed to be a little different that what is on his laptop. I want to put the same operating system back on it and can make a recovery CD from his laptop if they are the same. Thanks for any information.

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