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Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch - Keyboard, Speakers, Battery life and Value

By Alan Martin


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Review Price £549.99

Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch – Keyboard and Touchpad

As a 15.6” laptop, the V5 Touch allows plenty of room for a full sized keyboard, and actually offers a very comfortable typing experience. The keys are backlit if required via an easy F-Key toggle, and I found typing this review on it a pretty happy experience.

The touchpad takes a bit more getting used to. It’s both smooth and a decent size that means that covering the whole screen with the pointer doesn’t require multiple drags, and also that the gesture inputs come naturally, with the computer rarely misinterpreting multi finger strokes. I found that right clicking, by pushing the pad in was a little hard to do consistently, and this will be more of a problem to those used to a trackpad being centred below the keyboard: here, the number pad to the right has meant that Acer have chosen to offset it to the left so it’s just below the keys section of the keyboard.

Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch – Internal Speakers and Cameras

The V5 has “Dolby Advanced Audio” with “Virtual SurroundSound”. While this does offer distinctive channels for the audio, we still ran into the same problem that most laptops have: the audio quality is tinny, with very little bass and with some distortion evident at higher volumes. Suffice it to say, inserting a decent pair of headphones solves this problem, and this will be most travellers’ solution anyway.

The V5 Touch comes with an integrated front facing 1.3 megapixel webcam for Skype video chat. Pictures are, as you would expect with such a low resolution camera, a bit on the grainy side but it’s perfectly adequate for video calling.

Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch – Specs and Performance

This particular flavour of the V5 Touch (V5-571P-53316G50Mass to its friends) comes with an Intel Core i5 dual-core processor running at 1.7ghz and a generous 6GB of RAM, and as such most of the day to day tasks are smooth as you’d hope. Despite this, it’s not always quite as zippy as you’d imagine with everything: loading applications sometimes delayed longer than we’d hoped for. We’ve probably been spoiled by solid state drives: this model packs a 5400RPM 500gb hard disk: plenty of space for filling up with MP3s, videos, pictures and anything else you fancy, but it will always seem sluggish compared to its SSD rivals.

This isn’t a gaming laptop, and appropriately it packs an Intel HD4000 onboard videocard. Fine for the casual games Acer package with it (hello ‘Cut the Rope’ - lovely with the touch screen), but as you would expect, it will struggle with more resource intensive 3D games. That said, benchmark tests in S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat averaged a quick playable 25FPS in 720p on medium detail, while we got 55.5 FPS in Trackmania Forever, so don’t rule out 3D gaming entirely.

PCMark 07

General Score: 2504

Entertainment Score: 2507

Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch – Battery Life

Acer reckons you’ll get around 4-5 hours of battery life from the V5, and our battery test at 40% screen brightness only gave us an outcome of 3 hours 44 minutes. Pretty disappointing, then, but its 2.4kg weight means you probably won’t want to be away from a plug socket for too long a period in any case. That said: with that kind of bulk, we were hoping more of the strain on airport luggage allowances would be taken up with battery, rather than other innards.

Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch – Value

Retailing at £600, this flavour of the V5 straddles the ground between Ultrabook and ‘cheap and cheerful’ laptop quite awkwardly. Much of the question of value comes down to what you’re looking for, as clearly much of the cost goes towards the impressive performance of the touch screen, which unquestionably makes Windows 8 a more friendly experience. However, if that’s a feature you’d barely use, then there are alternatives within a similar price bracket that would probably suit you better which offer a zippier everyday performance thanks to a hybrid SSD/HDD approach, such as the Sony VAIO T13, or the Toshiba Satellite U840W, if you can stretch that bit further.


The Acer Aspire V5-571 Touch doesn’t know quite where it fits, it’s not a performance powerhouse but neither is it a budget laptop. The touchscreen functionality, keyboard and trackpad make for a great user experience, but it does feel like corners have been cut to accommodate the premium aspects of the laptop. For £600, we’re not sure all the sacrifices - particularly the mediocre battery and average screen - were always worth it. For basic tasks such as writing and browsing, you’ll be happy enough, but if you’re hoping to navigate Windows 8 using touch you may find some of its rivals offer a smoother experience.

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April 21, 2013, 9:47 pm

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


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


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


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...


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


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


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.

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