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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.

Verdict

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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Score in detail

  • Performance 7
  • Design 7
  • Screen Quality 7
  • Value 8
  • Features 8
  • Battery Life 5
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