Unlike the V5, we got to try out a fully-working model here at CeBIT. The V3 feels much larger and heftier when compared to its slimmer siblings, but the full-length speaker above the keyboard and generous LCD size tells you that Acer intended this model for a very different user. The finish may be plastic, but the gloss and matte combination looks nice enough. It feels relatively heavy in the hand, but it is carrying a reasonable amount of I/O baggage. Be sure to check out our video after the break for a more-detailed look.
Acer Aspire V3 hands-onSee all photos
Zach Honig contributed to this report.
Brilliant all-around performance
HANNOVER, GERMANY (March 6, 2012) - Acerhas unveiled the V3 Series, a range of notebooks optimized for today's digital needs,available in 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-inch models.With excellent performance, entertainment enhancements, communication tools and a classy design, these notebooks are intended for tech-savvy users who want daily high-definition audio and visual experiences.
The latest generation Intel® Core™ family processors,* plus NVIDA® GeForce® GT Series graphics*ensure excellent performance for multitasking with lots of apps, music, Internet video, movies, games and more.
Specialized entertainment enhancements include the Acer CineCrystal™ HD+ 1600 x 900 LED-backlit display on the 17.3" screen and , Dolby® Home Theater® v4 and a Blu-ray Disc™ drive.* Users can even enjoy notebook entertainment on an HDTV viathe HDMI®-out port.
The V3 Series features Acer InviLink™Nplify™ Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™wireless connectivity and Gigabit Ethernet to keep users online, and the Acer Crystal Eye HD webcam guarantees high-resolution face-to-face communication.
Acer clear.fi 2.0 automatically connects all digital-home devices. This lets users manage, share and enjoy media from any device in any room at home.
Sharing files among other digital devices is also possible viaa multi-in-1 card slot, Bluetooth® 4.0 and USB 2.0/3.0 ports (with USB power-off charging).*
Design-wise, the cover has a glossy finish and its color matches the screen bezel and palm rest. The Acer chiclet keyboard is stylish, ergonomic and complemented by a multi-gesture touchpad for enhanced comfort and productivity. The V3 Series comes in Midnight Black, Dawn Gold, Nightfall Gray and Thunderbolt Silver.
* Specifications vary depending on model.