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A small-screened laptop at a good price

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If you're in the market for an 11-inch notebook, you could do much worse than the Aspire V5-171-6869. It packs some of the most robust specs amongst machines with its form factor, including a Core i5 processor and 500GB of storage, and we think its keyboard is comfortable considering the limited space. But if you have a little more room in your backpack (and wallet), you can do better with a bigger machine, as you can expect longer battery life and a roomier keyboard.

Critic reviews

6.3
9 reviews
  • Speed and features
    7.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.2
  • Battery life
    5.1
  • Display
    7.2
  • Durability
    7.2
  • Expandability
    6.8
  • Noise
    4.9
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0

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User reviews

9.0
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6.0
Engadget Aug 23, 2012

If you're in the market for an 11-inch notebook, you could do much worse than the Aspire V5-171-6869 ... But if you have a little more room in your backpack (and wallet), you can do better with a bigger machine, as you can expect longer battery life and a roomier keyboard.

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8.0
PC Mag Aug 31, 2012

The Acer Aspire V5-571-6869 is a bare-bones budget laptop that still manages to provide solid performance and acceptable battery life.

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7.0
CNET Aug 23, 2012

It's a great budget consideration, but sacrifices have been made to shrink down that much computer into a tiny package.

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6.0
PC Mag Aug 31, 2012

As far as budget-priced desktop replacements go, the Acer Aspire V5-571 is a decent performer, and its shortcomings can be forgiven in light of its sub-$500 price tag.

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5.0
PC World Dec 11, 2012

Sure, it’s got its strengths: the touchscreen is responsive and smooth, and video looks and sounds pretty good. But it’s got a heck of a lot more weaknesses, such as poor overall performance, lower-than-average battery life, a strangely loud fan, and a noticeably low screen resolution.

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8.0
TechRadar Jul 16, 2012

If you really value portability and speed, but aren't looking to splash the cash on an Ultrabook for Windows 8, then this could be the perfect compromise.

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8.0
Notebookcheck Jul 21, 2012

For those seeking a basic notebook for Web browsing, online chatting and Skype, and watching DVDs without spending a lot, the Aspire V5-531 is a good choice.

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9.0
WareWolf801 WareWolf801

Only had this a short time. It works as expected. Speedy processor, low heat generation, quiet fan. Not a powerhouse computer by any means, but also priced very well. Plenty of DDR3 ram included, and plenty of hdd space included via the WD 500GB drive. No complaints at all. Touchscreen works...

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