71
Engadget
Score
71

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Acer Aspire V5 review: an 11-inch Ivy Bridge laptop for $550

Summary

The Acer Aspire V5 offers solid specs for a budget-priced 11-inch laptop, but that doesn't make it a must-buy.

Pros
  • Light, compact designGood specs for price
Cons
  • Sticky touchpadCramped keyboardUnimpressive battery life
Acer Aspire V5 review: an 11-inch Ivy Bridge laptop for $550
More Info Acer launches Ultrabook-like Aspire V5 series, we go hands-on (video) Acer Aspire V5 notebooks get Ivy Bridge treatment, shipping by end of June for $630 and up Acer Aspire V3 review: an affordable, Kepler-packing laptop for back-to-school season Acer first took the wraps off its Aspire V5 series at CeBIT in March, teasing the line of notebooks with designs that are 30 percent thinner than other laptops in their category. A few months later, in June, the company officially unveiled the 14- and 15-inch Aspire V5s, with Ivy Bridge processors and prices starting at $630. Rounding out that family is the 11-inch Aspire V5 171. We have a bit of an identity crisis on our hands with this guy: though it looks like a netbook and weighs a light three pounds, it packs a Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor befitting a full-fledged machine, but it costs a budget-minded $550 ($500 with Acer's current promotion). Many products in this price range are clunky 15-inchers, so where exactly does this Aspire V5 fit in? Join us past the break as we sort that out.
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Scores

Engadget

71
 

Breakdown

Battery life
5.1
Durability
7.3
Design and form factor
7.3
Portability (size / weight)
8.0
Speed and features
6.9
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Specs

Aspire

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.7 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI, VGA
System RAM
6 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

Aspire

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.7 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI, VGA
System RAM
6 GB
Pointing device
Trackpad
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