The Bottom Line
Aug 2 2012 - Acer's Aspire V3 571G-6641 brings with it a major redesign for the company the offers an improved keyboard and larger trackpad. The standout feature though is that this laptop priced under $600 features a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M graphics processor that gives it graphics capabilities that are often not found at this price. There are a number of compromises that consumers have to make to get this feature though. These include a large amount of unwanted software installed and just a single USB 3.0 even though they could have had more. The glossy coated exterior also will require frequent cleaning to get rid of the constant fingerprints.
- Dedicated 3D Graphics Processor
- Improved Keyboard Over Past Aspire Models
- Only Has A Single USB 3.0 Port
- Glossy Exterior Shows Lots of Fingerprints
- Large Amount Of Preinstalled Software
- Intel Core i3-2370M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M Dedicated Graphics With 1GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- One USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 15" x 10" x 1.3" @ 5.7 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter
Review - Acer Aspire V3 571G-6641
Aug 2 2012 - The Aspire V3 is the first real major redesign of the Acer laptops in many years. The V3 571G shares many of the same design changes as the V3 771G that I reviewed previously only in a slightly smaller package. It still is constructed mostly of plastics to keep the weight and prices down. Colors include a mix of silvers, greys and blacks and the exterior is very glossy which will attract fingerprints and smudges easily. The keyboard is sunken from the palmrest area and features an isolated layout with a numeric keypad. The trackpad is fairly large and features dedicated buttons which is a nice change from the integrated buttons that have been showing up in more laptops.
For the budget oriented version of the Aspire V3, Acer has decided to use an older Sandy Bridge Core i3-2370M dual core processor. In terms of performance, there is little overall difference between this older processor and the new Ivy Bridge model that is starting to make it to market. For the average consumer. this combined with the 4GB of DDR3 memory should provide sufficient performance for the majority of tasks they use. Since it only features two cores and less memory, it does suffer a bit in multitasking compared to the quad core or models with 6 to 8GB of memory. Thankfully it is quite easy to upgrade the laptop to 8GB of memory by adding in a second 4GB memory module.
Storage features for the Acer Aspire V3 571G-6641 are fairly typical of a budget laptop. It comes equipped with a 500GB hard drive that gives it a good amount of storage capacity for applications and data files. The drive does spin at the more traditional 5400rpm spin rate which means that it won't be as quick as those that use the faster 7200rpm class drives. If you need additional storage space, the laptop does come with a USB 3.0 port for use with high speed external drives. The only downside is that it is just a single one of these ports while many of the other new budget laptops tend to come with two or more. A standard dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of CD or DVD media.
The display for the Aspire V3 571G has changed little from past 15-inch models and it still has that budget performance levels. The native resolution is the typical 1366x768 that is found on the majority of laptops. It is certainly passable but it isn't going to win any awards in terms of color, brightness or contrast. Viewing angles are also quite limited but then again very few laptops in this low price range perform much better. As for the graphics themselves, the Aspire V3 571G has the distinction of using the NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M graphics processor rather than just the Intel HD Graphics built onto the CPU. This gives it improved 3D performance such that it can be used for gaming at lower resolution and detail levels but has the more important benefit of adding acceleration to non 3D-applications such as Photoshop or others that use the CUDA code.
Like past Acer laptops, the Aspire V3 571G uses a standard six-cell battery pack with a 48Whr capacity rating. This is pretty typical for a low cost laptop in the 14 to 15-inch range. In my video playback test, the laptop was able to run for just under three and a half hours before going into standby mode. This puts it in a typical running time for this class of computer but it is a bit slower than what is possible with the more energy efficient Ivy Bridge processor rather than the Sandy Bridge used here.
As with other Acer laptops, the Aspire V3 571G comes with a lot of preinstalled applications. Some of them may prove to be useful to some buyers but many of them will probably not. It is especially annoying when it is first booted when the various pop-up messages on registration, updates and configurations hit the screen. Buyer's are advised to take some time going through them and removing any unwanted applications as this can help improve the boot times.