The Bottom Line
Jan 21 2013 - Acer's updated Aspire V3-771G-9809 continues to keep its very affordable $900 price tag while boosting a number of features over the model from six months ago. It offers some surprising performance thanks to the quad core processor and dedicated NVIDIA graphics but it does sacrifice the screen resolution and storage performance. Battery life is a bit below average as well but for many these will probably be minor concerns considering the price tag.
- Strong General Performance And Good 3D Performance
- Well Priced For Features
- Below Average Battery Life
- Trackpad Multitouch Issues Remain Which Makes Using Windows 8 More Difficult
- Intel Core i7-3630QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 17.3" WSXGA+ (1600x900) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M Graphics Processor With 2GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Two USB 2.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 16.3" x 10.8" x 1.4" @ 7.1 lbs.
- Windows 8, Office Starter,
Review - Acer Aspire V3-771G-9809
Jan 21 2013 - With little change in the processor and laptop market since the release of the third generation of Intel Core i processors, Acer's Aspire V3-771G-9809 is more a refresh of their model from six months ago than anything else. The body style remains unchanged from the initial release of the V3 series with its sunken keyboard and a shiny plastic interior finish that attracts fingerprints and smudges especially within the palmrest portion.
As the processor manufacturing has improved, Acer has decided to upgrade a few of the internal features including the processor. Now it comes with the Intel Core i7-3632QM quad core processor over the previous i7-3610QM. This is mostly just a slight processor clock boost that will definitely help those doing demanding computing tasks such as desktop video editing. In addition to the processor, the memory has been boosted from 6GB to 8GB. Of course there is the new Windows 8 operating system now which offers a bit smoother overall experience with lower memory so it is felt less in the OS itself than in memory intensive programs.
Along with processor improvements, the storage has also been upgraded in the form of a larger one terabyte hard drive. This is twenty-five percent more storage space than the previous model which is beneficial for anyone that happens to want to carry around a lot of digital media files. Performance is still hampered a bit by the use of a slower spinning 5400rpm spin rate drive compared to many in this class that use desktop rate 7200rpm drives. If you do need additional space, there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with external high speed storage devices. A dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of CD or DVD media. It would be nice to see Blu-ray but with Acer's focus on lower costs it isn't surprising to see them stick with DVD.
Display and graphics remain completely unchanged which is to be expected. The big downside of the two is the display. The 17.3-inch panel remains with the 1600x900 native resolution which means that it can't fully view 1080p high definition video. In addition to this, the brightness is still a bit low which makes using it in bright or outdoor lighting difficult due to glare and reflections. Viewing angles are a bit better than usual to make up for this though. The graphics are handled still by the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor that is a decent middle range offering. It can fully support many games up to the full panel resolution but you might have to sacrifice some detail levels. It also has the ability to accelerate non-3D applications as well.
The keyboard design of the Aspire V3 771G is decent but certainly not outstanding. It uses an isolated design with a decent layout that includes a numeric keypad. The keys themselves have some shallow travel for such a large system but they are accurate enough. The trackpad is a nice large size that is centered upon the spacebar and features dedicated rather than integrated buttons. The past version in Windows 7 had some trouble with multitouch gestures which have been improved in Windows 8 but it still misses a few of them which can be annoying.
Battery life remains unchanged which is a bit disappointing. The six cell battery pack still features a very standard 48WHr capacity rating common to many smaller laptops. In video playback testing, it runs for just under four hours before going into standby mode. If the system is used for gaming, expect to have less than half of that. This puts it below the average 17-inch laptop due to the slightly lower capacity battery pack.
With a price tag of just under $1000 and a street price of $900, the Acer Aspire V3-771G-9809 is certainly affordable for its features. Most options with dedicated graphics tend to be over $1000. The two closest options would be the Sony VAIO SVLE1712ACX an Toshiba Satellite S875-S7376. Both of them are right around $1000 and offer AMD graphics. The Sony sacrifices a bit of RAM and has half the hard drive space but comes with a full 1920x1080 resolution display. The Toshiba offering instead features a Blu-ray compatible optical drive. The next step up is around $1200 for the MSI GE70 which uses a slightly older i7 processor but has full 1080p screen, faster graphics and being about a pound lighter.