The Bottom Line
Jul 9 2012 - Acer's Aspire V3 771G is a surprisingly affordable 17-inch laptop with some good performance. At just around $900, it is one of the least expensive laptops on the market to feature both a quad core Intel i7 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor. These combined make the system even capable as an affordable mobile gaming option. The system does have to sacrifice a few items in order to be affordable though. This includes a most plastic surface that is extremely susceptible to fingerprints, a below average running time from a smaller battery and a trackpad that is a bit disappointing.
- Affordable Price
- Strong General and 3D Performance
- Below Average Battery Life
- Trackpad Has Some Issues
- Intel Core i7-3610QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 6GB PC3-10600 DDR3
- 750GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 17.3" WSXGA+ (1600x900) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Dedicated Graphics With 2GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Two USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 16.3" x 10.8" x 1.4" @ 7.1 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter
Review - Acer Aspire V3-771G-9875
Jul 9 2012 - The Acer Aspire V3 is the first real major redesign of the Aspire laptops in many years. It still is a fairly simple design but definitely different. It is made primarily of plastic materials with blacks, grey and silvers. The finish itself is very shiny and smooth on the exterior and is an easy fingerprint magnet. The keyboard is slightly sunken from the palmrest and speaker area and uses an isolated design that is an improvement from past models. The trackpad is spacious with dedicated buttons but had difficulties with multitouch gestures.
Probably one of the most surprising aspects of the Aspire V3-771G-9875 is that it comes with a new quad core Intel Core i7-3610QM processor. Most systems featuring this are priced at $1000 or more. This provides it with a solid level of performance for just about any type of application including demanding tasks such as desktop video. The processor is matched up with 6GB of DDR3 memory which does provide a smooth overall performance but it would have been nice to see it equipped with 8GB which is what much of its competition is coming with these days.
To keep things affordable for the Acer Aspire V3-771G-9875, Acer had to compromise a bit on the storage features. The 750GB hard drive provides a good amount of space for applications, data and media files. Performance of the drive is a bit lower than much of the competition because it relies on 5400rpm spin rate drive. This makes it a bit slower to boot and launch programs compared to laptops with 7200rpm drive, solid state drives or hybrid solutions. If you do need additional space, it features two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage options. It still includes a dual layer DVD burner for playback or recording of CD or DVD media.
The 17.3-inch display on the Aspire V3 also compromises a bit on the display. While many 17-inch laptops have moved on to full 1080p high definition compatible displays, Acer has elected to use a panel with a native resolution of 1600x900. This falls short of 1080p video support. Brightness is also off a bit which doesn't help when the screen is used in tough lighting such as outdoors where the reflective coating can cause lots of glare and reflections. At least viewing angles are quite good for a TN based panel. Driving the graphics is the new Kepler based NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor. This allows the Aspire 3 771G to actually be a quite capable system for those wanting a low cost gaming systems. It should be able to play many games up to the full panel resolution without having to sacrifice much for detail but some more modern games will require reduce resolution or detail levels. The processor is also beneficial for those that might want to use it to accelerate non-3d applications as well.
As with most of Acer's laptops, the Aspire V3 771G uses a standard six cell battery pack that has a 48WHr capacity rating. This is slightly smaller than the typical 17-inch laptop battery. In video playback tests, the laptop was able to run for roughly four hours before going into standby mode. This is a decent running level for a low cost gaming laptop but certainly below the typical laptop. Of course, gaming is much more demanding and this will likely result in significantly less overall running time.
Acer certainly isn't going to be included in the Signature program from Microsoft when it comes to the software. Acer installs an above average number of applications on their systems. This can be quite annoying especially when it is first launched and the various programs prompt the users for registration, updates or configurations. Some of the programs and useful but buyer's will likely want to remove unwanted applications to help boost boot times and unclutter the desktop.