The Bottom Line
May 1 2013 - Acer's Aspire V5-571G-9683 takes the existing design and updates it to add more performance while still keeping the costs down. The system is very affordable but it does sacrifice a number of features to keep those costs down. The most notable of these is the hard drive which is generally smaller and slower than the competition. In addition, the screen is essentially no different than that can be found on their lower cost models. Overall, it still makes a great base platform for those that want a quad core processor and dedicated graphics without getting too high in price.
- Strong General Performance From Quad Core Processor
- Hard Drive Limits Performance
- Mediocre Display
- Only One USB 3.0 Port
- Intel Core i7-3630QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 6GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Dual Layer DVD Burner
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M Graphics With 2GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- One USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, 3-in-1 Card Reader
- 15" x 10" x 1.3" @ 5.3 lbs.
- Windows 8
Review - Acer Aspire V5-571G-9683
May 1 2013 - General performance from the Acer Aspire V5-571G-9683 is quite good thanks to the quad core Intel Core i7-3630QM processor. This is one of the fastest of the current Intel processors and should have no trouble plowing through most applications. Having said that, the performance is held back a bit by the 6GB of DDR3 memory the processor is paired up with. It tends to run well enough with Windows 8 but it will cause a few delays in more demanding applications than those that typically feature 8GB of memory at this price point.
Storage on the system is a bit disappointing and is likely the biggest area where price cutting happens with the Acer Aspire V5. There is a 500GB hard drive that is the primary storage system. This is typical of many lower cost laptops but more and more companies are moving to larger 750G or even terabyte hard drives for non-budget class systems. To make matters worse, the drive spins at the more traditional 5400rpm spin rate. This results in some sluggish boot times that can approach near a full minute and is certainly very slow in this era of ultrabooks with solid state drives or cache. If you need additional space, there is a single USB 3.0 port for use with high speed external storage drives. It would have been nice to see at least two of these ports as most laptops now feature two or more of them. There is a dual layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.
As with many laptops that skirt close to the budget end of the pricing spectrum, the Aspire V5-571G uses a fairly low 1366x768 native resolution for its 15.6-inch display panel. In the era of high resolution tablets, this resolution is really beginning to look downright blocky. It isn't necessarily a problem for those that run a single application at a time but it does hamper mulitasking. The display itself has modest color and brightness and typically narrow viewing angles of the TN technology panel it uses. The system does feature an NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M graphics processor that actually pairs well with the lower resolution of the display. This means that it does have sufficient performance that it can play games at the native resolution of the display. The downside here is that it can' really go much higher with an external display. The graphics also provide a nice boost for accelerating non-3D applications like video encoding or graphics editing.
The keyboard and mouse design remain unchanged for the Aspire V5-571G. It uses the same isolated keyboard layout that features a numeric keypad on the right hand side. The key spacing is a bit closer than some in order to fit the keypad but it is nice to see that they used larger sized shift, control, tab, caps lock, enter and and backspace keys. The keyboard is a bit soft in spots but on the whole works well. The trackpad is a large size and is very slightly set apart from the palmrest area. Multitouch gesture support for Windows 8 works well enough but at times you may run off the edge which can cause problems.
Acer uses their standard six cell battery pack for he Acer Aspire V5-571G which comes with a 48WHr capacity rating. In digital video playback testing, this results in just under three and three quarter hours before going into standby mode. This is pretty typical of a system with capacity battery pack but it is below the average as more and more companies are starting to use larger capacity batteries for their more expensive laptops. It certainly is not even in the same league as the Apple MacBook Pro 15 with Retina Display that tops out at nearly double the running time but also with a much higher price tag as well.
With a street price of $750, the Acer Aspire V5-571G-9862 is certainly one of the better performing 15-inch laptops at this price point. There are trade offs of course as many similarly priced systems tend to offer longer running times or faster storage but with less general performance from lower wattage processors. The primary competition at this price comes from the ASUS N56DP, the MSI CX61, the Samsung NP550, the Sony VAIO E 15-inch and Toshiba's Satellite S855. The ASUS offers an AMD quad core processor that isn't quite as fast but a high resolution display and terabyte hard drive. MSI's CX61 is an older system but features a similar level of general performance but with a high resolution display. Samsung's is very similar but uses an older NVIDIA graphics processor but makes up for it with a faster and larger hard drive. Finally, the Toshiba has a very similar setup but with a 750GB hard drive and AMD Radeon HD 7670 graphics.