Laptop technology is transitioning toward touch screen options that are running the Windows 8 operating system. Many of the customer-written Acer Aspire V5-571P-6698 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Silky Silver) reviews that you read will focus on differences between Windows 8 and Windows 7, and these can be intimidating if you have never used Windows 8 before.
But while learning to use Windows 8 does require a small amount of effort, many people appreciate the Metro interface for its’ simplicity and will only switch to the more familiar Windows 7 desktop setting when necessary.
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|Grid of specs and features||Pros of the computer||Cons of the computer|
Acer Aspire V5-571P-6698
|Processor||Intel Core i3-2377M 1.5 GHz (3 MB Cache)|
|Hard Drive||750 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive|
|RAM||8 GB DDR3 RAM|
|Battery Life||5 hours|
|Screen||15.6-inch touch screen (1366×768 pixels)|
|Keyboard||Backlit chiclet-style keyboard with 10-key numeric keypad|
|Total Number of USB Ports||3|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Graphics||Integrated Intel HD Graphics with 128 MB of memory|
- One of the thinnest laptops with a DVD drive that you will find
- Solid 5 hour battery life
- The Intel i3 processor is great for normal use
- Windows 8 is a great experience with a touchscreen laptop
- USB 3.0connectivity
- Keyboard is comfortable for typing, and I love the backlit feature
- 8 GB of RAM is much more than you will need for almost any task
- The i3 processor in this computer is a second-generation processor, so not as fast as the recently release Haswell models
- The integrated graphics and i3 processor are not well-suited for newer games like Battlefield 3 or Bioshock Infinite
- Not as light as an Ultrabook
- I wish the screen resolution was a little better, but the picture still looks great
An i3 processor, 8 GB of RAM and the 750 GB hard drive will keep this machine from becoming outdated for several years. Whether you are watching videos, streaming content from the Internet or working in Microsoft Office while you browse the Internet, this laptop will handle those tasks with ease. That makes this a good choice for someone that needs a work laptop, or for a student that wants a computer to last them through several years of high school or college.
This computer is not a good choice if you want to do any serious gaming, or if you will be performing intensive video editing tasks. The integrated graphics and the i3 processor are not designed for that sort of use, and will struggle handily if required to do so. But if you want to play some less resource-intensive games or do some light video editing in Windows Live Movie maker, then this computer will be up to the task.
The important factors to consider when evaluating a laptop’s portability are its’ weight, size, battery life and connection options. The Acer Aspire V5-571P-6698 weighs in at 5.3 lbs, which is slightly below average for a full-featured 15 inch laptop. It’s 15.6 inch screen is one of the most common screen sizes, allowing it to fit easily in most laptop cases, as well as most backpacks.
The advertised battery life of 5 hours should be more than sufficient to make it through a long plane flight or several classes of note-taking, although that battery life projection will decrease if you are watching movies, or doing something like CAD or image editing, which is more taxing on your processor than Web browsing or document editing.
You have wireless and wired Internet connection options on this machine, as well as Bluetooth connectivity.
This computer features most of the standard ports and connections that you will find on other available Windows 8 laptops. The full list includes:
- 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
- A combination LAN and VGA port
- Bluetooth 4.0 + HS
- 3 total USB ports – 2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 USB 3.0 port
- 2 in 1 digital media card reader
- HDMI port
- 8x DVD super-multi double-layer drive
- 1.3 MP HD webcam (1280×1024)
Acer is among the leaders in consumer laptop models, and they are offering some of the best value Windows 8 computers right now. This laptop features the perfect combination of performance and features at this price level, and should be relatively future-proof for the next several years. Whether you are looking for a primary computer for home, work or school, this laptop is likely to meet your needs.
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