Acer Aspire V3 571G

Acer's Aspire V3 571G is a straight up and down mid-weight, budget laptop. It offers graphics more powerful than usual and double the RAM for the price, making it a laptop that should hit your short list.


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Acer's keeping things traditional with the V3, with black and silver the order of the day. As seems to be the trend with laptop vendors at the cheaper end of the spectrum, inside is a last generation Intel Core processor, the Core i5 2450M.

Connectivity

  • USB 3.0: 1
  • USB 2.0: 2
  • Optical: DVD±RW
  • Video: VGA, HDMI
  • Ethernet: Gigabit
  • Wireless: 2.4GHz 802.11n, Bluetooth

This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as performance is fine and you do score rather well in other areas, with 8GB RAM, a 750GB mechanical hard drive and Nvidia's GeForce GT 630M. At the time of writing, four SKUs are available at different price points, with our review model coming in at AU$899.

The keyboard is pleasant to use, and while the touch pad surface isn't the nicest we've used, it does use Elan technology, meaning a dual-finger tap can be set to bring up the right click menu, a feature we sorely miss from the Apple side.

The 15.6-inch, 1366x768 TN LG display does the job, and while Acer does have a "Dolby Home Theater" logo, the speakers are terrible, as laptop speakers often are. Karnivool's Scarabs had zero bass definition and became an ill-defined series of noises as everything seemingly flattened to mid-range. Beyond system sounds, you'll want to use headphones.

Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11n and Bluetooth handle networking, with dual band a rarity in something of this price range. Acer has included a single USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports, in an age where two USB 3.0 ports are the norm. VGA and HDMI perform video out duties, and headphone and microphone jacks, along with an SD card reader and DVD±RW drive complete the connectivity options.

Choose a benchmark: Handbrake | iTunes | Photoshop | Multimedia

Handbrake encoding (in seconds)

  • 352
    HP dm4 3114TX (Core i5 3210M, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7570M)
  • 353
    Asus K55V (Intel Core i5 3210M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 610M)
  • 378
    Acer Aspire V3-571G (Core i5 2450M, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 630M)
  • 380
    Toshiba Satellite C850/02D (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7610M)
  • 386
    Sony Vaio E SVE14A15FGB (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7670M)
  • 541
    HP Envy 6 1010TU (Core i5 2467M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 4GB SSD cache)
  • 763
    Dell Inspiron 13z 5323 (Core i3 2367M, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD)
  • 766
    Dell Inspiron 14z 5423 (Core i3 2367M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 8GB SSD cache)

(Shorter bars indicate better performance)


The V3 does exceedingly well, particularly in the Photoshop test, where its extra RAM comes into play.

Gaming performance

Batman: Arkham Asylum
Playable on:
VERY HIGH
settings
FPS
Max Avg Min
89 52 33
1366x768, 4x AA, Detail level: Very high, PhysX off.
Metro 2033
Playable on:
LOW
settings
FPS
Max Avg Min
82 35 8
1366x768, DirectX 10, 4x AA, Quality: Low, PhysX: Off.
The Witcher 2
NOT
PLAYABLE
FPS
Max Avg Min
32 24 19
1366x768, low spec.
Skyrim
Playable on:
MEDIUM
settings
FPS
Max Avg Min
59 42 32
1366x768, low detail.

Nvidia's GeForce GT 630M gives the V3 more legs than most other laptops in the sub-AU$1000 category. Since Metro 2033 always challenges even the most powerful graphics cards in its minimum frame rate, we refer to its average score to define playability. All other games require a minimum of at least 30fps to pass.

Battery life (time)

  • Heavy battery test
  • Light battery test
  • 4h 15m6h 11m
  • HP dm4 3114TX (Core i5 3210M, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7570M)
  • 3h 34m5h 10m
  • HP Envy 6 1010TU (Core i5 2467M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 4GB SSD cache)
  • 3h 25m5h 0m
  • Sony Vaio E SVE14A15FGB (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 640GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7670M)
  • 2h 37m4h 9m
  • Acer Aspire V3-571G (Core i5 2450M, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GT 630M)
  • 3h 13m4h 7m
  • Dell Inspiron 13z 5323 (Core i3 2367M, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD)
  • 2h 51m4h 3m
  • Asus K55V (Intel Core i5 3210M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Nvidia GeForce 610M)
  • 2h 54m3h 49m
  • Dell Inspiron 14z 5423 (Core i3 2367M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD + 8GB SSD cache)
  • 2h 36m3h 32m
  • Toshiba Satellite C850/02D (Core i5 2450M, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 7610M)

(Longer bars indicate better performance)


Acer's battery life isn't chart topping, but it's not horrible either, considering the extra hardware inside. Competitors from Sony and HP really give the edge here, though.

Conclusion

Acer's Aspire V3 571G is a straight up and down mid-weight, budget laptop. It offers graphics more powerful than usual and double the RAM for the price, making it a laptop that should hit your short list.



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BrandonC Facebook
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"Fantastic Performer with nice sleek design"

BrandonC posted a review   

The Good:Graphics card, Decent screen, Keyboard is fantastic, Decent Battery, Good Processor

The Bad:Finger print magnet, design flaw with screen coming in contact with keyboard- Leaving slight mark, Loaded with bloatware

This is a fantastic laptop for anyone- light users or heavy.
It has a nice sized screen with decent resolution, nice colours and contrast.
Performance wise, this laptop can run just about any program without lag- have been using 3D animation programs on here without trouble. The Graphics card is quite decent, Can play semi demanding games at playable rates- not to great with Latest games at full settings, still decent though.
A higher number of USB ports may have been nice to see but the 2x 2.0 and the one 3.0 is plenty- Can always use a USB hub.
The only 'Problem' with this laptop may be the Reflective screen- Still good inside but suffers from reflections with heavy sunlight, and the plastic case which is prone to get fingerprints on it- A wipe down and it's fine

Overall this laptop is perfect for the family, Easy to use and packed full of features. The Geforce 640m GPU performs great and you may be surprised what it can actually play on it. The full sized keyboard is fantastic and can take a beating.

KaityK Facebook
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"Awesome!"

KaityK posted a review   
Australia

The Good:light, good battery

The Bad:does get hot underneath sometimes

Best laptop I've owned so far!
I get a good 5hrs of battery life when not plugged in. Runs smoothly and easy to use.

 

lotuselectronics posted a comment   

The Acer Aspire V3-571 is an excellent all-rounder, which marries top performance, decent build quality and a vibrant screen. It's suitable for the whole family, and shows the type of bargain that can be picked up as manufacturers look to the next generation of hardware.




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  • BrandonC

    BrandonC

    Rating8

    "This is a fantastic laptop for anyone- light users or heavy.
    It has a nice sized screen with decent resolution, nice colours and contrast.
    Performance wise, this laptop can run just abo..."

  • KaityK

    KaityK

    Rating10

    "Best laptop I've owned so far!
    I get a good 5hrs of battery life when not plugged in. Runs smoothly and easy to use."

  • lotuselectronics

    lotuselectronics

    "The Acer Aspire V3-571 is an excellent all-rounder, which marries top performance, decent build quality and a vibrant screen. It's suitable for the whole family, and shows the type of bargain that ..."

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