Acer Aspire V5

The Good The Acer Aspire V5 has a decent design, midrange configuration, and a touch screen, all for a very reasonable price.

The Bad While slim and reasonably attractive, this is still a plastic laptop. The weak battery keeps it from being a great road system.

The Bottom Line For under $700, the Acer Aspire V5 proves that a touch screen can work in a budget-priced Windows 8 laptop without cutting too many corners.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 5.0
  • Support 7.0
7.8 Overall

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Review

A touch-screen Windows 8 laptop for less

After starting with high-end proof-of-concept models such as the Acer Aspire S7 and Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, touch screens are moving into mainstream Windows 8 laptops.

The Acer Aspire V5 is a thinnish, run-of-the-mill 15-inch laptop, conservative in design, and modestly priced at $729 for this Intel Core i5 configuration. But, it includes a touch screen, and not as a special feature worthy of promotional point-of-sale stickers, but simply as a matter of course, because that's what (according to one reading of the tea leaves) you'll expect from all but the cheapest of budget laptops in the world of Windows 8.

I've seen this exact configuration for as little as $699; it includes a Core i5 CPU, 4GB RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a backlit keyboard, and an optical drive. Even more impressive, I've seen a configuration that trades down to a Core i3 CPU but keeps the rest of the specs, including the touch screen, for $529 as a Black Friday promotion at Best Buy.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $800
  • Brand Acer
  • Type 3rd Gen Core i5
  • Installed Size 4 GB
  • Edition Windows 8
  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Diagonal Size 15.6 in
  • Chipset Type Mobile Intel HM77 Express
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