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Acer Aspire V3 571G review: 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.

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7.5

Acer Aspire V3 571G

The Good

Offers 8GB RAM for the price where competitors only offer 4GB. GeForce GT 630M is more grunt than is usually offered for the price point.

The Bad

Awful speakers. Only one USB 3.0 port.

The Bottom Line

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

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&plusm;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
MaxAvgMin
895233
1366x768, 4x AA, Detail level: Very high, PhysX off.
Metro 2033
Playable on:
LOW
settings
FPS
MaxAvgMin
82358
1366x768, DirectX 10, 4x AA, Quality: Low, PhysX: Off.
"="">NOT
PLAYABLE
The Witcher 2
FPS
MaxAvgMin
322419
1366x768, low spec.
Skyrim
Playable on:
MEDIUM
settings
FPS
MaxAvgMin
594232
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.