Acer Aspire V5 Series Notebooks

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With more and more notebook computers running Windows 8 entering the market, it can be a little overwhelming to pick the right one for you. Luckily, the Acer Aspire V5 Series notebooks offer different options for different needs. Read on to find out which Acer Aspire V5 Series notebook with Windows 8 is right for you.

If you’re looking for a compact and lightweight notebook computer with reliable performance, the Acer Aspire V5-171-9620 11.6” notebook computer may be right for you. Measuring 1.1” thin and weighing just over 3 pounds, its slim profile and lightweight design allows this Acer notebook to be portable. Portability has not compromised power under the hood, and it's a viable desktop replacement. But being portable isn’t nearly as useful if there’s no Internet connection. That’s why the Acer Aspire V5-171-9620 has 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support so you can connect to wireless networks. There’s also Bluetooth 4.0 + HS technology so you can use a wireless Bluetooth mouse and other compatible peripherals. The V5-171-9620 also has an 11.6” CineCrystal widescreen display with LED backlighting for lower power consumption and better energy efficiency. The glossy coated screen also has a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1366 x 768 native resolution, powered by integrated Intel® HD Graphics 4000. The V5-171-9620 houses a dual-core Ivy Bridge 1.9 GHz Intel® Core™ i7-3517U processor. The processor can also be overclocked  to 3.0 GHz, thanks to Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. The V5-171-9620 also has 6GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive, a 2-in-1 media card reader, an integrated webcam and microphone as well as built-in stereo speakers.

For something larger than the 11.6” display, you can also opt for the Acer Aspire V5-431-4407 14” notebook computer or the Acer Aspire V5-431-2675 14” notebook computer. The first noticeable difference between these two computers is obviously the color. The V5-431-4407 comes in a nice Hazy Purple finish, while the V5-431-2675 sports an Airy Blue coating. Another key difference is that the V5-431-4407 houses a dual-core 1.5 GHz Intel® Pentium™ 987 processor with 6GB of DDR3 RAM while the V5-431-2675 houses a dual-core 1.5 GHz Intel® Celeron™ 1007U processor with 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Both notebooks have a 14” CineCrystal LED-backlit display with a glossy screen, with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1366 x 768 native resolution, powered by integrated Intel® HD Graphics. Both notebooks also have a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive, a SuperMulti DVD burner, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 + HS, an integrated webcam, microphone and built-in stereo speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio v2 audio enhancement.

To take full advantage of Windows 8, you’ll need to purchase a notebook computer with a touchscreen. The Acer Aspire V5-471P-6605 14” notebook computer provides a 14” CineCrystal touchscreen with 10-point touch support and works with multi-touch gestures, such as tap and pinch-to-zoom, integrated into Windows 8. Special hinge technology designed into this notebook prevents wobble when you’re touching the screen. The 14” display has LED backlight technology, a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1366 x 768 native resolution powered by integrated Intel® HD Graphics 4000. As for performance, the V5-471P-6605 houses a 1.9GHz Intel® Core™ i3-3227U processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive, a SuperMulti DVD burner, a 2-in-1 media card reader, 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 + HS, an integrated webcam and microphone as well as built-in stereo speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio v2 audio enhancement.

You can also opt to go for a larger touchscreen with either the Acer Aspire V5-531P-4129 15.6” notebook computer or the Acer Aspire V5-571P-6407 15.6” notebook computer. As their names suggest, both have a 15.6” CineCrystal touchscreen with 10-point touch support and also works with the multi-touch gestures integrated into Windows 8. Both displays have LED backlight technology, a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1366 x 768 native resolution powered by integrated Intel® HD Graphics 4000. The two begin to differ once you start focusing on internal components. For one, the V5-531P-4129 houses a dual-core 1.5 GHz Intel® Pentium 987 processor while the V5-571P-6407 boasts a more powerful dual-core 1.9 GHz Intel® Core i3-3227U processor. Also, the V5-531P-4129 has 4GB of DDR3 RAM while the V5-571P-6407 has 6GB of DDR3 RAM. Aside from those differences, both notebooks have a 500GB 5400rpm hard drive, a SuperMulti DVD burner, a 2-in-1 media card reader, 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 technology, an integrated webcam and microphone. There are also built-in stereo speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio v2 audio enhancement on both notebooks.

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This is a really helpful article. I like the way the Acer notebooks look, and that they are a good value considering the specs and design. I'm thinking touch on the 15.6" one is the way to go with Windows 8, looking forward to playing with my new purchase!