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Acer Aspire V5-471-6485 review

My daughter needed a replacement for her aging 4 year old Acer Apsire Netbook based on an Intel Atom. The machine has performed well for 4 years but the processor really was quite slow. iTunes on it was painful. So a trip to FutureShop to look at size. Her 10″ was good but not the best for using every day for school. So she decided she wanted something bigger. This machine caught her eye as a thin light machine with decent specs at a reasonable price. 14″ 1366×768 display, Intel Core i3-2367M (dual core 1.3GHZ), 500GB 5400 RPM HD , 6G DDR3 memory, with a dual layer DVDRW drive all in 2.28cm thick laptop. Weighing in at 2.1KG. The IO on this device is VERY flexible. SVGA/1G Network port (on a custom dongle the sale guy did not even know what the port this plugged into was), HDMI out, audio output, B/G/N WIFI, 1 USB3 and 2 USB2, SD card reader and the list goes on and on. There is no bluetooth in spite of the fact the Futureshop web site says there is.

The preload on the PC is a little on the light side. It includes a limited time version of McAfee, some Acer aps and demo versions of other things. It came preloaded with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit. MS Office Student was available with PC purchase for $99 so we picked that up. Can’t really live without office and I can’t be bothered moving her to something like Star Office. The performance on this device is really quite good. It blows my Dell Lattitude D620 Core 2 duo out of the water. The keyboard is a chicklet style keyboard and feel and placement are good. They have oddly split the shift key on the left side into two keys which is clumsy but something you can get use to. They have a glidepoint with both left and right mouse buttons (it senses which side you are pushing) (again the Futureshop web site is wrong and says only 1 button). The fan does not run often but when it does it is reasonably quiet. Heat seems reasonable coming out of the device even when pushed. Unlike my Dell which gets so hot I can’t keep it on my lap when wearing shorts. Battery life on it is rated at 4.5 hours which is pretty good. The battery itself is only a 4 cell battery and larger ones do not seem to be available. I couldn’t find replacement batteries on ebay which is a pooh. Could have got her a spare.

The screen is reasonably bright and vivid. Nothing to complain about and is that in between size making it easier to use but not as physically large for carrying. The 14″ size however makes finding a case for it that isn’t too big a challenge.

At $499 this laptop is a good buy for the money with reasonable performance!
Futureshop website fro this laptop.


August 12, 2012 - Posted by | Electronic gadget reviews


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