Acer has continued to improve its line of middle class notebooks. In the era of thin shells manufacturer does everything possible to stay in the trend. Our today’s hero seems to fit all the latest trends and needs of customers, or almost all – a kind of dream laptop. It’s about the new 15.6-inch notebook Acer Aspire V5-573 on the platform Intel Haswell, which eliminates the need for discrete graphics for gaming. Is it a dream or a laptop so we just thought we would find out.
Design Aspire V5-573 meets all the current trends and follows the general style of performance notebooks Acer. The case is thin and lightweight – only 21 mm and 2.2 kg. To tag a very good figure. The exterior is dominated by smooth surfaces and rounded corners. The model is available in two colors – black and gray.
Laptop assembled in a very high quality way. The cover is made of plastic with a brushed aluminum finish, although at first glance it seems that it’s metal. But what really metal – so this is a working surface. The bottom of the laptop is made of a practical rough plastic. The battery is not removable, which also had a positive impact on the overall rigidity of the structure.
The back of the base expands, creating a kind of ledge on which the display unit is fixed by means of two loops. Joint bit tugovat to open the laptop and the base will hold. The opening angle is large enough to work with the tribes. Given the orientation of the mobile device, this point is not the last value.
The power button looks strange, found on the left edge of the notebook, and made to match with the body. In addition, it is very small and does not stand out above the surface, so that at first I turned the laptop for a long time and could not find it. Designers, as for me a little bit overdone.
Ports and connectors
In the Acer decided to return to the circuit arrangement of ports and connectors, from which they were trying to take a year ago, placing them on the back of the notebook. Although, they did it by taking some amendments. Whereas previously there were concentrated almost all nayavnye interfaces, there is the most commonly used connectors are distributed on each side – a pair of USB 2 combo audio jack for headset and SD-card reader. On the back face rendered ports with the model using the “thrust-and-forget” – connector for the power supply, power connector, HDMI video output and a mini DisplayPort (VGA adapter to complete), and USB 3.0, which is most commonly used for connecting various peripherals.
From wireless interfaces on the board are modules Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n and BT 4.0.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard is good, but with the features. First – a bifurcated key Enter, which will need to get used to. And secondly – a very slow speed buttons, about 1 mm, which is not always convenient typing. However, this solution has both opponents and defenders, so that’s good or bad you decide. In other matters not – it is well secured, the substrate is not pressed, the keys trigger quiet. The backlighting is not available.
Large touchpad slightly recessed into the work plane and surrounded by brilliant rim. Sensor field has the same coverage as in the working surface. Precise cursor control, and sensor supports multi-touch gestures and Windows 8.
Display and Sound
There are two versions of this laptop, different type of screen. One uses a touch display with IPS-matrix and Full HD, and the second – the usual TN with 1366 by 768 pixels. We were just ranked the second option, which is, in principle, a good color, but to talk about the great viewing angles is not necessary. Maximum brightness is also not amazing – just 188 cd/m2, and the glossy finish on a sunny day or a bright light will blikovat.
Acoustic system consists of a pair of speakers located at the bottom, so that the installation will be muted on soft surfaces. The sound is loud and clear, however, can not boast of low-mid range. To watch movies and make calls to Skype fit, but to listen to music I would recommend using external speakers.
This model is due to a very thin body is only complete with energy efficient Intel Core processors, the last of the fourth generation. The amount of RAM in the base set of 4 GB, expandable to 12 GB. To store the information used by HDD capacity up to 1TB. Is responsible for the display of graphics integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 4400 or a discrete graphics card NVidia GeForce GT 720M, depending on the model.
It got us to the test sample in the base case equip with a processor Core i3-4010U, running at a clock frequency of 1.7 GHz, with 4 GB of RAM and no discrete graphics card. However, the system has proved very responsive and lack of performance I have not felt or when performing some basic tasks (working with text, watching videos, surfing the web), and in games. It is natural to say that this is a gaming laptop is not necessary, but at the same World of Tanks play is possible – at medium settings around 30 fps, but at a minimum, and all 50 fps.
The autonomy of the system, too, was at a very good level. Li-Polymer battery 3650 mAh backed by a 3-hour battery life under load, and while reading the laptop lasted as much as 9 hours. Result decent ultrabook.
In my opinion, Acer Aspire V5-573, can not perfect laptop in its price range, but is very close to that status. This excellent performance, which is a device with such a thin shell can even play. The case is also very decent. It is light, thin and not too dirty. And if you take the option to touch IPS-matrix, then we get a great choice for a person who is important and autonomy, and power.