Acer Aspire V 13 V3-371-57JZ is a laptop with a distinctive white/silver shell and powerful components of Core i5 processor, 8GB memory and a solid-state drive. Such a system should certainly meet the requirements of more advanced users who run heavier applications than a web browser and Microsoft Office. But are there any downsides in this laptop, and does it ultimately offer good value for the price? That’s what we will answer in the review here…
Intel Core i5-5200U is a popular processor in notebooks of 2015. It’s also the CPU running this system. The chip is a so-called 5th generation model, based on the Broadwell architecture. It offers a dual-core design, 2.2GHz base frequency and up to 2.7GHz turbo speed. In CPU Mark the processor receives a decent 3500 points, much more than Core i3s for example – they get around 2500-3000. The i5-5200U will run most applications fine, be it simple web browsing or heavier image editing you’re up to.
Acer Aspire V 13 V3-371-57JZ contains 8GB DDR3L memory. There are two memory slots on this system and I’m pretty sure the current eight gigabytes is installed on two sticks. This means upping the RAM to 16GB is possible but you’d need to remove both chips to reach that.
The storage option is a quick 240GB solid-state drive, allowing for very fast system boot up (less than 10 seconds) and general smoothness of use. That is exactly the kind of drive you want to see in a compact notebook like this Acer.
Display and graphics
Acer Aspire V 13 V3-371-57JZ features a 13.3″ display which translates to good portability. The resolution is basic 1366×768, however on a small display like this it works well. It is not a touch screen and the operating angle is not full 360 degrees, meaning this unit can’t be used in tablet mode – just in normal laptop mode.
The graphics engine is integrated to the processor. Called Intel HD 5500, the chip is able to run most games – even 2015 titles – but you’ll have to be careful with the settings. For example, people have been playing fancier games such as GTA 5 and reaching acceptable 20-25 frames per second, but that only happens on medium settings. That said, games based on the Steam engine or those that work on the browser will run much, much smoother.
You can surely connect some peripherals to Acer Aspire V 13 V3-371-57JZ, although these smaller ultrabooks never have great connectivity. For example, there are just two USB ports and only one of them is USB 3.0. Connecting a television is possible to the laptop’s HDMI port.
There’s a 802.11ac dual-band WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card offering you a fast and reliable wireless network access. Gigabit RJ-45 port is also available for those who prefer the cable.
No optical drive is installed here due to lack of space. So to work with discs you must use an external drive. The built-in SD card reader might also be a handy tool with transferring some data to the laptop.
The unit has a 720p webcam ready for Skype video chats.
Acer Aspire V 13 V3-371-57JZ weighs 3.31 pounds, so like any ultrabook, you’ll have no problems traveling with it. The 4-cell Li-ion battery gives up to 7.5 hours battery life, in tests with a similar model 9+ hours were recorded.
It looks like the keyboard is a non-backlit one. Also numeric pad is not available, there is no room for that.
Acer Aspire V 13 V3-371-57JZ was primarily made for power users. Its processor, RAM and storage drive choice are excellent for folks who’re running special programs, such as image editing software or virtual machines, and don’t want to deal with excessive lag. Moreover, the computer can be used for gaming, although the integrated graphics chip somewhat limits the choice of games and eye candy. As the unit is small and battery life is at least six hours, traveling with this Acer is going to be a smooth sail. All in all, it looks like a decent rig without big cons but with many pros. Indeed, a power user would probably appreciate this notebook a lot.