There are a couple of obvious reasons why Acer Aspire V 13 V3-372T-5051 might be a lucrative choice for you. To begin with, it’s indeed an Acer: a company known for inexpensive products that still manage to last for years. In addition, this particular laptop sports very nice components inside its white body: the Core i5 level processor and solid-state drive are the most interesting things here. In this review, I’ll tell you my opinion if such a system is worth your money or should you carry your money elsewhere…
Acer Aspire V 13 V3-372T-5051 is all about new, at least as long as the processor is concerned. The CPU happens to be Intel Core i5-6200U, a 6th Generation model (of Skylake architecture) featuring a base speed of 2.3GHz and turbo of 2.8GHz. As the “U” suffix reveals, it’s a low voltage model, which is also evident in performance: one of the trusted benchmarks, the CPU Mark, gives this unit 3850 points. The older one, i5-5200U, received ~3500 points so there’s definitely some increase – yet it’s unknown if you can really spot the difference in real life. Nonetheless, such a processor is powerful one, and nobody should be left with lagging programs because of that.
Another noteworthy thing would be the solid-state drive. Offering you a decent 256GB storage, you’ll also get the extremely fast reading and writing rates that all SSDs have. That is directly seen in increased performance, quick Windows and application loading times to be exact. The interface is SATA 6Gbps.
Memory amount is 6GB, obviously one 2GB and one 4GB stick is found inside. The memory type is the usual DDR3L SDRAM and you can upgrade it to a maximum 16GB by using two 8GB sticks.
Acer Aspire V 13 V3-372T-5051 has a 13.3″ display yet it sports the Full HD resolution, not often found in screens this small. There might be a good reason for that: 1080p on 13.3″ means everything on the screen will look darn tiny. Well, luckily there’s an easy fix for that: just lower the resolution and everything is good again. The panel type is something that professionals like, IPS that is, so viewing angles should not become a problem here.
It’s certainly many things this Acer Aspire V 13 V3-372T-5051 is good for, but gaming is not one of them. Graphics card is the most important part in that equation, unfortunately in this Acer graphics are handled by a mere integrated chip, called Intel HD 520. It’s a new one (built-in to the 6th Gen CPU) so there are hardly any benchmark tests available; however some early tests would indicate it’s similar to Intel HD 5500. So, prepare to lower the settings to around medium and resolution to 720p and you’re good to go. For example, GTA 5 should give ~25 frames per second using those settings. Going all the way to higher settings and better resolutions should work with games such as Minecraft, though.
The selection of ports is pretty much the same in every laptop, although Acer Aspire V 13 V3-372T-5051 is perhaps a bit different. It includes four USB ports of which one supports USB 3.1 C / Thunderbolt 3 that promises performance benefits over older types. But don’t get excited yet, also your USB device needs to support that new standard for you to enjoy the better speeds. So you might still want to use the regular USB 3.0 (or two USB 2.0) ports found in this laptop.
You can also hook up a monitor, HDMI-out is available for that. Inserting discs won’t work because there’s no internal DVD drive; luckily an external optical drive can be used. The SD card slot works with memory cards, transferring files from several devices is effortless with that.
The best way to connect this thing to Internet would be the 802.11ac WiFi card, however they also managed to include a Gigabit RJ-45 port in the unit. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported too.
Webcam with the ability to shoot 1280×720 video is embedded in the screen bezel.
Keep in mind Acer Aspire V 13 V3-372T-5051 is a small unit, it might not be so good choice for multimedia use, but traveling is a piece of cake with it. The unit weighs just 3.5 pounds and the 4-cell battery is likely to last over 5 hours, given how power efficient the components are.
Unfortunately this model doesn’t sport a backlit keyboard. The operating system is Windows 10 Home.
It’s a bunch of useful features that makes Acer Aspire V 13 V3-372T-5051 so attractive. When something is new, it becomes exciting, such as the 6th Generation Intel processor found inside. It’s powerful enough to be called “power user proof”; I don’t think any application would be too much for that CPU. Continuing the thought, the 6GB RAM will be a good idea for multitasking, and everything you start will be loaded quickly thanks to the solid-state drive. The common disadvantage in these affordable notebooks is bad gaming performance, but if you can live with that, this Acer would offer you good bang for the buck.