Would you like to give a try to Acer Aspire V 15 Touch V3-572P-326T, a touchscreen laptop featuring Core i3 processor and 6GB memory? At a glance the notebook looks alright, providing enough performance for basic and even some heavier users without costing too much. But as often is the case, no conclusions must be drawn too hastily. So let’s examine this computer further and see what we find…
Despite being a cheap unit, a new 5th generation Intel processor powers this Acer laptop. Called Core i3-5005U, the chip contains two logical cores and clock speed of 2.0GHz without turbo. The processor gets ~3000 CPU Passmark points, a decent grade that beats many previous generation models (for example it’s around 20% faster than the older i3-4005U). For this inexpensive notebook it’s an appropriate choice, and no casual user should ever find the i3-5005U too slow for his needs.
Acer Aspire V 15 Touch V3-572P-326T has 6GB DDR3L (1600MHz) memory installed. As far as I know the distribution is 2GB and 4GB chips taking up the both memory slots. The system supports up to 16GB memory which you can achieve by installing two 8GB chips.
There’s a 5400RPM hard drive offering a large 1024GB space. Conversely, there’s no quick SSD offering quick transfer rates. If you want to give a real performance boost for this thing you could add a solid-state drive inside. Of course you’ll end up with much less storage, but that is fine for many people considering what you’ll get, I’d dare to say.
Screen and graphics
Acer Aspire V 15 Touch V3-572P-326T has a traditional 15.6″ display with 1366×768 resolution and 10-finger touch support. I’ve read people complaining about the low resolution, but it’s very rare to get a Full HD laptop for this price yet. However, the touch screen might come handy if you want to take advantage of some new features Windows 8.1 has.
The integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics engine allows you to play some games, especially if you don’t increase details and resolution too much. For example, with eye candy turned off, you’ll end up with maximum 25FPS on Battlefield 4. On the other hand, the lightweight Fifa 14 works fine with most settings and resolution turned high. Sims 4 and CS:Go should also work with medium to high details.
Acer Aspire V 15 Touch V3-572P-326T has three USB ports, a common amount for 15.6″ laptop. One of those is USB 3.0. HDMI and VGA outputs are included too, so you can use the laptop with an external monitor if you want.
To get Internet access you can use the Gigabit RJ-45 connector or the 802.11ac WiFi with Miracast and Bluetooth 4.0 enabled.
The notebook sports an integrated DVD burner so feel free to create discs with it. SD card reader is included too. The fixed 1MP webcam works great for Skype video.
Any other things to keep in mind?
Acer Aspire V 15 Touch V3-572P-326T seems a bit heavy to me. 5.6 pounds is tad heavier than these 15-inch notebooks usually are (~5 lbs). However, there’s a solid 6-cell battery installed that lasts good 5-6 hours on light activities.
Believe it or not, this laptop should have a backlit keyboard. It’s not a common sight in so cheap models. A dedicated numpad is installed on the right hand side, too.
Acer Aspire V 15 Touch V3-572P-326T is a general use computer, good for running your web browsers and Microsoft Offices with no issues whatsoever. The touchscreen allows you to dive into Windows 8.1 well, and if you’re into gaming, you can run many games but several require low settings. Connections should be everything you need, the USB 3.0 offering lots of bandwidth for a high-end peripheral. The laptop is a signature edition so no bloatware is installed, that is definitely an advantage as well. The current price on Amazon isn’t nothing spectacular, although not a rip off either, so if you feel like it you may as well go for this Acer.