Acer has put a reasonable price tag to an expensive looking laptop. At a glance, Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-51DR looks like a very fancy model but closer examination of the specs reveals it’s a rather mid-range notebook. So let’s see if such a model would be useful choice for you.
There’s a new processor called Intel Core i5-5200U in Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-51DR. Having been released in the beginning of 2015, it belongs to the 5th generation of Intel processors. It has a core amount of two and base speed of 2.2GHz which maxes at 2.7GHz with turbo frequency. There are not many benchmarks available yet, but the i5-5200U model should be somewhere in the upper range of i5 processors in terms of performance. Considering all the i5 models are good for heavier use, it’s safe to assume excellent suitability for power users from this new model.
The laptop enjoys eight gigabytes of DDR3L SDRAM. To my knowledge, it’s installed on a 2x4GB configuration. The maximum memory the system supports is 16GB which means you can double the RAM. If you’re unsure, don’t do it just yet, because 8GB should take you far.
The storage is one of this Acer’s weakest points. Not to say it’s outright bad, but just a very basic 500GB hard drive with 5400RPM speed. Half a terabyte can host hundreds of games and movies, yes, but for this price you often get a larger drive. Also, I’m not giving any points for the 5400RPM speed which is easily outperformed by newer 7200RPM hard drives and SSDs.
Windows 8.1 (64-bit) is the operating system of this laptop.
Display and graphics
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-51DR contains a 15.6″ Active Matrix LCD non-touch screen. For the disappointment of techies, it’s not Full HD – just the regular 1366×768. It works fine for daily tasks, but indeed the lack of 1920×1080 resolution isn’t good news for power users.
Good news for the gamers however, there’s a dedicated graphics card in the laptop. It’s called GeForce 840M, a 2014 release, that’s clearly faster than – for example – the Intel HD integrated graphics series. Basically any game will run fluently on this laptop, but some of the heaviest titles require decreasing settings and resolution to minimum. For example, games considered very demanding such as Thief and Assassin’s Creed Unity will have good 30-40 frames per seconds on low settings.
The Internet connectivity of Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-51DR is good. There’s a Gigabit Ethernet port and a dual-band WiFi adapter. Bluetooth 4.0 is also supported.
For peripherals, there are three USB ports. One of them is USB 3.0. For external monitors there’s the obligatory HDMI output.
One of the things this laptop is missing is optical drive. You can of course fix this with an external DVD drive that connects to the notebook’s USB 3.0 port. In addition, if you don’t require discs but are happy with smaller memory cards, you can use the SD media card reader this Acer has.
A high-definition webcam and microphone are included, good for video calls on Skype and other similar programs.
Some other things to keep in mind?
For portability, Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-51DR may be a good pick. It weighs 5.62 pounds which is bit more than usually, I admit. However, there’s a 6-cell 4700 mAh battery that’s advertised as having a 7 hours operating time. In reality you won’t reach that, but still getting solid 5-6 hours should be possible.
As far as I know, the keyboard on this model is not backlit. There’s a 10-key pad on the right hand side which gives you an easy access to number keys if you require that.
Summing it up
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-51DR is truly a modern laptop, catering to the needs of users who’re after some performance. Powerful components include a new Core i5 processor, respectable 8GB RAM and a dedicated graphics engine good for gaming. Bad thing would be the smallish and slow hard drive. The lack of a DVD drive might also worry some, but otherwise connections are top-notch with Gigabit Ethernet and a dual-band WiFi. The battery life can also be seen as a plus. Price tag isn’t that bad either, so I would recommend this Acer as an upgrade from your old and slow laptop.