Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-543S Review

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February 24, 2015
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Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-543S looks excellent on the paper. It features a Core i5 processor, terabyte hard drive and Full HD screen – things that a more knowledgeable user can surely appreciate. A true Acer, the price point is also quite reasonable. So without further ado, let’s see if there’s anything bad about this laptop at all.

Performance

Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-543S comes with Intel Core i5-5200U processor. It’s a brand new model of Intel’s, released in the beginning of 2015. It has two cores and clock speed varies between 2.2 and 2.7GHz depending on turbo use. Not having a quad core setup could be bit of a bummer for some. But the i5-5200U is one of the faster members in the whole Core i5 family, so impressive performance can be expected to keep power users happy.

The laptop contains 8GB memory which is on par with the price. As far as I know, the RAM comes on two 4GB modules which occupy the both memory slots on mainboard. The system supports up to 16 gigabytes of RAM, but not many require that excessive amount of memory.

There’s 1024GB of hard drive space in this Acer so you’re not likely to run out of storage. A drive like that can easily take hundreds of games and movies. A bit sadder side is of course the speed, 5400RPM, which is nothing compared to solid-state drives. If you want very quick read/write rates, considering replacing the hard drive for an SSD.

Operating system is Windows 8.1, the 64-bit edition.

Screen and graphics

One of the great things in Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-543S is the non-touch matte display. At least the the resolution. It’s 1920×1080 so Full HD content runs natively. The size is 15.6″ for which a smaller resolution would also work, but Full HD is usually much better choice.

Another good feature is the dedicated graphics card. NVIDIA GeForce 840M is faster than, for example, Intel HD 4600. Frame rate wise, you shouldn’t have any problems playing most new titles as long as you keep settings and resolution low. The famous Battlefield 4 would work even on medium to high settings, getting around 30-40 frames per second.

Connectivity

USB ports are three, one of them being USB 3.0. Not a lot, but that’s what you usually get on a laptop of this size. There are also HDMI and VGA outputs on Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-543S, so you can use it with basically any external monitor.

Networking in these pricier models tends to be good. The Acer features a dual-band WiFi adapter and a Gigabit RJ-45 port if you want to go wired. Bluetooth 4.0 is also supported.

There’s a current trend to leave out optical drive from a notebook. No DVD drive is installed in this Acer and whether it makes sense can be debated. It is true you can download (almost) everything from Internet these days, but you might also have some legacy or rare software that’s only on discs. Then you’d have to plug in an external DVD drive.

In addition, you can use the built-in SD media card reader. Naturally, if your programs are indeed on a disc memory cards don’t help much. But the SD card reader can be used for other devices, such as digital cameras, to transfer photos to the computer.

If you’re into video chats you’re happy to know this notebook has a 1280×820 webcam and microphone.

Something else?

If you like to travel with your laptop Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-543S is just an average pick. It weighs 5.62 pounds which is more than many other 15.6″ models. A 6-cell battery is included which should allow for 5-6 hours operating time on a single charge.

The keyboard is backlit and contains a numeric keypad on the right hand side.

Acer bloatware is installed on the system. It’s not dangerous but can slow the laptop down a bit. If you experience this just uninstall those programs from Control Panel.

Conclusions

Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-543S is, like most Acers, a great value for your money. For the price, you get a wide array of very useful features, including a solid processor, 1920×1080 screen, dedicated graphics and excellent networking. Very often I have to say laptops of this price point don’t work well for gaming, but if you can keep eye candy at minimum you should be happy with this Acer. At a glance, I don’t see anything really bad about it. Get this laptop if you want some real performance without paying an arm and leg.


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