If you’ve been looking for a premium laptop with excellent performance you might’ve stumbled upon Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-76EM. It’s a new release hailing from Taiwan, with a powerful 5th generation Core i7 processor, plenty of RAM and a dedicated graphics card. This of course ups the price, so not everybody might have budget for this powerhouse. So let’s see if the Acer would be worth your money in the first place.
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-76EM has an excellent processor. It’s a couple of months ago released Intel Core i7-5500U, a dual core CPU with clock speed between 2.4 and 3.0GHz depending if turbo boost is activated. It seems to get a tad over 4000 points in CPU Mark tests, beating most Intel Core i5 processors. The i7-5500U model will easily handle all the complex software and multitasking stuff you have. For a casual user however it’s bit of an overkill.
8GB, the amount of system memory, suggests readiness for professional use. Everyday computing is fine with 4GB but a bit more doesn’t hurt for advanced programs. If, for some reason I can’t think of, the installed 8GB isn’t enough you can expand the RAM all the way to 16 gigabytes. The mainboard has two memory slots, although both are taken by 4GB chips, so you’d have to remove the old modules if you wanted to install more.
A spacious terabyte hard drive is offered, good if you have loads of big files looking for new home. 1024GB equals, for example, to ~200 DVDs so you shouldn’t run out of space. But another thing is the speed, just 5400RPM on this model, which can be too slow depending on what you’re used to. If it’s quick transfer rates you’re after you’d better replace the installed hard drive with an SSD.
The operating system in this model is Windows 8.1, the 64-bit edition.
Graphics and screen
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-76EM features a non-touch display of 15.6 inches, the most common size found in laptops. But the resolution is better than “common”: 1920×1080, a Full HD screen indeed, so professionals and power users will be happy. Full HD movies will run natively on this display, you’ll also get more screen estate to work with.
The graphics card is NOT a basic model, but a fancier GeForce 840M. It’s faster than Intel HD 4600, the old flagship of Intel’s integrated graphics engines. Even the heaviest new titles (Assassin’s Creed Unity etc) will reach nice 30 FPS, although just on low settings. But if you play older games, you can easily up the resolution to medium or even high and retain good frame rates. Games like Battlefield 4, Minecraft and Counter-Strike: Go will be piece of cake for this laptop.
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-76EM has three USB ports, but oddly only one of them is USB 3.0 – for this price, two USB 3.0s could’ve been expected. In addition, there are VGA and HDMI outputs, so using the notebook through a PC monitor or HD television is possible.
Networking options are usually excellent in these pricier laptops, the Acer being no different. It features a Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port and a dual-band WiFi adapter with Bluetooth 4.0 support.
A questionable thing is the missing optical drive. True, not everybody needs it because software can be downloaded off Internet, but some still fancy the good old CDs and DVDs. If that’s you, you can get an external DVD drive and plug it in to the USB port. Or you could switch to memory cards since there’s a built-in SD card reader.
The webcam has a 1280×720 resolution, so video quality should be at least acceptable.
Some other things to keep in mind?
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-76EM weighs 5.62 pounds which I wouldn’t call good for a 15.6″ laptop. Of course the weight is not a big deal if you won’t travel with your notebook. Another noteworthy thing is the promised 7 hours operating time, which I however doubt the 6-cell battery will reach. Your best bet is to expect ~5 hours battery life which is still very decent for a laptop.
This laptop is expensive enough to have a backlit keyboard, an useful feature for many. There’s also a numeric keypad on the keyboard’s right hand side.
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572G-76EM can be characterized as a powerful laptop without a premium price. To be honest, that’s usually the case with Acers – they somehow manage to produce laptops that often beat competitors’ prices. What comes to performance, the Core i7-5500U processor will easily suffice for users requiring a lot of computing power, for example people working with video editing or Photoshopping.
The dedicated graphics card should be good enough for budget gaming, especially if you are good to go with around medium settings. Other excellent things include a Full HD screen, backlit keyboard and an AC WiFi. This all costs of course more than a typical home laptop. But considering what you get for the money, I can certainly recommend this Acer for all the power users out there.