Acer is known as a budget laptop manufacturer, creating inexpensive yet useful notebooks for people who value good price over absolute performance. Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572P-31PY is such an affordable laptop with Core i3 processor and 15.6″ touch display. Casual users might like it, but let’s not draw any further conclusions yet. It’s time to take a closer look at this product first.
The processor of this laptop is called Intel Core i3-4005U. It’s a 4th generation low voltage model, sporting a dual core design and 1.7GHz clock speed (with no turbo). In CPU Mark tests it receives around 2500 points, appropriate for such a power efficient Core i3. In general, these i3s are good for running lightweight apps. All your browsing and video streaming work fine on this system. Even some gaming is possible, more on that later.
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572P-31PY features one 4GB DDR3L SDRAM (1600MHz PC3-12800) chip. There’s empty slot if you want to upgrade the memory. Maximum RAM this computer supports is 16GB, however I believe most users are fine with the current 4GB.
The storage solution is nothing spectacular, just a 500GB 5400RPM (SATA-600) hard drive. It’s rather plenty of space yes, but performance is also much worse than on solid-state drives. Furthermore, many laptops not much more pricier come with terabyte hard drives. Of course, you can take the drive out and put a bigger one (or an SSD) in but that costs you money.
Display and graphics
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572P-31PY comes with a 15.6″ display sporting 1366×768 resolution. Again, nothing spectacular, many are used to Full HD screens in 2015. You might however like the touch support if you’re new to Windows 8.1 (64-bit).
Graphics are provided by an integrated engine called Intel HD 4400. For many games it’s fine, but you can say goodbye to high settings and resolutions. On low details and the display’s native resolution Battlefield 4 will for example give playable 30FPS. Older shooter games, such as Counter-Strike: Go will end up with much higher frame rates than that.
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572P-31PY has three USB ports. One of those is USB 3.0, favor that. VGA (RGB) and HDMI outputs are also available, meaning that any kind of desktop monitor or HDTV can be connected if you prefer such a big screen.
Networking options should be excellent. There’s a Gigabit Ethernet for wired connection and AC dual-band WiFi for wireless. Bluetooth 4.0 works out of the box, too.
The laptop contains no built-in optical drive. Thus, an external one has to be used if you need access to CDs and DVDs. A good thing, they are cheap, around 30 bucks. In addition, a lot of content can be downloaded/streamed from Internet so you might not need DVD drive in the first place.
Media card reader is offered to let you transfer photos and videos from DSLRs. The fixed 1280×720 webcam can be used for Skype video meetings.
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I can’t praise Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572P-31PY for its weight. At 6.06 pounds it’s more than most 15-inch notebooks averaging around 5lbs. However, there’s a 6-cell (5000 mAh) battery that gives maximum of 7 hours of use. A solid battery life indeed if you can reach that.
The keyboard has no illuminated keys. A 10-key pad is fixed on the right, good for typing numbers fast.
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572P-31PY is a decent computer for homes and offices not requiring performance for the heaviest applications and games. The i3-4005U processor with 4GB can easily run common software, such as web browser and MS Office, with no issues. Having dual-band AC WiFi is an advantage, and the touch display might be a nice companion for Windows 8.1. I’d say for what the laptop offers, it’s worth its current price tag.