Acers being affordable laptops, the debate whether they’re actually useful is hot. Some think their products are a pile of rubbish while many find them offering excellent bang for the buck. So which camp is right? This question is particularly important with premium laptops, such as the Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572PG-7915. Let’s try to find out the answer below.
A new 5th generation Core i7-5500U processor powers the laptop. Having been released in last January, it features two cores, 2.4GHz base speed and 3.0GHz turbo. You might remember the older version, Core i7-4500U, which the i7-5500U beats by around 5% in terms of performance. The new CPU is geared towards demanding users with heavy programs. That being said, if you’re only using typical daily apps – like web browser – getting this kind of processor might sense; you don’t have to upgrade your rig for two or three years easily.
The laptop has 8GB DDR3L SDRAM by default. A suitable amount for multitasking, there will be no lag with multitab browsing or running many programs simultaneously. The maximum supported memory is 16GB on two memory modules – however I don’t know if the current configuration is 2x4GB or 1x8GB chip.
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572PG-7915 has a terabyte hard drive, meaning 99% of users are unlikely to ever run out of space. For example, if you’re very keen on photography, you can store around 200,000 JPEG photos there. Not many people will ever reach that many images. Another characteristics of this drive is slow performance. At 5400RPM, you’re far behind the speeds a solid-state drive offers. Many choose to place an SSD to their laptop afterwards. That’s possible here too, but before that you have to take the old drive out.
Graphics and screen
I can’t praise the screen of Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572PG-7915 a lot. It’s 15.6 inches big, an average size, but the resolution of 1333×768 is what bugs me. Not that it’s inherently bad, but for this price I can’t help but wonder why there is no Full HD display available. Some users don’t mind this, but 1920×1080 screen is sought after by many techies and “people in the know”. It’s also a non-touch display, not a big deal, but because of the poor resolution & high price combination I wouldn’t grade the screen excellent.
However, the graphics engine is solid. Because it’s a dedicated one. The GeForce 840M is faster than integrated Intel HD units, so for gaming this notebook works alright. The famous benchmark, Battlefield 3, will get smooth 50FPS+ on low settings. Same goes for World of Tanks and games with similar requirements. Minecraft and other simple titles are no issue for this laptop, either.
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572PG-7915 has three USB ports, just like the majority of 15.6″ notebooks. Only one of those is USB 3.0. For the price, two or even three USB 3.0 ports might’ve been justified. You may also plug in a HDTV or external monitor, there are HDMI and VGA outs for that.
Networking is something I can’t complain about, all the essentials are supported: Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45, dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572PG-7915 doesn’t include a built-in DVD drive. For people that need to work with discs an external optical drive is an option. You can also upload files with the SD card slot, provided that you have data on memory cards. But none of those probably beat the good old Internet: you can pretty much download everything you want from there.
Skype video chats work on this computer, thanks to its 1280×720 webcam and microphone.
Other things to keep in mind?
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572PG-7915 weighs 6.06 pounds, which is 0.5 – 1 lbs more than these 15.6″ notebooks usually do. So I can’t wholeheartedly recommend it for people traveling a lot, however for homes and offices the weight shouldn’t really matter. The 6-cell battery gives “up to 7-hours battery life”, in reality you’ll end up with 5 hours I’d say.
The laptop has no backlit keyboard. It’s not an issue for many, but for this price one could’ve expected it. Numpad is available on the right, some people find it easier to type numbers with that.
There is software loaded on the system. McAfee Internet Security Trial is one of those. It works for 30 days, after which you must buy it or switch to a free anti-virus program. Operating system is the pre-installed Windows 8.1 (64-bit).
Some things about Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572PG-7915 rock, most importantly the performance. 5th generation i7 processor, 8GB RAM and dedicated graphics engine will take any user far, be it demanding programs or games you run. There’s also a full terabyte of storage space, and the laptop should allow for easy upgrade to SSD. Some features I don’t like: the 1366×768 resolution is weird for this price, same could be said about the non-backlit keyboard. But if you don’t mind, I guess the Acer would be a decent choice as your high performance notebook.