How does a powerful touchscreen laptop sound to you? The Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572P-594C features a brand new, 5th generation Core i5 processor, a huge 1024GB memory and a nice 15.6″ touch display. And true to Acer, the price isn’t that bad. In fact, at Tech For Pennies we usually prefer this brand due to their good price/performance ratio. But let’s see how’s the case with this model.
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572P-594C features one of the newer Intel processors. Called Core i5-5200U, it has a dual-core configuration with clock speed of 2.2GHz (2.7GHz with turbo). It’s a low-energy model and gets around 3600 points in CPU Mark, an improvement from older low voltage Core i5s. As a result, both casual and power users should be happy with its performance.
The laptop has 8GB RAM installed, an appropriate amount for some demanding work. The mainboard has two memory slots, although it’s not clear if they’re both already taken. At any rate, the system supports up to 16GB RAM so adding more RAM is possible.
A hard drive is the Acer’s storage choice, so a lot of space in guaranteed, 1024GB precisely. Often times you see such a large hard drive in desktops, but this time it’s indeed in a laptop. The drive can be used to store huge amounts of data, ~200 high quality movies for example. The 5400RPM speed might not satisfy the modern day user – in that case, swap for an SSD should take place.
Display and graphics
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572P-594C has a touch display so you can play with some new features of Windows 8.1. Otherwise, the screen doesn’t differ from an average laptop display: it’s 15.6″ diagonal and has 1366×768 resolution. You’ll find it decent choice for everyday computing, but Full HD zealots will naturally cringe.
Intel HD 5500 is the new integrated graphics unit of Intel’s latest processors. It seems to do tad better than the old HD 4400. Most games should be playable, but the newest ones only on low details. For example, Battlefield 4 should give around 30 FPS (as compared to 25FPS of 4th generation Core i5s with HD 4400). Older games, such as Diablo 3 or Dirt 3 will run decently even on high settings.
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572P-594C contains three USB ports, just like the majority of similar laptops, and two of those are USB 3.0. There’s also a VGA output in addition to HDMI out, good if you have a legacy monitor you’d like to use with this computer.
Networking in these new Acers looks solid: Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port, dual-band WiFi adapter and Bluetooth 4.0 support are all available.
Notebooks of the modern day often come with no optical drive. There’s no DVD drive in this Acer either, so you must opt for an external drive if discs are important to you. The built-in SD card reader might also give some remedy.
A 1280×720 (HD) webcam is installed which should be better than a basic camera with VGA resolution.
Any other noteworthy things?
Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572P-594C weighs 6 pounds, quite high for a 15.6 inches, especially when there’s no DVD drive installed. So it might not be the best companion for traveling. However, battery life should be decent, with advertised 7 hours running time – although probably 5 hours in real life use.
There’s a regular non-backlit keyboard available, with a numeric keypad installed on the right side.
Summing it up
There are a lot of good things about Acer Aspire V 15 V3-572P-594C. It has an appropriate performance thanks to modern Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM. There’s a touch display and dual-band WiFi, useful features to many. The Intel HD 5500 graphics chip should also satisfy many gamers, although only if you’re happy playing with eye candy turned off.
So anything bad? Well, some say the Acer brand is not reliable, with complaints about products malfunctioning. But I haven’t found that true with 5+ years experience with a small Acer notebook. So all in all this laptop seems to offer, like all Acers, a good value for your money. If that’s your cup of tea, look no further than this one.