The Acer Aspire V5 comes in many forms and configurations, but what the company has recently unveiled to the members of the press and bloggers will delight penny-wise consumers who’re looking for a thin and portable notebook PC with respectable specs to handle their gaming needs on the fly. Folks, meet the Acer Aspire V5-551G.
From a distance, this “ultrathin notebook PC” (that’s according to Acer BTW) can easily be mistaken for an ultrabook. At only 23mm, the Aspire V5 is only 2mm thicker than the 14-incher and up ultrabooks in the market.
The notebook seems to have a premium build with its thin profile coated in metallic silver finish. Take a closer look, however, and you’ll be disappointed by its plasticky exterior which eludes any bit of class to this awesomely spec’d portable PC.
It sports a modest 15.6-inch HD LED display which only has 200-nit brightness. The screen isn’t that bad as you might think, but considering that this notebook is destined for gaming, it would’ve been nice if Acer equipped it with a better display.
Running the show under the hood is an A8-4555M 1.6GHz quad-core processor which is paired with a total of 6GB (2GB onboard + 4GB 1066MHz SODIMM DDR3) of RAM. To give gamers extra oomph, Acer added an AMD Radeon HD 7650M to go along with its built-in Radeon HD 7600G graphics card.
Acer Aspire V5-551G specs:
15.6″ HD LED display
AMD A8-4555M 1.6GHz, up to 2.4GHz
AMD Radeon HD 7600G (onboard)
AMD Radeon HD 7650M (dedicated, 1GB DDR3 VRAM)
6GB 1066MHz DDR3 RAM
Super-Multi DVD drive
2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, RJ-45
mHDMI and VGA ports
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
4-in-1 SD card reader
Backlit Chiclet keyboard w/ NumPad
4-cell Li-Ion battery
Dimension: 381 x 256 x 23mm
As you can see on its specs sheet, it’s clear that the Acer Aspire V5-551G’s innards is a far cry from what we’re used to seeing on a gaming laptop. But unlike pumped up rigs which usually priced around PhP70K to an eye-watering PhP168K (Alienware M14x), it’ll only cost you PhP30,990 to own one of these notebook PCs.
Not that I’m saying that both the Aspire V5 and the Alienware M14x are on the same league (because it’s not), but I think we can all agree that at that price point, Acer’s recently launched notebook is a viable choice for those who are on a tight budget.