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Acer launches AMD-powered Aspire V5-551G

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.

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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.

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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
750GB HDD
Super-Multi DVD drive
2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, RJ-45
mHDMI and VGA ports
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Gigabit LAN
4-in-1 SD card reader
Bluetooth 4.0
Backlit Chiclet keyboard w/ NumPad
4-cell Li-Ion battery
Windows 8
Dimension: 381 x 256 x 23mm
Weight: 5.1lbs

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.

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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.

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