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Acer Aspire V5 review

A touchscreen and decent build quality can't rescue this budget laptop

Our Verdict

The Acer Aspire V5-122P feels like a notebook the Taiwanese company just dashed off between high-profile Ultrabook launches and, as such, is hard to recommend. What could have been a highly-portable touch-enabled work laptop is undone by a poor battery and some ropey usability issues.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Touchscreen
  • Affordable price
  • Good keyboard
  • Attractive design
  • Light and portable

Against

  • Annoying touchpad
  • Poor battery life
  • Mediocre processor
  • Lacking connectivity
  • Limited storage
Scores
Design - 3 out of 5
Features - 2 out of 5
Performance - 2 out of 5
Usability - 2 out of 5
Value - 4 out of 5

The Acer Aspire V5-122P tries to be all things for all users but, in doing so, doesn't stand out in any particular area and largely falls short of other options like the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 or the Asus VivoBook S200.

For example, the 1.3kg, 11.6-inch chassis is light and very portable which would make it an ideal option for frequent travellers. But the battery life is so poor that you'll struggle to get a solid two hours of use from it.

Likewise, the keyboard is sturdy and spacious and great for typing on - but unfortunately the equally spacious trackpad is awkward and unresponsive.

Acer has somewhat remedied this by giving the V5-122P touchscreen input and, as such, it works very well with Microsoft's Windows 8. You won't need to navigate using the touchpad's frustrating integrated click buttons because you can just reach up and swipe through options on the screen.

Although available in a wide range of specifications, our review model arrived with an AMD A6-1460 processor with a clock speed of 1.0GHz and backed by 4GB of DDR3 RAM. While these components handled complex processes well on day one, we're not sure how well the V5-122P will hold up after a year's worth of program installation and software updates.

And yet, this middling specification does land the Aspire V5-122P with the not-unattractive asking price of £380. So, as long as you're happy to compromise on a few features, you can save yourself some cash over the likes of the HP Envy x2 or the premium Sony Vaio Duo 11.

But, returning to our original point, it's not exactly clear what you're going to be using this laptop for anyway. The display is passable but certainly not built for media.

Acer Aspire V5-122P review

The specifications will keep the basic web applications running nicely and let you run simple creative software, but don't expect to be gaming or editing HD footage. And, as we mentioned, it's portable enough to be a mobile workstation but the battery life lets it down.

Acer Aspire V5-122P review

The Aspire V5-122P comes across almost as a supercharged netbook. You could well find a use for it but, ultimately, there's nothing you can't do here that couldn't be accomplished with an Ultrabook and, for example, Microsoft's recently price-cut Surface Pro tablet.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
TouchscreenYes
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 8280
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time3.50 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyAspire V5-122P
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelA6-1450
ColourSilver
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameAcer
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeA-Series
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells3-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory6 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.38 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Total Number of USB Ports2
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height20.8 mm
Width289 mm
Depth206 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product SeriesV5-122P
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelV5-122P-61456G50nss
Product NameAspire V5-122P-61456G50nss Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineAspire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNX.M8WEK.007
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Acer's Aspire Series offers a diverse range of notebooks with the performance, graphics and communication tools to maximize your digital entertainment, complete your daily tasks, and keep you in touch with friends and family, whether you're at home or on the go.

Powerful PC performance

With the abundance of graphics-intensive multimedia and sharing applications available these days, smooth multitasking is more vital than ever before. So Aspire Series notebooks pack today's best processors and memory options so your system always runs efficiently. This series also provides ample storage for all the multimedia files you may wish to keep.

Maximum Memory6 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Aspire V5-122P-61456G50nss Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter