Right from the first look, users will be quite surprised by a sleek and beautiful of the machine. Although the cover is designed in plastic but feels luxurious and sturdy like aluminum. Lid square designed box shape but slightly beveled created to round the edges, the center is still the familiar logo of the company Acer.
Inside the frame of the machine remains the same design on the lid-like silver color, 4-cell battery of the machine is designed located just between the two edges of silver hinges. Backlit keyboard with large size and black makes a striking, small power button is designed in the upper left corner.
Although the design is quite thin, but the machine ensures integrated DVD burner tray, Kensington lock slot, memory card reader 2 in 1 as well as other common connector consists of three USB ports (1 USB 3.0 , 2 USB 2.0) and HDMI output, image, combo port LAN / VGA, and headphone jack and power connector. It also supports wireless connections like Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi.
391.16 x 252.98 x 22.35~24.38 mm size and weight of 2.54 kg, larger and heavier machines than rival Asus Zenbook UX51Vz-DH71 (381 x 254 x 25.14 ~ 30.48 mm size, weight 2.08 kg) but is thinner and lighter than the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (386.08 x 259.08 x 15.24 ~ 35.56 mm size, weight 2,9 kg).
Screen and webcam
Users who want to browse photos or video will be very impressed with the screen size of 15.6 inch, but the screen resolution is only limited 1366 x 768 pixels is quite unfortunate. However the display of a still capable of displaying rich color and vivid, but lacks sharpness compared to screen high resolution HD + (1600 x 900 pixels) and the screen resolution of Full HD .
In actual testing shows the screen viewing angle slightly limited, colors are reversed when the screen at an angle of 45 degrees forward or backward. IdeaPad Y500’s Screen opponents with 1080p capable display with better color, sharper images and a wider viewing angle.
The brightness of the screen Aspire V5-571PG-9814 measured 121 lux, lower than the average (226 lux). While the screen brightness IdeaPad Y500 and Asus Zenbook UX51Vz-DH71 measured up to 256 lux and 277 lux respectively.
Touch screen of the machine work very flexible and rapid response capability. Besides the use 5 fingers to simultaneously draw on the Windows Paint application, users can perform tasks such as pinch to zoom, move and execute commands with Windows 8 quickly.
1.3 megapixel webcam of the machine is capable of taking pictures and video with HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels). Using the Acer Crystal Eye software to capture the image display provides accurate color. However, all the pictures are still noise, this is also a common drawback of the integrated webcam on most current laptops.
Like many laptops, the computer speakers are also designed on the underside so the sound will be “strangled” when put on the lap or on the pillow to work. To enhance the sound quality, the user can use the gadget comes to Dolby Advanced Audio v2 choose between the sound mode settings available including music, movies and games. Though still rather weak bass.
Keyboard and touchpad
Users will feel very comfortable when manipulating large size keyboard with separate numeric keypad clusters. The distance between the right keys, suitable for users with moderate-sized hands. Although the sensitivity of the keys is good, but still worth noting that the phenomenon flex (typing 1 key, the surrounding keys also sank) appeared in a few keys, but this will not do affect the input operation. Also keyboard backlight is integrated, allowing users to work in conditions of light weak.
Touchpad size fits underneath the keyboard has a smooth surface, the multi-touch operation when working with two, three or even four fingers at once in Windows 8 as well. Two keys left and right mouse was designed with the touchpad surface and there is no separation but a quick response ability to manipulate clicks.
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Experiment with the hardware configuration includes an Intel Core i7-3537U Ivy Bridge dual-core 2 GHz speed with low voltage, discrete graphics card Nvidia GeForce GT 710m, RAM DDR3 8 GB and up to capacity HDD 1TB but speed only 5400 rev/min. Acer Aspire V5-571PG-9814 proved stronger than the direct competitors.
With overall assessment tool PCMark 7 system performance, the machine scored 2566 points, lower than the average (2727 points) of ultra-portable laptops. Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (Intel Core i7-3630QM with 2.4GHz speed) even scored higher score up to 3224 points.
Using Geekbench tool to evaluate performance, Aspire V5-571PG-9814 scored 6913 points, higher than the average (6564 points). However, the Asus Zenbook UX51Vz-DH71 with CPU Intel Core i7-3612QM speed of 2.1 GHz scored 9970 points and Dell Inspiron 15R SE scored 10155 points. Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 continues to impress with 11 508 points, more than double the average.
Hard drive (HDD) 1TB ensure sufficient demand for users to use and store data, but the speed of the hard drive only 5400 rev / min. Therefore the time of booting into Windows 8 of Aspire V5-571PG-9814 not really fast with 31 seconds, slightly faster than the average startup time (44 seconds). The IdeaPad Y500 with storage systems combines SDD 16 GB and HDD 1 TB speed 5400 rev / min completed the test only 19 seconds.
The most disappointing point of the Aspire V5-571PG-9814 is speed data copying of the hard drive, the Laptop File Transfer Test conducted when copying a folder 4.97 GB data package includes volumes multimedia message, the machine performed over a period of 5 minutes 6 seconds with a transfer rate of 16.6 MBps. This speed is much slower than the average speed (40.6 MBps) of ultra-portable laptops. The IdeaPad Y500 also copy data speeds fast with 22.5 MBps and even Dell Inspiron 15R SE more impressive with the speed of 31.4 MBps.
Using Nvidia’s Optimus technology, Acer Aspire V5-571PG-9814 is capable of automatically switching between integrated graphics (Intel HD Graphics 4000) and discrete graphics card (Nvidia GeForce GT 710m with 1GB VRAM) depending on use process. When you play games or graphics / video, the camera will automatically switch to using the Nvidia discrete graphics, but when using applications such as word processing, the machine will automatically switch back to using graphics Integrated. This contributes significantly to extended battery life of the machine use.
With 3DMark11 tests to evaluate overall graphics performance, the machine scored 1209 points, higher than the average (1117 points) of ultra-portable laptops. However, it is still far less than the IdeaPad Y500 (3680 points) with Nvidia GeForce GT650M. Inspiron 15R SE (AMD Radeon HD 7730M) also defeated Acer with 1687 points.
In tests with the game “World of Warcraft”, the in-game settings autodetec mode and computer screen at 1366×768 pixel resolution, the average speed of the game to reach 65 frames / sec, speed this is almost equal than the average speed (67 frames / sec). IdeaPad Y500 rivals include Inspiron 15R SE and the screen is set at a resolution of 1080p respectively 86 frames/sec and 69 frames/sec.
When changing settings in games to the maximum level, the average speed in the game of Aspire V5-571PG-9814 reduced to 36 frames / sec, almost equal than the average speed (35 frames / sec) . IdeaPad Y500 (44 frames / sec) and the Dell Inspiron 15R SE (41 frames / second) is still more impressive and higher resolution.
With heavy game Batman: Arkham City, the average speed of the game to reach 30 frames / second when setting the game in low mode, this rate is lower than the average rate (48 frames / sec ). With the same setup and the screen at a resolution of 1080p, The rival IdeaPad Y500 and Inspiron 15R SE scored respectively rate is 59 frames/sec and 33 frames/sec.
During the testing process to check the battery life of the machine, use the Laptop Battery Test (continuous Web surfing via Wi-Fi), in battery Aspire V5-571PG-9814 can only work in 3 hours 29 minutes.
Software and Applications
Acer machines are installed many multimedia applications. Besides its own applications and programs like Acer Explorer SocialJogger, the machine also comes preinstalled other interests include: 7Digital, Evernote, Kindle, Amazon, Hulu Plus, eBay, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Netflix, ChaCha, iCookbook, TuneIn, StumbleUpon, Skitch, Skype, Hulu Plus, Spotify, newsXpresso and Wild Tangent Games.
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