Acer is expanding the Aspire series with a new line of laptops called Aspire V5 targeted at users looking for affordable solutions. The V in V5, in fact, stands for “value,” which is what Acer intends to give users with these slim laptops that are less expensive than many of the ultrabooks coming out today.
Two laptops are based on the third-generation Ivy Bridge Core microarchitecture, while a third one aimed at the low-end audience, runs on the second-generation Sandy Bridge processor.
The Ivy-Bridge based laptops are available in two display sizes: 14 inches and 15.6 inches. Acer does not specify the resolution for the displays, but they are both labelled with HD CineCrystal, and have a 16:9 aspect ratio. In today’s standards, this usually means a 1,366 x 768 LCD panel.
These two laptops are both ultrathin and ultralight. The 14-inch version measures 0.79 inch in thickness and weighs 4.6 pounds. On the other hand, the 15.6 model measures 0.83 inch in thickness and tips the scale at 5 pounds.
Despite the shallow depth, they both come with a DVD RW drive alongside a 500 GB hard disk drive. There will also be one USB 3.0 port, which is part of Intel’s requirements for ultrabooks. An HDMI 1.4 port is as well present.
For connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi connectivity are both onboard. Acer has integrated this Wi-Fi adapter into a feature called Acer Instant Connect that automatically connects users to pre-configured access points, allowing for fast and easy access to the Internet. Dolby Advanced Audio v2 speakers handle the audio while Intel HD Graphics 4000 is responsible for the graphics.
Both the 14-inch and 15-inch Acer Aspire V5 are available in various colors, including blue, silver, purple, and black. They both feature full-sized chiclet-style keyboards and numeric keypads.
Acer has already starting shipping the devices. The Ivy Bridge-based models have prices starting at $630, while the Sandy Bridge-based ones cost $450 and above.
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