Tablets have sprung exponentially nowadays as if they were really medical tablets ready to give a cure. Comparing to usual notebooks and netbooks, one big reason why buyers prefer tablets is portability—something that they can bring along without losing fashion. Of course it’s odd to bring along heavy gadgets for you to do things, or bring laptops where you cannot actually find a good seat to have your lap spaced on. But now, netbooks are about to gone wild again. The new Acer Aspire is about to gain momentum in bringing notebooks back to life.
Extra thinner and lighter, the new Acer Aspire V5-171 can really verify that notebooks can also get along very well. With a screen size of 11.6 inch capable of 1366×768 pixel display, this Aspire model has just got enough nerve to show some power more than what users can see.
Contrary to popular belief, not all netbooks are brittle and useless in various ways. The Acer Aspire V5-171 is armed with the 3rd Generation Intel i5 processor with dual cores for maximum smokin’ performance. With the Ivy Bridge processor introduced, plus the device’s terrifying 6GB RAM, you’ll know that you can do almost everything with the power of Intel’s TurboBoost Technology. What this means is that, compared to the usual processing method, this netbook can go an extra mile any time as long as you demand it.
The 500GB HDD of the Acer Aspire V5-171 is solid enough also for your personal and entertainment files that you want to bring in your flight to convenience. Just to let you know also, not all netbooks can offer such a package of performance and storage. So if you are thinking about going for the bigger screens, you must at first pass through this wall of fame.
However, this V5 from Acer is not totally inspiring at all. The design itself is in a lot of ways ‘boring’ because of the monotonous curves and colors picturesque of its predecessors. The glossy designs are also fading these years and some could even call the concept an ‘old-timer.’ One reason for this turn-off is the distracting aspect of the glossy finish that literally attracts attention and competes with the monitor’s brightness level.
Another thing you might want to consider also is that, entertainment-wise, the Acer Aspire V5-171 is not totally something that will make you sing out loud. The speakers that can be located at the bottom part of the laptop are not loud enough and the bass is not easily distinguishable. Though this may sound ordinary for laptops this size, but still we hope that the entertainment aspect is enhanced to meet the criteria of its almighty processor.
Battery removal with the Aspire V5-171 is also a bit hard like some Acer products. For the removal, you need to have a pointed nail or a pencil to release the battery lock, which can only happen after you flip over the whole laptop. If you are fond of using the AC without the battery, you will be anxious to remove the battery because of the weight distribution in the whole physical structure, not yet mentioning the aesthetic side of not having a battery cover.
More with this Aspire model is a 5-hour battery and the built-in USB 3.0 port. For regular users, the battery life is already enough for everyday tasks like handling documents and listening to music. But unfortunately for extreme users who wanted to quench every drop of the mighty processor out, this battery may need a twin.
Nevertheless, one good thing about Acer is the advanced thinking it has behind the software it creates. The Acer eRecovery system is already something to carry on at heart because users can recover the OS and the pre-installed software and utilities in just few clicks away. Another software I like is the Clear.fi media software that serves as a more versatile alternative to the native Windows Media Center or Player.
My verdict is simple: there’s actually nothing so new in the Acer Aspire V5-171 when put in contrast to the competitors. But if you ask me if I still prefer this to a tablet, I still mean it: yes.
How about you? Do you prefer this or a tablet?
Acer Aspire V5-171-6616 Laptop Computer Price in Singapore Dollar (SGD): Approximately S$ 745.00
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