The overall build of the Aspire V is just about good. The quality of plastic used for construction of the chassis could have been much better. The However, it looks like the numeric keypad has been squeezed in—the keys are narrow and elongated, which makes the keypad a bit uncomfortable to use, especially if you have stubby fingers.
Even worse are the tiny arrow keys. Thankfully, the touchpad is comfortable. Lastly, the hinges are nice and stiff, which helps keep the display steady. The laptop scored points in PCMark 7 and 1. The same goes for the real world scores. It took seconds to compress MB of assorted files to 7-zip format Ultra preset.
The battery life of the V is impressive, considering it runs a 4-cell Li-ion battery pack. A full charge survived for 1 hour and 43 minutes with Battery Eater Pro running in the intensive Classic mode that renders a 3D model in loop. The Acer Aspire V uses a second-generation Core i3 processor but has enough muscle to handle medium to slightly heavyweight applications.
Rest assured, multitasking multiple light applications with antivirus running in the background will be a breeze. However, intensive tasks such as advanced photo editing using Photoshop or LIghtroom will make this laptop stutter. There are models that offer better value for money, such as the Lenovo Essential G—it costs almost as much as the Aspire V but runs the latest-generation Core i3 processor.
Also, if you can stretch your budget by a few thousand rupees, your options can include models with discrete graphics and a larger hard drive. Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
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Detach the power button board and cable from the upper case. Follow the local regulations for disposing this type of circuit board. Remove the screw securing the SATA board to the mainboard. Gently lift the HDD assembly from its socket. HDD Module 3. Unplug the two 2 antenna cables from the WLAN module. Page 4. Detach the WLAN module from the slot.
Page 9. Remove the screw securing the mainboard to the lower case assembly. Mainboard Screw Table Page Disconnect the HDD cable from the mainboard 1. Disconnect the battery cable from the mainboard 2. Disconnect the DC-In cable from the mainboard 3 , then lift the mainboard out of the lower case. Disconnect the thermal module fan cable from the mainboard. Fan Cable 3. Loosen the spring-loaded captive screws securing the thermal module. Follow the screw sequence indicated on Figure Gently lift and detach the thermal module from the mainboard.
Thermal Module Machine Maintenance Detach the DC In module from the lower case assembly. Remove the two screws securing the battery connector to the lower case assembly. Battery Connector Screws Table Screws Step Screw Quantity Detach the speaker cables from lower case assembly. Speaker Cable 3. Remove the four screws securing the Speaker Module to the lower case assembly. Gently lift the Speaker Module and detach it from the lower case assembly.
Speakers Machine Maintenance Gently pull out the WLAN antenna cables from lower case; remove the adhesive tapes securing the cables and release the cables from the latches. Detach the LCD module from the lower case. Start on the bottom side, continue to the left and right sides, and finally the top side.
Detach the bezel from the LCD assembly 2. Disconnect the camera cable from the camera board. Camera Cable 3. Gently pry the camera board off the LCD back cover. Release the microphone cable from the adhesive tapes securing them.
Microphone Adhesive Tapes 3. Gently pry the microphone off the LCD back panel. Gently place the microphone on its socket in the LCD back panel. Microphone 2. Secure the microphone cable to the LCD back panel using adhesive tapes. Microphone Adhesive Tapes Machine Maintenance LCD Bracket 2. FPC Cable 2. LCD Cable 2. Gently place the camera board into the LCD back cover. Camera Board 2. Connect the camera cable to the camera board. Camera Cable Machine Maintenance Place the bezel into the LCD assembly 1 , then gently press all sides until the bezel latch into place 2.
Place the LCD module into its socket in the lower case. LCD Module 2. Secure the LCD module to the lower case using two screws. Page 3. Insert the cables in the lower case latches as shown, then secure them to the lower case using adhesive tapes. Place the Speaker Module into the lower case assembly. Speakers 2. Secure the Speaker Module to the lower case assembly using four screws. Speaker Screws Table Insert the cables in the lower case latches as shown, then secure them to the lower case using adhesive tapes Figure Speaker Cable Machine Maintenance Place the battery connector into the lower case assembly.
Battery Connector 2. Secure the battery connector to the lower case assembly using two screws. Place the DC In module into the lower case assembly. Place the thermal module into the mainboard. Thermal Module 2. Tighten the spring-loaded captive screws securing the thermal module.
Thermal Module Screws Table Connect the thermal module fan cable to the mainboard. Fan Cable Machine Maintenance Place the mainboard into the lower case, then connect the HDD cable to the mainboard 1. Connect the battery cable to the mainboard 2 , then connect the DC-In cable to the mainboard 3. Secure the mainboard to the lower case assembly using one screw. Connect the cable to the mainboard 1 , then secure the LCD cable to the mainboard using adhesive tape 2.
Page 7. Connect the speaker cable to the main board. Insert the WLAN module into its slot in the mainboard. WLAN Module 2. Secure the WLAN module to the mainboard using one screw. Plug the two 2 antenna cables to the WLAN module. HDD Cable 2. Gently insert the HDD assembly into its socket. Place the SATA board in its socket in the mainboard. SATA Board 2. Secure the SATA board to the mainboard using one screw. Place the power button board and cable into the upper case. Power Button Board 2.
Secure the power button board to the upper case using one screw. Power Button Board Screw Table Turn the upper case over. Connect the power button cable to the power button board 1 , then press the connector latch 2 until it locks into place. Power Button Cable Machine Maintenance Place the touchpad board into the upper case assembly. Touchpad Board 2. Connect the touchpad cable to the touchpad board 1 , then press the connector latch 2 until it locks into place.
Touchpad Cable Machine Maintenance Place the touchpad cable into the touchpad board 1 , then secure the touchpad cable to the board using adhesive tape 2. Touchpad Adhesive Tape 4. Secure the touchpad board to the upper case assembly using three screws.
Place the upper case into the lower case assembly. Upper Case 2. Secure the upper case to the lower case assembly using four screws. Connect the power button and touchpad cables to the mainboard 1 , then press the connector latches 2 until they lock into place. Power Button and Touchpad Cables 4. Turn the computer over to acces the base side of the lower case assembly. Press the ODD bezel into the module until it latch into place. ODD Bezel 2. Place the bracket into the module.
Secure the ODD module to the bracket using two screws. Page Figure Turn the computer over and open the LCD panel. Connect the cable to the mainboard 1 , then press the connector latch 2 until it locks into place. Place the keyboard into its socket. Keyboard 3. Secure the keyboard to the lower case assembly using two screws.
Insert the DIMM module into the slot 1 , then push it downward until it latches into place 2. DIMM Modules 2. DIMM Cover 2. Secure the DIMM cover to the lower case assembly using two screws. Insert the battery pack into its bay until it latches into place. Battery Pack Machine Maintenance Page Machine Maintenance Page Introduction Non-Acer products, prototype cards, or modified options can give false errors and invalid system responses.
Obtain as much detailed information as possible about the problem. Page Power On Issues Power On Issues If the system does not power on, perform the following, one at a time, to correct the problem. Do not replace a non-defective FRU. Do not replace a non-defective FRU: Figure Page Abnormal Video 3. Drain stored power by removing the power cable and the battery pack.
Hold the power button for 10 seconds. Connect the power cable and reboot the computer. Page Lcd Failure 7. If the issue is still not resolved, refer to the Online Support Information on page 8. Keyboard Failure Troubleshooting Touchpad Failure Troubleshooting Boot the computer.
Confirm that the volume is not muted. Confirm that Speakers are selected as the default audio device green check mark. Page Microphone Failure Microphone Failure If internal or external Microphones fail, perform the following, one at a time. Microphone Failure 1. Check that the microphone is enabled.
The Acer Aspire V5 Series is designed to fill the role of slim multimedia notebook and is available in This inch notebook also makes use of a ULV ultra low voltage Intel processor. Instead of an economy model, this notebook uses the more powerful Ivy Bridge Core iU dual-core processor. Only a handful of competing notebooks, such as the Samsung X4C , even exist.
However, these competitors are almost always in a much higher price bracket. As a result, the Aspire V5 series will be seen primarily as a slim alternative to classic multimedia laptops. Will this qualify the notebook for our recommendation? Find the answer to this question and more in our review.
One of the primary factors behind the generally-high price points of current ultrabooks is the use of expensive, high-grade construction materials for the case. To circumvent this premium, Acer instead uses a simple but nonetheless appealing plastic case for the Aspire VG. The black, matte finish found on all surfaces further increases the utility of the case by reducing the visibility of fingerprints even if it falls short of doing the same for dust.
Compared to other inch devices, it weighs only 2. Moreover, the millimeter 0. Despite its considerable footprint, the notebook appears easily manageable and portable due to this slim build. Had the 2-centimeter 0. While many ultra-slim notebooks suffer from stability issues, some seem to do worse than others.
In our testing, we observed that the case of our Aspire VG depressed slightly in the areas around the optical drive and below the keyboard under strong pressure. Nonetheless, the base unit appeared relatively robust.
However, flaws in workmanship gave reason for criticism. Our test sample showed a large gap between two plastic parts at the front and required us to properly set the two pieces together. While this could be an isolated incident, we also observed shortcomings in other areas such as the generally uneven material transitions. Despite its rather stiff hinges, the display lid can be opened with one hand albeit with a tendency to rock back and forth momentarily after doing so.
Even without expensive magnesium or carbon fiber reinforcement, the display lid proved to be quite solid with only marginal twisting. Overall, we consider the build quality to be acceptable but otherwise uninspiring given the price. At this point in , the faster USB 3.
As such, it is only natural that the Aspire VG also offers such a port. It is accompanied by an additional two USB 2. Apart from the 2-in-1 card reader on the front, all other interfaces are located on the left side. This leads to two possible restrictions. Firstly, left-handed users will likely have a difficult time keeping cables and connected devices out of the work area.
Secondly, the spacing around the individual ports is rather tight and will create problems with wider USB connectors. Acer could have avoided these problems by placing some of the ports on the rear instead. Limited to the 2. The Wi-Fi module also includes Bluetooth 4. The 1.
However, the built-in microphone delivered a much less convincing performance as high frequencies suffered from a faint ringing and recordings generally sounded hollow and unnatural. A few brochures and warranty papers are the only additional contents. Recovery media would be desirable but as they are not included, it remains up to the user to create their own.
The notebook also includes a number of pre-installed services and applications, some of which are useful and others which are not. Among the handy tools is the Acer Backup Manager that can automatically create backups of files or the whole partition in a single image. Other programs, such as McAfee Internet Security Suite , are provided as trial versions and their recurring activation reminders can quickly become a nuisance.
As usual, the underside houses a cover that allows access to the internal components. However, after removing the two screws and carefully removing the cover, it quickly becomes clear that the Aspire VG does not offer many options in terms of upgrades. Without further disassembly of the case, the user can only access the two memory slots, one of which is unoccupied.
Users wishing to clean the fan or change the hard drive will risk voiding their warranty. For the Aspire VG, Acer used almost the entire width of the notebook for a full-sized chiclet keyboard complete with number pad. The 15 x 15 millimeter 0. On the other hand, we had no complaints regarding the stability and workmanship of the keyboard.
All keys are cleanly fitted and firmly attached. While the tactile feedback was a bit on the soft side, it proved to be precise and uniform across the entire keyboard. The keys have a very low travel and emit only minimal noise even when our fingers were hammering away at the keyboard. This trait qualifies the notebook for use in quieter working environments. Our only suggestion for improving the keyboard would be to use slightly more concave keys, allowing fingers to hit key-centers more intuitively and improve typing feedback.
The Aspire VG uses a Synaptics touchpad located on the left half of the wrist rest. The touch surface has dimensions of The Aspire line follows the current trend of integrating the mouse buttons into the touchpad itself. While clicks are meant to be detected only on the lower edge, the firm buttons can be activated on almost the entire surface if sufficient force is applied.
We are not entirely happy with this particular solution and would have preferred a classic-style touchpad with dedicated buttons. The Aspire VG uses a To be fair, we do not hold this against Acer as higher resolutions are not standard for devices in the same price range as the Aspire VG.
While the brightness was evenly distributed across the entire display, this is only slightly above what is necessary for use under normal indoor lighting conditions. While some competitors also have similar weaknesses, this limitation represents a particularly burdensome restriction for an ultra-slim notebook designed for portability. We also measured a rather bad black value of 0.
While this is not necessarily worse than some competitors, more expensive alternatives such as the Dell XPS 15 , whose successor will be reviewed shortly, managed to achieve much higher contrast ratios in the range of to These higher contrasts lead to more realistic rendering of images, particularly in movies and games.
Color space is an issue relevant first and foremost to graphics professionals who frequently work with graphics and photo editing software. Other users are unlikely to notice this shortcoming in everyday use, especially considering the glossy display which allows colors to appear vivid and lively.
However, this glossy glare-type display proved to be a disadvantage in outdoor use. Under direct sunlight, the screen was overwhelmed by strong reflections and displayed text and images were completely illegible. Frequent readers will also be aware of another weakness of TN-based displays — narrow viewing angles.
Fortunately, the display offered a little more generosity when viewed from the side. Even in x Full HD, the notebook is capable of exporting an excellent signal quality and the output showed both high sharpness and minimal jitter.
Modern processors have reached a level of performance where even mid-range processors are barely challenged by most day-to-day applications. Using this potential, Acer equipped the Aspire VG with a power-saving ULV processor that sacrifices a bit of processing power for a comparable reduction in power consumption. The nanometer fabrication processor allows the 1. This low consumption places the processor at the front of the line for use in ultra-slim notebooks and ultrabooks.
The notebook makes use of Nvidia Optimus technology to switch between both the integrated and dedicated graphics cards automatically to extend battery life during low-performance scenarios. It should be noted that the GT M represents the bottom of mid-range graphics cards and cannot transform the Aspire VG into a full-fledged gaming machine.
As Acer chose to use a single DDR module, the memory interface only operates in single-channel mode and results in a greatly reduced memory bandwidth compared to the optional dual-channel DDR setup. However, this is unlikely to cause significant performance losses as the integrated GPU managed a score of points in 3DMark11 representing a reduction of approximately 10 percent. Those considering the purchase of an Aspire V5 without a dedicated graphics card would be well-advised to upgrade the notebook to include an additional RAM module.
The most important factor in determining the overall performance of current CPUs is whether they are capable of fully exploiting Turbo Boost. In the case of our Aspire VG, we can confirm that Turbo Boost was fully utilized and our benchmark results were almost identical to similarly equipped notebooks such as the Dell Vostro In the Cinebench R During the Cinebench R10 bit single-core test, the Core iU managed to score points while operating at 2.
Direct comparisons to other CPUs in this and many other benchmarks can be found in our benchmark database. Compared to the previous Sandy Bridge Core iM , the 20 to 25 percent improvement of the Core iU is immediately noticeable. These results place the ULV processor within reach of several older Watt CPUs, an ultimately good result for a power-efficient model. The entire Aspire V5 series can only be configured using conventional hard disks in either or GB sizes. This drive features an 8 MB cache and is one of the slower drives in its class.
This is somewhat compensated by slim 7-mm 0. The fact that Hitachi was able to create a drive with a GB capacity on a single platter points toward a comparatively high data density. This enables the drive to reach decent transfer rates despite its low rotational speed. On the other hand, the Drives with a RPM speed certainly have an advantage in this regard.
An SSD hard drive would boost not only synthetic benchmarks but also everyday responsiveness. While the CPU rarely left us wanting, the slower storage drive resulted in noticeably slower boot times and application start times. Those seeking to replace the hard drive with an SSD model will need to remember to choose a model that fits the 7-millimeter 0.
Both of the aforementioned cards use the older Fermi architecture and feature 96 shader units but differ in terms of clock speed and memory bandwidth. However, it should be noted that there are two variants of the GT M. The first of these uses the GF graphics chip based on the nanometer Fermi process.
The second of these uses the GF graphics chip based on the nanometer Kepler process. Both of these are overclocked when compared to the Nvidia reference specification. Compared to the GT M, this result is within 10 percent.
The previously mentioned synthetic 3DMark benchmark results were reflected in our real-world gaming tests. Fifa 12 was playable even in Full HD on an external display but this is the exception rather than the rule among modern games. Games such as Anno and Alan Wake place higher demands on graphical performance and our test device was only able to fluidly play these games using reduced settings. Generally speaking, the notebook was capable of over 30 fps in most games, albeit often at a reduced x resolution.
For a lightweight multimedia notebook that is only occasionally used for games, the GT M appears to be a fitting choice. The Aspire VG represents an interesting situation. On the one hand, ultra-low voltage hardware generates less heat. On the other hand, the extremely thin case has little room for cooling.
What does this combination entail in terms system noise? While idle , we found the system noise to be mostly quiet. Simple tasks such as word processing and light Web browsing could be performed without triggering the automatic fan. In this case, the only noise was the quiet Even when the small fan was active, the noise level was an unobtrusive During higher loads, such as playing a 3D game , the noise level rose progressively to a maximum of
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Aspire V How can I put a lock on my notebook computer? The Kensington™ lock connection allows the computer to be "locked" to items such as a desk. Insert. Acer Aspire V LED Notebook (6GB Ram, Gb hard drive, Windows 7 Home Premium 64, HDMI, WebCam) ; CPU Model, Core i3 ; Ram Memory Installed Size, 6 GB. The Aspire V " Laptop Computer from Acer offers powerful dual-core Intel processing performance, various Wi-Fi connectivity options and rich media.