Fresh on the heels of the M5 Series announcement, Acer took the wraps off its update the the V Series ... the V5. The Aspire V5 notebooks are a budget-friendly laptop solution with Windows 8. Select models in the V5 series will include a 10-point touch screen and the latest Intel "Ivy Bridge" 3rd Generation Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors paired with three display sizes.
Each under one inch thin, the Aspire V5 series are available in three display sizes -- the 11.6-inch Aspire V5-171 weighs about 3 pounds, the 14-inch Aspire V5-471 is 4.63 pounds, and the 15.6-inch Aspire V5-571 version is just about 5 pounds. Each notebook's chassis is made of plastics with a smooth, almost silky textured surface available in either silver or black.
The 14-inch Aspire V5-471P and 15.6-inch Aspire V5-571P will be available with touchscreens on select configurations. The 10-point touch edge-to-edge displays and larger trackpads on the Aspire V5-471P and V5-571P are designed to enhance multi-gesture content consumption in Windows 8 allowing users to navigate the Windows 8 interface using just their fingers.
On Intel Core i5 and Core i7 versions of the Aspire V5, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 is built into the processor, improving the system's performance and helping extend the battery life. The widescreen LED-backlit displays have a 16:9 aspect ratio powered by integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000.
The 14- and 15.6-inch Aspire V5 notebooks also offer a built-in slim DVD drive along with either a 500GB or 750GB hard disk drive for storing all your important files. The V5 series also includes at least one USB 3.0 port so users can transfer files and movies at transfer speeds between 10 to 400 times faster than older generations of USB drives.
Pricing and Availability
The Acer Aspire V5 series notebooks will be available for sale on October 26 at leading U.S. and Canadian retailers.
U.S. pricing begins at $749.99 for the Aspire V5-471P with touch support and starts $499.99 for the Aspire V5-571 without touch.
Canadian pricing begins at $699.99 for the Aspire V5-571P with touch support and $449.99 for the Aspire V5-171 without touch.
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