Acer Aspire V5-571 Review

by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (221,349)
Editor's Rating
4.86

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Software & Support
    • 6
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 4
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 4
    • Performance
    • 5
    • Features
    • 4
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 4
    • Total Score:
    • 4.86
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Decent performance
    • Five hour battery life
  • Cons

    • Poor display quality
    • Fan whine
    • Feels cheap

Quick Take

The Acer Aspire V5-571 looks good in terms of specs and price but fails to deliver in terms of overall quality.


This 15.6-inch notebook is priced below $600, has a design less than one inch thin and gets over five hours of battery life. What’s not to like?

Overview

The Acer Aspire V5 series is designed to provide and thin and light computing experience at an affordable price. Despite being relatively thin, the V5-571 packs an Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. The specs might not be as impressive as the latest Ultrabooks, but the V5 delivers some decent hardware for the price.

Build and Design

The Aspire V5-571 has a utilitarian exterior made of anti-glare dark gray plastic. It feels reasonbly thick but is a continuous reminder of the fact that this is a budget notebook. Design-wise there is almost nothing distinguishing save for the chassis being less than an inch thick. I’m thankful that there is no glossy plastic (save for the display surface, of course).

Build quality is average; there is limited chassis flex in the range of what we expect for consumer noteboooks. The lid flexes a bit too much; ripples appear on the back when pressure is applied from behind. Fit and finish is OK; the front corners could be more smoothly rounded off.

Upgrade capabilities are limited to just the RAM; there’s an access panel on the bottom of the chassis. Upgrading anything else including the hard drive means taking most of the chassis apart, which is a shame. The V5-571′s battery is user-replaceable, which is a refreshing change from all the thin notebooks we’re seeing with sealed-in batteries.

Input and Output Ports

The V5-571 has all of its ports situated on the left side of the chassis, a disadvantage for left-handed users. There is the usual assortment of ports including a single USB 3.0 SuperSpeed port. There are no ports on the back on the notebook and the only port on the front edge is a media card reader. The image descriptions below are listed from left to right.


Left: AC power jack, cooling exhaust vent, Ethernet (via dongle), HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, USB 3.0, headphone/microphone combo jack

Right: DVD burner, Kensington lock slot

Keyboard and Touchpad

There is a full size “Chiclet” style keyboard with a dedicated numeric keypad that isn’t all that enjoyable to type on. The tactile feedback needs to be more engaging; right now it doesn’t feel like anything but plastic. I had accuracy problems as well; there’s a chance the keystroke will not register if the keys aren’t fully depressed to the bottom of their travel. The 2/3 size keys of the numeric keypad take some getting used to. Keyboard backlighting is not available.

The Synaptics touchpad is a clickpad with no dedicated buttons; to produce a click just press the surface. The good news is that it’s oversized and has a smooth matte surface. The bad is the poor clicking action; it feels disconnected and takes too much pressure. I fortunately did not have accuracy issues.

Screen and Speakers

The V5-571 has a rank-and-file 15.6-inch display with no redeeming qualities. The 1366×768 resolution is the lowest available on a notebook and means lots of scrolling in web pages and documents, plus the inability to use two windows side-by-side; it’s a productivity damper. The glossy surface has annoying reflections from nearby light sources and is distracting. The picture quality is subpar; it has a bluish/cold hue and poor contrast; saturation needs a serious boost too.


The V5-571′s two stereo speakers have less than acceptable sound quality; it’s tinny with no bass at all. Their placement under the palm rest is not ideal either; placing hands on the keyboard to type muffles the sound further.


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  1. kaylee1020

    I bought my Acer Aspire v5 computer just over a year ago with very high hopes that it would last me through college. Unfortunately it didn’t take long for my mouse pad to stop working and for my optical disk drive to break. F.Y.I. I have never dropped or mistreated my computer by any means so seeing these problems was concerning. I took appropriate actions to fix these issues, like cleaning it and trying to debug it for any software malfunctions, but no such luck. The CD drive sticks out instead of staying completely inside the computer, causing it to malfunction when reading a disk. When I realized there was no hope of self repair, I took advantage of the 2 year warranty and sent it into Acer to be repaired. (It was a constant struggle to correct all of my information they continuously messed up) They claimed there would be no cost to ship, but 24 dollars later, I finally got it shipped under their specific requirements. Over two weeks later I finally received my computer back, with no repairs done. It had a note attached claiming they couldn’t duplicate my issue, which I found humorous, as I could clearly see my CD drive sticking out of my computer. It was obvious they hadn’t worked on it much, as they didn’t even bother to clear my hard drive like they were supposed to. After receiving this, I called Acer and spoke to yet another person who barely spoke English and just kept repeating “could not duplicate issue” before he hung up on me. As a side note, I have multiple friends who also have Acers, each of which said they had the same issues in the following order: 1. Mouse pad 2. CD drive 3. Microphone 4. Speakers. I’m already halfway down the list and its only been about a year. I was very upset about the computer, but after experiencing the disaster they call customer service I will never have anything to do with Acer again.

  2. cfc2000

    This is a very accurate review. I would just like to add that my wife’s V5 had the dreaded “Operating System not found” error, just after the guarantee ran out. Acer thinks this is a hard drive issue. If it is, then replacing the hard drive involves a total dismantling of the notebook, not like in the old days when undoing one screw would be all that was needed to slide out the drive. I’m tying this on a ten year old Acer 1360 which was probably the last time Acer made a decent laptop!