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Acer Aspire V3-551-8469 15.6-Inch Laptop (Midnight Black)

by Acer
3.9 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews
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  • AMD A-Series Quad-Core A8-4500M 1.9 GHz (4 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB SDRAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7640G Graphics
  • Windows 8, 5-hour battery life
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Product Description

Product Description

Acer V3-551-8469 comes with these high level specs: AMD Quad-Core A8-4500M Accelerated Processor, Windows 8, 15.6" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit Display, AMD A70M Fusion Chipset, AMD Radeon HD 7640G Graphics with 512MB of graphics system memory, 4096MB DDR3 Memory, 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM), 8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive, Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED, Bluetooth 4.0+HS, Built-In HD Webcam, 2 - USB 2.0 Ports, 1 - USB 3.0 Port, 1 - HDMI Port, 1 - Gigabit Ethernet Port, 6-cell Li-ion Battery (4400 mAh), Up to 5-hours Battery Life, 5.74 lbs. | 2.6 kg (system unit only)Don’t forget Office with your PC purchase.  Download Office 2013 instantly with Amazon Digital Software.

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Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Max Screen Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Processor 1.9 GHz A-Series Quad-Core A8-4500M
RAM 4 GB SDRAM
Hard Drive 500 GB SATA
Graphics Coprocessor AMD Radeon HD 7640G Graphics
Graphics Card Ram Size 512 MB
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Average Battery Life (in hours) 5 hours
Brand Name Acer
Series V3-551
Item model number V3-551-8469
Operating System Windows 8;
Item Weight 5.7 pounds
Product Dimensions 15 x 10 x 1.3 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 15 x 9.96 x 1.3 inches
Color Black
Processor Brand AMD
Processor Count 4
Computer Memory Type SDRAM
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Type 8X DVD
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

Additional Information

ASIN B009A8L0IE
Customer Reviews
3.9 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #18,538 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#3,909 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 8 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available October 12, 2012

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"Long and dark, shiny and black ... open up your engines, let `em roar, tearin' up the highway like a big old dinosaur!" said Springsteen about Cadillac Ranch, and the same could be said of this four hundred dollar laptop from Acer. I got it as a desktop replacement to run Windows 8 as well as indie PC games, and I think it's going to work out fine.

It's a big, heavy, shiny black plastic thing, portable but not light. Hinges and latch move well. The screen is bright and sharp, with adequate but not great viewing angles. I wouldn't mind watching a movie on this screen, but it would be difficult to share it with someone else given these viewing angles. I suppose you could consider this a privacy feature. The chiclet style keyboard has full size keys with good tactile feedback and an intelligent layout. The full-size number keys are particularly welcome. I wish it were backlit but that's something for a higher-end machine. Functions such as media playback, volume control, and brightness control require two hands -- one to press the function key on the left side, and another to press the desired action. Not optimal but fair enough considering the price.

There's a webcam with microphone and a "Dolby Home Theater" speaker grille up front, both of which work as expected. The large trackpad is off center with the screen but lines up nicely with the keyboard, and is responsive to touch. The trackpad buttons are easy to hit with your thumbs. Up front is an SD card slot, which SHOT THE COVER ACROSS THE ROOM when I tapped it to eject it. Be careful with your photos when loading them onto this machine!

Ports on the left side of the machine: Power (where it should be, near the recessed power button), gigabit ethernet, a large exhaust vent, a full size VGA port, HDMI out, USB 3.
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I've spent a few days with this laptop and I absolutely love it. Though it has shortcomings, the outstanding price/performance far outweighs them. I could throw a slew of benchmarks at you that I've done on this laptop, however, that would do little to represent real world performance. I'll try and keep this as short as I can.

Right off the bat I should say that I upgraded to 8 GB of RAM. There are two RAM slots and you can throw up to two 8gb SODIMMs in this thing for a total of 16gb if you'd like. Although, I would recommend just 8gb. If you want to optimize your graphics performance (which uses the system RAM) spend a little extra and get memory clocked at 1600mhz. I always recommend G.Skill memory products and after installing 8gb of it into this laptop, (for gaming) I jumped an entire preset up in most games, sometimes two presets. I mention this right away because I want to make it clear that upgrading the RAM in this machine will make it shine.

The included HDD is 5400rpm. It's passable, but will slow down loading for larger programs where a lot of data is involved like Photoshop, video editing software, and games. I wouldn't necessarily recommend an upgrade to an SSD unless you want to put up the cash for a high capacity drive. I'd stay away from 7200 rpm HDDs unless you want to cut your battery by 20% or if battery capacity isn't important to you.

Speaking of battery life, It's alright. It's average for it's class, getting around 4 hours on a full charge - more if you conserve with no audio, video, or heavy use. Less if you are doing any gaming while not plugged in. Keep screen brightness down for best results.

The keyboard is fine. It's comfortable to type on and the trackpad is well positioned and sized.
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I have an older Acer laptop, and it's served me well for about the past 5 years. My wife was finally up for having one of her own. We wanted state-of-the-art, but didn't have an exorbitant budget.
I was hesitant about Windows 8, but she loves it! We're learning through trial and error what programs work with Windows 8 (LibreOffice won't install, yet OpenOffice will).
Still, a real good laptop.
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I owned 2 Acer Aspires previously. The last one was fully loaded and more then I ever needed, picked it up for around $500. Well it officially was laid to rest last night but the hard drive was still good. I went to Compusa and found this Acer. Another great deal on a BEAST of a computer. I paid $450 ($50 mail in rebate) so $400 after rebate. I have been playing on it for a good 2 hours and love, love, love how fast this system is. I am a big movie downloader and with a 500gig HD this puppy takes whatever I throw at it with ease. Again I am a dedicated Acer customer, its my 3rd laptop in many years and again......great product! Good work Acer!!!
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In a house with over a half dozen computers (iMacs to full blown gaming rigs), two laptops and a few tablets, weaklings are quickly discarded. This little rig runs great, is more than capable of casual gaming, holds a charge and is very easy to get used to. Windows 8 is still a bit frustrating, but we're getting there. Got the Logitech T650 with it, and the two work together perfectly. Learning gestures is something completely new, and is much harder for me than my 9 y/o son who this laptop was bought for. He had limited exposure to Win7, so is taking to Win8 like a duck to water, and once you get over the appearance differences, there is a familiar interface underneath, so I can make adjustments and set some things up for him. The smaller working area of the touchpad is a benefit to his small hands, but often makes my old hands feel like clumsy hams on ropes, and using Win7 since beta, every day, on many different PCs significantly steepened my learning curve for 8. I'll keep Win7 on my workhorse rigs, but for younger, more permeable minds, Win8 really is very slick and works in a fairly obvious fashion.
The laptop itself is very functional, looks great (but is a fingerprint magnet), and so far has no heat issues. Everything works as it should, software installs and uninstalls without a hitch, and there doesn't appear to be an overabundance of bloatware pre-installed.
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