14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Best value laptop for the specs,
This review is from: Acer Aspire V5-571P-6642 15.6-Inch Touch Screen Laptop (1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U Processor, 6GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, Windows 8) Silky Silver (Personal Computers)
I've had the laptop for about 2 days. Bought it from the Microsoft Store. You simply cannot find another laptop with these specs and with a full 10-point touch screen for the price. I have no idea how Acer did it, but they did an amazing job. My only grip is the multi-touch track pad can accidentally perform a context switch (i.e. left swipe) when you place your palms down on the computer to type. Your left palm can brush the edge of the track pad, which commences the context switch. This is more of a function of Win8 and not Acer, so I can't blame them for it. But it is an annoyance. At first I didn't understand why I would immediate switch apps when I sometime place my hands on the keyboard, but I found that this was the reason. Easily avoided with a little practice.
Initially I was set on buying a MacBook Pro, but after careful research and hands-on testing, I decided on the Acer. In the end, Mac's are the BMW's of computers, but this laptop is the Toyota. I didn't see the distinguishing factors of the Mac a good enough reason to pay twice as much. This laptop has everything, and is really the best way to navigate Win8. My kids love the multi-touch support for drawing and playing games. I like having the option to use it as well, but find that after time I don't use it as much. It's much easier to use the track pad's multi-touch support to navigate through windows 8.
The build quality is good. It's all plastic, but appears to be pretty high quality. The screen resolution is just fine for me, and I love how clear and thin the screen is. The camera is above par compared to other laptops I researched.
I think the only thing that bothers me a little is the trackpad sensitivity for multi-touch gestures is inconsistent across apps. I don't know if this is the case with other laptops, because it's not something I looked into before buying, and I don't know if it's a function of the app developers, Windows 8, or Acer. But it's just something I would recommend people test out briefly.
Overall, I'm giving the Acer Aspire V5 4 stars. It's simply the best deal on the market. The S7 ultrabook is amazing, but the 128 GB drive space is simply too small. For the V5, there's no compromises for the price. Certainly it's not perfect, but for what you pay it's outstanding. An excellent buy!