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For the money, not much better.
Feb 7, 2013 (Updated Feb 20, 2013)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Speed, Price, and it plays games.
Cons:Screen and no backlit keyboard. Can't Overclock the CPU in Bios.
The Bottom Line: The i7 and GT 640 sold me on this computer. If you can find better for the price, take it.
I've built my own PC's for years. Laptops are my enemy, but when my GF wanted one, I had to reseach, research, and research somemore to get her something that would run anything she wanted for the next few years.
Recommend this product?
Then I came up with a few choices but her parents wanted it to come from a store and not the I-net. Went to Tigerdirect and bought it and so far...nothing could have gone better. I don't know as of right now how it will hold up but it's VERY fast.
Quick Update to specs... I make a few mistakes and wanted to update a few things.
From Tigerdirect Specs:
(Acer Aspire V3-571G-9686 NX.RZNAA.003 Notebook PC - 3rd Gen Intel Core i7-3632QM 2.2GHz, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6" Display, 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, Windows 8 64-bit)
The main facts you will want to know are these...
i7 core running @ 2.2 and with turbo boost it will hit 3.2 Gigahertz.
Having the I7 in a laptop is fantastic. It also only runs on 35 watts!
You get not only 4 discrete cores, but 4 more threads from hyperthreading the cores. The i5 cores do not hyperthread. It's not so much important for games, but it is for Photoshop and movie editing.
6 gigs Ram...I'd say for any casual user is good. 4 is too little and 16 is a bit much unless you want to spend a little extra. I don't think you will see a performance increase in games or windows only in certain applications. 8 gigs is what most people have now and what I consider the standard. 6 gigs being an odd choice, perhaps 2 of that goes to the video card.
500 gig Hard Drive. Not too large that makes it hard to back up, not too small either. I know it says 5400 rps drive, but for some reason, ours seems VERY fast. Win8 64-bit boots in less than 10 seconds.
The other benefit is that the graphics are discrete. This is what you want for games. The HD4000 intel chip that runs inside of the i7 core is good, but not THAT good. It will only run low detail games. The Nvidia GT 640m manages to play Dead Space 3...which is a brand new title and even Battlefield 3 on lower details. They key is that it actually plays it good enough to make the game playable on multiplayer servers.
Photoshop CS6 runs fast and so does Sony Vegas 12. We do not use Excel/Office products on that machine. We have so far played Sim City Beta which ran perfect on high settings.
It comes with 3 USB ports, 1 being 3.0, 2 being 2.0. It has 1 HDMI slot to hook it to a big screen TV.
The shortcomings are simple. No onboard controls besides the keyboard shortcuts. The monitor is the worst thing about the computer being only 15.6 inches. I'm used to 17 and at home I have 22 inch. Not only is it small but it lacks a decent viewing angle. Too high or low or from the side and the contrast goes wonky.
But...for the price...there had to be a downside and that was the monitor.
It also comes with a DVD burner of course and headphone/stereo outputs.
The keys are not backlit but the power button lights up.
This one came with Win8 64-bit installed and I installed classic shell to give Win 8 a start menu button like in Win 7 and Metro doesn't automatically boot up at first. I've only used Metro for the mail section and playing a few movies. The rest of it...meh...not too interested.
Acer luckily does load it full of too much bloatware...some simply update program is the only thing I've noticed that comes on sometimes if a driver goes out of date for Windows 8. We also always pretty much keep it plugged in for maximum power since it never really leaves the house so I cannot comment on battery power features.
All in all, there shouldn't be anything that taxes this computer enough to warrant an upgrade for the casual user. The only people that would need a faster computer would be high end audio users who compose songs needing HUGE amounts of memory, like 12+ gigs or HUGE movies that take up ALOT of space. I'd want to hook up an external 3.0 drive to it if that was the case.
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