Acer Aspire V3-471G
An ultrabook with muscles
Ultrabooks are, right now, the most talked-about devices. Pretty soon we’ll see an explosion of them everywhere. But the thing remains: they still cost quite a lot. Fortunately, you can own such a laptop if you turn to other categories which include laptops that aren’t so expensive. And there are many models you can choose from. And many more are added and will be added soon. Acer is one of the manufacturers present in those categories with their latest S$1,198 Aspire V3-471G. In today’s review we’ll take a look at this laptop and see if it’s worth it.
14 inch display
The latest Acer Aspire V3-471G is the sort of laptop that is good at everything. The model we tested was paino-black. This ultrabook’s lid is made of plastic. It is painted in a single color and it’s not matte. The consequence of this is that its surface will be filled with all sorts of traces. Other than these elements, the laptop doesn’t quite manage to stand out.
The screen is 14″. The total number of pixels which make up its resolution is 1,366 x 768. Again you will deal with an element that is bound to be covered in prints of your fingers. The company is not known for making impressive screens. Acer, though, hasn’t heard people’s complaints. A sign of this display’s mediocrity is offered by its poor offaxis viewing angles. The laptop’s keyboard will not offer you the possibility to use it during the night for your work. That will be a major con for some of our readers, we can feel it. But when we tested it for this review, the typing experience was a good one. The palm rest felt much better to the touch than what we experienced on other laptops made by Acer’s many rivals. The device’s trackpad features keys that deliver great response. Gestures including 2-finger scroll or pinch-to-zoom are offered as well.
Intel 2.3GHz quad-core CPU
The processor that runs the laptop’s tasks is a 2.3GHz quad-core. The GPU is also remarkable: Nvidia GeForce GT 640M with 750GB HDD. The amount of RAM memory that is sported is 8GB. This is much better than what we expected. These two specifications allow the Aspire V3-471G to be good for gaming.
On this Aspire V3-471G there aren’t as many unnecessary additions as on previous Acer laptops. Audio performance is good. We stood in a big room and sound could fill it all nicely. At maximum volume, it was downright louder than ever before. Battery functioned for 4 hours. So we could all kinds of stuff before it died.
Connections aren’t as many as you’d think or want. There are only the following options to use: 1 HDMI, 1 VGA and 3 USBs. And you get other options via wireless methods. Which in this case mean Bluetooth, 802.11a/b/g/n and an Ethernet port.
The performance was fine. Loads better, if we may add, than various other laptops we tested in the past. But not better than competition. This laptop still lacks a certain kind of oomph to leave a lasting impression. Warranty is one year. The battery has a life of almost 5 hours.
The Acer Aspire V3-471G may be a new and cheap addition, but somehow it won’t make it on any top 3 gadgets to get this year. Wait a bit and maybe the company will come with something superior.