Acer Aspire V5-122P 11.6-inch Touchscreen Laptop (Blue) - (AMD A4 1GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, WLAN, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
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The Acer Aspire V5-122P
The Acer Aspire V5-122P brings touch technology to a device that offers mobility and productivity in an affordable package.
Surf the world wide web with the touch of a fingertip.
Touch, swipe, zoom and tap your way through the web.
Use the touchscreen for easy, convenient access to apps, photos, music and more.
- Touch - a Windows 8 laptop with a 11.6” Touch HD display that offers a bright, vivid image for intuitive enjoyment.
- Mobility - ultra thin finish and super light, you can take it wherever you go.
- Productivity - powerful PC productivity with a full size keyboard. Keyboard dimension is the same as that of a keyboard from a 13.3” notebook.
Full size keyboard to enhance productivity
Larger touchpad than those found on 13.3” inch Notebooks, meaning more accurate control of finger gestures
Enriched indirect touch experience -supports all Windows 8 Modern Touchpad gestures, and is optimised to be as smooth as gestures on a touchscreen.
Enhanced sensitivity and accuracy - image sensor technology delivers greater sensitivity and palm-rejection.
ZoomPerfect solution is available on one-piece click touch pads.
14” and 15.6” audio performance in a 11.6” body - the product is developed to ensure that its audio performance is similar to the performance of larger size notebooks. The result from audio performance tests showed that V5-122P generates the same level of sound pressure (SPL) as that of 14” and 15.6” Notebook.
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Here are some benchmarks for the CPU's:
AMD C70: 621
AMD A6-1450: 1632
Intel i3-2365M: 1682 (Asus S200E)
I bought this for when I am traveling for web browsing and productivity (programming with Visual Studio). It handles both tasks fine.
For any other developers - if you need virtualization, the A6-1450 CPU supports it but it is disabled and not available in the BIOS. There is a way of enabling it by hacking the BIOS in Linux but you would probably be better off with another choice.
I bought this for when I am travelling. It's perfect for web browsing and e-mail. I even use it for high res photo editing in Photoshop (CS3) and it handles it just fine.
The touch screen and keyboard are a joy to use. The screen is clear, bright and accurate.
Upgrading to Win 8.1 took ages but that's down to Microsoft server speeds and not the computer itself. The same applies to Windows updates. You just need a little patience. I just left it to download overnight. The only thing I don't like is the touchpad. It needs to be more clearly defined. I was always zooming in and out with the cursor hard to control. I'm much happier now I've bought a mouse.
I didn't buy this on Amazon. At the time of writing you can buy this exact same model/spec at the high street catalogue shop (starting with A) for £70 less. Shop around :)
Unusually, Amazon reviews for other variants of this particular laptop don't seem to be appearing across all the offerings. I'll quickly summarise my own experience which is simply that, after updating to Windows 8.1, I've come to really love this laptop. Sure it's not the fastest laptop around, but then it's only £300.
Updating to Windows 8.1 was the worst of it. I updated Windows 8 over two nights before I could at last update to 8.1 which is a massive improvement on 8, almost a different beast.
The screen is excellent even if it doesn't achieve quite the brightness of some. But I'd rather have a really crisp hi-res display with excellent contrast that a bright blurry screen. WiFi is also extremely good: I can get transfer rates of 40Mbit/s within my home. The small keyboard is good but the layout takes some getting used to.
Performance... Well that's a question of expectations. If you want to play action games you'll probably be disappointed as this isn't what it's designed for. But for everyday use of office applications and browsing, it's excellent.
So which model to go for?
Processor: Don't accept anything less than the quad-core A6-1450. The dual-core A4 model is reputed to be very underpowered and costs only slightly less. You'll kick yourself for buying it.
Memory: 4GB is fine, Don't bother paying extra for 6GB. You won't notice any difference for the extra £100 that seems to be being asked for it. Very easy to add memory later if you really want it - but you won't.Read more ›
GENERAL PERFORMANCE, CPU and RAM
I can say although the processor is AMD and runs at only 1.0 GHz it actually runs faster than the Intel Celeron 2.1 GHz dual core which I had on my old Compaq machine. Applications start fast enough and that applies for both the Windows 8 apps and the desktop software. Using Adobe Photoshop and Audition I have so far had satisfying results. The 6 gigs of RAM are more than enough for the average user, infact I have never had more than 45% RAM in use, even when I had launched quite a lot of applications. The machine works without producing almost any noise if you do not start up too much applications. You can still hear the fan but that is hardly a problem as it is very quiet. I have used it for like 10 hours straight and it did not get warm, except for a small part on the backside but it was hardly warm and did not bother me when using it on my lap.
DESIGN AND PORTABILITY
This is actually one of the reasons I bought the device (other than that I needed a replacement for my old laptop) - I especially liked the design. It is actually a bit heavier than expected - that is what I felt when I first took the Acer Aspire in my hands, but after a couple of days with it maybe I got used to it and now it feels quite liteweight (especially compared to my old 2.5 kg laptop).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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the item arrived broken the screen worked for couple of mins and then it stopped.
i had to return in the same day
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this laptop has been a nightmare buy.Within a year I had to send back to manufacturer for a new hard drive to be installed, and within another year it is kaput again. Avoid! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cerys
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