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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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|Computer Memory Size||4 GB||4 GB||4 GB||2 GB||2 GB|
|Connectivity Technology||Bluetooth||Wifi||Wifi;Bluetooth||Wifi||HDMI, Bluetooth, wifi|
|Processor (CPU) Model||AMD A4||Celeron||Celeron N3350||Celeron||Atom|
|Processor (CPU) Manufacturer||AMD||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel|
|Processor (CPU) Speed||1 GHz||—||2,000 MHz||1,600 MHz||1,440 MHz|
|Display Size||11.6 inches||29.5 cm||39.62 cm||29.5 cm||29.46 cm|
|Display Technology||LCD||Multi-touch LED backlit||LED backlit||LED backlit||LED|
|Hard disk Description||HDD||eMMC||HDD||eMMC||eMMC|
|Hard Disk Size||500 GB||32 GB||32 GB||32 GB||32 GB|
|Item Weight||1.38 kg||1.58 kg||2.15 kg||1.2 kg||0.98 kg|
|Operating System||Windows 8||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|Processor Description||AMD A4, 4GB, 500GB HDD||Intel Celeron N3050||—||Intel Celeron N3050||—|
|System RAM Type||DDR3 SDRAM||—||—||—||DDR3 SDRAM|
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.
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.
Touchscreen: I'm puzzled by this as I wasn't aware that it was anything other than a touchscreen laptop but, yes, I'd stick with a touchscreen which is a great advantage with Windows 8.1.
Support for wired Ethernet and an external display: The laptop doesn't come with a wired Ethernet port or a VGA or HDMI port. Instead it has an AMD Lighting Bolt port which is similar to, but not the same as, an Intel Thunderbolt port. You can get an Acer Mini Converter Port Cable which provides Ethernet, VGA and an additional USB2 port. These have been £25 on Amazon, although at the time of writing this review they're not available. The port is DisplayPort compatible so a generic DisplayPort to HDMI port should work and they're available very cheaply.
Hard drive: Now here is where a bit of extra money with make the world of difference to the laptop. Spend around £100 on adding a Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5 inch Basic SATA Solid State Drive and the laptop will be transformed. I'm getting boot times of around 7-9 seconds compared with the default 40 seconds. I recommend that specific model of SSD not only because it has been well-reviewed but also because it comes with all the necessary software to mirror the existing hard drive contents onto the SSD after which you only need to undo the visible screws on the base (plus one hidden under the rubber bung for the external battery) and slot it in in-place of the existing hard drive.
To clone the existing hard drive you will also need an external USB-to-SATA hard drive enclosure to hold the SSD while the Samsung software clones the hard drive. You may be better choosing a powered 3.5" caddy as I had some difficulty with one USB-powered 2.5" caddy which kept powering on and off. In the end I borrowed a 3.5" cadddy from a friend. The transfer was completely trouble-free and took about 30 minutes using a USB2 enclosure.
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 :)
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i had to return in the same day