Acer Aspire V3-371-56R5

For Those Wanting a More Traditional 13-inch Laptop

Acer Aspire V3 371
Acer

The Bottom Line

Jul 21 2014 - Rather than trying to do something fancy, Acer stuck with the traditional laptop designs and features for the Acer Aspire V3-371. This does help keep the overall cost of the system down and provides it with the impressive one terabyte of storage space inside of it but it also has some drawbacks. For instance, the performance is a bit lower than some other budget systems but the display is certainly subpar in this day and age.

It uses a low resolution and does not even have multitouch that most others have. Still, it is a decent price for a nice basic and portable laptop.

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Pros

  • Very Large Hard Drive
  • Affordable Compared To Full Ultrabooks
  • Full Ethernet Port

Cons

  • Lower Resolution Display Without Touch Capabilities
  • White Keyboard Will Require Frequent Cleaning
  • Only One USB 3.0 Port

Description

  • Intel Core i5-4210U Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 13.3" WXGA (1366x768) Display With 720p Webcam
  • Intel HD 4400 Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • One USB 3.0, One USB 2.0, HDMI, 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • 12.9" x 9" x .8" @ 3.31 lbs.
  • Windows 8.1

Preview - Acer Aspire V3-371-56R5

Jul 21 12014 - Acer is going for a different look with the Aspire V3-371 by using a mix of white and silver for the design. The primary body of the system is made of white plastics while the back lid of the display uses aluminum to give it a more premium feel.

The system is relatively thin at just eight tenths of an inch thick and the weight is quite low at three and a third pounds. It isn't the thinnest or lightest on the market but it is very portable.

The Aspire V3-371-56R5 is powered by the Intel Core i5-4210U dual core mobile processor. This is a new revision of a low power Core i5 processor that has been found in many ultrabooks.

It has received a minor clock boost to 1.7GHz from the 1.6GHz speed of the previous i5-4200U. This gives it more performance than many of the new low cost hybrid laptops entering the market using the new Pentium N3830 processors even though this only has two processor cores compared to the four of the Pentium. It should be sufficient for most users tasks of browsing the web, media streaming and productivity. It can do more demanding tasks like digital video editing but still falls short of traditional powered laptops. The processor is matched up with 8GB of DDR3 memory that should provide a smoothe experience with Windows.

Storage is where Acer makes the Aspire V3-371-56R5 stand out from other systems. It comes standard with a one terabyte hard drive. This is twice the storage of most laptops in this price range which is great for anyone that needs to carry around a lot of data. The hard drive does suffer in the performance area though compared to the solid state hybrid drives and SSDs that are making their way into more computers. If you need additional storage space, there are two USB ports on the right hand side but only one of them is a USB 3.0 port which is a bit disappointing.

There is no optical drive which is becoming the norm these days so if you need the ability to read or write to a DVD, you will want to get an external USB drive.

To keep the size relatively small, the Aspire V3-371 uses a standard 13.3-inch display panel. The downside here is that it still uses the 1366x768 native resolution that is typical of most budget class systems. It would have been nice to see them use a higher resolution display in its place because it also does not feature a touchscreen display that is also becoming much more common even on low cost systems. This makes navigating the Windows 8 operating system a bit more difficult but this has been rectified a bit with the 8.1 Update 1.

The graphics are handled by the Intel HD Graphics 4400 that is built into the Core i5 processor. Don't expect to be playing PC games on this system unless you are looking at older titles with less detail levels but at least it does provide Quick Sync Video encoding acceleration with compatible applications.

The keyboard for the Aspire V3-371 uses the same isolated or chiclet style that they have been using for a while. The layout seems quite good with well sized tab, control, shift, enter and backspace keys. One downside of having a white plastic keyboard though is that it tends to get dirty quite easily and will likely need to be cleaned from time to time. The trackpad is a nice large size which is going to be important since there is no touchscreen. It fully supports the Windows 8 multitouch gestures to make up for this. Buttons are integrated into the trackpad though which many find more difficult to use than dedicated buttons.

The battery pack for the Aspire V3-371 is an internal one with a capacity rating of 3220mAh. It would be nice if they would start using WHr ratings instead for easier comparison with competing systems. Acer estimates that this will provide up to six and a half hours of running time. This is probably a bit optimistic as previous Acer laptops with a similar configuration and battery size tended to last around five hours in digital video playback. That is probably fine for the average user but it is certainly less than some of the laptops in this size range and certainly below the Apple MacBook Air 13 but it is a fair bit more expensive.

With a price tag of $700, the Acer Aspire V3-371 is essentially a cross between an ultrabook and a low cost laptop. The primary competition it is going to see is with more expensive systems such as the MacBook Air 13 but that is still three hundred more for the base system. The closest competing system is the HP Pavilion x360 laptop that starts at $630. It is very different though because it uses the AMD A8 processor that offers four cores and better graphics performance. The downside is that the system is thicker and heavier than the Acer.

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