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Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A Notebook Review Update

Sascha Mölck (translated by Martina Osztovits), 09/01/2014

Quiet with stamina. The 11.6-inch Aspire V3-111P notebook delivers a quad-core processor, a very good keyboard and a very long battery life. So, the small computer is ideal as a mobile typewriter that has lots of stamina.

For the original German review, see here.

After the 11.6-inch Aspire E3-111 netbook, we now have the Aspire V3-111P with identical design under review. The buyer gets a faster processor, a touchscreen, and a battery with significantly higher capacity for the higher price. Our review will reveal whether the surcharge pays off.

Basically, all cheap 11.6-inch computers, especially those with a touchscreen such as the Asus F200MA-CT067H and the HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360 compete with the Aspire.

Since the V3-111P and the E3-111 use the same design, we will not cover case, input devices, connectivity, and speakers here unless there are differences. Please refer to our Aspire E3-111 review for information about these.

Case & Connectivity

The V3-111P is identical to the recently reviewed Aspire E3-111. Only the lid of the V3-111P is slightly thicker because of the touchscreen. Additionally, you will find another difference inside: The battery capacity of the V3-111P (49 Wh) is larger than the E3-111's (30 Wh).

Aspire V3-111P (photo: Acer)
Aspire V3-111P (photo: Acer)
Aspire E3-111 (photo: Acer)
Aspire E3-111 (photo: Acer)

Input Devices

Keyboard and touchpad are identical to the Aspire E3-111's. But, the touchscreen is new. It works flawlessly and is responsive.

Display

The Aspire uses a glossy 11.6-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The measurement results are nothing special. The brightness of 222.2 cd/m² is slightly better than normal in this price range. Contrast (343:1) and black value (0.68 cd/m²) reflect the price.

221
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
231
cd/m²
220
cd/m²
233
cd/m²
223
cd/m²
211
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
213
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 238 cd/m² Average: 222.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 233 cd/m²
Contrast: 343:1 (Black: 0.68 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 10.29 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 11.2 | - Ø
40% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.54
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2820, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Acer Aspire V5-132P
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2129Y, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Screen
10%
18%
-22%
41%
Brightness222161
-27%
175
-21%
235
6%
194
-13%
Brightness Distribution8883
-6%
93
6%
85
-3%
86
-2%
Black Level *0.680.37
46%
0.49
28%
1.17
-72%
0.32
53%
Contrast343489
43%
361
5%
209
-39%
653
90%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *10.2910.11
2%
5.56
46%
12.53
-22%
4.72
54%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *11.210.72
4%
6.46
42%
13.25
-18%
4.31
62%
Gamma *2.542.72.752.682.55
CCT14016 46%13522 48%7262 90%18403 35%6098 107%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)4038.7
-3%

* ... smaller is better

In factory state, the average DeltaE 2000 deviation is 10.29 and is clearly outside the target range (DeltaE smaller than 3). This is not surprising and is expected in this price range. In addition, the display is clearly bluish.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Gray levels
CalMAN - Gray levels
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation
The Aspire outdoors (closed, sky overcast)
The Aspire outdoors (closed, sky overcast)

The display's glossy surface makes outdoor use more difficult. You can basically use the notebook in not too bright environments. The incorporated display is a simple TN model with limited viewing angles.

Performance

The Aspire V3 111P series consists of 11.6-inch notebooks with touchscreen. The review model costs about 380 Euros (~$500) and is already available for about 320 Euros (~$420) without Windows OS.

Processor

The Aspire is powered by a Pentium N3530 quad-core processor (Silvermont architecture). The Pentium uses a base clock of 2.16 GHz, which can be increased to 2.58 GHz thanks to Turbo. The CPU's TDP is 7.5 Watts. The processor runs at full speed in AC mode and on battery. It clocks at 2.58 GHz in all CPU tests of the Cinebench benchmarks. The Aspire has the most powerful processor in our comparison (see figures).

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.48 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.82 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
6.81 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
39 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
141 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
6.29 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Help
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.48 Points ∼0%
HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2820, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.29 Points ∼0% -40%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.39 Points ∼0% -19%
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.37 Points ∼0% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.35 Points ∼0% -27%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.4 Points ∼0% -17%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.41 Points ∼0% -15%
Acer Aspire V5-132P
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2129Y, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.45 Points ∼0% -6%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.82 Points ∼0%
HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2820, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.51 Points ∼0% -72%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.66 Points ∼0% -64%
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.72 Points ∼0% -60%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.76 Points ∼0% -58%
Acer Aspire V5-132P
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2129Y, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.88 Points ∼0% -52%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.48 Points ∼0% -19%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.59 Points ∼0% -13%

System Performance

The small computer works smoothly. You can also feel that the processor is faster than the E3-111's in use. Accordingly, the results of the PC Mark benchmarks are significantly better.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1451 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
1307 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1428 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1451 Points ∼26%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1104 Points ∼19% -24%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1324 Points ∼23% -9%
Acer Aspire V5-132P
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2129Y, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1340 Points ∼24% -8%

Storage Devices

Acer equipped the Aspire with a hard drive from Western Digital with a capacity of 500 GB and a speed of 5400 rpm. Overall, the transfer rates are good and on par with most 5400 rpm hard drives.

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Sequential Read: 98.9 MB/s
Sequential Write: 99.53 MB/s
512K Read: 33.79 MB/s
512K Write: 48.76 MB/s
4K Read: 0.395 MB/s
4K Write: 1.107 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 0.87 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 1.111 MB/s

Graphics Card

The Aspire uses Intel's HD Graphics as GPU. It supports DirectX 11 and clocks up to 860 MHz. The results of the 3D Mark benchmarks show that it belongs to the lower end of the scale in terms of performance.

3DMark 11 Performance
269 points
3DMark (2013) Ice Storm Standard Score
20776 points
3DMark (2013) Cloud Gate Standard Score
1544 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
269 Points ∼1%
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
212 Points ∼1% -21%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
222 Points ∼1% -17%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
264 Points ∼1% -2%
Acer Aspire V5-132P
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2129Y, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
321 Points ∼2% +19%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
464 Points ∼2% +72%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
581 Points ∼3% +116%

Gaming Performance

The Aspire cannot run demanding computer games. Only a few games reach smooth frame rates with low resolution and quality settings. It is different for games made for the touch interface of Windows. These usually run flawlessly.

low med. high ultra
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) 12.89fps
Battlefield 3 (2011) 84.8fps
Alan Wake (2012) 5.82.3fps
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 12.48.1fps
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 12.98.1fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012) 12.47.3fps
Far Cry 3 (2012) 10.36.2fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 15.47.8fps
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2013) 117.8fps
X-Plane 10.25 (2013) 12.86fps

Emissions

System Noise

Like the Aspire E3-111, the Aspire V3-111P does not have a fan. Thus, you can only hear a quiet noise from the hard drive when in use.

Noise Level

Idle
0 / 0 / 0 dB(A)
HDD
31.2 dB(A)
Load
0 / 0 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Aspire in the stress test
The Aspire in the stress test

The Aspire never suffers from too high temperatures. Even during the stress test, it only exceeds 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in two quadrants. It remains even significantly cooler than the Aspire E3-111, which also features a Silvermont quad-core processor. We observed that the CPU and GPU clock of the E3-111 are only throttled after the CPU temperature exceeded 90 degrees Celsius (194 Fahrenheit). The Aspire V3-111P throttles significantly earlier (at about 70 degrees Celsius, 158 Fahrenheit). As a result, the case remains significantly cooler.

Regardless of the power source, the Aspire behaved the same way during the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run simultaneously for at least one hour). Processor and graphics core run at full speed for about 6 to 7 minutes. At that time, the processor reaches a temperature of about 70 degrees Celsius (158 Fahrenheit) and its clock rate is throttled to 1.5 GHz. The GPU clocks at about 600 to 700 MHz. As soon as the temperature exceeds 70 degrees Celsius (158 Fahrenheit), the processor clock falls to 500 MHz for a short time and increases to 1.5 GHz again. This occurs repeatedly during the test. The CPU temperature increases to up to 70 degrees Celsius during the stress test.

 28.8 °C29.5 °C27.6 °C 
 27.9 °C28.5 °C27.6 °C 
 25.1 °C27.1 °C25.1 °C 
Maximum: 29.5 °C
Average: 27.5 °C
30.9 °C32.7 °C32.3 °C
30.4 °C27.5 °C27.8 °C
26.1 °C26.3 °C27 °C
Maximum: 32.7 °C
Average: 29 °C
Power Supply (max.)  37.7 °C | Room Temperature 24 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The small 11.6-inch computer comes with a frugal CPU and does not need much energy. While idling, the power consumption is significantly lower than 10 Watts. Certainly, the power consumption increases under load. The computer needs less energy during the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run simultaneously) than under medium load (3D Mark 2006), since CPU and GPU clock are throttled.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4 / 6.1 / 6.5 Watt
Load midlight 13.4 / 12.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

Our realistic WLAN test automatically loads a web site in 40-second intervals. The energy saving-profile is active and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². The Aspire achieves a very good battery life of 8:21 h. The Aspire E3-111 performs significantly worse. This is not surprising since the V3-111P's (49 Wh) battery capacity is larger than the E3-111's (30 Wh).

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
8h 21min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3530, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
501 min ∼19%
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
172 min ∼6%
Acer Aspire V5-132P
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2129Y, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
174 min ∼6%
HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2820, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
217 min ∼8%
Acer Aspire E3-111-C6LG
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2930, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
257 min ∼10%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
301 min ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
464 min ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
499 min ∼18%

Verdict

The Aspire V3-111P is basically identical to the Aspire E3-111. Therefore, these two computers have basically the same strengths and weaknesses. We only cover the differences between the two netbooks. The Aspire V3-111P costs about 130 Euros, (~$170, with Windows OS) or 70 Euros, (~$92, without Windows OS) more than the Aspire E3-111. The buyer gets a faster CPU, significantly longer battery runtimes and a touchscreen for the surcharge. You can question whether a touchscreen is a useful feature in a conventional laptop. But, the surcharge for the faster processor and the bigger battery pays off. Overall, the CPU makes working smoother and the battery life is sufficient for a typical day at work or at the university. It would be perfect if Acer released another V3 model with a matte display instead of a touchscreen.

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In Review: Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A. Test model courtesy of Cyberport
In Review: Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A. Test model courtesy of Cyberport

Specifications

Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Core: 311-860 MHz, 10.18.10.3496
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, single channel
Display
11.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, 10 point multi-touch, AU Optronics B116XTN02.3, TN LED, glossy: yes
Storage
Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 420 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Valleyview SoC - HD Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo, Card Reader: SD
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Broadcom BCM43142 (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22 x 291 x 211 ( = 0.87 x 11.46 x 8.31 in)
Battery
49 Wh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD web cam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Acer Video Player, Cyberlink PhotoDirector 3, Cyberlink PowerDirector 10, McAfee LiveSafe - Internet Security (trial version), MS Office 365 (trial version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.4 kg ( = 49.38 oz / 3.09 pounds), Power Supply: 272 g ( = 9.59 oz / 0.6 pounds)
Price
379 Euro

 

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Pro

+works quietly (no fan)
+good keyboard
+24 months warranty
+long battery life
 

Cons

-no maintenance hatch

Shortcut

What we like

The battery life and the virtually silent system noise.

What we would like to see

A matte display

What surprises us

Long battery runtimes are not usual in the price range of the Aspire.

The competition

Asus F200MA-CT067H, HP Pavilion 11-n070eg x360, Aspire E3-111-C6LG, Aspire V5-132P, Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E145, Lenovo Ideapad S215, Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101

Rating

Acer Aspire V3-111P-P06A - 08/25/2014 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
73 /  98 → 74%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
58 / 81 → 72%
Weight
70 / 78 → 81%
Battery
91%
Display
70%
Games Performance
42 / 68 → 62%
Application Performance
47 / 87 → 54%
Temperature
90 / 91 → 99%
Noise
100%
Audio
40 / 91 → 44%
Average
70%
78%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average
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Sascha Mölck, 2014-09- 1 (Update: 2014-09- 2)