Acer Aspire V5-132P Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 05/27/2014

Change of platforms. Acer now banishes Temash from the small subnotebook and relies on an Intel processor instead. The good-looking casing and IPS screen have been preserved. Our report uncovers whether the laptop benefits from its new CPU platform.

For the original German review, see here.

With the Aspire V5-132P, Acer presents the identically built successor of the Aspire V5-122P (AMD A6-1450, Radeon HD 8250). The devices only look alike because Acer has completely replaced the platform inside. While the Aspire V5-122P was still powered by a Temash APU from AMD, a Pentium processor from Intel is now used in the Aspire V5-132P. Surprisingly, Acer relies on an Ivy Bridge processor and not on a Haswell CPU. Our report reveals whether the small laptop benefits from the change of platforms.

We used the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145 (AMD A4-5000, Radeon HD 8330) and HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e000sb (AMD A6-1450, Radeon HD 8250) to classify the laptop.

We will not go in-depth about casing, connectivity, input devices, screen or speakers because the V5-132P is identical with the V5-122P. The corresponding information can be found in the review of the Aspire V5-122P.

Display

The V5-132P uses the same IPS screen as the V5-122P. However, the rates do differ a bit. This is normal because two identical screens never correspond to 100%. The manufacturer also has a bit of room in the settings.

205
cd/m²
198
cd/m²
188
cd/m²
192
cd/m²
209
cd/m²
190
cd/m²
179
cd/m²
199
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 209 cd/m²
Average: 194.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 209 cd/m²
Black: 0.32 cd/m²
Contrast: 653:1

 

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CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

Performance

Acer makes an 11.6-inch subnotebook available with its Aspire V5-132P. The laptop has been built for tasks like browsing, typing, Skype, and video playback. Our review sample is sold for approximately 400 Euros (~$543). We did not discover other configurations.

Processor

The Aspire is powered by a Pentium 2129Y processor from Intel. This dual-core CPU is still based on Intel's Ivy Bridge architecture and clocks with a speed of 1.1 GHz. It does not feature Turbo. Intel specifies a TDP of 10 watts. The CPU's full computing power is available in both AC and battery mode - as can be seen in the Cinebench CPU benchmarks. The Pentium outperforms the processor of both contenders and its precursor in single-thread applications. The three AMD processors have the lead in multi-thread applications.

Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
2725 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
3531 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
1905 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
2624
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
2860
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1502
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
8.74 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
0.88 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.45 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
72 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
39 Points
Help
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-132P
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2129Y, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.45 Points ∼24%
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e000sb
Radeon HD 8210, A4-1250, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.2 Points ∼11% -56%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.33 Points ∼18% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.35 Points ∼19% -22%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.39 Points ∼21% -13%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.4 Points ∼22% -11%
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.37 Points ∼20% -18%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.61 Points ∼33% +36%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 NZUAXMB
HD Graphics 4000, 3227U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
0.79 Points ∼43% +76%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-132P
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2129Y, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.88 Points ∼5%
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e000sb
Radeon HD 8210, A4-1250, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.47 Points ∼3% -47%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.66 Points ∼4% -25%
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.72 Points ∼4% -18%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.76 Points ∼4% -14%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.02 Points ∼6% +16%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.3 Points ∼7% +48%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.48 Points ∼8% +68%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 NZUAXMB
HD Graphics 4000, 3227U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.89 Points ∼11% +115%

System Performance

The system mostly runs smoothly. The weak processor is occasionally noticed, for example, when setting up file content. The Aspire achieves decent scores in the different PCMark benchmarks. It beats the ThinkPad Edge in the PCMark 7 benchmarks; we did not perform this test on the Pavilion.

PC Mark
PCMark 71721 points
PCMark 8 Home v21340 points
PCMark 8 Creative v21011 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-132P
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2129Y, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1721 Points ∼26%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1232 Points ∼19% -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1254 Points ∼19% -27%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1473 Points ∼22% -14%
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1504 Points ∼23% -13%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1586 Points ∼24% -8%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1973 Points ∼30% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 NZUAXMB
HD Graphics 4000, 3227U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2470 Points ∼37% +44%

Storage Devices

Acer furnishes the Aspire with a hard drive from Toshiba. It has a storage capacity of 500 GB and spins with 5400 revolutions per minute. The rates ascertained using CrystalDiskMark are within a range that we presently expect from a 5400 rpm hard drive.

Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Sequential Read: 99.26 MB/s
Sequential Write: 92.94 MB/s
512K Read: 29.6 MB/s
512K Write: 35.67 MB/s
4K Read: 0.337 MB/s
4K Write: 0.797 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 0.651 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 0.802 MB/s

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics GPU is responsible for graphics output. The graphics core supports DirectX 11 and clocks with speeds ranging from 350 to 850 MHz. The ThinkPad Edge supplies the best scores in the 3DMark benchmarks. It also features the strongest GPU. Even the Aspire V5-122P achieves better scores than its successor.

3D Mark
3DMark 11321 points
3DMark Ice Storm18021 points
3DMark Cloud Gate1478 points
3DMark Fire Strike208 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-132P
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2129Y, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
321 Points ∼2%
Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2810, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
212 Points ∼2% -34%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
222 Points ∼2% -31%
Acer Aspire V5-131-10172G50akk
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1017U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
356 Points ∼3% +11%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
Radeon HD 8240, E1-2500, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
464 Points ∼4% +45%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
466 Points ∼4% +45%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 NZUAXMB
HD Graphics 4000, 3227U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
596 Points ∼5% +86%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
581 Points ∼4% +81%

Gaming Performance

The little laptop is not intended for computer games. Only a very few titles run smoothly on the computer - using a low resolution and low quality settings.

low med.high ultra
World of Warcraft (2005) 78.328.3fps
Dirt 3 (2011) 41.416.5fps
Deus Ex Human Revolution (2011) 25.411.4fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 18.69.4fps
F1 2013 (2013) 2014fps
X-Plane 10.25 (2013) 157.6fps
Thief (2014) 5.93.6fps
Acer Aspire V5-132P
Intel Pentium 2129Y, Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
AMD E1-2500, AMD Radeon HD 8240, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
AMD A4-5000, AMD Radeon HD 8330, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
AMD A6-1450, AMD Radeon HD 8250, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Tomb Raider
17%
32%
9%
1024x768 Low Preset18.621.8
17%
24.6
32%
20
8%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x9.411
17%
12.4
32%
10.3
10%

Emissions

System Noise

The fan spins very slowly when idling and is virtually silent. However, the hard drive's access noise is very audible. The fan spins faster when loaded and enters an audible range. However, it is still tolerable. The V5-132P wins against its precursor in the comparison. It operates quieter over the entire load range.

Noise Level

Idle 31.1 / 31.1 / 31.1 dB(A)
HDD 31.5 dB(A)
Load 37.5 / 37.5 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

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

None of the three comparison laptops heat up excessively. Their surface temperatures are always within an acceptable range on every measuring point. The Aspire performed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) in AC and battery mode in the same manner: The processor clocked at full speed (1.1 GHz). The graphics core was throttled to 350 MHz. The CPU's temperature settled to approximately 77 °C in the stress test.

Max. Load
 32.7 °C35.5 °C30 °C 
 28.6 °C32.4 °C28.7 °C 
 25 °C24.6 °C26 °C 
Maximum: 35.5 °C
Average: 29.3 °C
28.6 °C40 °C37.1 °C
28.2 °C30.6 °C30.8 °C
25.2 °C25.7 °C25.9 °C
Maximum: 40 °C
Average: 30.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  35.1 °C | Room Temperature 22.2 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Aspire's power requirement is on the level that we know from subnotebooks based on ULV hardware. The power consumption has been reduced slightly compared with the Aspire V5-122P.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 5.7 / 8.1 / 8.4 Watt
Load 20.1 / 20.5 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940
Acer Aspire V5-132P
Intel Pentium 2129Y, Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), Toshiba MQ01ABF050
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e000sb
AMD A4-1250, AMD Radeon HD 8210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145-20BC000UGE
AMD A4-5000, AMD Radeon HD 8330, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145
AMD E1-2500, AMD Radeon HD 8240, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
AMD A6-1450, AMD Radeon HD 8250, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Power Consumption
18%
-2%
21%
-18%
Idle Minimum *5.74.8
16%
5.6
2%
4.2
26%
6.9
-21%
Idle Average *8.16.6
19%
7.7
5%
5.9
27%
9.4
-16%
Idle Maximum *8.49.0
-7%
7.9
6%
6.3
25%
12.4
-48%
Load Average *20.113.6
32%
22.3
-11%
14.9
26%
18.3
9%
Load Maximum *20.514.2
31%
22.8
-11%
20.1
2%
23.3
-14%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Websites are opened automatically every 40 seconds in the Wi-Fi test. The energy-saving profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The Aspire achieved a runtime of 2:54 h - which is not an impressive time. The ThinkPad Edge (7:44 h) runs a lot longer, and even the Pavilion (4:32 h) is more enduring.

Acer offers a secondary battery for both its V5-122P and V5-132P (model: NP.BTP11.00G), which is attached via screws to the underside. We had difficulties finding the battery in shops, but we discovered the battery on a well-known auction website. The battery costs around 100 Euros (~$135).

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
2h 54min
Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
Acer Aspire V5-132P
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2129Y, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
174 min ∼6%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
187 min ∼7%
HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e000sb
Radeon HD 8210, A4-1250, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
263 min ∼10%
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

With its Aspire V5-132P, Acer offers a subnotebook featuring hardware that makes it a portable typewriter and browsing machine. Unfortunately, the short battery runtimes ruin the claim on mobility. Only the optionally available battery could help here. Positive traits of the Aspire are - like its precursor - the design and the viewing-angle stable IPS screen. However, the screen is not very bright. The direct comparison between the Aspire V5-132P and the former Aspire V5-122P is mixed. The V5-132P sacrifices GPU power and multi-thread performance in favor of single-thread performance, as well as lower noise and temperature development.

Our review sample was assembled in February 2014. Therefore it is surprising that Acer still installs an Ivy Bridge processor. The Aspire would have benefited considerably more from a Haswell processor, especially in terms of power requirement.

Lenovo's ThinkPad Edge E145 is clearly a better typewriter and browsing machine than the Aspire. It features a very good keyboard, offers long battery runtimes, and it has a matte screen. HP's Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e000sb does not really have a unique selling point.

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Specifications

Acer Aspire V5-132P

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM70 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3, dual-channel, one memory bank (furnished with a 2 GB module), 2 GB soldered on motherboard
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), Core: 350-850 MHz, 10.18.10.3304
:: Display
11.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, 10 point multi-touch, AU Optronics B116XAN03.2, IPS, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Toshiba MQ01ABF050, 500 GB , 420 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio jack, Card Reader: SD, MMC,
:: Networking
Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 21.2 x 289 x 206
:: Weight
1.38 kg
:: Battery
30 Wh Lithium-Ion
:: Price
399 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD webcam, Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial), MS Office 365 (trial), Nero BackItUp 12 Essentials, 24 Months Warranty

 

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Pro

+Good build and stiffness
+IPS screen
+Operates quietly
+Low temperature development
 

Cons

-Moderate battery runtimes
-Hardly suitable for mobile use

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What we like

The casing and the low temperature development.

What we'd like to see

A brighter screen and longer battery runtimes.

What surprises us

Acer replaces the AMD APU with an Intel processor.

The competition

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E145, HP Pavilion TouchSmart 11-e000sb, Asus F200MA-CT067H, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E135, Acer Aspire V5-131, Acer Aspire V5-122P, Medion Akoya P2211T (convertible), Toshiba Satellite NB10t-A-101.

Rating

Acer Aspire V5-132P
05/20/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
76 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
73%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
54 / 95 → 57%
Weight
70 / 78 → 81%
Battery
75%
Display
80%
Games Performance
35 / 85 → 41%
Application Performance
41%
Temperature
91 / 91 → 100%
Noise
90%
Audio
41 / 91 → 45%
Camera
35 / 85 → 41%
Average
65%
75%
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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2014-05-27 (Update: 2014-05-28)