Review Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii Notebook

Sebastian Jentsch (translated by Martina Osztovits), 02/25/2013

IPS for everyone. It is like witchcraft: Reviewers and readers have complained about poor TN panels in Acer's multimedia notebooks for years. Now we review a 650 Euros (~$848) model with a downright fantastic Full HD IPS display, which is even matte. Should you buy before it's gone?

Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii: IPS display by Acer - the most surprising display of the year?
Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii: IPS display by Acer - the most surprising display of the year?

For the original German review, see here.

Whoever is looking for an affordable 15.6-incher (below 800 Euros (~$1044)) with Full HD resolution will come across numerous devices from Dell, MSI, Asus, and a few from Sony, Lenovo, and Medion. The list shrinks dramatically if you ignore laptops without dedicated graphics or with relatively weak solutions (e.g. Dell's Vostro 3560, i7, HD 7670M or Asus' N56VJ-S4045H, i5, GT 635M). The Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii comes with a matte Full HD display and powerful gaming hardware (Kepler).

Our test sample is equipped with a GeForce GT 640M. Its successor the GT 730M is already available too (V3-571G-53238G1TMaii, 799 Euros (~$1043)). Apparently, sales of the GT 640M has begun and our test model currently costs about 630-650 Euros (~$822-848) and is at least 100 Euros (~$131) cheaper than the mentioned competition. Should you buy, before it is sold out?

In this test we scrutinize the new Full HD display. The following tests of performance, gaming performance, and ergonomics are obligatory. Of course, we also check the battery life. We already reviewed the V3-571G (HD panel) in August 2012. Therefore, we skip the sections about case, connectivity, and input device. If you want to know more about these, please refer to our review of the Aspire V3-571G-73614G50Makk (TN HD Panel 1366x768).

It is not easy to select comparable contenders with FHD displays. We reviewed all of the laptops listed below, but not the FHD model of each. Therefore, we compare our test sample to Dell's Inspiron 15R SE (matte FHD) and Lenovo's IdeaPad Y500 (glossy FHD).

Sony Vaio VPC-F24M1E/B (i5, GT 540M) matte
MSI GE60-i560M245 (i5, GTX 660M) matte
MSI GE60-i547W7H (i5, GT 650M) matte
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 (i5, GTX 660M) glossy
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (i5, GT 650M) glossy
Medion Akoya P6815 (i7, GT 650M) matte
Dell Inspiron 15R SE (i7, HD 7730M) matte

Display

Wie wir testen - Display

Instead of 1366x768 pixels our Aspire V3 comes with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It features a high-end IPS panel (in-plane switching), which usually feature significantly wider viewing angles than the TN-types (Twisted Nematics) typically used by Acer in this price category. Apparently, Acer departs from the strategy to equip all notebooks (except the top model S7-391) with the same poor TN panels. In the past, we often came across otherwise totally convincing laptops, which were ruled out because of their poor displays, e.g. the Timeline Ultra M3-581TG or the Aspire S5-391. The latter currently costs 1,500 Euros (~$1957)!

All the more surprising our test model is currently available for 650 Euros (~$848) in online shops. The Full HD display stems from the LG Display (LP156WF4 SPB1). To date, Acer nearly always used AUO and sometimes LG Phillips displays. The chance paid off: The matte display is not only above-average brightness (278 cd/m²), but also features a very high contrast of 1,043:1. The latter is nearly on par with the high-end panel (S-IPS+) in Asus' VivoTab TF810C Convertible (1229:1). The V3-571G's predecessor just achieved 132:1 and a moderate brightness of 198 cd/m² (LG Phillips LP156WH4-TLA1). The competition, Lenovo's IdeaPad Y500 (459:1 LG Philips LP156WF1-TLC1) and the Inspiron 15R SE (AU Optronics B156HW2, 533:1) do not perform better than our test device in this aspect.

The brightness distribution of 82% seems to be uneven, but brighter areas cannot be detected on a black background. The colors look crisp and fresh and black appears deep.

256
cd/m²
275
cd/m²
281
cd/m²
267
cd/m²
313
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
264
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
272
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 313 cd/m²
Average: 277.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 247 cd/m²
Black: 0.3 cd/m²
Contrast: 1043:1

Does the color space of the FHD panel also suffice professional graphic tasks? While the display significantly misses sRGB, it offers exceptionally high color fidelity in magenta (pink). An analysis is available below (CalMAN figures). The predecessor model with HD panel has a nearly identical color space (figure 4). The FHD display of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 performs better in terms of sRGB coverage, while the Inspiron 15R SE with its AU Optronics B156HW2 is about on par with our test model. Therefore, the Aspire V3 is not appropriate for professional graphic designers, who require high color fidelity.

Nevertheless, the high resolution, the matte surface and the high contrast allow comfortable work with all office programs and in CAD environments. Games should be mentioned here, too. It is fun to run these on a display with crisp colors. In "Gaming performance", we will clarify if the GT 640M is actually able to run current titles in Full HD resolution.

V3-571G-53214G50Maii FHD vs. AdobeRGB
V3-571G-53214G50Maii FHD vs. AdobeRGB
V3-571G-53214G50Maii FHD vs. sRGB
V3-571G-53214G50Maii FHD vs. sRGB
V3-571G-53214G50Maii FHD vs. Asus UX31A FHD-Touch
V3-571G-53214G50Maii FHD vs. Asus UX31A FHD-Touch
V3-571G-73614G50Makk HD vs. sRGB
V3-571G-73614G50Makk HD vs. sRGB
V3-571G-53214G50Maii FHD vs. IdeaPad Y500 FHD
V3-571G-53214G50Maii FHD vs. IdeaPad Y500 FHD
V3-571G-53214G50Maii FHD vs. Inspiron 15R SE FHD
V3-571G-53214G50Maii FHD vs. Inspiron 15R SE FHD

The following figures depict the color analysis from the i1 Pro 2 photo spectrometer. In factory state, we detect weaknesses in gray levels, which do not improve after calibration. The average DeltaE (2000) remains at 8. It is striking that white is with 6,562 K close to the ideal of 6,500 K. Most notebook displays look too cool, e.g. Toshiba's R930 with 9,097 K. The IPS display of Asus' UX31A (non-touch screen) tends to the opposite extreme with 5,500 K. In addition, colors are not bluish and look warm on the V3's FHD panel. 

The color precision is rather good for a notebook, but far from perfect. After calibration, green, blue and magenta exceed a DeltaE of 5, the level a trained human eye can detect wrong color representations. The displays of the LifeBook T902 Convertible (touchscreen) and the Asus VivoBook TF810C perform better in this aspect.

Gray levels uncalibrated
Gray levels uncalibrated
Color fidelity uncalibrated
Color fideltiy  uncalibrated
Color saturation uncalibrated
Color saturation uncalibrated
Gray levels calibrated
Gray levels calibrated
Color fidelity calibrated
Color fideltiy  calibrated
Color saturation calibrated
Color saturation calibrated

Thanks to high brightness and matte display there are nearly no limitations to outdoor use. Even direct light (from the front) does not spoil the stable image (from the side!). The image only gets unrecognizable when viewed from very oblique positions. The brightnesses of our test model, Dell's Inspiron 15R SE (278) and Lenovo's IdeaPad Y500 (259) are decent. But, the glossy-type display of the Lenovo has a negative impact.

outdoors, cloudy, from the side
outdoors, cloudy, from the side
outdoors, cloudy, reflections
outdoors, cloudy, reflections
outdoors, cloudy, from the front
outdoors, cloudy, from the front

We appreciate the viewing angles of the display. They are about 85 degrees in the horizontal and vertical direction. This is usual for IPS panels. Typical TN panels (e.g. Aspire S5-391) do not exceed 45 degrees in horizontal and 15 degrees in the vertical direction.

Its FHD competitors, the Y500 and the Inspiron 15R SE, are outperformed by our test model. Although their viewing angles are not poor in general (very stable in the horizontal direction), you will observe ghosting sooner than on our Aspire V3-571G's IPS display in the vertical direction. The quality of Full HD displays can definitely be quite different. Our V3 test model is ideal for several persons watching a film.

Viewing angles: Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii
Viewing angles: Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii

Performance

Currently, four different Aspire V3-571G models are available: with Core i5-3210M (2x 2.50 GHz) dual-core CPU (test model), with i7-3630QM (4x 2.40 GHz) or with i7-3632QM (4x 2.20 GHz). The 550 Euros (~$718) V3-571G-53214G50Makk is equipped with the i5-3210M, but only features a GeForce GT 630M and an HD display. We think that a surcharge of 100 Euros (~$131) is fair for an FHD panel and a significantly faster GT 640M. The first Aspire V3 (HD, GT 640M) was equipped with Intel's Core i7-3610QM (4x 2.3 GHz). Our test model is also already available with the new GT 730M for 799 Euros (~$1043). 

The Ivy Bridge CPU can clock with up to 3.1 GHz (@single-core load) in theory if the cooling system is efficient. Our V3 uses a Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 (HTS545050A7E380) with a gross capacity of 500 GB. The 5400 rpm HDD belongs in the slowest hard drive category. More information is available in the following analysis.

The GeForce GT 640M with DDR3 memory (2,048 MB) is a mid-range GPU of the Kepler architecture from 2012. Optimus allows switching between Intel HD Graphics 4000 and GeForce. More precisely the HD 4000 always remains active, while the GeForce is additionally turned on if more performance is needed as the latter uses the image buffer of the Intel HD for output. Therefore, the display does not flicker or turn black when the graphics card is switched and switching is transparent to the user.

Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
Systeminfo CPUZ Cache
Systeminfo CPUZ Mainboard
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM SPD
Systeminfo GPUZ HD 4000
Systeminfo GPUZ GT 640M
DPC Latenzen Idle OK
DPC Latenzen Idle WLAN On/Off OK
 
System information: Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii

Processor

Prime 95 Solo @2.9 GHz CPU only
Prime 95 Solo @2.9 GHz CPU only
R11.5 OpenGL @708 MHz GPU core
R11.5 OpenGL @708 MHz GPU core

Would it be worthwhile to select one of the bigger quad-cores? We compare the i5-3210M (2.5 - 3.1 GHz) to test models equipped with the i7-3630QM. However, we did not have the 3632QM in review yet. Furthermore, we mention competitors of comparable type and price, which are at least optionally available with an FHD display.

Our 3210M is about 110 to 117% slower (2.86 points) than a 3610QM quad-core (MSI GE 60 and Akoya P6815) in the Cinebench R11.5 multi test. The 3630QM is hardly faster than the latter with +119%. This is not surprising as the nominal clock is only 100 MHz higher. As the IdeaPad Y580's results prove our 3210M reaches the typical performance level of this i5 processor. 

Cooling works decently. During the Cinebench multi tests, the test model constantly clocks at 2.9 GHz. The same is true in single-core tests: No signs of thermal throttling.

The performance on battery equals the one on mains. Each of the three CB-R11.5 tests (Solo/Multi/OpenGL) delivers the same result. As for the GPU, the GT 640M must be selected in the Nvidia driver for battery mode. Otherwise, only the HD 4000 runs the OpenGL test. The following figure depicts different scores depending on the GPU. The GT 630M (dv7-7202eg) and HD 7730M (Inspiron 15R SE) are significantly slower than the GT 640M. More details are available in graphics performance.

Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii
GeForce GT 640M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2.86 Points ∼16%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 (59-332603)
GeForce GTX 660M, 3210M, Toshiba MK7575GSX
2.89 Points ∼16% +1%
Dell Inspiron 15R SE
Radeon HD 7730M, 3612QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0
5.57 Points ∼32% +95%
MSI GE60-i789W7H
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVT-22HXZT3
6 Points ∼34% +110%
Medion Akoya P6815 (MD98059)
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M750MBB
6.2 Points ∼35% +117%
HP Envy dv6-7202eg
GeForce GT 630M, 3630QM, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
6.26 Points ∼36% +119%
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii
35.98 fps ∼33%
HP dv7-7202eg
15.56 fps ∼14% -57%
Dell Inspiron 15R SE
20.02 fps ∼18% -44%
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 (59-332603)
38.8 fps ∼35% +8%
Medion Akoya P6815 (MD98059)
41.75 fps ∼38% +16%
MSI GE60-i789W7H
43.83 fps ∼40% +22%
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
5345 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
10723 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6182 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.26 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.86 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
35.98 fps
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System Performance

PC Mark 7 scores
PC Mark 7 scores

The PCMark 7 rates all components and calculates a total (2,516 points). Alike the Windows performance index (5.9) the Futuremark test reveals that the HDD is a bottleneck. 1,316 points in the system storage sub score are easily exceeded by every SSD system (at least 4,000 points). By the way, the Windows 8 index does not take Nvidia's Optimus into account and displays the lower scores of the Intel HD 4000

The low performance differences between the compared devices, which are all equipped with HDDs, is surprising. Even a quad-core does not increase the total score of PCMark 7. A GT 650M also does not, although it is about 16-22% faster than the GT 640M according to the OpenGL test mentioned above.

4.5
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
7.1
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.5
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.6
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark 72516 points
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PCMark 7 - Score
Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii
GeForce GT 640M, 3210M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2516 Points ∼38%
MSI GE60-i789W7H
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD7500BPVT-22HXZT3
2532 Points ∼38% +1%
Medion Akoya P6815 (MD98059)
GeForce GT 650M, 3610QM, Samsung SpinPoint M8 HN-M750MBB
2445 Points ∼37% -3%
Dell Inspiron 15R SE
Radeon HD 7730M, 3612QM, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0
2318 Points ∼35% -8%

Mass storage

The Hitachi Travelstar does a rather good job for a slow 5400 rpm HDD. Average read transfers of 80-102 MB/s are rather decent for this type of hardware. Acer does not offer an SSD model of the V3-571G. However, there is a model with a 1,000 GB hard drive. Slow access in 4K tests (fragmented, small files) is typical for HDDs. While these achieve about 0.31 MB/s, an SSD can reach up to 10 to 20 MB/s. 

Further information is available in our HDD/SSD benchmark table in our FAQs.

HD-Tune: 80 MB/s Read Seq.
HD-Tune: 80 MB/s Read Seq.
Crystal Disk Mark: 102 MB/s Read Seq.
Crystal Disk Mark: 102 MB/s Read Seq.
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Transfer Rate Minimum: 6.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 112.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 80.4 MB/s
Access Time: 20.9 ms
Burst Rate: 124.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.6 %

Graphics card

The GT 640M is a mid-range GPU based on the GK107 chip of the Kepler series (28 nm). With GDDR5 memory, the GPU would be nearly as fast as a GT 650M (former Fermi architecture). However, Acer equipped the system with 2 GB DDR3 video memory. The 3DMark 2006 ends with 10,001 points, a typical score for a GT 640M. The GT 730M performs better in this test. In 3DMark 11 it is +3% faster, which might be due to normal measurement inaccuracies, however. A detailed test of the GT 730M is available in our update review of the V3-571G-53238G1TMaii.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
10001 points
3DMark Vantage6648 points
3DMark 111691 points
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Gaming Performance

A detailed overview about the decent gaming performance of the GT 640M is available in its data sheet. It can at least smoothly run most titles in medium details. Native Full HD resolution is only possible in non-demanding games like Dishonored, FIFA 13, Torchlight 2, or Diablo. Most other games can at best be enjoyed in HD resolution (1366x768 pixels). In our opinion, the surcharge for the GT 730M model of the Aspire V3 is not worthwhile as it just achieves equal or marginally better frame rates.

Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii
Intel Core i5-3210M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 (59-332603)
Intel Core i5-3210M, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M, Toshiba MK7575GSX
Dell Inspiron 15R SE
Intel Core i7-3612QM, AMD Radeon HD 7730M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT-75A1Yt0
Medion Akoya Sample
Intel Core i5-3210M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, Hitachi Travelstar 7K750 HTS727575A9E
Risen 2: Dark Waters
87%
-6%
-1%
1366x768 Medium / off3157.2
85%
31
0%
32
3%
1366x768 High / on AA:on AF:4x2648.9
88%
23
-12%
25
-4%
Sleeping Dogs
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:Normal 5758
2%
Hitman: Absolution
1366x768 Medium Preset AF:2x2632
23%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
87% / 87%
-6% / -6%
8% / 6%
low med.high ultra
Risen 2: Dark Waters (2012) 52312612fps
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 7357256fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 402617fps

Emissions

System Noise

Acer solves the heat problem quite well. Under normal load, e.g. a computer game or 3DMark06 (measurement), the noise increases to 35 dB (A). We measure a maximum of nearly 40 dB (A), while our processor and graphics stress tests run simultaneously. If you only surf the web or write in MS Word, you will hardly notice the fan, as it changes between off (30 dB (A), HDD base noise) and low 32 dB (A). What is audible is the clacking of the HDD read/write heads with 33 dB (A). The fan noise under load is constant and does not rise and fall annoyingly.

Noise Level

Idle 30.2 / 31.8 / 32 dB(A)
HDD 33.1 dB(A)
DVD 37.5 / dB(A)
Load 35.4 / 39.5 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The temperatures increase a lot under constant load. This is especially true for the stress test (processor and graphics card) and not that much for games. We measure 55 degrees Celsius (131 Fahrenheit) on the underside close to the fan. On the upper side, the central area of the keyboard reaches 46 degrees Celsius (114.8 Fahrenheit). Important: the stress test is not a reference for usual operation. While watching YouTube videos or writing emails, you will only experience lukewarm temperatures of about 30 degrees Celsius (see idle: ~30.6 degrees) (86 and 87.08 Fahrenheit respectively). 

Thermal Throttling? No, thanks. 

During our stress test of several hours (Prime95 + FurMark, see screen shot 1), the system did not throttle (clock: 2.9 GHz). The Turbo even remained active under full load and the clock rate was always significantly higher than the base clock of 2.5 GHz. The constant energy consumption of 81 Watts (only Prime95: 46 W, only FurMark: 62 W) is another evidence that the notebook does not throttle.

Prime95+FurMark: 2,9 GHz, no Throttling, Turbo active
Prime95+Furmark: 2,9 GHz, no Throttling, Turbo active
after the stress test: GPU @350 MHz
after the stress test: GPU @350 MHz
after the stress test: GPU @709 MHz
after the stress test: GPU @709 MHz
Max. Load
 44.1 °C46 °C32.8 °C 
 43.4 °C46.2 °C33.9 °C 
 39 °C40.3 °C35 °C 
Maximum: 46.2 °C
Average: 40.1 °C
31.2 °C42 °C54.5 °C
32.3 °C41 °C49.7 °C
33 °C37.1 °C34.2 °C
Maximum: 54.5 °C
Average: 39.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  60.6 °C | Room Temperature 23.3 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power consumption

The automatic graphics switch Nvidia Optimus and the Ivy Bridge CPU in 22 nm, which should ensure low power consumption, at least while idle. Indeed, idle and load values are very different. This was already typical for the Intel Core predecessor generation, Sandy Bridge. In comparison to the predecessor (V3-571G-53238G1TMaii) the relatively high idle medium and maximum energy consumptions are striking. The predecessor needed, even with Ivy Bridge quad-core, only 13-14 Watts.

Most likely, this is caused by the nearly 100 cd/m² brighter Full HD display. Other 15.6-inch laptops with i5, FHD panel and powerful dedicated graphics card require about the same energy: MSI's GE60 (17 Watts, FHD), Medion's Akoya P6815 (17 Watts, HD) and HP's Envy dv7-7202eg (18 Watts, FHD) are on par with their quad-cores.

Under load, the dedicated graphics card and the Turbo demand a lot of power. We measure a maximum of 81 Watts in the stress test. On average, it is slightly lower during games or 3DMark 2006: 70.5 Watts. That's not much. Competitors with GT 650M and quad-core easily reach 110 Watts (Akoya P6815) or 106 Watts (MSI GE60).

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.1 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 8.1 / 16.7 / 17.1 Watt
Load 70.5 / 81 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 960

Battery life

The battery life is shorter than the HD predecessor's is. Capacity and battery model are not the reason as the same 48 Wh (Lithium-Ion) battery is used. Nevertheless, the idle runtime (Reader's test) fell from 7:27 to 3:46 hours. We minimize the brightness and disable the Wi-Fi modules for this test.

In the WLAN test the system performs better: However, 2:49 hours are as unimpressive as the 3:16 hours of the predecessor. We set the brightness to 150 cd/m² for this test and a looping browser script loads web pages. 

The playback of a DVD film at maximum brightness ends after 1:39 hours on our test device (predecessor 2:58 h). This is easily explained. By default, we run this test at maximum brightness. Because of its bright FHD panel (278 cd/m²) the energy consumption is several Watts higher than our HD comparison device's (198 cd/m²). 

Under load, the battery runtimes are close together for the first time: The Battery Eater Classic test records 1:22 versus 1:30 hours. Overall, our Aspire V3 is about on par with most of its competitors, which also achieve about three hours in our WLAN test (MSI GE60Akoya P6815Envy dv7-7202eg).

idle: 167 Min. (V3-571G-73614G50Makk: 447 min.)
idle: 167 Min. (V3-571G-73614G50Makk: 447 min.)
load: 82 Min. (V3-571G-736...: 90 min.)
load: 82 Min. (V3-571G-736...: 90 min.)
DVD film: 114 Min. (V3-571G-736...: 168 min.)
DVD film: 114 Min. (V3-571G-736...: 168 min.)
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
3h 46min
WiFi Surfing
2h 49min
DVD
1h 39min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 22min

Verdict

A Core i5-3210M, a GeForce GT 640M and a Full HD non-glare panel in a 15.6-inch laptop sounds like an interesting bundle and indeed it is. With the Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii, Acer packs a non-glare Full HD IPS panel into a mid-range laptop for the first time. Considering the price, we would even say lower mid-range. We expect the laptop to be rapidly sold out, as the current price of only 650 Euros (~$848 but increasing!) is more than attractive.

The WUXGA panel (1920x1080) is really appealing: Every user will appreciate its extremely high contrast, wide viewing angles and decent brightness. This will even make you forget about the not ideal battery runtime of about three hours (WLAN test).

Of course, the GeForce GT 730M in the identical V3-571G models drives down the price. However, the surcharge is not worth it, as the performance gain is too low for gamers. A test of the Aspire V3-571G-53238G1TMaii model with the GT 730M and Core i5 will follow shortly.

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Specifications

Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM77 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
4096 MB, single channel
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M - 2048 MB, Core: 624 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, 306.97, Optimus mit HD Graphics 4000
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, LGDisplay LP156WF4 SPB1, IPS LED TFT, WUXGA non-glare , glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380, 500 GB 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
HD Audio
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: mic, headphones, Card Reader: 5 in 1,
:: Networking
Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR5BWB222 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 33.2 x 381 x 253
:: Weight
2.468 kg Power Supply: 0.512 kg
:: Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 10.8 V; 4400 mAh
:: Price
700 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 1,3 MP bis 1280x720, Speakers: stereo, 12 Months Warranty

 

Acer's Aspire V3-571G is actually a run-of-the-mill all-purpose laptop.
Acer's Aspire V3-571G is actually a run-of-the-mill all-purpose laptop.
The TN-Panel has narrow viewing angles,
The TN-Panel has narrow viewing angles,
and the contrast was extremely low.
and the contrast was extremely low.
A picture of the TN panel.
A picture of the TN panel.
The battery life fell to 3 hours in the WLAN test.
The battery life fell to 3 hours in the WLAN test.
But, the battery cells deliver the same capacity.
But, the battery cells deliver the same capacity.
The web cam delivers blurred images and lackluster colors. (1.3 MP).
The web cam delivers blurred images and lackluster colors. (1.3 MP).
The stability of the case is only moderate and base unit and particularly lid can be notably twisted.
The stability of the case is only moderate and base unit and particularly lid can be notably twisted.
Maintenance is restricted to hard drive, RAM and WLAN module.
Maintenance is restricted to hard drive, RAM and WLAN module.
Low brightness and a glossy panel: This does not work in the sun.
Low brightness and a glare-type panel: This does not work in the sun.
The glossy HD panel of the sister model was far from performing that well outdoors.
The glossy HD panel of the sister model was far from performing that well outdoors.
So, the Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii is ideal for the patio in summer.
So, the Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii is ideal for the patio in summer.
The first test in September 2012 described a 15.6-incher
The first test in September 2012 described a 15.6-incher
with decent performance, which is not perfect in any other way.
with decent performance, which is not perfect in any other way.
As usually, the reviewers criticized the poor contrast of the HD TN display.
As usually, the reviewers criticized the poor contrast of the HD TN display.
We only had to wait some month for a surprise.
We only had to wait some month for a surprise.
If you want to buy a gaming-capable 15.6 incher with your Christmas bonus,
If you want to buy a gaming-capable 15.6 incher with your Christmas bonus,
the wait was worth it.
the wait was worth it.
Acer incorporate a high-end WUXGA non-glare IPS panel.
Acer incorporate a high-end WUXGA non-glare IPS panel.
It does not only deliver wide viewing angles typical for IPS, but also an extremely high contrast.
It does not only deliver wide viewing angles  typical for IPS, but also an extremely high contrast.
In addition, it is also bright.
In addition, it is also bright.

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Pro

+stable viewing angles
+very high contrast
+bright, matte, Full HD IPS
+decent keyboard
+excellent system performance
+decent graphics performance
+low noise emissions
+cheap
 

Cons

-connectivity
-glossy surfaces on the case
-temperature increase under load

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What we like

Matte, great colors and first-class IPS viewing angles. Finally an affordable laptop offers a display quality common in tablets.

What we'd like to see

That cheap? The reviewer does not dare to complain. Prolific writers will not like the short travel of the mouse buttons and perfectionists will criticize the moderate build quality.

What surprises us

How easy it is to read from a matte display even under daylight.

The competition

Sony Vaio VPC-F24M1E/B (i5, GT 540M, matte) in sale; MSI GE60-i560M245 (i5, GTX 660M, matte); MSI GE60-i547W7H (i5, GT 650M, matte); Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 (i5, GTX 660M, glare); Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (i5, GT 650M, glare); Medion Akoya P6815 (i7, GT 650M, matte); Dell Inspiron 15R SE (i7, HD 7730M, matte)

Rating

Acer Aspire V3-571G-53214G50Maii
02/08/2013 v3
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
86%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
74%
Weight
81%
Battery
73%
Display
91%
Games Performance
86%
Application Performance
90%
Temperature
71%
Noise
90%
Add Points
88%
Average
83%
84%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sebastian Jentsch, 2013-02-25 (Update: 2013-06- 6)