Review Acer Aspire V5-471G Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Martina Osztovits), 01/26/2013

Light and cheap, but gaming capable? Acer combine a frugal ULV processor and a GeForce GPU in a slim case. This could result in a mobile, light, gaming capable notebook. Our review reveals to what extent this is true.

For the original German review, see here.

Acer's V5 series consists of several thin and cheap notebooks of the usual form factors (10 to 15.6-inch). Acer targets price-conscious customers interested in ultrabooks. The Aspire V5-471G-53314G50, is a 14-inch device which will be put through all the tests to determine its worthiness as the right pick for the consumer. We have already scrutinized the very cheap V5-431 (Celeron 887, HD Graphics) and two 15.6-inch models of the same series, the Aspire V5-531 (Pentium 967, HD Graphics) and the Aspire V5-571G (Core i5-3317U, GeForce GT 620M).

We compare the review sample to Lenovo's IdeaPad S405 (AMD A8-4555M, Radeon HD 7600G) and Samsung's Series 5 535U3C (AMD A6-4455M, Radeon HD 7500G).

Case

The Aspire V5-471G is completely made from matte silver plastic, which unfortunately leaves the impression of the device being cheap. The surface if the case is not textured. The IdeaPad and the Samsung  are also completely made out of plastic parts. With a height of 23 mm, the Aspire only marginally exceeds the ultrabook specification (max. 21 mm) and is still very portable.

There are some places on the body of the laptop where the different components are not seated properly. The touchpad and the keyboard bezel do not sit flush with each other. The base unit is reasonably robust and gives slightly when pressure is applied. But, the palm rests are significantly more rigid. If the base unit is picked up at its front corners, it can hardly be twisted. Even some thicker and heavier notebooks perform worse here. In contrast, the lid can be twisted much more. The hinges hold the lid securely in place, but it tends to teeter. It is possible to open the lid with one hand.

The notebook is covered by matte silver plastic
The notebook is covered by matte silver plastics
There is only a small maintenance hatch on the bottom
There is only a small maintenance hatch on the underside
The Aspire V5-471G is light and portable
The Aspire V5-471G: light and handy

Connectivity

The slim notebook does not provide much space for interfaces. Nevertheless, it delivers the most important ports including USB 3.0. The IdeaPad and Series 5 basically offer the same interfaces as the Aspire, but Lenovo omits the VGA. All interfaces of the V5-471G's are on the left side near the front and in an unfavorable position. However, a better solution was not possible in this slim computer.

 

Left side: power-in, slot for breakout calbe (VGA and Gigabit Ethernet), HDMI, USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, combo-audio
Left side: power-in, connector for adapters (VGA and Gigabit Ethernet), HDMI, USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, combo-audio
Right side: Kensington security slot, DVD burner
Right side: Kensington security slot, DVD burner
Front side: card reader (SD, MMC).
Front side: card reader (SD, MMC).

Communication

The WLAN module is from Atheros (AR5WBW222) and supports standards 802.11 b/g/n. The reception performance is very good. The WiFi control of Windows displays full reception quality in close proximity as well as two floors below the router. The Gigbabit Ethernet chip (RTL8168/8111) of the V5-471G is made by Realtek. In addition, the laptop features Bluetooth 4.0. A web cam is incorporated in the display bezel, but it does not create really convincing images. They are  a little bit blurry and pixelated.

Accessories

As usual these days, Acer and many OEMs hardly include any accessories. Apart from a quick start poster, a quick start guide and the warranty information, only a breakout cable, which adds a VGA and a Gigabit-Ethernet interface are available in the package. There are no other connection options available on the laptop.

Operating System and Recovery

The Aspire comes pre-installed with Windows 8 (64 Bit). But, an installation DVD is not included. If you want to replace Windows 8 with Windows 7, you can download drivers for Windows 7 from Acer's web site.

Thanks to a recovery partition, it is easy to restore the laptop to the state at delivery. Unfortunately, it is not possible to launch the recovery by pressing a key combination after powerering on, but only when Windows has booted up. Therefore, the user should create a recovery DVD, which allows launching the recovery in case Windows does no longer boot. The web site "Intowindows.com" provides an English guide on how to create such a DVD.

Maintenance

On the underside of the notebook, there is a small maintenance hatch and behind it, there are the two RAM slots. One of them is occupied by a 4 GB module. The notebook supports up to 8 GB of RAM. An additional 4 GB RAM module currently costs about 15 to 20 Euros (~$20 to $27). If you want to replace the hard drive or clean the fan, you have to remove the underside of the case. However, we did not try this at the time of the review.

Warranty

Acer provides a 24 month bring-in warranty for the V5-471G. In case of a defect, the customer has to send the device to Acer. The IdeaPad and the Samsung have similar warranties. The warranty of the Acer can be extended to three years for about 70 to 80 Euro (~$95 to $110), but the warranty extension must be bought and activated within 365 days after the purchase of the notebook.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Aspire comes with a backlit chiclet keyboard. The main keys are 15 x 15 mm in dimension. The key travel is short and the pressure point is clearly discernable, but the key resistance could be better. Unfortunately, the keyboard flexes when typing. This is especially true in the center, while it gets better towards the edges. The size of the enter, backspace and right shift key are something to be happy about as they have the usual dimensions. These are often somewhat too small in small notebooks. However, the arrow keys are a little bit (too) small. But, thanks to their position and key spacing, they can be comfortably used anyway.

Touchpad

Acer equips the Aspire with a Clickpad from Elan, i.e. a touchpad without dedicated mouse buttons. The whole pad is like a switch. Depending on the finger position on the front part of the pad, either a right or a left click is registered. The touchpad is about 9.7 x 6.6 cm and so is sufficiently big for comfortable use of the supported multi-touch gestures. Each gesture can be individually activated and deactivated in the configuration menu. The smooth surface has good gliding traits. The travel of the touchpad is short and the feedback is clearly audible and perceptible.

Backlit keyboard
Backlit keyboard
Touchpad supports multi-touch gestures.
Touchpad supports multi-touch gestures.

Display

Acer equip the V5-471G with a 14-inch display from AU Optronics with a glossy surface and a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Alternative models come with a touchscreen with the same resolution. The average brightness of the display is about 197.4 cd/m² and is below average for a device in this class. The IdeaPad's display is even more dim (167.9 cd/m²). With a measurement of 293.1 cd/m², the Samsung performs better here.

183
cd/m²
179
cd/m²
188
cd/m²
189
cd/m²
202
cd/m²
188
cd/m²
193
cd/m²
185
cd/m²
180
cd/m²
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 202 cd/m²
Average: 187.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 202 cd/m²
Black: 0.66 cd/m²
Contrast: 306:1
Distribution of brightness
Aspire V5-471G vs. sRGB
Aspire V5-471G vs. sRGB
Aspire V5-471G vs. AdobeRGB
Aspire V5-471G vs. AdobeRGB

Contrast (306:1) and black value (0,66 cd/m²) are average, about on par with the IdeaPad's (0.54 cd/m², 319:1) and better than the Samsung's (2.24 cd/m², 136:1). The AU Optronics display can neither cover sRGB nor AdobeRGB color spaces.

The measurements were performed before calibration (at the time of delivery) and we observed a big DeltaE-2000 deviation (blue DeltaE(2000): 22). The display is clearly bluish without any calibration being done.

CalMan - color accuracy
CalMan - color accuracy
CalMan - grey levels (before calibration)
CalMan - grey levels (before calibration)
CalMan - grey levels (after calibration)
CalMan - grey levels (after calibration)
CalMan - saturation
CalMan - saturation

The display is slightly too dull for outdoor use. Due to the glossy surface, it is difficult to read anything from the display under the sun. But, it does get easier in the shade.

 

The Aspire is standard fare in terms of viewing angles. In the vertical direction, the image deviates quickly while the viewing angles are wider in horizontal direction.

 

Aspire V5-471G: outdoors
Aspire V5-471G: outdoors
Acer Aspire V5-471G: viewing angles
Acer Aspire V5-471G: viewing angles

Performance

Our test sample delivers more than enough performance for most users. Text processing, video telephony, internet browsing and videos are not a big challenge  for the device. Thanks to its GeForce GPU, it can also play a few 3D games. If the 14-inch display is too small for you, you could consider the nearly identically equipped 15.6-inch Aspire V5-571G.

The V5-471 series is a different model. If you do not need a GeForce GPU, you can choose a model without it ("G" will be missing from the model id). In addition, Acer also offer models with touchscreen ("P" in the model name: V5-471P). Our test device is priced at about 600 Euros (~$810), and the other models of the series cost between 500 and 700 Euros (~$675 to $950).

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System information: Acer Aspire V5-471G

Processor

Acer use an Intel Core i5-3317U dual core CPU from the Ivy Bridge family in the V5-471G with a base clock of 1.7 GHz. Thanks to Turbo Boost, the clock rate can be increased to 2.4 GHz (both cores) and 2.6 GHz (for a single core). The built-in Core i5 is a ULV CPU, which operates at an especially low voltage level. As a result, its power consumption is lower.

In the Cinebench tests, the processor is able to utilize the Turbo Boost functionality without any losses in performance. The results are on par with other notebooks with the Core i5-3317U like the IdeaPad S400 (Core i5-3317U, HD Graphics 4000). The Samsung (AMD A6-4455M, Radeon HD 7500G) and the IdeaPad S405 (AMD A8-4555M, Radeon HD 7600G) are notably outperformed as the AMD CPUs are slower than the Core i5. Thanks to its GeForce GPU, the Aspire also wins the GL tests.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3558
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7335
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5314
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4508 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
9029 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
5337 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.08 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.38 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
23.46 fps
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Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
Acer Aspire V5-471G
GeForce GT 620M, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
23.46 fps ∼21%
Lenovo IdeaPad S400-MAY8LGE
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
10.84 fps ∼10% -54%
Lenovo IdeaPad S405
Radeon HD 7600G, A8-4555M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
11.99 fps ∼11% -49%
Lenovo IdeaPad U410-MAH6MGE
GeForce 610M, 3317U
16.14 fps ∼15% -31%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
20.5 fps ∼19% -13%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Aspire V5-471G
GeForce GT 620M, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.38 Points ∼20%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.85 Points ∼7% -64%
Lenovo IdeaPad S405
Radeon HD 7600G, A8-4555M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
1.24 Points ∼10% -48%
Lenovo IdeaPad U410-MAH6MGE
GeForce 610M, 3317U
1.85 Points ∼15% -22%
Lenovo IdeaPad S400-MAY8LGE
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
2.38 Points ∼20% 0%

System Performance

The system works smoothly without any delays and the PCMark 7 benchmark confirms our experience with the hardware. The IdeaPad S405 (AMD A8-4555M, Radeon HD 7600G) and the Samsung Series 5 535U3C (AMD A6-4455M, Radeon HD 7500G) cannot keep up with the Aspire, as their AMD APUs are slower than the CPU/GPU combination of our test sample. Despite having the same CPU and a slower GPU, the IdeaPad U410 (Core i5-3317U, GeForce 610M) delivers a better result as it is equipped with a faster hard drive supported by an SSD cache. The IdeaPad S400 (Core i5-3317U, HD Graphics 4000) performs better too. 

4.6
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.9
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.6
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.4
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark 72154 points
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PCMark 7 - Score
Acer Aspire V5-471G
GeForce GT 620M, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2154 Points ∼33%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1368 Points ∼21% -36%
Lenovo IdeaPad S405
Radeon HD 7600G, A8-4555M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
1627 Points ∼25% -24%
Lenovo IdeaPad S400-MAY8LGE
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
2416 Points ∼36% +12%
Lenovo IdeaPad U410-MAH6MGE
GeForce 610M, 3317U
2724 Points ∼41% +26%

Storage Devices

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

Acer equip the Aspire with a hard drive from Seagate's Momentus Thin series with a capacity of 500 GB and a revolution speed of 5400 rpm. CrystalDiskMark reports a read rate of 104,2 MB/s and HD Tune shows an average transfer rate of 82.8 MB/s. Both values are decent for a 5400 rpm hard drive. Notebooks in this price category are often equipped with slower hard drives (average transfer rate: 60-70 MB/s).

Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Transfer Rate Minimum: 45 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 115.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 82.8 MB/s
Access Time: 19.9 ms
Burst Rate: 92.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.2 %

Graphics cards

The Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU and the GeForce GT 620M GPU are responsible for the graphics performance. Both graphics solutions support DirectX 11. The Intel GPU is used for everyday applications, while the GeForce GPU is used for demanding tasks like 3D games. The GT 620M GPU is one of the entry level GPUs from Nvidia with clocks at 630 MHz. Its Turbo is not activated (no increase of the clock rate to 715 MHz), in order not to overtax the cooling system.

The 3DMark results are as expected. Thanks to its GeForce GT 620M GPU, the Aspire is significantly faster than the IdeaPad S405 (AMD A8-4555M, Radeon HD 7600G) and the Samsung Series 5 (AMD A6-4455M, Radeon HD 7500G) in all graphics tests.

3D Mark
3DMark 0513823 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
7465 points
3DMark Vantage4464 points
3DMark 111040 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
Acer Aspire V5-471G
GeForce GT 620M, 3317U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1040 Points ∼8%
Lenovo IdeaPad S400-MAY8LGE
HD Graphics 4000, 3317U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
562 Points ∼4% -46%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
638 Points ∼5% -39%
Lenovo IdeaPad U410-MAH6MGE
GeForce 610M, 3317U
654 Points ∼5% -37%
Lenovo IdeaPad S405
Radeon HD 7600G, A8-4555M, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVT
672 Points ∼5% -35%

Gaming Performance

Thanks to the GeForce GPU, the Aspire is also gaming capable. Current 3D games can be run at low to medium quality and native resolution (1366 x 768 pixels). Even demanding titles like Hitman: Absolution run without stuttering at the lowest settings. Several games also run smoothly at higher quality like the Fifa series. However, if you focus on gaming, you should select a notebook with more powerful graphics, like the Geforce GT 650M and something faster. Comparable notebooks often use only the HD Graphics 4000 GPU. These can only run most games smoothly at lowest resolution and low quality. Some games will also run at medium quality.

low med.high ultra
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 37.427.119.5fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 75.330.719.7fps
Mass Effect 3 (2012) 51.135.921.8fps
F1 2012 (2012) 593129fps
Fifa 13 (2012) 195.9137.5101.861.7fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 3525.814.9fps

Emissions

System noise

The slim case houses decent performance components. Therefore, the notebook requires a powerful cooling system whose design isn’t capable of keeping the system noise down. We already measure between 32.5 and 36.9 dB in the idle state. The IdeaPad S405 (30.3 to 31.3 dB) and the Samsung Series 5 (29.8 to 32.1 dB) are significantly quieter. Under medium (3D Mark 06) and full load (stress test: Prime95 and Furmark), it gets really loud with noise levels of 44 dB and 44.9 dB. The Samsung (39.8 dB and 42,3 dB) works quieter than the Aspire. and the IdeaPad (31.3 dB. and 31.5 dB) also works whisper quiet under load.

Noise Level

Idle 32.1 / 34.3 / 36.9 dB(A)
HDD 32.5 dB(A)
DVD 36.8 / dB(A)
Load 44 / 44.9 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Aspire during the stress test
Aspire during the stress test

While idle, the device gets only moderately warmer with temperatures between 27.7 and 36 degrees Celsius. This is on par with the Samsung, but the IdeaPad remains somewhat cooler.

During the stress test (Prime 95 and Furmark), which is not a realistic scenario, the V5-471G gets significantly warmer with temperatures between 27.6 and 49.6 degrees Celsius. Again, the Series 5 notebook reaches similar temperatures, but some parts get even warmer (52.2 degrees Celsius). Only the Lenovo stays relatively cool under full load.

In our stress test (Prime 95 and Furmark run for at least one hour), the CPU only runs at full speed (2.4 GHz) for about 5 minutes before it slows down to 1.3 GHz (throttling) on the mains. When the stress test is run on battery power, the CPU always clocks at 1.3 GHz. In contrast, the GPU continuously runs at maximum speed (630 MHz) in the stress test regardless of the power source. We ran 3DMark 06 immediately after the stress test and the result did not differ from the cold notebook's. The CPU temperature levels off at about 70 degrees Celsius on mains.

Max. Load
 36 °C37 °C28.2 °C 
 34.6 °C39.1 °C27.7 °C 
 30.6 °C35.1 °C30.3 °C 
 
27.6 °C43.5 °C49.6 °C
29.4 °C44 °C37.4 °C
31.2 °C36 °C36.3 °C
Maximum: 39.1 °C
Average: 33.2 °C
 Maximum: 49.6 °C
Average: 37.2 °C
Power Supply (max.)  50.2 °C | Room Temperature 22 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the V5-471G are on the underside. "Dolby Advanced Audio" and "Virtual Surround Sound" promise decent sound, which is not available on many devices in this category. It is thin and a little bit tiny instead. Speech is clearly audible. In changing the settings with the pre-installed Dolby Advanced Audio software, you could improve the sound. As an alternative, you can simply connect external speakers or headphones.

Energy Management

Power consumption

While idle, the V5-471G profits from its frugal ULV processor. We measure a power consumption between 7.3 and 11.7 Watts. Unsurprisingly, the Samsung (7.7 to 14.5 Watt) and the IdeaPad (7.2 to 12 Watt) demand a similar amount of energy as they are equipped with frugal AMD APUs. As soon as the GeForce GPU is active, the power consumption of the Acer increases significantly. We recorded 54.2 Watts under medium load (3DMark 06) and 52.1 Watts under full load (Prime95 and Furmark). The value is lower under full load, as the CPU throttles to 1.3 GHz. The Series 5 (38.1 Watt and 41,8 Watt) and the IdeaPad (26.9 Watt and 25.7 Watt) demand significantly less power under load.

Power consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 7.3 / 10.3 / 11.7 Watt
Load 54.2 / 52.1 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

In the idle mode, the Aspire is able to produce runtimes of 5:36 h, which is on par with the IdeaPad's (5:37 h). The Samsung (6:59 h) runs significantly longer. The idle runtime is recorded by means of the BatteryEater Reader's tests with minimum display brightness, active energy-saving profile and disabled wireless modules. The V5-471G runs for about 1:01 h in the load test. The S405 (1:21 h) and the Samsung (1:32 h) are able to keep operating for a longer time. To check the battery life under load, we used the BatteryEater Classic test with maximum display brightness, high performance profile and enabled wireless modules.

With a single charge, the Wi-Fi test runs for about 2:26 h. The Aspire cannot keep up with its competitors here (S405: 2:55 h, Series 5: 4:19 h). During the Wi-Fi test, web pages are automatically loaded in 40-second intervals with active energy saving profile and a display brightness of about 150 cd/m². The DVD test ends after 2:44 h. Unfortunately, we do not have any comparison results from the competitors here. The DVD test is run with the energy saving profile (or higher if the DVD does not play smoothly), maximum display brightness and deactivated wireless modules.

It is not surprising that the Samsung delivers the longest battery runtimes. It is equipped with the biggest battery (Samsung: 45 Wh, Acer: 37 Wh, Lenovo: 32 Wh).

Battery runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 36min
WiFi Surfing
2h 26min
DVD
2h 44min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 01min

Verdict

Acer's Aspire V5-471G
Acer's Aspire V5-471G

The Aspire V5-471G delivers decent system performance which suffices for most users. Thanks to its GeForce GT 620M GPU, it can also run some current 3D games to an extent. But, there are also disadvantages; short battery life (caused by a small battery) and the ever present system noise. In addition, the display has low contrast and narrow viewing angles. However, if you are looking for cheap, gaming capable notebook, there are not many alternatives.

If you prefer a matte display and long battery life, you should consider Samsung's Series 5 535U3C. The IdeaPad S405 is a decent notebook for those looking for a very quiet and frugal notebook.

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Specifications

Acer Aspire V5-471G

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM77 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M - 1024 MB, Core: 630 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, ForceWare 305.46, Optimus
:: Display
14 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, AU Optronics B140XW03, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142, 500 GB 5400 rpm
:: Soundcard
Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Microphone/Headphone combo port, Card Reader: SD, MMC,
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR5BWB222 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
MATSHITADVD-RAM
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 23 x 342 x 245
:: Weight
2.1 kg Power Supply: 0.2173 kg
:: Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.8 V, 2500 mAh
:: Price
599 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD Webcam, Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Cyberlink Media Espresso 6.5, McAfee Internet Security (60-days trial), NTI Media Maker 9, Microsoft Office 2010 (test version), 24 Months Warranty

 

The DVD burner reads and writes all kinds of DVDs and CDs.
The DVD burner reads and writes all kinds of DVDs and CDs.
VGA and Gigabit Ethernet ports can be added on demand via slot and included breakout cable.
VGA and Gigabit Ethernet slot can be added on demand via slot and included breakout cable.
The hinges hold the lid securely in place.
The hinges hold the lid securely in place.
The speakers are on the bottom
The speakers are on the underside
The keyboard features a backlight.
The keyboard features a backlight.
There are two RAM slots.
There are two RAM slots.
A lot of performance in a small notebook.
A lot of performance in a small notebook.
The battery weighs 188.5 grams and a capacity of 37 Wh.
The battery weighs 188.5 gram and delivers 37 Wh.
The power adapter weighs 217.3 gram...
The power adapter weighs 217.3 gram...
...and rated for 65 Watts.
...and delivers 65 Watt.
Clear.Fi Media plays video DVDs.
Clear.Fi Media plays video DVDs.
It is easy to recover to the factory image.
It is easy to recover the state of delivery.
The software "Power Button" can quickly shutdown Windows. In addition, it allows to select the action triggered by pressing the notebook's power button.
The software "Power Button" can quickly shutdown Windows. In addition it allows to select the action triggered by pressing notebook's power button.

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Pro

+24 month warranty
+USB 3.0
+decent system performance
+gaming capable
+light and handy
 

Contra

-CPU throttling under full load
-not easy to maintain
-at best, moderate display
-short battery life, because of a small battery
-rather loud

Shortcut

What we like

The decent system performance and the 2 years warranty

What we'd like to see

A bigger battery, lower system noise, easier maintenance, a better display

What surprises us

Acer uses a ULV CPU in a cheap notebook. That is unusual.

The competition

Lenovo IdeaPad S405,

Samsung Series 5 535U3C,

Lenovo IdeaPad S400,

Lenovo IdeaPad U410,

Acer Aspire V5-431,

Lenovo IdeaPad S300

Rating

Acer Aspire V5-471G
01/19/2013 v3
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
74%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
72%
Weight
87%
Battery
75%
Display
73%
Games Performance
77%
Application Performance
89%
Temperature
82%
Noise
73%
Add Points
79%
Average
79%
79%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2013-01-26 (Update: 2013-10-16)