Review Acer Aspire V5-561G Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 05/01/2014

Aluminum-clad twin. Acer's affordable all-round device of the Aspire E1 product line (e.g. E1-572G) convinced us with its good performance-for-money ratio. Now we have the aluminum-reinforced V5-561G model on our desk. It stands out with a bright Full HD screen and a gaming-suitable GPU from AMD.

For the original German review, see here.

Regular readers of Notebookcheck's website will immediately recognize the Aspire V5-561G. It exactly resembles the current 15.6-inch laptop from Acer's Aspire E1 product line; differences are only found in the casing's material. While the E1 models are completely made of plastic, aluminum components are additionally used in the V5-561G. A look at the specs reveal that the Aspire V5-561G's configuration is identical with the recently tested Aspire E1-572G-54204G50Mnkk - excepting for both the working memory and hard-drive capacity. The E1-572G managed to reap in a "Good" (80%). Our report uncovers whether the V5-561G can match that.

We used the Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 (Core i5-4200M, GeForce GT 740M) and HP Pavilion 15-n213eg (Core i5-4200U, GeForce GT 740M) to classify the laptop.

Since the Aspire V5-561G features the same build as the Aspire E1 models (E1-572G, E1-572, E1-532, E1-522), we will not go in-depth about casing, connectivity, input devices or speakers - except for possible differences. Further information can be found in the corresponding reviews.

Case


Acer Aspire V5-561G (picture: Acer)
Acer Aspire V5-561G (picture: Acer)
The lid's back is comprised of brushed aluminum (picture: Acer)
The lid's back is comprised of brushed aluminum (picture: Acer)
There is also a maintenance cover
There is also a maintenance cover

Display

Acer treats the Aspire to a matte, Full HD screen. Its average brightness of 280.4 cd/m² places it in a good field. The IdeaPad's screen (294.6 cd/m²; Full HD) has somewhat better rates. The screen in the Pavilion (190.8 cd/m²; HD) clearly lags behind both contenders.

304
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
267
cd/m²
293
cd/m²
300
cd/m²
268
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
266
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 304 cd/m²
Average: 280.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 202 cd/m²
Black: 1.27 cd/m²
Contrast: 236:1
Aspire V5-561G vs. sRGB
Aspire V5-561G vs. sRGB
Aspire V5-561G vs. AdobeRGB
Aspire V5-561G vs. AdobeRGB

While the Aspire's screen provides a good brightness rate, the contrast of 236:1 and black level of 1.27 cd/m² are the exact opposite. These rates are no longer acceptable - particularly not in a 700 Euros (~$970) laptop. The IdeaPad (327:1; 0.97 cd/m²) only offers marginally better rates, and the Pavilion (696:1; 0.28 cd/m²) delivers good values. A glance at the color space coverage screenshots shows that the screen in the Aspire cannot reproduce either the sRGB or AdobeRGB color spaces. The coverage rates are 62.7% (sRGB) and 45.3% (AdobeRGB).

The screen is not exactly color accurate either. We ascertained an average DeltaE shift of 10.9 in state of delivery. It is on par with most screens that we have tested. Only yellow achieves the target range of DeltaE less than 3. The screen also exhibits a visible bluish cast. However, we discovered that calibrating eliminates it.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

The screen's matte surface and sufficient brightness allow using the Aspire outdoors.

An IPS screen should be realistic considering the purchase price of approximately 700 Euros (~$970). A corresponding model is, for example, used in the Aspire V5-573G. Acer shelves this in the V5-516G and installs a conventional TN screen. The viewing angles are correspondingly limited. The image quickly distorts when the vertical viewing angle is altered. The angle is more generous horizontally, and several viewers can look at the screen simultaneously.

The Aspire outdoors
The Aspire outdoors
Viewing angles: Aspire V5-561G
Viewing angles: Aspire V5-561G

Performance

Acer offers a 15.6-inch all-round laptop with its Aspire V5-561G. The laptop has enough computing power to cope with routine tasks. Computer games are no problem for the laptop either. Approximately 700 Euros (~$970) has to be handed over for the device. The laptop is also available with a black display back (model: NX.MK9EV.001). If an aluminum-reinforced casing is not essential, the identically built Aspire E1-572G would be an alternative. The device is available in various configurations. The currently lowest-priced model costs about 450 Euros (~$623, without a Windows operating system).

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System information: Acer Aspire V5-561G

Processor

The Aspire is powered by a Core i5-4200U dual-core processor. It is a model from the Haswell processor generation that clocks with a base speed of 1.6 GHz. The speed can be boosted to 2.3 GHz (both cores) and 2.6 GHz (one core only) via Turbo. It belongs to the energy-efficient models with a TDP of 15 watts.

The CPU processes the CPU tests of the Cinebench benchmarks at full speed. It does not matter whether the laptop is powered via AC or battery. The Pavilion's rates are on par; both devices sport the same CPU. The IdeaPad manages better rates because the processor clocks with higher speeds.

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.13 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.47 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
32.5 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
100 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
228 Points
Help
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.13 Points ∼61%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
0.94 Points ∼51% -17%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G50Mnkk
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
0.98 Points ∼53% -13%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.11 Points ∼60% -2%
HP Pavilion 15-n213eg
GeForce GT 740M, 4200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.12 Points ∼61% -1%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.13 Points ∼61% 0%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.31 Points ∼71% +16%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.32 Points ∼71% +17%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.37 Points ∼74% +21%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2.47 Points ∼14%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.45 Points ∼14% -1%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G50Mnkk
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.47 Points ∼14% 0%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.48 Points ∼14% 0%
HP Pavilion 15-n213eg
GeForce GT 740M, 4200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.49 Points ∼14% +1%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2.51 Points ∼14% +2%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.85 Points ∼16% +15%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3.21 Points ∼18% +30%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3.25 Points ∼18% +32%

System Performance

The system ran smoothly. The CPU and GPU ensured good results in the PCMark benchmarks. The Pavilion only scores marginally worse than the Aspire, and the IdeaPad delivers the best overall results. It benefits from its stronger processor and hybrid hard drive (hard drive with incorporated SSD cache).

PC Mark
PCMark 72973 points
PCMark 8 Home v23278 points
PCMark 8 Creative v23613 points
PCMark 8 Work v23935 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2973 Points ∼45%
Asus X550LD-XX023H
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2533 Points ∼38% -15%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2711 Points ∼41% -9%
HP Pavilion 15-n213eg
GeForce GT 740M, 4200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2724 Points ∼41% -8%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G50Mnkk
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2742 Points ∼41% -8%
Medion Akoya P6647 (MD98571)
GeForce 825M, 4200M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2833 Points ∼43% -5%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2878 Points ∼43% -3%
Asus X750LN-TY012H
GeForce 840M, 4500U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2913 Points ∼44% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4214 Points ∼64% +42%

Storage Devices

Owners of the Aspire will not want more storage capacity for a while. Acer installs a hard drive from Western Digital's Scorpio line with a capacity of 1 TB in our review sample. It spins with 5400 revolutions per minute. CrystalDiskMark recorded a read rate of 97.28 MB/s, and HD Tune delivered an average transfer speed of 77.2 MB/s. Though those are not bad rates, they are a bit lower than what we are used to from a 5400 rpm hard drive. However, the 4k read/write rates are above average.

WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
Transfer Rate Minimum: 34.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 106.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 77.2 MB/s
Access Time: 18.9 ms
Burst Rate: 230.2 MB/s
CPU Usage: 4.8 %

Graphics Card

The Aspire sports both Intel's HD Graphics 4400 graphics core and AMD's Radeon R7 M265 GPU. They create an Enduro array, i.e. AMD's answer to Nvidia's Optimus technology. The Intel GPU is responsible for routine use and battery mode. The Radeon chip is enabled in performance-hungry applications, such as computer games. Which graphics chip is activated for which application is set via application profiles. The pre-settings can be changed in the driver menu at any time.

The Radeon GPU is a member of the mid-range. It supports DirectX 11 and clocks with a speed of 800 MHz. The speed can be increased to 825 MHz via Turbo. The R7 M265 core is basically a renamed Radeon HD 8750M graphics chip. Both processing cores are based on the same architecture and provide the same technical specs. Consequently, both deliver the same benchmark results.

The 3DMark benchmark scores of the three comparison laptops are very close to each other. The installed GPUs are roughly on the same performance level.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
8876 points
3DMark Vantage6613 points
3DMark 112012 points
3DMark Ice Storm42858 points
3DMark Cloud Gate5312 points
3DMark Fire Strike1222 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2012 Points ∼15%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G75Mnkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4200U, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1885 Points ∼14% -6%
HP Pavilion 15-n213eg
GeForce GT 740M, 4200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1868 Points ∼14% -7%
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G50Mnkk
Radeon R7 M265, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2012 Points ∼15% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2061 Points ∼16% +2%
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
GeForce GT 750M, 4200U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2462 Points ∼19% +22%

Gaming Performance

The Aspire also looks good when it comes to computer games. Most up-to-date titles can be played smoothly in the HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) using medium to high quality settings. A look at the Aspire V5-573G (Core i5-4200U, GeForce GT 750M) might be worthwhile should the Aspire not meet personal requirements on gaming performance. It achieves higher frame rates than the V5-561G, and is available for a price starting at 650 Euros (~$900, V5-573G-54208G50aii, Full HD screen, no Windows operating system).

low med.high ultra
World of Warcraft (2005) 949429.3fps
Deus Ex Human Revolution (2011) 5223fps
Alan Wake (2012) 39.425.913.2fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 26.824.418.1fps
Far Cry 3 (2012) 46.535.820fps
Dead Space 3 (2013) 126.657.145.9fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 95.245.831.514.8fps
SimCity (2013) 141.534.322.3fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 156.977.644.215fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 71.84033.211fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 36.628.917.4fps
GRID 2 (2013) 53.739.115.6fps
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2013) 4334.717.5fps
Saints Row IV (2013) 2822.217.7fps
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (2013) 49.130.420.9fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 64.751.142.47.5fps
Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) 734315fps
Call of Duty: Ghosts (2013) 32.831.18.6fps
Need for Speed: Rivals (2013) 3026.723fps
X-Plane 10.25 (2013) 5627.412.4fps
Thief (2014) 2117.314.8fps
Titanfall (2014) 35.228.8fps
The Elder Scrolls Online (2014) 64.243.528.1fps
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Intel Core i5-4200U, AMD Radeon R7 M265, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
HP Pavilion 15-n213eg
Intel Core i5-4200U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
Intel Core i5-4200M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G50Mnkk
Intel Core i5-4200U, AMD Radeon R7 M265, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Acer Aspire V5-573G-54208G50aii
Intel Core i5-4200U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Tomb Raider
-13%
-4%
-7%
32%
1024x768 Low Preset95.286.2
-9%
97
2%
74
-22%
120.4
26%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x45.842.6
-7%
47
3%
45.6
0%
65.4
43%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x31.523.9
-24%
25.9
-18%
31.4
0%
39.8
26%

Emissions

System Noise

The Aspire did not produce an excessive amount of noise. The fan was often inactive in idle mode, and only the hard drive's noise was audible. The Aspire's fan, fortunately, was also quite restrained in both medium load via 3DMark06 and full load during the stress test (via Prime95 and Furmark). We measured noise levels of 35.8 and 37.3 dB. The IdeaPad is on par with the Aspire, and the Pavilion is considerably louder than its contenders during load.

Noise Level

Idle 32 / 32.3 / 33.2 dB(A)
HDD 32.8 dB(A)
DVD 36 / dB(A)
Load 35.8 / 37.3 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The Aspire V5-561G in the stress test
The Aspire V5-561G in the stress test

The surface temperatures of all three laptops are within an acceptable range in idle mode. All three laptops exceed 40 °C in several measuring areas during the stress test. This is, however, legitimate because all three laptops have a decent amount of computing power.

The Aspire's graphics core performed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) at its full speed of 800 to 825 MHz in both AC and battery mode. The CPU processed the stress test with 2.2 to 2.3 GHz in AC mode. It was throttled to 800 MHz in battery mode. The CPU's temperature settled to approximately 74 °C in the stress test (AC mode).

Max. Load
 36.5 °C42.8 °C31.3 °C 
 37 °C39.5 °C29.6 °C 
 31.8 °C34.3 °C31 °C 
Maximum: 42.8 °C
Average: 34.9 °C
28.8 °C36 °C41.6 °C
29.1 °C41.1 °C36.5 °C
32.7 °C32.6 °C31.5 °C
Maximum: 41.6 °C
Average: 34.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  42 °C | Room Temperature 23.7 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption is overall within a range that we expect from a gaming suitable, 15.6-inch laptop. The Pavilion is more energy-efficient, and the IdeaPad consumes more power than its contenders during load. This is not surprising, since the laptop sports a standard mobile processor (no ULV).

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 5.7 / 9.7 / 11.9 Watt
Load 42.6 / 51.7 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

The Aspire's battery lasted for 6:58 h in idle mode. The IdeaPad (6:56 h) is on par. We did not perform this test with the Pavilion. The idle mode is tested with Battery Eater's Reader's test. The screen is set to minimum brightness, the energy-saving profile is enabled, and the wireless modules are off. The Aspire shut down after 1:06 h of load. The IdeaPad (1:29 h) lasts longer. Again, we did not perform this test with the Pavilion. The load runtime is ascertained using Battery Eater's Classic test with maximum screen brightness, and enabled high-performance profile and wireless modules.

The Aspire finished the Wi-Fi test after 3:32 h. The IdeaPad achieves a similar rate (3:27 h). The Pavilion (4:48 h) shuts down later. Websites are automatically opened every 40 seconds, the energy-saving profile is enabled and the screen's brightness is set to approx. 150 cd/m² in this test. DVD playback stopped after only 2:10 h on the Aspire. The IdeaPad provides a better time (2:43 h). We did not perform this test with the Pavilion. The DVD test is performed using enabled energy-saving profile (or a higher profile should the DVD not run smoothly), maximum screen brightness, and disabled wireless modules.

Overall, the Aspire's battery runtimes surprised us a bit. They are clearly below those of the identically built Aspire E1-572G. Both laptops correspond in terms of hardware and battery. We could not find a reason for this distinct difference.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 58min
WiFi Surfing
3h 32min
DVD
2h 10min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 06min
Acer Aspire V5-561G
Intel Core i5-4200U, AMD Radeon R7 M265, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
HP Pavilion 15-n213eg
Intel Core i5-4200U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
Lenovo IdeaPad Z510
Intel Core i5-4200M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Acer Aspire E1-572G-54204G50Mnkk
Intel Core i5-4200U, AMD Radeon R7 M265, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Battery Runtime
36%
15%
21%
Reader / Idle418416
0%
472
13%
Classic / Load6689
35%
80
21%
DVD130163
25%
178
37%
WLAN212288
36%
207
-2%
241
14%
H.264
Gaming

Verdict

Acer Aspire V5-561G
Acer Aspire V5-561G

Acer's Aspire V5-561G scores with a decent application and gaming suitability. It offers a high storage capacity and features very good input devices. The laptop also usually operates quietly. The battery runtimes are still acceptable but could be a touch better. The screen leaves us with mixed feelings. Though it features a Full HD resolution, a matte surface and good brightness, its contrast is very low, exhibits a bluish cast and it is viewing-angle dependent at the same time. Apart from the complaints regarding the screen, the Aspire does not really have any drawbacks. Acer presents a successful all-rounder here.

There is also potential for saving: Buyers who do not insist on aluminum components, are satisfied with less working memory and a lower hard drive capacity, can take the identically built Aspire E1-572G. The laptop is currently available for approximately 600 Euros (~$831).

Lenovo's IdeaPad Z510 would come into question when as much CPU performance as possible is wanted. The advantage of HP's Pavilion 15-n213eg is found in its low power requirement.

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In Review: Acer Aspire V5-561G-54208G1TMaik (NX.MK9EG.002), courtesy of Acer Germany & Arlt Computer.
In Review: Acer Aspire V5-561G-54208G1TMaik (NX.MK9EG.002), courtesy of Acer Germany & Arlt Computer.

Specifications

Acer Aspire V5-561G

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
:: Memory
8192 MB, DDR3, dual-channel, two memory banks (both occupied)
:: Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R7 M265 - 2048 MB, Core: 800-825 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, 13.201.0.0, Enduro
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, Chi Mei N156HGE-EA1, TN LED, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0, 1024 GB 5400 rpm , 870 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo audio jack, Card Reader: SD,
:: Networking
Broadcom BCM57786 NetXtreme PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10MBit), Atheros AR5BWB222 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GUA0N
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25.6 x 381.6 x 256
:: Weight
2.35 kg Power Supply: 0.332 kg
:: Battery
37 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.8 V, 2500 mAh
:: Price
699 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD webcam, Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink PowerDVD 12, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security, Microsoft Office 365 (trial), Nero BackItUp Essentials, 24 Months Warranty

 

Acer's Aspire V5-561G outdoors.
Acer's Aspire V5-561G outdoors.
The base unit's upper side is comprised of aluminum.
The base unit's upper side is comprised of aluminum.
The working memory and hard drive can be accessed via the maintenance cover.
The working memory and hard drive can be accessed via the maintenance cover.
The battery weighs approximately 190 grams...
The battery weighs approximately 190 grams...
...and has a capacity of 37 Wh.
...and has a capacity of 37 Wh.
The power supply's weight is 332 grams...
The power supply's weight is 332 grams...
...and has an output of 65 watts.
...and has an output of 65 watts.
The DVD burner reads and writes all kinds of DVDs and CDs.
The DVD burner reads and writes all kinds of DVDs and CDs.
The speakers are on the laptop's underside.
The speakers are on the laptop's underside.

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Pro

+Matte Full HD screen
+Decent application performance
+Gaming suitability
+High storage capacity
+Mostly low operating noise
+24 month warranty
 

Cons

-Low-contrast screen with bluish cast
-1x USB 3.0 only

Shortcut

What we like

The low operating noise, decent application and gaming performance. We also found the screen's matte surface favorable.

What we'd like to see

A higher-contrast screen.

What surprises us

That Acer installs such a low-contrast screen in a 700 Euros (~$970) laptop.

The competition

HP Pavilion 15-n213eg, Lenovo IdeaPad Z510, Acer Aspire E1-572G, Acer Aspire V5-573GAsus X550LD-XX023H, Medion Akoya P6647, MSI CX61-i572M281BW7, Acer Aspire V5-552G.

Rating

Acer Aspire V5-561G
04/24/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
76 / 98 → 78%
Keyboard
77%
Pointing Device
75%
Connectivity
65 / 95 → 68%
Weight
61 / 67 → 87%
Battery
75%
Display
74%
Games Performance
74 / 93 → 80%
Application Performance
79%
Temperature
84%
Noise
90 / 95 → 95%
Audio
70%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
72%
78%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

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Author: Sascha Mölck, 2014-05- 1 (Update: 2014-05- 2)