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Acer debuts the Aspire V3 and V5 Series

The company’s latest V3 and V5 Series of portable PCs will feature devices with display sizes ranging from 11.6-inch to 17.3-inch

Today, the Taiwan-based tech corporation Acer announced at the CeBIT show that it is launching two new Aspire Series of portable computers dubbed V3 and V5. The former will incorporate 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-inch notebooks, whereas the latter delivers laptops with 11.6-, 14- and 15.6-inch displays. 

Acer V3 Series

These models are apparently aimed at multimedia aficionados or as the company describes them, users who want “daily high-definition audio and visual experiences”. Acer says that the V3 notebooks will be driven by Ivy Bridge central processing units and will be equipped with LED-backlit CineCrystal displays (the 17.3-inch unit offers an HD+ native resolution of 1600-by-900 pixels). 

Furthermore, customers will be provided with a latest NVIDIA GeForce GT Series graphics controller, USB 3.0 ports, a multi-in-1 memory card reader slot and a 720p front-facing web camera for video calls. 

Other features include Acer’s InviLink Nplify Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 radios accompanied by a chiclet keyboard with multi-gesture touchpad. The V3 Series will presumably be available in Midnight Black, Dawn Gold, Nightfall Gray and Thunderbolt Silver.

Acer V5 Series

The maker claims “the current trend is towards thinner and lighter notebooks with the capability for infotainment consumption and content creation anytime, anywhere” and the laptops in the series were apparently created with this in mind. According to a company press release, these models will be 30% slimmer than the rest in the same class and will ship with high-performance Intel CPUs, and an NVIDIA GeForce GT GPU (or an integrated Intel HD video card). 

Users can also take advantage of the full-sized keyboard with a click-pad, Acer’s Instant Connect technology, which “automatically scans and registers most-visited access points”, the integrated LAN/VGA combo or the built-in USB 3.0 ports.

A Netbooknews report indicates that the smallest member of the V5 series (11.6-inch) will be called Aspire One V5; it will sport an Intel Pentium/Celeron processor and an HD display. This netbook will reportedly be available in Europe in Q2 of this year for $499


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-03- 6 (Update: 2012-05-26)