Acer Aspire V5 series slims down without shooting prices up

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Does the new Acer stand up to scrutiny? To find out check out our Acer Aspire V5 review.

Acer, one of the world’s largest notebook manufacturers, has announced a new line of notebooks known as the Aspire V5 Series. The V stands for value, which means that this new design will soon appear in retailers across the globe and be sold to millions of consumers in the market for an inexpensive new laptop.

The Acer Aspire V5 will be available in 14-inch and 15.6-inch variants that weigh 4.6 and 5 pounds, respectively. Thickness, or lack thereof, is a priority – both of these new laptops are about .8 inches thin. All V5 notebooks will have a “soft and smooth surface” across the chassis and will be available purple, blue, silver and black.

Intel’s third-generation Core i3/i5 dual cores will provide the power for the V5 series and, despite their thin profile, a DVD drive will be offered along with a 500GB hard drive. Strangely, the press release states that the V5 series will feature “a USB 3.0 port.” If the V5 laptops have just one, Acer will be a bit behind the curve on connectivity.

Display resolution is mentioned only as “HD widescreen.” This is usually industry speak for a 1366 x 768 panel and, given the value focus of these laptops, we wouldn’t expect anything better. Speaking of value, pricing for the V5 with third-generation Core processors will start at $629.99.

Acer will also be offering a version with second-generation Core processors for $449.99. Although Ivy Bridge provides a decent performance boost over its predecessor, those on a tight budget will find the second-generation processors more than adequate.