Out of the box, we give the V5 points for build quality. Despite being relatively cheap, it’s definitely well designed and durable. Combine the solid build quality with the laptop’s tiny footprint, and it’s easily one of the most portable laptops we’ve come across.
As far as guts go, it’s got a Core i5-3317U processor, 6GB of RAM and a 500GB mechanical hard drive — but our review unit was a higher-end variant, and cheaper versions won’t have the same specs. In our performance tests, the V5 didn’t do so well due to a clunky mechanical drive and lack of discrete graphics, so we don’t feel good about recommending it. For just a bit more cash, you can get a laptop that outperforms this model by miles.
Check out our full Acer Aspire V5 review for a more detailed analysis of the V5’s pros and cons.