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Acer Aspire V5-571P Touch review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £583
inc VAT

An improvement on the non-touch V5-571 in almost every way; this touchscreen laptop is both cheap and powerful

When we reviewed the original Acer Aspire V5-571, this slim, budget laptop failed to impress us. Its slow Core i3 processor struggled with our benchmarks, we didn’t like its all-in-one touchpad and its battery life wasn’t great either.

Acer Aspire V5-571P Touch

Now Acer has added a touchscreen to the V5’s 15.6in screen, and and it’s made a great difference, especially when you consider that it costs less than £600. This makes it a serious rival to the touchscreen Asus VivoBook S400, and it’s as responsive and easy to use as Asus’s 14in Ultrabook. Multitouch gestures work perfectly, and we could easily make Windows 8 display the Charms bar on the side of the screen and switch between individual windows.

Acer Aspire V5-571P Touch

In other respects, the display remains much the same. It still has a 1,366×768 resolution and its glossy finish makes it very reflective, but its colours were punchy and its contrast levels were good. Blacks and whites were a little grey, with the bottom half of the screen appearing much lighter than the top, but its large amount of screen tilt should help you find the perfect viewing angle.

This version of the V5-571 has more than just a touchscreen, however, and Acer has added a more powerful Intel Core i5-3317U processor, making it much faster and better value than ever before. Paired with 6GB of RAM, it scored 43 overall in our multimedia benchmarks, which is a full 20 points ahead of the Core i3-based V5-571 we reviewed previously. This makes it much better suited to image and video editing, and it should run multiple programs without problems.

Acer Aspire V5-571P Touch

Its gaming capabilities have also been slightly improved, as its processor comes with Intel’s HD Graphics 4000 chipset instead of the slower HD Graphics 3000 chipset. You’ll still have to lower the settings for most modern games, though, as it only just managed 16.7fps in our Dirt Showdown test on High quality settings at a 1,280×720 resolution. We had to reduce graphics settings to Low quality to get a more playable 28.7fps, but disabling the 4x anti-aliasing will give you an even better frame rate.

We were also pleased to see an improved battery life, although the five hours and three minutes we managed in our light use tests are still a long way off the VivoBook S400’s more impressive six and a half hour battery life.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i5-3317U
Processor clock speed1.7GHz
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory8GB
SoundRealtek HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad and touchscreen


Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,366×768
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory128MB


Total storage capacity500GB
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000 via adaptor
Wireless networking support802.11a/b/g/n
PC Card slotsN/A
Supported memory cardsSD, MMC
Other ports1x USB3, headphone, microphone


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 8
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedN/A
Optional extrasN/A

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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