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Acer Aspire V5-572P Touch review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £550
inc VAT

This touchscreen laptop has a great keyboard and superb battery life, but it's a little expensive compared to the competition

The Acer Aspire V5-572P Touch’s plain iron-grey chassis may not look very inspiring from the outside, but this is a surprisingly thin touchscreen laptop. Measuring just 23mm thick when closed with a weight of 2.2kg, it’s one of the more portable 15.6in laptops we’ve seen in recent months. The laptop’s build quality is also excellent, as we saw hardly any flex in the lid or keyboard tray.

Acer Aspire V5-572P Touch

At first glance, it seems the V5-572P Touch has almost no ports, as there are just two USB2 ports, an SD card reader and a combined headphone and microphone jack on the sides. Fortunately, the rest are hidden away on the rear of the laptop, making it easier to tidy away any cables that might be attached. Here you’ll find an HDMI video output, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a USB3 port and a proprietary port for the laptop’s bundled VGA adaptor. It’s a shame the USB3 port isn’t located on the side instead of one of the other USB ports, but we’re pleased to see one nonetheless. There’s plenty of space to store your files, too, as it comes with a 750GB hard disk.

Acer Aspire V5-572P Touch Acer Aspire V5-572P Touch

The 15.6in touchscreen was a joy to use. Its 1,366×768 resolution was the perfect size for tapping icons and minimising windows, and Windows 8 gestures were extremely responsive. As we’d expect from a laptop at this price, the screen quality wasn’t brilliant, but it was still adequate for everyday tasks. We measured its sRGB colour gamut at 60.1 per cent, which is around average for a laptop screen. Reds, greens and blues didn’t look particularly deep, but the screen’s glossy finish did help our solid colour image tests look a little more vibrant than laptops with matt screens.

Acer Aspire V5-572P Touch

Blacks were high as well, measuring 0.68cd/m2. This meant solid blacks were riddled with grey depending on the angle of the screen, and we found it difficult to get a uniform colour across the whole screen due to the laptop’s narrow viewing angles. This is a common problem on budget laptops, but while it’s not particularly noticeable when browsing the web or typing text documents, it made a big difference to the clarity of our high contrast test images.

With a measured contrast ratio of 334:1, we found it difficult to see any kind of detail in our high contrast test photos unless we were looking at the screen head-on. That said, blacks were deeper and colours looked a lot more natural than the V5-572P Touch’s almost identical rival, the Asus VivoBook X550CA. The V5-572P Touch’s screen was also much brighter than the X550CA, making it easier to look at in lower lighting conditions.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i3-3227U
Processor clock speed1.9GHz
Memory slots1
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
SoundRealtek HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad and touchscreen


Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,366×768
Graphics ProcessorIntel HD Graphics 4000
Graphics/video portsHDMI, VGA via adaptor
Graphics Memory128MB


Total storage capacity500GB
Optical drive typenone

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsN/A
Supported memory cardsSD, SDHC, SDXC
Other portsheadphone, 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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