The Acer Aspire V5-431 is powered by a Sandy Bridge Intel Pentium 987 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and comes with 2GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk drive. The 987 is one of the low power processors and has close to half of the power consumption of 2330M and 2350M processors. This one operates at a TDP of 17W, as opposed to the 35W TDP of the others. The V5 comes with an integrated Intel HD graphics card. Holding it all together is the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Basic operating system. Other features include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. There are no status indicators for them, though. The keyboard is a full-sized one, but this being a 14 incher, a dedicated numpad has been eliminated. The speakers are located underneath, so chances are high that the sound could get muffled, while using them.
We put the Aspire V5 through a series of synthetic benchmarks and here’s how it performed. PCMark 7 gave it an overall score of 1452, which is quite far from the similar priced Zenith Uranium Plus that got a score of 1941 points. 3D Mark Vantage gave the Zenith Uranium a score of 6660 points and the Aspire a score of 4108. The other Acer laptop, the Acer E1-571 is a similar priced notebook and though it may not win any design awards, it has a better processor. We have compared the three in the benchmarks below.
In real world tests, a 100 MB file took close to 53.6 seconds to compress on the Aspire, while the Zenith was still quicker at 37 seconds. Video encoding was slightly poor as well, as the Uranium Plus finished encoding in 138 seconds, while the V5 took a whole 250 seconds for the same job.
This notebook uses a low power CPU and hence may lack that punch in benchmark tests, but in the real world, if you’re going to be using it for office, web browsing, watching movies and all, there won’t be any issues. Basic Photoshop also works fairly well, but if you are heavily into graphics, then the processor is going to fall short of your expectations. The keyboard is extremely comfortable for extended hours of usage. The added armrest allows you room to manoeuvre without accidental button pressing. The trackpad is a bit erratic though and it does register that occasional erratic touch, but nothing that we are complaining about really. The sound from the speakers isn’t particularly bad, giving a good volume, loud enough for personal viewing, though we would have loved a better placement of the speaker. Another important point to note is that heat issues are pretty much non-existent with the V5 and that’s a major plus.
We put the Aspire V5 through the Battery Eater Pro test and it clocked in at a time of 1 hour and 58 minutes, which is much better than a lot of other laptops priced in the same range. Under normal usage, you’ll be able to crank out more than 5-6 hours on battery, which puts this notebook under the ‘above average’ battery life category.
The Acer Aspire V5-431
Verdict/Price in India
The Acer Aspire V5-431 is priced at Rs. 28,015. If you have been looking at plain specs, the Pentium 987 processor would have already deterred you from getting this product. However, in the real world scenario, if you need a lightweight, portable laptop for office work like typing, web browsing and your personal entertainment needs, like watching movies et al, then the V5-431 will not disappoint you one bit.
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