Acer Aspire V3-371-51UJ

Updated 13-inch Laptop With a Price Under $600

Acer Aspire V3 371
Acer Aspire V3 371. ©Acer

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The Bottom Line

May 11 2015 - Acer sticks to basic laptop design for the Aspire V3-371-51UJ by offering a compact 13-inch design with decent performance without going for hybrid designs or super premium components. Sure, it still has room for improvement but it is very function for anyone on a limited budget.

Pros

  • Very Large Hard Drive
  • Affordable Compared to More Expensive Ultrabooks
  • Full Ethernet Port

    Cons

    • Lower Resolution, Non-Touch Display
    • Only One USB 3.0 Port
    • White Body Requires Frequent Cleaning

    Description

    • Intel Core i5-5200U Dual Core Mobile Processor
    • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
    • 1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
    • 13.3" WXGA (1366x768) Display with 720p Webcam
    • Intel HD Graphics 5500 Integrated Graphics
    • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth
    • One USB 3.0, One USB 2.0, HDMI, 4-in-1 Card Reader
    • 12.87" x 8.98" x .77" @ 3.31 lbs.
    • Windows 8.1

    Review - Acer Aspire V3-371-51UJ

    May 11 2015 - The Aspire V3-371-51UJ is essentially an update to the previous Aspire V3-571-56R5 that was released last year. This means that the external design has remained completely unchanged. It still retains the white plastic body with the plain aluminum display lid to give it a more premium feel and look. It remains eight tenths of an inch thick with a weight of 3.31 pounds which is fairly typical for most 13-inch laptops of this price range.

    The big difference is that the internal processor has been updated to the latest generation of Intel Core i5-5200U dual core processor. In terms of performance, it is slightly better than the past Core i5-4210U but not by much. Instead, Intel has been focusing on trying to improve the efficiency of the processors more than performance.

    It should provide more than enough performance for those doing the most general tasks and it is capable of more demanding tasks like desktop video work but it will be much slower than a traditional laptop. The processor is matched up with 8GB of DDR3 memory to provide a smooth overall experience with Windows even when multitasking.

    Storage features remain identical to the past model with a large 1TB hard drive providing the system with a huge amount of space for applications, data and media files. It does spin at the 5400rpm rate which means that performance is a bit sluggish especially when compared to more expensive laptops featuring solid state drives. This is the trade off between capacity and a system that can boot or load applications quickly. IF you need additional space, there is still a single USB 3.0 port for use with high speed external hard drives.

    Sadly, the display is still the same which is disappointing as the Aspire V3-371 uses a low 1366x768 native resolution display panel that offers your basic image with limited viewing angles and color. Most tablets offer much better displays for less than this. It is a non-touchscreen system but that is to be expected with its low cost.

    The graphics for the system did get a boost with the new Intel HD Graphics 5500 of the latest Core i5. This is still not a system you would be using for PC gaming at all but it is an improvement and does help boost media encding.

    With the body design remaining the same, the keyboard and trackpad also have not changed. It uses an isolated keyboard layout common to most laptops now and features some nice large size tab, control, shift, enter and backspace keys rather than shrinking them to try and fit a few extra keys. The only downside is that it is white like the body and will tend to show dirt and grease more readily than a darker keyboard.

    The tradkpad is a good large size that uses integrated buttons to keep the size larger but some people prefer dedicated buttons. Single and multitouch accuracy is good enough.

    One way to keep weight and prices down on a laptop is to shrink the battery. The Acer Aspire V3-371 uses a four cell pack with a 3220 mAh rated capacity like the previous version. With the newer more efficient processor, Acer has increased the running time estimate to seven and a half hours. In real world digital video playback tests, the system tend to last a bit less than this at just over seven hours. This makes it decent but well below the over ten hours that a MacBook Air 13 can achieve.

    Priced just under $600, the Acer Aspire V3-371-51UJ is an extremely affordable 13-inch laptop. The primary competition for the Acer comes from the HP Pavilion x360 and the Lenovo Flex 3. While each of these laptops do cost roughly the same, both the HP and Lenovo are hybrid systems that can pivot the screen around to other modes and feature touchscreens. This means that the Acer offers higher performance and more storage space but is a little less flexible in terms of how it is used. It is also slightly thinner and lighter making it more portable.

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