Sleek design with a touch interface are currently the most important trends for notebooks. Not only the smaller laptops but also the larger ones are starting to get this treatment. The Acer Aspire V5 is an example of this. It's a 15-inch laptop, and Hardware.Info tested the more high-end version.
The Acer Aspire V5 series comes in many different versions, with the most deluxe model costing about twice that of the entry-level configuration. Our test model comes with a back-lit keyboard, touchscreen and runs on an Intel Core i5 processor. The entry-level model is stuck with a slower Intel Pentium CPU.
The Intel Core i5 3317U is a dual-core processor that's frequently used in Ultrabooks and provides decent performance. Acer put two 4 GB RAM modules in the notebook for a total of 8 GB of RAM. Graphics are provided by an Nvidia GeForce GT620M with 1GB of video memory, but it's not a very powerful GPU. While it's faster than the integrated graphics of the Intel HD Graphics 4000, it's not really enough for gaming.