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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - —NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

The Acer As­pire V3-571G is one large lap­top. Yes, our def­i­ni­tion of large has changed since the Ul­tra­book. But with a 15.6-inch HD LED screen and a full-size key­board, this de­vice is large even in the tra­di­tional sense.

The V3’s body looks like it’s been cut out of gran­ite. But looks can be de­ceiv­ing, and it is plas­tic all the way. The key­board and the strip above it have a sil­very chrome fin­ish, which works well since most of the men­tioned strip houses the lap­top’s speak­ers. And be­ing a sys­tem with pro­fes­sion­ally tuned Dolby Home The­atre, this re­ally mat­ters. Switch on the sound and you will know what we are talk­ing about. For a change we will have to say

that the screen is good enough for the speaker—usu­ally it is the other way round. The full-size nu­meric key­board will be wel­comed by those who are put off by smaller typ­ing space and tiny keys. Con­sid­er­ing the shiny and smooth body, the key­pad thank­fully has a matt fin­ish sur­face and sup­ports pinch and scroll.

This is no Ul­tra­book. So the full start up took al­most a minute, while the re­sume took just two sec­onds. No, this lap­top does not have a 3rd gen­er­a­tion In­tel chip and fea­tures the Core i5-2450M which is good for any­thing that a reg­u­lar user will need this de­vice for. The Nvidia GEFORCE GT 630M graph­ics card, mean­while, will take care of most gam­ing re­quire­ments. The 6-cell 4400mAh bat­tery wasn’t all that great as we were not able to squeeze out more than 3.5 hours on a full charge.

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