Acer Aspire V3-771G-6814 17.3-Inch Laptop Review

Acer Aspire V3-771G-6814 17.3-Inch Laptop

The Acer Aspire V3-771G-6814 17.3-Inch Laptop is a relatively fast and powerful workhorse laptop that should have no difficulty in handling routine computing tasks, and has power to spare for more challenging applications, too.

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At the heart of this machine lies a third generation Intel Core i5-3230 dual core processor. The i5-3230 is designed to offer an excellent balance between performance and power consumption, taking advantage of Intel’s Turbo Boost technology to automatically adjust its speed from 2.6GHz up to a maximum of 3.2GHz as needed. This gives your applications an extra turn of speed when they need it most, while ensuring that the processor isn’t wasting power at other times. It also supports Intel’s Hyperthreading technology, enabling each of the two cores to handle of maximum of two threads simultaneously, making sure that processor usage is as efficient as possible.

The CPU is supported by 8GB of DDR3 memory. Although this should be more than enough to allow the pre-installed copy of Windows 8 to show off its new features and multi-task your favorite applications with ease, it would have been nice to see a little more memory installed in this machine. That said, DDR3 RAM is not expensive, and it is not a difficult task to install more memory at a later date, should it become necessary.

For permanent storage of your pictures, music, documents, videos and, of course, software, the V3-771G-6814 is fitted with a 750GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD). Again, this should be more than adequate for most purposes. However, should you need more storage space, this machine has the ability to host a second hard drive – something that is relatively uncommon among its competitors. This means that, rather than having to resort to an external, USB disk drive, or completely replace the laptop’s existing hard drive with a larger capacity unit, it is a relatively simple matter to install an additional drive when necessary.

Pros :

  • Dual Core 2.6 GHz Core i5 3230M Processor
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • Large 750GB Hard Disk
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT730M Graphics With 4GB DDR3 VRAM
  • 17.3 Inch Screen
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • May Be A Little Heavy To Be Easily Portable
  • More Memory, While Not Essential, Would Have Been Nice

The machine’s 17.3 inch, HD+ Widescreen, CineCrystal, LED backlit, 1600 x 900 pixel display is driven by an NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M graphics card with 4GB of dedicated DDR3 VRAM. This a mid-range, DirectX 11.1-compatible mobile graphics card that, as with the choice of processor, delivers a good balance between performance and power consumption. Unlike many laptops, this machine should be capable of handling demanding games like Battlefield 3 at medium settings, while less challenging titles should be easily playable at maximum settings.

Although the machine’s screen is perfectly adequate for both work and play, there may well be times when you want or need to connect it to an external display – for example, to watch movies (either streamed from the internet of played directly from the laptop’s built in 8x DVD drive) on a much larger screen. For those occasions, the machine is equipped with both an HDMI port with HDCP for connecting to an HDTV or modern monitor, and a VGA port for connecting to older monitors or projectors.

Of course, before you can stream movies from the internet, you need a network connection. This machine provides both 802.11 b/g/n WiFi for wireless networking and a Gigabit Ethernet port for connecting to high speed wired networks.

Other connectivity options include two standard USB 2.0 ports for attaching devices such as printers and memory sticks, along with two high speed USB 3.0 ports for connecting to devices that require faster data transfer, such as external disk drives. The machine also supports Bluetooth 4.0 + HS, making it easy to hook up wireless devices such as mice, headsets or cellphones to the laptop. Twin stereo speakers, a multi-in-one card reader and the usual headphone / microphone jacks round off the array of ports and sockets available on this machine.

As you would expect, the machine also features an 1.3MP HD webcam, making it video-chat ready right out of the box. Windows 8 includes the popular Skype chat program, meaning that you don’t have to install any additional software – just sign in to Skype, or sign up for an account if you don’t have one, and begin chatting with your buddies.

The V3-771G-6814 has a full-sized keyboard, with separate numeric keypad – an addition that really comes into its own if your work involves inputting lots of numeric data – and a multi-gesture touchpad that makes it easy to work with the new, touch-friendly gestures built in to Windows 8.

The stylish midnight black case measures 16.33 x 10.83 x 1.36 inches, and weighs 7 pounds, making this machine both relatively large and fairly heavy. Although not prohibitively unwieldy, it is worth considering whether its size and weight might be a problem if you intend to travel far and wide with this machine. Of course, these points won’t be a problem for the very many users who will want this machine to be a desktop replacement, perhaps taking it around their home or office but rarely going further afield.

Overall, the Acer Aspire V3-771G-6814 17.3-Inch Laptop offers reasonably powerful computing capabilities, and some features that would normally be found on much more expensive models, at a very attractive price. It should easily be able to cope with productivity software, checking email, updating social status and other routine tasks, with some power to spare for more demanding applications and even some gaming. The machine’s size and weight may be a consideration if you intend to spend a lot of time travelling with the unit, but otherwise should not be a problem. If you’re in the market for a mid-range workhorse laptop with good looks and some gaming capabilities, this may well be the machine you’re looking for.

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