Acer Aspire V3-772G-9829 17.3-Inch Laptop Review

Acer Aspire V3-772G-9829 17.3-Inch Laptop

The Acer Aspire V3-772G-9829 17.3-Inch Laptop is a stylish and powerful machine designed to cope easily with demanding workloads while retaining sophisticated good looks that are equally at home in the boardroom or your living room.

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The machine is powered by a fourth generation,”Haswell” Intel Core i7-4702MQ quad core processor, which is specifically designed to provide an excellent balance between performance and power consumption, and features a number of improvements over older, third generation “Ivy Bridge” CPUs. Each of the four cores is capable of handling two threads simultaneously, allowing the processor to make maximum use of its available resources to run a maximum of up to eight threads at any one time thanks to Intel’s Hyperthreading technology.

The processor also makes use of Intel’s Turbo Boost technology to automatically adjust its speed as needed, from the base speed of 2.2 GHz up to a maximum of 3.2 GHz. Again, this approach is designed with efficiency in mind – applications gain a performance boost when they need it, but the processor is able to conserve power while working on undemanding tasks.

With 8GB of DDR3 RAM fitted as standard, this machine should be easily able to cope with the pre-installed copy of Windows 8, allowing to it show off its new features and multitask your favorite applications without difficulty. Even so, it would have been nice to see this already-powerful machine equipped with a little more memory. It has four memory sockets, and is capable of supporting up to 32GB of memory in total, so an initial amount of 16GB would not have been too extravagant. That said, the machine should be able to cope with many of the most demanding tasks in its default configuration, and it is not a difficult task to upgrade the memory in the future, should it become necessary.

A 1TB Hard Disk Drive provides ample permanent storage space for all of your pictures, music, videos, software, documents etc.  However, should you need more storage, this machine – unlike many others – features an extra, empty disk drive bay, making it possible to easily add a second hard drive if and when it becomes necessary.

Pros :

  • Powerful General Purpose Workhorse
  • 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4702MQ Processor 2.2GHz (with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.2GHz)
  • Large 1TB Hard Disk
  • 8GB DDR3 Memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750Mwith 4GB of dedicated DDR3 VRAM
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • More Memory, While Not Essential, Would Have Been Nice

The machine’s 17.3 inch, full HD Widescreen CineCrystal  screen is LED backlit and offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and aspect ratio of 16:9 – great for getting work done and then, later, relaxing with a movie, either streamed from an online service or played directly from the laptop’s 8x DVD Super-Multi drive. Of course, no matter how good the built-in display may be, there will probably be times when you’d prefer to use a bigger screen – perhaps to watch a movie with friends. The V3-772G-9829 makes this possible by providing both and HDMI port for connecting to an HDTV or modern monitor, and an older VGA port for connecting to legacy monitors, projectors etc.

The display is driven by an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics card. This mid-range, DirectX 11.1-capable card is far superior the integrated graphics solutions that are all many laptops have to offer. It should cope easily with the needs of everyday application software and HD video, and have enough power in reserve to handle more demanding tasks like video editing or gaming without any great difficulty.

As you would expect from a high quality notebook, this machine supports both wired and wireless networking, in the form of a built-in Gigabit Ethernet port and 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi respectively. Other connectivity options include two standard USB 2.0 ports for attaching printers, memory sticks and other relatively undemanding devices, along with two high speed USB 3.0 ports for connecting external disk drives and other devices that need rapid data transfer. One of those USB 3.0 ports also features power-off charging, which enables you to charge up USB-powered devices such as cell phones and MP3 players, even when the laptop is shut down. The machine also supports Bluetooth 4.0 + HS, making it easy to connect to wireless devices like mice and headsets, as well as cell phones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.

 A  built-in 1280 x 720 HD Webcam makes this machine video chat ready right out of the box. Windows 8 includes Skype, the popular video chat software, so all you need to do is sign in to your account (assuming you have one!) and start chatting – no software to download or cameras to set up.

Two built-in stereo speakers with optimized Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio enhancement ensure that music and movies sound great. As with many laptops, they may sound slightly tinny compared to external speakers, but the speakers in this machine are, nonetheless, more than good enough to fulfill their purpose.

Finally, the machine also offers a built-in SD card reader, making it easy to transfer images onto the computer from cameras etc, without the need to juggle with USB cables.

The Sophisticated Black case measures 16.33 x 10.83 x 1.36 inches and weighs 7 pounds – clearly, this isn’t the smallest or lightest laptop on the market, but, on the other hand, isn’t so large or heavy that it is difficult to carry around with you. The full-size keyboard with separate numeric keypad, impressive touch pad and a battery life of up to four hours mean that getting serious work done on the move is an easily achievable goal thanks to this machine.

Overall, the Acer Aspire V3-772G-9829 17.3-Inch Laptop is an impressively capable machine that should have no difficulty with either demanding applications or games. Its Sophisticated Black case looks great in any environment, and is sturdy enough to survive being moved around, yet lightweight enough to be fairly easily portable. It would have been nice to see more memory installed as standard, but, should you need it, it is an almost trivial matter to upgrade the machine’s RAM and / or add a second hard drive. If you’re in the market for a powerful, stylish all-rounder that can handle both work and entertainment with relative ease, this could well be the laptop you’ve been looking for.

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