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Acer Laptop Aspire V5-122P-0637 AMD A6-Series A6-1450 (1.00 GHz) 6 GB Memory 500 GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8250 11.6" Touchscreen Windows 8

  • AMD A6-Series A6-1450 (1.00 GHz)
  • 6 GB Memory 500 GB HDD
  • AMD Radeon HD 8250
  • Touchscreen
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • wen Z.
  • 4/22/2015 4:29:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood and powerful

Pros: good, small and run lots of task

Cons: no Ethane plug

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  • Brian S.
  • 1/30/2014 6:30:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice little computer

Pros: It's a really nice little computer. It took awhile to set up but that's windows not the machine. I have no complaints. I actually have two of them and both work great.

Cons: None. I don't like Windows 8.1 but that has nothing to do with the hardware.

Other Thoughts: If you can stick with windows 7 do it. 8.1 takes a lot of resources making your computer slower and you don't gain much.

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  • Michael H.
  • 11/3/2013 11:13:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Little ACER V5

Pros: Great for the money!! Do not buy a windows 8 machine without touchscreen ability. YOUR WASTING YOUR MONEY IF YOU DO

Cons: Touch-pad is not the best. Its not sensitive to light touch. If you press too hard the touch-pad will click in the middle of your swipe. ACER should have spent a little more time and money on this design. The screen will bounce the laptop off its surface if you tap just slightly too hard.

Other Thoughts: Overall a good machine worth the money spent

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  • Michael H.
  • 11/3/2013 11:11:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Value

Pros: Touchscreen is flawless, very nice to use with windows 8. Touchscreen is a must have with windows 8 or your wasting your money on the windows 8 machine. For the price its worth every penny.

Cons: Touch-pad is not the best. Its not sensitive to light touch. If you press too hard the touch-pad will click in the middle of your swipe. ACER should have spent a little more time and money on this design. The screen will bounce the laptop off its surface if you tap just slightly too hard.

Other Thoughts: I hold the screen on the side when I use the touch features. That way the touch is accurate and you do not need to tap too hard. Overall I like the product and I purchased 2 for a commercial client

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  • Robin B.
  • 10/17/2013 2:30:50 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Highly parallel (but slow) CPU, adequate GPU for some fairly recent games. Excellent IPS touchscreen. Good size and weight, feels solid. Good storage (500 GB) and RAM (6 GB). Minimal bloatware, some of it actually useful (Soluto).

Cons: Touchpad sensitivity is poor. Battery life could be better.

Other Thoughts: The machine was very slow when I used it for the first time, which is to be expected with any brand-new computer. Once all the updates were installed, the machine began to show its potential.

Some bundled software was included, but most of it didn't slow the computer down, and everything that I removed was very easy to get rid of. Some of it is actually really good - the Soluto system optimization software is very effective, and also extremely user-friendly.

With all updates installed, no programs running, and a Balanced power plan, my Windows Experience Index is 4.0:
Processor: 4.7
RAM: 5.3
Desktop Graphics: 4.0
Gaming Graphics: 5.8
Hard Disk: 5.9

The machine uses about 1.1 GB of RAM with no programs open.

Windows and its programs are all pretty "snappy" for the most part. Some of the Windows 8 Metro programs were slow to load the first time, but seemed to be faster on subsequent openings. The web browsers that I've tested, however, can be very sluggish, especially when opening new tabs. This seems to be due to JavaScript. My solution is to use Firefox with NoScript, which I already do on my other computers to help protect against viruses.

Far Cry 2 runs at a playable 25-30 FPS at 1024x600 resolution with medium-low settings. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion appears to be even faster at higher resolution and settings, though unfortunately I couldn't figure out how to determine the FPS in-game. Both games require AC power - they're basically unplayable on battery power in Power Saver mode.

Thanks to the AES-NI instructions in the AMD A6 chip, the machine can perform hardware-accelerated AES encryption at 400+ MB/sec in Power Saver mode, and 800+ MB/sec in Balanced mode, according to TrueCrypt's benchmark tool. This means that you can probably encrypt the entire drive and not notice any difference in speed, even if you're running on the battery, and even if you replace the HD with a fast SSD.

I can't say enough good things about the touchscreen. It's very clear, colorful, and responsive.

The only problem is the touchpad - and it's serious. The touchpad and the palm rests both have a "brushed" finish, with shallow horizontal lines that give them both a sleek continuous metallic look. Unfortunately, this reduces finger traction on the touchpad, and as a result the touchpad is less sensitive to vertical strokes than it is to horizontal strokes. This is such a stupidly obvious problem, but I guess *something* just had to go wrong - everything else about this computer seems excellent. Make sure you order a mouse!

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  • Robert B.
  • 10/10/2013 7:23:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAn excellent sub-notebook

Pros: Small, light. Quad core, albeit slow, 6GB of RAM, IPS screen

Cons: I have two complaints with this laptop.

1) Windows 8. You have to do a lot of work to undo the Metro and Start Screen trash in order to make this machine useful. Once done, its a nice little machine though.

2) Acer bloat. There's a ton of it. I purchased an SSD with this, removing the 5400rpm HDD and using Acer's restore utility to generate a 16GB USB restore stick. With all of Acer's junk, the installed W8 build ended up being 85GBs, out of 120GB. Even after uninstalling everything I could, it was still nearly 80GBs. Thats just unacceptable, Acer. Hang your head in shame.

Other Thoughts: With regards to another reviewer stating this laptop is unupgradeable, that is simply not true. Removing the bottom cover to replace the HDD and RAM is stupidly easy. Its about a dozen tin y screws, a SATA connect and a ribbon cable. Thats it. The machine does top out at 6GBs, so if you've bought this model, its already max'd out. If you buy the 4GB model, then you have some room for upgrading. Its also easy to add an SSD, just make sure its 7mm.

The second issue you MUST be aware of is Microsoft's OEM Activation process. This machine does not come with Windows 8 ISOs or a product key sticker anywhere. The product key is embedded into the UEFI, and if you attempt to install a retail W8 copy, you will get a key mismatch error as the installer will look at the UEFI key and its not compatible with the retail install media. You cannot simply grab an unaltered W8 ISO and pull the Acer OEM key from the registry, it will fail.
No attempts at disabling Secure Boot and clearing UEFI settings would resolve this. Btw, to enable access to secure boot settings, you'll need to set a supervisor password.

If you can find a Windows 8 OEM ISO, that will allow you to do a clean install. Do your due diligence with researching this before you attempt to do a clean install, which is definitely something you'll want to do with all the Acer junkware installed.

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  • Ramil A.
  • 9/26/2013 7:36:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorth the money

Pros: Price - got it for $399.
CPU - is latest A6 at time of purchase
HD space - 500MB

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Came with the cable for external VGA monitor. Don't buy this to play games.

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  • 8/30/2013 7:42:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsnice screen, lightweight, and easily upgradable

Pros: IPS screen (wide viewing angle without image degradation)
Supports up to 8GB (10GB total with 1.35V DDR3L)
Bluetooth 4.0
Mini DP with HDMI (optional, Apple MacBook Air adapter OK)
Touchscreen (FireFox users please read other thoughts)
Easy upgradable

Cons: Only 2 available USB ports (NO sleep and charge on both)
AMD Vision Center problem (read other thoughts)
Not-so-easy removable battery, but it has secondary battery connector

Other Thoughts: Acer Technical Support must read the following because this is a major problem:
DO NOT use AMD Vision Center to adjust internal screen color and gamma but use Windows Color Settings instead. Failure to do it will screw up internal screen gamma and it requires factory reset (System Restore DOES NOT help).
FireFox users may encounter touchscreen problem with,, and some sites. The page does not move in accordance with touchscreen motion, but the text is highlighted instead. You should use mouse/touchpad instead, or use IE or Chrome to browse the site.
The bottom cover is easily removable and the parts are easily upgradable, but please take note if you want to upgrade RAM. It only supports DDR3L (1.35V model) and if you use regular 1.5V DDR3, you will get error or sluggish performance.
You can use Apple Mini Display Port adapter to connect to HDMI and I have one, and it just works with my TV. However, the resolution setting is locked to maximum TV supported setting.
Windows 8 needs to take time to get used to. If you use "touch interface only" app, it closes when you switch to traditional desktop interface (Alt+Tab wont switch back). You cannot access Safe Mode again and F8 is no longer available. If you want to use Windows Media Center, you have to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro.
The review above applies to ALL sub-models of V5-122P series.

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  • Nathan H.
  • 8/17/2013 12:12:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Buy...You'll Regret it later!

Pros: Packs plenty of nice features in a tiny, light-weight, affordable package.
Unlike most of the notebook PCs (currently) on the market, that only have Intel-brand CPUs with only 2 physical cores, this little notebook UPC (Ultra PC/UltraPortable PC) has an AMD Quad-Core CPU, with a generous amount of 6GB of notebook PC DDR3 RAM -- triple (3x) the min. req'd for Windows 8 -- along with a 500GB HD -- other laptops might only have either a 250GB, or 320GB HD for the same asking price -- plus, a Touch-Screen LED-LCD monitor, and it's all for under $600.

Cons: Most laptops/notebook PCs -- most, not least until recently -- were somewhat User-Upgrade-able, in that you could (almost always) upgrade the RAM/memory &/or the hard drive -- either for one that had more storage (like 1TB or greater), or was faster (like 7200rpm, or an SSD), or both. Also, with the exception of Apple/MAC -- but we're talking about PCs, not MACs so that really goes without saying -- you could always replace the battery in your notebook PC, whenever you wanted.
However, you can NOT do any of that with this laptop!
You can NOT: Upgrade the memory, Updgrade the hard drive, or even the battery.
Once the battery can no longer hold an adequate charge --- which is only a matter of "When," not "If," which is usually between 1-5 years, depending on how little or often, & how well or poorly you use it -- then you'll either have to spend several hundred dollars more by: 1.) Getting the battery replaced out-side your (included) 1-year warranty 2.) Getting the battery replaced the multiple-year service plan (that you had to pay extra for) 3.) Getting the battery replaced with the multi-year extended warranty (that you had to pay extra for) 4.) Or, by simply replacing it with a whole new laptop (also at least several hundred dollars more).
You will have to spend several hundred dollars more, all to simply replace a Lithium-Ion (Rechargeable) battery that only costs $30-$60 tops, in the end, for this notebook PC.

The notebook PC's un-replaceable battery is the worst part about this product, with the inability to upgrade either the memory/RAM or Hard Drive/Storage coming in at #2 & #3, for cons, but to a lesser extent, the 500GB Hard Drive is only 5400rpm, not 7200rpm -- which wouldn't be so bad IF I COULD UPGRADE IT -- the keyboard is not back-lit, which really sucks --since it's an ultra-portable notebook PC, that you can take anywhere/everywhere -- if you are using it in either a dark or dim-lit place -- like in a car, a restaurant, a park, a library, etc. at night or in bad weather. The other con about this is Windows 7, it's very confusing & frustrating compared to any other Operating System - Full (like Windows XP, VISTA, 7, etc.) or Mobile (like, Android, Windows Mobile 6 or 7, or Symbian).

Other Thoughts: With netbooks (which are basically very simple, cheap notebook PCs) & tablets/e-readers (like the iPad, the MS Slate, or the Goodle Nexus, for example) there's usually, at best, a 50-50 chance it's designed so that the user can not replace the battery, but until recently, the biggest thing that set them apart from a laptop/notebook PC was that, even if you couldn't have access to upgrade either the RAM/memory &/or the Hard Drive --- which was usually always a guaranteed option, until recently --- you could Always replace the battery, whenever you wanted, but you can't with this one. I could've settled for not being able to upgrade the RAM or HD, but the battery is a deal-breaker for me. To me, it's like having to buy a new car when the one you have (& recently purchased) eventually runs out of gas, instead of being able to replace its spent fuel with fresh -- it's expensive, it costs you way more in the end, & it's a huge waste of good electronic components. So, unless you are either a sucker, or rich, I'd suggest you buy something you can always & easily replace the battery on.

The real tragedy is that, unlike average-, & large-sized notebook PCs -- like 15 inch, 17 inch, etc. -- which use more power & require larger, more expensive internal Li-ON batteries to replace -- like $90-$150 -- small ultra-portable notebook PCs, like this one, use less power & more energy-efficient, so it's batteries are much smaller (&/or thinner), have fewer (energy) cells, & therefore cost about 50-75% less than those ones -- about $25-$70 tops.

P.S. A common misconception is that rechargeable batteries last forever, but that's NOT true: rechargeable batteries longevity is relative to it use, which affects its ability to both hold a (full) charge, & the amount of times it can be (fully) charged -- which is usually about several thousand times (like 5400 full charges total), or 1-5 years. However, eventually the rechargeable battery begins to slowly lose it's ability to hold a (full) charge --- from 6 hours, to 5 hours, 4, 3, etc. --- before requiring another charge, until eventually, it can either hold less than 1 minute's worth of a (full) charge, or simply no charge at all, & becomes useless.

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