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Acer Aspire V5-131-2887 Notebook Intel Celeron 847 (1.1GHz) 4GB DDR3 Memory 320GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 11.6" Linux

  • Intel Celeron 847 (1.1GHz)
  • 4GB DDR3 Memory 320GB HDD
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 1366 x 768
  • Linux
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  • Jack M.
  • 6/20/2014 7:17:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Once you get an OS installed, it works perfectly. It's quiet and doesn't get too hot, and it runs snappily if you install a smallish distro as I did. There were no driver problems at all.

Cons: None, really. It took a while to ship. The Linpus installed, as said before, was thoroughly useless. Get a different distro and install it with UNetbootin on a USB drive.

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  • Alfred B.
  • 5/2/2014 8:24:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIdeal notebook

Pros: I wanted a small notebook that would run Linux. The fact that a version of Linux was alread installed on the notebook was good, plus I didn't have to pay for a Windows installation that I would have to remove. The screen, keyboard, touchpad, and wireless all worked without any effort other than installing a more robust Linux distribution than Linpus. The battery holds a good charge, as well. I intended to increase the system memory to the maximum of 8GBs, but the memory use hasn't been signifigcant under load, usually staying under 10%.

Cons: Nothing yet

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  • Todd R.
  • 3/17/2014 8:42:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAcer Aspire V5-131-2887

Pros: - Full size keyboard in a small, light form factor
- Processor, memory, and drive more than adequate for most needs (performance is very snappy with Linux)
- Inexpensive, but not cheap-feeling
- Good battery life (I get over 5 hours)
- Memory, HDD, and wireless are replaceable/upgradeable
- Power adapter (US) is adjustable for in-line with or perpendicular to a wall outlet or power strip
- Doesn't require proprietary Linux drivers

Cons: - As mentioned in other reviews, the default Linpus Linux OS is bare-bones - it's a legitimate OS if you know your way around a Linux machine, but most will be better served installing another version of Linux with greater functionality (see below). Note that Windows will run fine on this machine as well.
- Chiclet-style keyboard takes some getting used to, the spacebar in particular (note that most portables use this style of keyboard, not just the Aspire V5-131)

Other Thoughts: I feel that this notebook is the perfect compromise between the compactness of a netbook, and the functionality of a full-sized laptop. While it's no powerhouse (this is not a gaming platform), it's no slouch either. My employer provides me with a full-sized i7 Windows 7 laptop, and I honestly can't tell the difference in performance between the two when conducting normal computing tasks (editing, surfing, email, multi-media, etc.).

I had initially installed the latest stable Debian release (Wheezy). It worked fine, but did require a lot of tweaking to get things working just right. So I eventually settled on running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Just about everything on this notebook works out-of-the-box with Ubuntu, and without installing any proprietary drivers (however the Linux kernel itself may use some firmware “blobs”).

Since there is no optical drive (it really isn't needed on something like this), I installed Ubuntu via USB thumb drive (created using Win32 Disk Imager on a Windows machine).

Only two things require attention after installing Ubuntu:

The SDXC card reader won't work unless you reinstall the “tg3” module after each boot. In a terminal (Ctrl-Alt-T):

sudo rmmod tg3
sudo modprobe tg3

Then insert the SD card and wait a few seconds for it to register.

To get all of the “Fn” keys working properly (including brightness), you need to edit the “grub” (boot loader) options. In a terminal:

gksudo gedit /etc/default/grub

In the editor, change the line:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT = “quiet splash”

to:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT = “quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor”

Save the file, exit the editor, and type in the terminal:

sudo update-grub

then reboot.

Here are some more detailed specifications for those interested:

CPU: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 847 @ 1.10GHz, with 2048 KB L2 cache
Graphics: Intel “Sandy Bridge” 800MHz clock, 2 MB L3 cache
Hard Drive: Seagate ST320LT020-9YG14 thin (7mm) 5400 RPM 320 GB HDD
NIC: Broadcom NetLink BCM57785 Gigabit
WLAN: Qualcomm Atheros AR9462
SDXC: Broadcom BCM7765/57785 SDXC/MMC
Sound: Intel 7/C210 series HDA
Touchpad: ETPS/2 Elantech (Synaptics compatible)

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  • Sudhakar S.
  • 3/15/2014 10:27:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Installed Linux Mint and its pretty good, no lag in playing videos or browsing and multi tasking. Good for doing normal tasks that most of us do. Linux also has come to age and it supports pretty much what the "normal" people do and also very stable compared to Windows or for that matter even MAC. Yes, I have a MAC also and its very similar to windows with bugs/hangs/sluggishness. HDMI also works good.

Cons: Please note it has only USB 2.0 not 3.0 as stated.

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  • Robert J.
  • 3/11/2014 3:28:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat portable Linux solution

Pros: This is a light, inexpensive notebook great for taking Linux on the road. I typically run Gentoo, but as this notebook only has a 1.1G dual-core processor I decided to forgo the pain of continuous compilation and installed the LTS Linux Mint 13 KDE 32-bit edition instead. I used a USB DVD reader with a downloaded Mint ISO and a wired connection to my network, and the installation proceeded without a hitch. After Mint was installed I was able to ditch the wired connection and ran on the WiFi connection instead.

Austin H. has a good review that matches my experience, so I'm not going to repeat it, other than to note that the backlight actually does work (see the Cons.) Like him, I removed the internal hard drive and installed an SSD instead. Removing the bottom of the case is easy (pop off the battery, take out one screw, and slide the cover), as is removing and replacing the drive. There are some good videos on youtube showing the process.

Cons: On the one hand, it's great that the manufacturers are beginning to support Linux by providing notebooks without the Windows tax. On the other hand, one can barely call the Linpus OS 'support'. It's obvious that this is still a Windows notebook with Windows simply stripped out. In particular, the BIOS is a bare-bones affair crafted to fulfill the minimum needs of Windows and only vaguely hewing to the official BIOS specifications, such as they are. The result is that it takes more effort and twiddling then it should to get everything to 'just work'. I'm still awaiting the day when Linux is treated as a first-class citizen by the hardware manufacturers and not some begrudged stepchild.

Some cons:
- the display backlight does work. However, to make it function I had to edit the grub2 file '/etc/default/grub' and add 'acpi_backlight=vendor' to the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX= line and reboot. The backlight keys then work. They are a bit slow and jumpy, but sufficient.

- the SD card reader doesn't work. As of this review, this appears to be a regression/bug in the Broadcom BCM57765 driver related to power management. There's a kernel patch floating around out there, but I wasn't sufficiently interested to apply it, as I don't have much use for the slot myself.

- like most laptops/notebooks, the touchpad is a pain when typing. Whenever possible I prefer a mouse, and Fn-F7 works fine to toggle the touchpad on and off.

- No USB3.

Other Thoughts: Please don't buy this expecting a plug-n-play device. You have to have enough skill to install a real Linux distribution. It's not difficult, but if you don't understand what I just wrote, buy something else.

As Austin H. said, I wish more of the hardware manufacturers (and Newegg) sold systems like this. However, I also wish they would do a better job of tailoring those machines for Linux, both by adhering better to hardware/firmware standards and by not reserving the better hardware for Windows devices. (For example, why does the Windows version of this model get the touchscreen and the USB3 ports?)

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  • Austin H.
  • 1/18/2014 9:48:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent compact laptop.

Pros: Ethernet is gigabit, not 100 megabit.
Ethernet is a good Broadcom NIC.
Battery life is amazing (see other thoughts).
System is ridiculously light.
Suspend to RAM takes approximately 2 seconds.

Cons: DOES NOT HAVE USB3.0. (see other thoughts)
Wireless card is not great (Bluetooth and WiFi on same card, but bluetooth can't be independently disabled, and one transciver is dedicated to bluetooth, so wifi speeds are terrible).
CPU can't be upgraded without replacing the entire base-board.
Comes with DDR3 1600 memory, but won't run it as anything other than DDR3 1333.
Backlight dosen't work correctly on Linux. (see other thoughts)
Intel processor (this is a personal con, see the end of Other thoughts)

Other Thoughts: As stated above, this system DOES NOT HAVE USB3.0. There are other newer versions of the system (with Celeron 1007U processors) that do, but this one does not. Had I known this before I bought it, I probably would have gone with an ASUS 1015E instead (less expensive), but at the moment I'm glad I didn't.

As stated in other reviews, the pre-installed version of Linux is worthless (even for hardware verification). I ended up putting Gentoo on mine (building packages on my desktop so it dosen't take forever).
I immediately replaced the stock hard drive with a SanDisk SSD, which gives me an average battery life of almost eight hours. I have also replaced the WiFi card with an Intel Centrino 802.11n card which greatly improved my wifi speeds (no bluetooth, but I don't really use it anyway), and put 4G more memory in (more memory means more read caching of the disk, which means the disk dosen't need to be on as much).

Also, the backlight key's don't work under Linux, and neither do any standard linux programs for changing the backlight. This is a result of the poorly designed (read as 'lazy') ACPI implementation on this system, there is no ACPI device descriptor for the LCD backlight, only for the external video device baclight (there also aren't any ACPI thermal zones defined, which is practically unheard of on mobile systems)

While this isn't really an issue with this system in particular, Newegg needs to sell more bare-hardware systems like this, and in particular ones with AMD processors (the AMD E1-2100 in my router runs at only 1Ghz and has more processing power than the CPU in this system, despite using only 9W of power at full power, which is 4W less than a Celeron 847).

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  • Jason H.
  • 11/6/2013 3:10:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome after set up

Pros: I love the size of this laptop because I have a 15.6" laptop which is too cumbersome to carry around with me. It's light and runs quickly for what I need. Quiet and doesn't create much heat. Boots within seconds.

The battery provides plenty of time for me to use the laptop throughout the day without having to plug in the AC.

The battery sticks out from the bottom so the laptop sits at an angle on the table. I don't mind it and it makes it easier to hold and pull out of my bag.

Runs Xubuntu just fine.

Cons: Comes with Linpus Linux which I never heard of and has no GUI. Only runs with command line.

It doesn't have a optical drive and I don't have an external optical drive so I used a flash drive to create a liveUSB with Xubuntu and installed it over Linpus.

The keyboard is very compact which I am not used to so I will often hit the wrong keys by accident. Understandable for its size of course.

The touchpad is also very sensitive, especially while I am typing. Using a mouse solves the problem with the touchpad.

The AC adapter confused me because I couldn't plug it in. I looked in the box and it comes with an attachment to plug into American outlets. So I am to plug in AC power now.

Other Thoughts: Like Professor said in his review, you definitely cannot expect to use the laptop as it is and need to install your own operating system. Linux is free so I didn't need to buy anything extra. After that, the laptop is awesome.

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  • BRAD M.
  • 10/30/2013 6:04:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Little Notebook Computer

Pros: Wonderful little notebook computer. Rock stable, regular size keyboard (no number pad), long battery life, adequate screen size, runs well. This is not a netbook, this is a notebook with a dual processor Celeron, Mine came with a 1007 1.5 Ghz chip. I am using it now to write this review.
The battery is in back bottom and lifts the machine at just the right angle to type and also provides airflow. Smart engineering. And a big enough battery to give it some operating time. Be sure to cycle it properly, charge all the way up and then run it down to 20%, at least for the first few cycles.
It is a dandy size to take along, not big, not heavy, exactly what one needs for portability. Using full Suse Linux and it runs great. Enjoy using it.

Cons: It does generate a little heat on top left of the touchpad and in the center on the bottom. Not that much, but would be a good idea to use on a table or cooling pad. One has to expect that. I think that all notebooks/laptops do that, and this one is not hot.

Other Thoughts: The Linux that it came with is really not an operating system. A loop device was installed and a stripped out Linpus Linux text mode only live disk was copied onto the hard drive. If one is expecting to really use this machine, then one would need to be adept with installing a Linux distro. Everyone has their favorite, and that is what should be put on. But do not expect to buy this machine and use it as is. And if you are a windows user and just want to save money, this is a real OS but requires some knowledge. There are plenty of good books in the library, lots of help on the web, but this is a linux machine. I love mine, it runs great, never been so happy with a notebook. I am really enjoying it. Best little notebook that I have ever used.

About the memory, this one has 2 sockets (per info on web), no easy access door, but with 4 GB I will not need to fiddle with it. I watch the usage with system monitor and it used it all during OS install, but since then it never goes beyond 2 GB, so that is plenty to spare.

Wonderful little machine. I am happy.

You will need an external DVD drive to install the OS, but they are not expensive and handy to have around.

The battery comes out easy, not like many of the new laptops that require a service shop to install it. Good for long term ownership.

Sound is adequate, remember that this is a small unit, not a full tower computer.
This is for portability and it has worked well for us.

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