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Acer Aspire V5-552G-8632 Notebook AMD A-Series A8-5557M (2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8750M 15.6" Windows 8 64-Bit

  • AMD A-Series A8-5557M (2.10GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • AMD Radeon HD 8750M
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8 64-Bit
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  • Mohammad A.
  • 1/10/2014 5:05:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCapable for the price.

Pros: This laptop is no top of the line laptop but it IS capable of running current and modern games at playable frames due to it's dedicated GPU, which if you try to find a new non refurbished model at this price point, is impossible. I was pleasantly surprised at how thin this system is, feels like an ultra book at times.
The screen is standard and decent, not full HD but this is what you get at this price point.
I play WoW, Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, Starcrat 2 and Dawn of War 40k, all play within fully acceptable, frame rates, ranging from 80fps to 30fps from the more demanding titles.

Cons: Due to it's slim form, heat is an issue, above where the GPU and CPU are placed it would get quite hot but good thinking on Acer for placing those above the keyboard where it does not effect the keyboard or where your palm rests on the slightest, just be sure to keep it cool to prevent heating damage. I have found my self with the system on occasions outright freezing on me during random times, I could be in a game, browsing the net or simply listening to music and it would freeze, nothing would solve it beyond a hard reboot.
The performance of the AMD APU is below that of it's Intel counterparts, it gets smoked in CPU tasks compared to Intel's offering and the CPU is holding the GPU back quite a bit.
Also the ram in this system is lacking, running at 4gb single channel, performance was noticeably better with an extra stick of 4gb for 8 gb total for dual channel, windows felt more snappy.

Other Thoughts: Overall, while the CPU holds it back, its capable GPU keeps it's head above other offerings that are otherwise more expensive. It is a great laptop for any task, casual/moderate gaming included. Just be sure to upgrade the ram to dual channel.

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  • Danny N.
  • 12/17/2013 2:45:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: Can handle a lot of things I throw at it. Basic laptop that does more than you would expect.

Cons: None yet.

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  • James M.
  • 12/8/2013 2:42:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUPDATE From previous

Pros: Does what i need it to do,i play WoW and some MOBA games every now and then with high settings no prob.

Cons: 5400rpm HD
4gb RAM

AND MY DEAD PIXEL

Other Thoughts: After about two months of use i have noticed a bright or dead pixel near the center of my screen,on some things i am doing i rarely notice it but sometimes i get drawn to it and knowing it is there just angers me,i love this laptop but it has a dead or broken pixel,i'm not knowledgeable about pixels so i don't know what to do.

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  • RONALD M.
  • 11/8/2013 1:06:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAcer Aspire V5-552G-8632

Pros: Excellent gaming performance for the price, should give around 35fps or more most of the time with high-end games, some game engines that are cpu intensive for graphics a little less fps. Minimal screen flex, nice contrast & brightness, good viewing angle. Quiet fans! Runs games at ~ 60C to 70C when using elevated cooling pad. Keypad can take a gamers beating. 1 USB3 port on back, 1 UB3 port each side (3 total USB ports). Expandable to 12Gigs RAM (1 internal socket, best to order it with 12GB RAM).

Cons: Manual is incorrect. Contacted mfg and the external speaker microphone connector does NOT support an external microphone, does stereo headset speakers. Rosewill RHM-6308 USB Headset or equivalent might be a good solution for that, sold by Newegg. Limited USB ports, so externally powered optional USB hubs also extend usability. Works very good with a gaming mouse.

Other Thoughts: If you get externally powered USB hubs, one USB3 and two USB2 ones, to extend device usability, including a USB Headset with microphone, this is a very good buy and I feel it performs in mid-range category of gaming laptops. I found online mfg chat support friendly but not informed about the external audio connector limitation - I had to get upper management involved to discover the audio connector does not support an external microphone in any case at all. I almost took an egg off my review for that, but the product really is good and mfg management did not ignore me so I didn't down rate this fine product. I am pleased with the product performance for the price.

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  • Jeffrey R.
  • 11/1/2013 6:41:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest sub $500 laptop out there

Pros: In no particular order, here's what I liked:

Costs less than $500 (got mine for $499).

Relatively easy to downgrade to Windows 7 (see my Other Thoughts section below for details if you want to do this).

Dedicated VRAM (2GB) w/ Radeon HD 8750M.
Quad-core A8 can go up to 3.1GHz w/ TurboCORE.

I'm able to play any game I throw at it without seeing any lag (I play with medium settings/default settings on all games). Games include: CS: GO, TF2, Alan Wake, Dead Space (series), Mass Effect (series), ... and many others on Steam.

Supports additional memory at 1600MHz speeds (can add up to 8GB in the extra SO-DIMM slot).

Supports upgrade option to SSD HDD in the 2.5" x 7mm drive bay via SATA III (3).

Sturdy construction and finish. Thin (about 1" thick when closed). Good battery life (5hr+ if not on full brightness and not playing games). Good sound (better than any other laptop I've heard so far).

Great keyboard feel and size (I have small hands for a guy though). Has a full ten-key numpad. Huge track-pad (some have complained about it, see my Cons section below for how to make it not "suck").

Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 port (only one but I can't see needing more at this point), and built-in card reader.

Cons: 500GB 5400RPM HDD was the biggest bottle-neck in this system's setup. But I can't complain too much. It's fine for the price I got this for, but I plan on replacing it eventually with a moderate-capacity SSD.

Windows 8, and 8.1, are not great interfaces for someone who is actually trying to get work done. I tried not jumping on the "Windows 8 sucks!" bandwagon, and I gave Windows 8 a non-biased shot. After a few hours I came to the conclusion that I really didn't like it -- namely because of how many different areas I needed to go in order to do basic things (like open up the Control Panel). I upgraded to 8.1 to see if the updates made a difference... but it didn't. Some things were slightly better, but the user interface was still not something I cared to get used to. I ultimately decided to wipe all drive partitions and throw on Windows 7 and Linux Mint instead (more on that in the Other Thoughts section below).

The trackpad can be a bit weird at first.There are no actual "buttons" on the trackpad, but underneath the bottom-left and bottom-right of the trackpad you can depress the whole track-pad down.

These "buttons" function as the left and right mouse buttons. Because of that you really can't "click" on the trackpad without your finger moving the mouse while doing so. I ended up using a secondary mouse until I found out a trick to the trackpad:

Instead of using just one hand to control the trackpad, I used one hand to move the mouse and the other to depress the "buttons" on the trackpad. Doing this I found that the mouse cursor stayed where it was when I depressed either of the "buttons" for mouse clicks. This method takes a bit to get used to versus using just one hand on the trackpad. On the other hand (no pun intended, I did find ways to make the track-pad better for one-handed use:

*** HOW TO IMPROVE THE TRACKPAD ***

1. Make sure you installed the Synaptics drivers (Windows 8 already has them if you did not use the steps above to switch to Windows 7).

2. On the taskbar, right-click the Synaptics icon (red color). Select the "Pointing Devices Properties" option and go to the "Device Settings" tab.

3. Highlight the "Synaptics Click Pad V8.1 on PS/2 Port" (or similar), and click the "Settings..." button.

4. Click on the drop-down arrow for "Additional Features". The "SmartSense" option should show up. Click the cog-wheel icon (settings) to the right of it.

5. Put the SmartSense option to the Max setting, and shape the green square in the Advanced Filters section to the size/shape you want. Basically the sections outside of the green square wont activate until you first put your finger into the green square area of the trackpad. This is very handy so your palms/thumbs don't accidentally activate the trackpad by brushing against it while typing.

6. Set the Filter Activation Time. I put it to 0 seconds so I have a consistent user experience.

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Other Thoughts: *** HOW TO "UPGRADE" TO WINDOWS 7 ***

(OPTIONAL. If you care to keep a copy of Windows 8 do a search for "how to make a backup image in Windows 8". You'll need to be able to connect an external drive, flashcard, or flash drive with at least 20 to 40GB of free space in order to do it. I decided to go this route, just in case.)

1. Go to Acer's website, and under the drivers section do a search for "V5-552G" (not "V5-552G-8632"). Download all the Windows 8 drivers (or the 8.1 drivers for the ones that have it available). Save all of these drivers to a flash drive (or other device) for the time being. NOTE: I'm telling you to do this step first because you will not have internet access by ethernet cable or wireless once you setup Windows 7 the first time.

2. Place your Windows 7 bootable iso image onto a USB flash drive (I used the free utility "YUMI"). NOTE: If you don't have a bootable iso image you can find instructions on how to make one from your Windows 7 installation disk online.

3. Reboot the computer and HOLD the F2 key to enter the BIOS.

4. Enable "Legacy BIOS" and the F12 boot-menu. (I had to setup a BIOS password to enable both options). Save and exit.

5. At the BIOS POST message (the first screen that shows up when you start the computer), press F12. This will bring you to the boot-menu. Select your flash drive with the Windows 7 iso on it. When prompted, press any key to go into the installation process.

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SIDE NOTE: If you plan on installing Linux Mint as I did, understand that its installer will not see the GPT format partition table that the hard drive comes formatted with. I fixed this by booting into the command prompt with the Windows Recovery Tools (comes on the Windows 7 bootable iso) and used the following commands:

diskpart (the prompt should change to DISKPART>)
list disk (look for the disk you want, mine was 0)
select disk 0
clean
convert mbr

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6. Partition your hard drive how you would like (I removed everything and split the drive into 300GB for Windows 7 and the rest for Linux Mint).

7. Go through the rest of the Windows 7 installation as you normally would. Once it completes you will need to install all the drivers that we downloaded earlier. NOTE: I recommend **NOT** installing the following drivers because it caused issues for me:

a. BT/bluetooth only driver (it's included with the Wireless LAN drivers).
b. All Broadcom drivers (unless you are sure you need them).
c. ELANTECH touchpad and "Others".

8. Update your Windows 7 installation using the Windows Update utility if need be.

---END---

I hope my review was helpful. I spent hours finding all of this info on my own, and spent a good hour or more putting it all down here. Please thumb this up if you found this review remotely useful.

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  • michael d.
  • 11/1/2013 6:19:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery impressed so far

Pros: -Dedicated Graphics that are actually able to play most recent titles with respectable settings.
-Excellent battery life and power management when NOT playing games.
-Excellent heat dissipation while gaming.
-Very nice sound for such a small laptop (4-speakers)
-Thin and light
-Premium feel to keyboard area. (where your hands rest while typing)
-The price ($470 with neweggs $30 off sale)

Cons: -The Trackpad is not as bad as it has been made out to be but only after tweaking. Out of the box it is indeed horrendous. Change the sensitivity settings to your liking. that pretty much fixed mine.
-strangely cheap feeling feedback from the keyboard keys
-flimsy lcd panel and base structure.
-windows 8
See other thoughts for why this still gets 5 stars

Other Thoughts: So yes, there are some negatives here. But you have to factor in the price point. A really nice dedicated card is very hard to come by at this price point if not impossible. They pack quite a bit of power into a super thin laptop and manage to keep it quite cool. I played diablo 3 for about 3 hours last night with no scary heat coming off the laptop. You would think diablo is not a demanding game however it's programmed by a bunch of monkeys so it taxes computers unreasonably. Anyway... for the $470-$500 I really don't think your going to find a better deal.

Also considering the level of heat that is NOT present, a long and happy life should be had here as that is the fastest killer of laptops. That and morning coffee. Either way I'm really very happy with my purchase. And if that changes I will update this review. If you see no update assume I'm still happy. Get this laptop if you want a good gaming/multimedia experience on a very tight budget because the next step up would cost several hundred dollars more. If you baby it you will never notice the weak chassis. Get a nice padded laptop bag and forget about it.

Future upgrades for me:
-An SSD
-RAM
-Windows 7

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  • Benjamin S.
  • 10/31/2013 1:27:48 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value

Pros: Great graphics card, runs LoL at 60fps capped on all highest detail, 70-90fps without vertical sync and uncapped.
Very thin and light.
Doesn't get very hot like many other laptops do.

Cons: AMD drivers

Other Thoughts: WARNING: DO NOT UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 8.1.
At the time of this review, AMD has not yet released a Windows 8.1 stable graphics card driver. As a result, the dedicated graphics card is never being used if you upgrade to Windows 8.1. Instead, the integrated card is being used, and AMD's switchable graphics aren't working either. In order to revert back to Windows 8, you have to reinstall the entire OS.

I did not dock an egg for this, as no party can really be blamed for this error.

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  • Gerardo L.
  • 10/20/2013 2:21:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTechLover is completely false

Pros: - I got this laptop as a a shell shocker deal for $430.

- Dedicated GPU and the integrated graphics run games pretty well: i run skyrim on high with some mods at a playable FPS

- The HDD and RAM are up-gradable despite what the most critical review says. You just need to unscrew the 16 or so screws that hold the cover. the hdd is held by the cover and there is an empty ram socket in the middle. The battery is probably replaceable because it is only held in by one screw and a cable.

Cons: - The trackpad is horrendous as most reviews have said. I recommend a mouse with use with this (you can probably get a $20 wireless mouse from newegg)

- It gets warm when playing games, but that is to be expected (especially since i live in a warm climate). I recommend a laptop cooler (can probably get one here from newegg).

-Windows 8 needs some getting use to. I recommend buying startisback, it brings back the start button and makes it dell like windows 7.

-Comes with bloatware but that's expected. (I recommend using PCDecrapifier then ninite.com, makes it heaps easier to get programs and browsers)

Other Thoughts: - I have gotten blue screened twice for an error called IRQL_NOT_OR_LESS_EQUAL. not sure whats wrong but i will try to figure it out. Haven't seen anyone else with that problem though.

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  • Bill S.
  • 10/15/2013 1:29:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFrom a gamer's perspective

Pros: Benchmarks as of 10/15/2013 Radeon Drivers 13.11 Beta 1. Assume no vertical sync/AA. AF x8.

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Added to my laptop:
4 GB stick of 1600 ram. (Runs in Dual Channel mode with the soldered on-board 4 GB ram stick. NEEDED for higher end games, dual channel offers higher texture bandwidth/throughput for the APU+8750m)

2 TB WD Blue 5,400 rpm 32 mb cache HDD.
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*Crysis Benchmark Tool: 1280x768; patch 1.2.1; Medium; 43 fps average.

*Crysis 2: 1280x768; patch 1.9; High; 40 fps average.

*Crysis 3: 1280x768; patch 1.3; Medium + Custom Tweaked grass/shaders; 30 fps (high grass area's) 40-45 fps general gameplay.

*Battlefield 3: 1280x768; Medium; 35-40 FPS minimum.

*Battlefield 4: 800x600; low; 20ish (unplayable at the moment, driver issue).

*League of Legends; 1366x768; high; 60 fps constant (frame limiting on).

*Civ 5; 1366x768; high dx11; 40-60 fps.

*Grand Theft Auto; 1280x768; Medium (turn off AA, shadows to low, reflections to low, view distance/25 detail distance/35); 43-45 fps.

*Morroblivion; 1280x768; texture size = medium, distant lands = off); v60; 45 FPS. (Fps can drop when rendering many NPC areas, but I'll blame that on the mod.)

*Skyrim; 1366x768, Medium (HIALGOBOOST gpu mod, 4 GB ram patch); patch 1.9; 40-50 fps. (Runs beautifully, the new radeon drivers (13.08+) offer increased Skyrim performance.)

*Mass Effect 3; 1366x768; High, 50 fps.

*Guild Wars 2; 1280x768; low/medium textures; 20-30 FPS in major cities (LA, Destiny's Reach) 40-50 in the wilderness/questing.

*Heaven Unigine; 1366x768; low, no tessellation, dx11, fullscreen; 45 FPS (1,100-1,300 overall score).

*Heaven Unigine; 1280x768; medium, tessellation, dx11, fullscreen; 25-35 FPS (735-845 overall score).

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The combination of A8 APU + 8750m offers an excellent gaming combination for this price range. Performance wise it is roughly 10% faster than the i5/740m Toshiba laptop which is 100$ more and is considered a, "step up." Old games will play at medium/high/max at a MINIMUM of 40 FPS. Newer games, (Crysis 3/BF3) will run at around Medium and you'll stay above 30 FPS. With config tweaking you can get up to 40-45 FPS.

Network card/ethernet are both acceptable for online gaming, no major latency detected. Both the GPU and CPU will overclock in-game for a very noticeable performance boost. (Turbo core will stay at 3.135ish Ghz while boosted.)

Audio is above-par, although sound comes from underneath the laptop.

Windows 8.1 is released on October 18th, includes many bug fixes and increases game FPS by about 2. (Running 8.1 RTM currently/ dual booted Windows 7 x64).

Battery life while browsing the web, (power saving mode, dual graphics off) about 4.5 hours. Less than 2 while hardcore gaming.

Cons: *Touchpad is worse than bad. It's so sub-par Russian submarines have been known to fire on it. The buttons are part of the touchpad, so when you click them the cursor moves up/down. Use a mouse.

*Had an issue trying to install the new Radeon/CCC drivers right away, was getting an error message. If this happens to you, go to Acer support and download the VGA drivers listed on the page, then update to 13.11 (Or most recent).

*Can be known to get hot in games, obviously, it's less than .8 of an inch thick. It's basically a gaming ultrabook. If you intend to game, get a laptop cooler.

*Requires you to remove the entire bottom plate to change ram/HDD. (~16 screws).

*Contains a 4-cell internal battery, not a huge problem but in the long run MAY cause an issue if a user wishes to replace it. However, the battery is held in with ~8 screws and a simple ribbon cable. Easy do-it-yourself task if that happens.

*Flimsy LCD frame. Acer sacrificed stability for a thinner laptop.

*Seriously, that touchpad.

Other Thoughts: Please note, I tweak basically every game I play on this laptop. For higher end games like Crysis/BF3, look up tweak/config guides to maximize your FPS. PATCH YOUR GAMES! Up to date patches will often up the performance of most games. Each Radeon display driver update increases performance a smidgen, stay up to date. The HDD that comes with this laptop is, awful beyond belief. You will experience loading stuttering in all video games as your HDD can't keep up with the hardware. YOU WILL HAVE TO TWEAK GAMES TO MAKE THEM PLAY THE WAY YOU WANT. It's a laptop, it has hardware that cannot be changed, you must adapt and sacrifice vanity for performance.

If you plan on gaming, replace the HDD and add a second stick of 1600 mhz ram for dual channel.

Do NOT install MSI Afterburner/AMD Overdrive to attempt to overclock your laptop UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING! And even then, it's not even that needed. In overdrive you can basically only alter the TurboCore frequency and the stock vcore. Granted, I got the processor to run at 1.012v, which did increase the battery life. Fyi, you cannot overclock your GPU in MSI afterburner, it has a locked frequency.

This is AN INCREDIBLE LAPTOP! I got mine for 489$, which is far cheaper than any other laptop with a competing dedicated GPU. Good luck and happy gaming.

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  • Alex U.
  • 10/9/2013 5:38:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood for the money

Pros: Great for the money
The dedicated graphics card makes gaming smooth
Overall a good product

Cons: Windows 8 is a bit of a drag but it's not that big of a deal. Plus you can always change that

Other Thoughts: A recommended buy

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