Great CPU performance, Stable base
The Porteage R830 was launched essentially right before the dawn of ultrabooks in mid- to late 2011. The notebook was at the time a light subnotebook with support for standard-voltage Sandy Bridge CPUs for generally faster performance. By today's standards, however, many of its advantages have now been eclipsed by even first generation ultrabooks in terms of battery life, weight, and overall system performance due to SSDs or hybrid HDD/SSD solutions in the Intel ultrathins.
Very thin case, USB 3.0, Low consumption
The Acer Aspire V5-531 is an attractive offer. At a sub-400 Euro ($485 USD) price, the customer gets a weak, quiet, low consumption notebook which can handle routine applications despite its weaker equipment. Moreover, the device almost has an air of elegance due to its thin case. This impression is somewhat downgraded by the plastic case's cheap impression.
Poor display quality, Fan whine
The Acer Aspire V5-571 is tough to recommend because it has so few qualities that would make it recommenable. The screen is poor; the build quality is average; the keyboard and touchpad need better tactile feedback; the design is boring; the speakers are subpar; the fan is noisy; and lastly it's not that inexpensive at $600. The thin design is overrated and makes up for none of these pitfalls.
Low resolution for 15-inch display
The Acer Aspire V5 is a pretty sleek laptop at first glance. But don't be fooled by its silky-smooth silver exterior - there's not a whole lot going on inside this laptop. Sure, it's got its strengths: the touchscreen is responsive and smooth, and video looks and sounds pretty good. But it's got a heck of a lot more weaknesses, such as poor overall performance, lower-than-average battery life, a strangely loud fan, and a noticeably low screen resolution.
Inexpensive for a touchscreen laptop
The Acer Aspire V5 is only competitive as an entry-level laptop. Jacking the price up to $730 without addressing battery life or performance has predictable results.
Touch is the justification for this model's unusually high price, yet Acer hasn't made any effort to integrate the touch experience into the laptop. The screen is too far away to reach comfortably, and the laptop is too large and heavy to constantly move about. Using it proved a chore rather than a pleasure.
The full-size keyboard and number pad on the Satellite C655D have responsive, terraced keys that offer good spring and return.
It helps to think of the Toshiba Satellite C655D more as a big netbook than a well-rounded mainstream notebook. At $398 (currently $378 at Walmart), it costs the same as many of those higher-end 10-inch systems, yet it offers a much larger screen and better graphics. Still, consumers must temper their expectations. Even though it has a 15-inch screen, you can't expect it to perform like similarly sized notebooks that cost $150 more.
Attractive design, Good workmanship
The first impression of the Alienware M17x sustained even after a longer working with the device. Alienware, or correctly Dell, has done a good job with the case and in our opinion could even surpass proclamations such as: "level of the Precision range". The aluminum case tray provides for a first-class haptical impression, gives the laptop a remarkable stability and provides above that for a well-made, distinctive design.
Things were much happier on the 3DMark front, where the DV7 romped in with a 3DMark score of 4,583, meaning that this is a very solid multimedia contender.
While everyone scrambles for the latest low-spec netbook, the DV7 takes the opposite route, promoting itself as the ultimate entertainment notebook. It's almost right, too.
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