updated 08:01 am EDT, Thu June 7, 2012
Budget-minded laptop available at end of June
Earlier today, Acer America announced the newest addition to the Aspire series, the Aspire V5. Options include two display sizes and processor options including 3rd generation i3 or i5 Ivy Bridge CPUs. A budget option offers second-generation Sandy Bridge processors at the low end. The notebooks are aimed at students and budget-conscious customers.
The new range comes in two sizes of 16:9 ratio HD CineCrystal displays -- a 14-inch and 15.6-inch. Both models come equipped with a 1.3-megapixel, front-facing webcam, Acer Instant Connect technology to enable rapid connections to pre-registered Wi-Fi access points, Bluetooth 4.0, a single USB3 port, A DVD-RW drive, and Intel HD Graphics 4000. Dolby Advanced Audio v2 speakers and an HDMI 1.4 port rounds out the multimedia outputs. Acer's "clear.fi" media management technology is installed on the V5.
The 14-inch Aspire V5 is 0.79 inches thick and weighs 4.6 pounds. The 15.6-inch version is 0.83 inches thick and weighs 5 pounds. Both models are available in purple, blue, silver, or black.
The V5 series is shipping now, starting at $630. Additional V5 models with Sandy Bridge i3 or i5 processors will be available soon for $450 and up.