The Acer Aspire V7-582P-6673 ($849) just meets Intel’s updated ultrabook specs, but while it is functionally an ultrabook it is spiritually a desktop replacement laptop. Its large size and screen make it a part-time portable system at best. While you can bring it from place to place, it is a little big for outdoor use and probably won’t fit on a foldout college or high school classroom desk. Where it excels is as the central base station for your family member’s digital life, to be used in their bedroom or in the living room in a semi-permanent setup. It’s a combination of the traditional laptop, with today’s technology.
Design and Features
The V7-582P-6673 is a fairly large desktop replacement laptop, on account of its 15.6-inch display. The system has room for a fourth-generation Intel Core i5-4200U processor with Intel HD 4400 graphics, 500GB hard drive plus 20GB cache solid-state drive (SSD), four internal speakers, and quite a few bells and whistles. The system measures about 0.9 by 15 by 10 inches (HWD), which is a little large these days, but Acer used the extra space to be creative with its port placement.
The system has two USB 2.0 ports (one on each side), but the system’s USB 3.0 port is on the back panel along with the Ethernet port, HDMI, and an Acer adapter port for a VGA dongle. The SD card slot and headset jack are on the right. This makes sense for a system that is mostly sedentary, since the Ethernet, power, and monitor cables will be out of the way. A permanently attached external drive connected to the back makes sense as well. This is a system that you’d want to keep on a desk full time with occasional forays around the home.
The system’s 15.6-inch 1,366 by 768 resolution 10-point touch screen is bright and readable, exhibiting none of the banding we saw on the Asus VivoBook V500CA-DB71T ($779). While we think 1,366 by 768 is a little low these days compared with systems with 1,600-by-900 or 1,920-by-1,080 (1080p HD) resolution screens, having a lower resolution screen that is large in size will help users that have aging eyesight. The screen is securely attached to the main chassis and exhibited little screen bounce in use. Our current entry-level desktop replacement Editors’ Choice, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch ($700) also makes do with a 1,366-by-768 touch screen.
The system is a good choice for the teen in your life, as it comes with a four-speaker setup. The four internal stereo speakers come with Dolby Home Theater enhancements, and the setup can fill a small to medium sized room with sound from videos or music. It won’t outrock the midrange DTR Editors’ Choice Asus N550JV-DB72T ($1,079), but then again it is a couple hundred bucks less expensive. Make sure you try out the built-in keyboard. It comes with a numeric keypad, but it isn’t backlit for darkened bedrooms. The keyboard is also a bit slippery. Thankfully, you can connect an external keyboard if you wish.
The system’s 500GB hard drive is supplemented by a 20GB caching SSD for help with booting and coming back from a sleep state. The system’s performance was perfectly adequate in day-to-day use (more on that below). The hard drive has some extra programs pre-installed, including eBay, Zinio, Kindle, Netflix, WildTangent Games, Chacha, Amazon, iCookbook, Next Issue, Skype, Hlu Plus, Music Maker Jam, NewsXpresso, Spotify, Office Trial, and Social Logger. While these programs may be useful to some users, it also means that you will have to budget a little time to get rid of the ones you don’t use or plan on using. The system comes with a standard one-year warranty.
The V7-582P-6673′s Intel Core i5-4200U processor is pretty standard for the current generation of ultrabooks. The 20GB cache SSD helps the system gain a very good day-to-day performance score on the PCMark7 test, though the rest of the scores are on the good side of average. The most important score in terms of portability is the battery life, and the V7-582P-6673 comes in looking good at 6 hours 39 minutes. This is over an hour-and-a-half longer than the Lenovo Z400 Touch, and two hours longer than the Asus VivoBook V500CA-DB71T.
The Acer Aspire V7-582P-6673 is a decent, middle-of-the-road laptop with a lot of good features, with not to many bad ones. Aside from the possible deal-breaker in the slippery keyboard, you should place the V7-582P-6673 on your shopping list if you need a well-built desktop replacement laptop that will last you the four to six years for junior and senior high school or college. The Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch holds on to its Editors’ Choice for now, on account of its better price and more compact size.
|Processor Name||Intel Core i5-4200U|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8|
|Graphics Card||Intel HD Graphics 4400|
|Networking Options||802.11n (2.4+5 GHz Dualband)|
|Processor Speed||1.6 GHz|
|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Storage Capacity (as Tested)||500 GB|
|Storage Type||HDD, SSD|
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