The Acer Aspire V5-122P-0643 is where the latest technologies meet portability and affordability. The V5-122P-0643 sports an 11.6-inch touchscreen display and the brand new AMD A6-1450 quad-core processor from the recently released AMD “Tamash” chip family. Also packed in the 0.8-inch silver-colored plastic chassis weighing 3 pounds are 4GB of RAM memory and a 500GB hard drive.
When it comes to computing performance of the AMD A6-1450, it’s important to say that it isn’t a high-end CPU even though it has four cores. It’s rather designed with power-efficiency and low cost in mind. With its 1GHz default clock speed and up to 1.4GHz in Turbo mode, 2MB of L2 cache, and a power consumption of up to 15 Watts, the A6-1450 (with 1,851 Passmark points) is in the same class as the dual-core Intel Pentium 2117U (1,921 points), designed for the same kind of thin and light inexpensive laptops. For comparison’s sake, the lower-end Intel Core i3-3217U dual-core processor for ultrabooks and small laptops scores 2,288 points.
According to NotebookCheck, the AMD Radeon HD 8250 GPU integrated in the A6 is even slower than the traditionally slow Intel HD-series GPUs found in the comparable Intel Pentium and Core processors.
When it comes to other important parts of the Acer V5-122P-0643, it’s worth noting the display has the classic resolution of 1,366×768 pixels and support for 10-point multi-touch input, enabling advanced OS and apps manipulation and drawing creativity with your fingers. The included 4GB of RAM and 500GB of HDD space are average for today’s laptops and are sufficient for day-to-day operations. The good thing is that they’re user-upgradeable, so you can easily access them from the bottom of the case. However, an optical drive is missing, which is understandable for a laptop this small and light. The V5-122P-0643 has a 3-cell battery, which is on the small-capacity side and with battery life probably slightly more than 3 hours according to the video review below.
There are also stereo speakers, a 720p webcam with mic, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, two USB ports (1xUSB 2.0 + 1xUSB 3.0), and a memory card reader. Common and almost mandatory ports that are missing on this model are HDMI video out, VGA video out, and even Ethernet LAN. Instead, Acer has put the new Acer Converter port which supports video, USB, and Ethernet LAN connections, if you have the compatible Converter cable.
But, the fact is that it is not certain if the V5-122P-0643 package includes one. If it doesn’t, you wont be able to hook up the notebook to an HDTV or external monitor, or to your router via LAN cable. It was discouraging to see in the unboxing video below that the cable is not included in the opened package. Update: According to the specs, a 3-in-1 USB/Ethernet/VGA dongle is included in the package.
The Acer Aspire V5-122P-0643 is currently on sale for $430. It’s an affordable price for a touchscreen laptop, but keep in mind that for the same price you can get the Asus Q200E-BSI3T08 which has HDMI, VGA, and LAN for sure and a faster i3 CPU or you can configure yourself the AMD-based HP 11z-e000, starting at only $355. Both of them have 11.6-inch touch displays.