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£230 Acer Aspire V5 laptop: Looks like an Ultrabook, costs half the price

For a limited period, Acer is selling the Aspire V5 for £229.99 (including delivery) after a £50 cashback. The manufacturer claims that the laptop is 30 per cent thinner and 10 per cent lighter than a standard notebook.

It is powered by an Intel Pentium 967 CPU clocked at 1.3GHz with two cores and 2MB L3 cache. There’s also 4GB of RAM, a 320GB SATA drive, a DVD writer, Windows 7 Home Premium, a 15.6in 1,366 x 768 pixels display, a HD video camera, Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 128MB dedicated memory and a numeric keypad.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, a combo GbE and VGA port (which means that you can either use one or the other), HDMI, three USB ports (including one USB 3.0) and a card reader.

Note that the laptop is covered by a one year international travellers’ warranty. Sizewise, the device is up to 23mm and weighs 2.3Kg, which means that it is just a tad thicker and heavier than the chubbiest Ultrabooks on the market.

What’s the value-for-money rating on the Aspire V5? Well other than the fact that it doesn’t do 802.11n and could do with a brighter display, the V5 offer a lot of bang for not that much.

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