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£330 Acer Aspire V5-171 laptop: An affordable alternative to an Ultrabook

After the Asus Vivobook S200E we saw yesterday, here’s another capable alternative to the Ultrabook without the price tag. The Acer Aspire V5-171 laptop costs a mere £330 at Currys, a saving of £170 off its suggested retail price of £500.

This thin-and-light laptop shares a lot of features with other Ultrabooks on the market, most notably its weight at 1.34Kg.

It runs on an Intel Core i3-3217U processor, clocked at 1.8GHz, with two cores and 3MB cache, Intel HD Graphics 4000 (which means that it is based on Ivy Bridge), a surprising 6GB of RAM, 500GB SATA hard disk, an 11.6in 1,366 x 768 display, two USB ports, a card reader, VGA, HDMI and an Ethernet port, a webcam, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a webcam and an island-style keyboard.

It has a four-cell battery that can power the device for around four hours. It doesn’t have an optical drive, which explains why it is so light, but comes with a number of Acer-only applications, all running on Windows 8. The other ultra-portable device we viewed recently, the S200E, is more expensive but comes with a touchscreen.

It will be interesting to see whether other manufacturers come up with similar laptops which are not only much smaller than Ultrabooks but also, as we saw in the Aspire V5-171 and the Vivobook S200E, cheaper as well.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.