£500 Acer Aspire V-771G: An affordable full HD laptop

Mainstream laptops including many Ultrabooks still carry a 1,366 x 768 display on screen sizes up to 15.6in, a relic from the years when Windows Vista was still around. In comparison, the average resolution of mainstream smartphones has been quadrupled over the same period with sub-£200 models sporting HD displays.

We therefore looking for a full HD laptop and found the Acer Aspire V3-771G. Saveonlaptops sells it for £500 including delivery and a free copy of BullGuard Internet Security. You can also boost its Collect and Return warranty (including accidental damage) to three years for £100.

It comes with a full HD display albeit with a 17.3in diagonal. The rest of the configuration is as follows; an Intel Core i3-3120M dual core processor clocked at 2.5GHz with 3MB cache, 8GB RAM, Windows 8, 500GB hard disk drive, a Blu-ray player, a dedicated Geforce GT710M with 1GB of RAM, GbE, Wi-Fi, a webcam, a card reader, four USB ports including two USB 3.0 models, HDMI, VGA, Bluetooth 4.0, up to three hours battery life and a weight of 3.2Kg, which is decent for a laptop that size.