Review of Acer Aspire V5-472

The Acer Aspire v5-472 deserves to be a great device, and that’s what matters. It is a slim, well-built laptop with an excellent design, a beautiful keyboard and excellent battery life. Unfortunately, the terrible touchpad completely ruined the experience for us and made the laptop almost unusable. Whether it is a decisive factor for you or not, only you can decide.


The functions and design can only be carried by a laptop so far. It should be ergonomic and well-built, enough to last for a while, so that you can really choose the spirits. The V5-472 is an excellent laptop that manages to draw the fine line between form and function. Almost.

Design and construction

The V5-472 is a pretty nice laptop to look at. The most remarkable thing is how thin this laptop is, quite an achievement for an inexpensive laptop with a 14 ” screen. The ports are scattered all over the laptop, including some on the back, where Acer also included an “Acer Port Converter”.

An unusual and somewhat annoying side effect of the slim design is that the battery is built-in and can not be easily replaced. Even getting behind the laptop to access the HDMI and USB3.0 ports can be a bit cumbersome, but you have to decide that for yourself.

Specifications and specifications

In terms of specifications, this is a fairly average laptop with a third-generation i3 processor and 4 GB of RAM, not to mention the 500 GB hard drive. You get a very decent 14 ” display with a resolution of 1366×768 and, as already mentioned, the standard set of USB and HDMI connectors on the sides and back of the device.


Although the actual performance of the laptop is comparable to the performance of any other device with i3, the battery life of the device stands out. With a battery life of 4 hours in our tests, this laptop could easily last for six hours with reasonable use of the energy-saving features.

Sure, a Haswell chip and an SSD would have extended the battery life even further, but now you can’t have everything in a inexpensive laptop, right?

The screen is bright enough for a laptop, but the contrast ratio is only an average of 61: 1. The audio quality was also strictly average, nothing to write home about.

The keyboard of this laptop is something special. It is by far one of the best keyboards we have used in this segment, because the keys are well distributed, responsive and provide an adequate response. I mean, this laptop also has the worst touchpad we’ve used in a long time. For some reason, the V5’s touchpad was too hypersensitive to be user-friendly. Even simple tasks like copy and paste and drag and drop seemed to be tasks. Now we do not know if this was a specific problem for our test sample, but any adjustment and reinstallation of the pilots on our part did nothing to alleviate the situation.

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