Acer Aspire V5

Bottom Line

Meant to be the perfect road-tripper, the Acer Aspire V5 delivers impressive performance on a 15in frame

Decent touch screen, sturdy aluminum frame, roomy hard drive, speedy CPU

Weak battery performance

Size & Weight

Weight : 5.29lbs

Size:  15.6 in

acer aspire v5Display

Display Type:     15.6in TFT active matrix LED

Resolution:  1366×768 

OS

OS:   Microsoft Windows 8

Processor

Memory:    8GB

Memory Type: SSDR3 SDRAM

Processor:  Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 3317U / 1.7 GHz

Core:  Dual-Core

Cache:  3MB

Hyper-threading: Yes

Storage

Hard Drive:  750GB

Hard Drive RPM: 5400 rpm

Ports & Connections

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USB :   1x  USB 3.0

           2x USB 2.0

2-in-1 card reader:   1 Port

HDMI : 1 Port

VGA : 1 Port

Ethernet: 1 Port

Battery

# of Battery Cells :  4

Battery Capacity : 2500 mAh

Battery Chemistry :  Lithium-ion

 

Multimedia

Speakers:   Stereo

Headphone Jack:   3.5 mm jack Built-in

Microphone:   Built-in

 

aspire v5Keyboard

Type: Built-in Keyboard

Track Pad: Multi-gesture track pad

Sensors & Extras

Bluetooth:  Yes ( 4.0 )

More Info

acer.com

Images courtesy of Acer

 

Communications

  • Wireless 802.11a/g/n,
    Bluetooth

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HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

Bottom Line

Decked in sweet metal and protected by Gorilla Glass, the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart sports an IPS display and ThunderPort, and of course, Beats Audio

Glass Trackpad, ThunderPort, IPS display, Beats Audio, touch screen, full version of Adobe PhotoShop elements

not very light/ portable,

The Specs

HP Spectre XT TouchSmartDisplay

Display: 15.6 in ( Full HD) LED with IPS technology @ 1920 x 1080

Touch Screen: Yes

Size/ Weight

Weight: 4.77lbs

Size: 15.6in

Graphics & Performance

Graphics: ( Dedicated ) NVidia GeForce GT 630M @ 2GB

Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 3610QM @ @ 2.3 Ghz

Hard Drive :750GB HDD @ 7200 RPM

Optical Drive: DVD+ RW/CD –RW

Connections / Webcam

PortsVGA: 1 Port ( HDMI 1.4v )

Webcam: 2.0 mp webcam

USB Ports: 2 USB 2.0 + 1 USB 3.0

Card Reader: Yes

Pricing & Availability

Pricing: $1399.99 USD

Announced: August 30, 2012

Included Software / OS

Included Software: Adobe Photoshop® Elements 10 and Adobe® Premiere Elements 10, HP CoolSense

OS: Windows 8

 

Images courtesy of HP

HP Envy x2

Bottom Line

A laptop and a tablet, this multi-purpose hybrid is ready for anything whenever.

Hybrid design, all-metal construction, capacitive touch screen, portable at 3.1lbs with dock

Design could be a bit more sleek and thin

The Specs

Display

HP Envy x2Display: 11 in ( Full HD) LED

Screen Resolution: 1366 x 768

Touch Screen: Yes

Size/ Weight

Weight: 1.5lbs without dock

Size: .33 in

Graphics & Performance

image_thumb[22]Processor: Intel Atom

Storage: 64GB SSD

Battery: Battery separate for both keyboard and screen

Pricing & Availability

Pricing: Not announced

Announced: August 30, 2012

Included Software / OS

OS: Windows 8

Model Number

Model Number: HP Envy x2

Images courtesy of HP

Asus N56VM — the PC Answer to the MacBook Pro

Bottom Line

The PC answer to the MacBook Pro, this gorgeous 15 inch ultrabook, sports a backlit keyboard, 2 USB 3.0, and dedicated Nvidia graphics to match brand new Ivy Bridge core  i7 processor.

Backlit keyboard, Premium Bang & Olufsen ICE audio, 3-in-1 card reader, core i7, plenty of memory ( 8GB )

no SSD, webcam is 2.0 MP, decent battery life @ 4.5 hours

Asus N56VMThe Specs

Graphics: ( Dedicated ) NVidia GeForce GT 630M @ 2GB  

Display: 15.6 in 1080p ( Full HD) LED @ 1366x 768

Memory: 8GB DDR3

Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 3610QM @ @ 2.3 Ghz

Hard Drive :750GB HDD @ 7200 RPM

Optical Drive: DVD+ RW/CD -RW

Backlit Keyboard: Yes

Asus N56VMCard Reader: 3-in-1 reader

USB Ports: 2 USB 2.0 + 2 USB 3.0

Keyboard: Backlit chiclet style with number key pad

Bluetooth: Integrated Bluetooth 4.0

HDMI: 1 Port ( HDMI 1.4v )

VGA: 1 Port ( HDMI 1.4v )

Webcam: 2.0 mp webcam

Model Number: Asus N56VM-RB71 part of the Asus N Series

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

Images courtesy of Asus