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Acer Aspire V5-552-8404 15.6-Inch Laptop (Cold Steel)

Acer Aspire V5-552-8404 15.6-Inch Laptop (Cold Steel)

Acer Aspire V5-552-8404 15.6-Inch Laptop (Cold Steel)

  • AMD A8-5557M 2.1 GHz (4 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, AMD Radeon? HD 8550G Graphics
  • Windows 8, 4.5-hour battery life

The Aspire V5 Series puts inspiring performance in a thin and light form. Breathe life into your entertainment and enjoy hands-on control with a Full HD touchscreen. Four built-in speakers sweeten the deal with splendid sound.The new Acer Aspire V5 Notebook puts inspiring performance in a thin and light laptop. The choice of up to four suave colors adds to the personal charm. A HD display makes this the perfect Windows 8 companion breathing life into your entertainment, while four integrated speakers sweeten your enjoyment with great sound.
Key Features 15.6″ HD Widescreen CineCrystal™ LED-backlit Display: (1366 x 768) resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio AMD Quad-Core A8-5557M Accelerated Processor 2.1GHzwith TurboCORE Technology up to

List Price: $ 479.99

Price: $ 429.99

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3 Responses to “Acer Aspire V5-552-8404 15.6-Inch Laptop (Cold Steel)”

  1. Jenn says:
    31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Pretty Impressed, August 9, 2013
    By 
    Jenn

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    UPDATE 10/16/13: I’ve had this system for a couple months now. It’s still running really well, I’m glad to say. I’ve had no problems at all aside from drivers needing updating, so I stand firm on my 5 stars. Judging from other reviews people have given, there’s a risk of getting a bad one, but that’s a risk you ALWAYS take when buying computer hardware. The majority of problems people have appear to be software/OS issues (I’ve seen Internet Explorer pop up the most in these complaints, so people, please, don’t use IE for anything other than getting another web browser. It’s not worth the headache.) So once again, I highly recommend downgrading to Windows 7, or at the very least, install the updates for Windows, then update all the drivers, and make sure that’s the first thing you do when you boot it for the first time. I think that would’ve solved a lot of problems people were having.

    I also want to add that my battery life is CRAZY. I can sometimes get 6-7 hours out of it on a full charge. Since there have also been complaints about short battery life on this system, I don’t know if I got lucky, or if they (again) just got bad units. Either way, I love this laptop and I’m very happy with it, so I still very much say if you want a good priced system with some power to it, this is it.

    ORIGINAL REVIEW:
    I bought this laptop after two days of careful research. I know some people can’t be bothered to read through a whole review, so here’s a quick pros/cons list:

    Pros:
    Lightweight, slim, very portable
    Great hardware, especially for the price
    Charges quickly
    Touch pad actually works well
    Four speakers, so the sound is pretty good

    Cons
    WINDOWS 8.
    The keyboard keys take a little bit of getting used to
    Takes a little force to get usb drives into the ports, but just for the first couple times
    Video chipset uses system RAM if it needs additional video memory, so expanding the RAM comes suggested

    I know computers pretty well, being a computer science student approaching graduation, and having built several custom desktops. So far, this laptop seems fantastic for the price. It shipped incredibly fast, (meaning I ordered it at 7 at night and it arrived at 9 the next morning. I’m starting to wonder if Amazon isn’t hiring time travelers or something…) and took only a few hours to charge the battery.

    The first immediate problem with this laptop is Windows 8. I can’t emphasize this enough. It’s slow, clunky, and fails to properly utilize the hardware. It’s TERRIBLE for gaming, or anything requiring heavy use of the hardware. My advice is to downgrade back to 7 as soon as possible.

    The second problem is the video chip. While it performs well, it also uses system RAM, so an upgrade of the RAM is also recommended. So far, this laptop has played Psychonauts and Oblivion flawlessly on full settings, The Witcher on mid-lower settings, and it’ll play Tomb Raider on very low settings. It’ll most likely be much better once I clear off the bloatware.

    Oh yeah, there’s bloatware. Not as much as some manufacturers like to put on, but there’s enough to gobble of some of the RAM.

    The feel of it is pretty nice. It’s lightweight and easy to carry around, and very thin with the lack of a disk drive. The Steel color is also nicer in person than in the picture. Also, the touchpad is easy to use, and actually works, unlike a lot of other models I’ve seen. I’d still recommend a mouse, just because I find touchpads a little cumbersome, and this one is a bit big, so you may accidentally click something while trying to type, but it’s smooth and functional.

    So in a nutshell, here’s basically what you need to know:

    It runs well, but is slowed down by the OS
    It’s light and easy to carry
    The speakers are on the bottom
    There are 3 USB ports. Two 2.0 ports on either side and one 3.0 on the back.
    There are two fans on the back panel
    No disk drive
    Perfect for lower-mid range gaming, may have some issues with high end gaming
    Recommended RAM upgrade, OS downgrade, and mouse

    I’m pretty happy with this laptop, and I’d gladly recommend it for anyone looking for a good budget system. It’s still fairly new, so I’ll update if anything significant happens.

    UPDATE: I just downgraded the OS to Windows 7 and my goodness, the performance went through the roof! It now runs The Witcher on high setting almost perfectly (with anti-aliasing turned off, since that was the biggest performance killer), and runs Skyrim with little to no trouble, though I’ve yet to mod it, so it runs as well as it did on release. I can now safely say that this is a good gaming laptop. Not the greatest, but I’m impressed.

    The bad part was that Windows 8 did not want to come off. I had to battle with it almost every step of the way to put 7 on, and it took a lot…

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  2. Brewineer says:
    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    minor caveats, great APU, fantastic value, August 25, 2013
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    Update 9/8:

    SSD installed and this thing is snappy and responsive (also lighter). This laptop only had space for a 7mm drive, so the 9mm case had to go (a little duct tape kept the SSD board from clattering around).

    UPDATE 8/31:

    Added a 4GB stick of RAM from crucial http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005LDLV6S/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    and got a nice bump in performance (653 vs 450 3dmarks in Firestrike test) and will add an SSD soon.
    Also the speakers are quite good! I lucked out and got this model when it was $420, but it seems to be a great deal still (if you are lucky and do not get a failure unit like the negative reviewers). I’ve taken this thing apart a couple times and taken it to a couple LAN parties and it keeps working flawlessly.

    Original Review:

    I finally got myself a new laptop for light general use and the occasional LAN party as well as older games. Having a pretty fast AMD APU was exactly want I wanted. The A8-5557M is only second to the A10-5757M. I was very surprised to find this fast a chip in such a cheap laptop. It’s also amazingly thin and light.

    However, the potent APU is let down by the single-channel 1333MHz memory (soldered to the motherboard, so you can’t replace it with 1600MHz RAM) which is a significant handicap for the integrated graphics.
    However, it’s easily upgraded! Taking back cover off allows access to the single SODIMM slot(unpopulated) as well as the Hard drive, so no need to pull the keyboard out to upgrade bits. I’ve already ordered a 4GB stick to double the memory as well as the bandwidth, and an SSD to really make it fly.

    The battery is low capacity, as expected on a budget laptop. The Li-poly packs are not packaged as a unit, so replacing them in the future may be difficult. This is one of many trade-offs for the thin and light build.

    The fans are somewhat loud and high pitched, as expected on such a thin laptop, but they don’t bother me much.

    I’m not a fan of Windows 8, but that’s hardly Acer’s fault and I already put 7 on, which runs wonderfully. (FYI, pull the USB 3 drivers off before you format, Acer doesn’t have them on the support page, and I thought they would be part of the AMD mobility drivers)

    I like the chiclet keyboard, nothing fancy but pleasant enough. The touchpad isn’t so great. If you press the corner to click (not separate buttons), the whole pad tilts, and sometimes the cursor moves while clicking.

    The screen is your typical 1366×768 budget laptop screen with a gloss finish, works well enough. Things look a bit greenish and washed out compared to my IPS monitor. Once again, well within the expectations of a budget laptop.

    Of course, this being a budget model, many of the cons are directly the result of getting what you pay for, and I think you get a lot of value here, especially when you consider the upgrade potential. Similarly, the lack of optical drive and small battery allow this to be such a cheap ultra-thin and light laptop.

    I believe I will greatly enjoy this laptop!

    Pros:
    Thin, Light, cheap
    AMD A8-5557M APU
    Upgrade potential (Easy access to SODIMM slot and HDD)
    chiclet keyboard

    Cons:
    no optical drive
    Small battery
    high pitched fans (moderately loud)
    1333Mhz Single Channel memory
    touchpad

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  3. TCCC143 says:
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Thin and Powerful, September 20, 2013
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    TCCC143

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    Probably the thinnest laptop I have ever owned. Feels solid, no give in the when handling it. Still need to get use to Windows 8, but the laptop seems to hold plenty of power to handle games, video and multiple tasks just fine. It is very quiet, I never hear the fan, and it has not once gotten warm while in my lap.
    I wish the battery life could be a little better, but for the price you cannot go wrong.

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