Acer’s refresh of it premium ultrabook, the Acer Aspire V7-482PG-5842 is good enough to keep me from straying to Apple and its MacBook Air.
After toting this ultrabook on fishing trips to the Sierras, and writing at night on a picnic bench as well as using at at two dimly lit conferences, I believe the latest 14-inch version of the Acer Aspire ultrabook family is a great traveling companion. I particularly like the brightness and clarity of its screen which doesn’t leaving you squinting when interpreting graphics or PDF images. the near transoceanic battery life, wicked fast boot up times are all big bonuses on thius new ultrabopok..
As supplied to me for this review by Acer, the V7 came with a standard configuration: 8 GB of RAM, a 500GB hard disk drive, a 128GB SSD, and an Intel i 5- 4200 1.6GHZ CPU. but what really makes the latest version of the V7 sparkle is its Nvidia GT 750 graphics controller (with 4GB of dedicated memory), its WQHD video system, which drives an outstanding 1920 by 1080 pixel 14-inch display.the operating syetm is Window 8.1 with a touch interface.
the display on the V7 is almost as bright as the 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina panel used by Apple. and brighter than most ultrabook screens.
the 14-inch screen on the V7-482PG-5842 is only one of the things that enhances the user experience on this ultrabook. Its keyboard is large enough to eliminate the typos i often make on small form factor portables and the backlit keyboard is a boon in a darkened conference hall or while working at night outdoors. i like the feel of this machine’s chiclet style keys.
its track pad supports two finger swipe and pinnch and other gestures
the Acer V7-482PG-5842 is ready to go to work as soon as it’s unboxed. About the only complaint I have with its design is the placement of the power switch on the left hand side of the system case.
this system is slightly larger than other ultrabooks I’ve reviewed. it’s 13.39 inches wide, 9.45 inches deep and .79 inches tall.
In addition to being bigger than some ultrabooks, it’s also heavier, tipping the scales at 4.4 pounds.
I also like the performance of this Acer notebook with streaming media. the display produces crisp, vibrant images that are an improvement over ultrabooks that ship with Intel video controllers.
the updated V7 also has above average expandability, it ships standard with two USB .20 connectors, one USB 3.0 port, one HDMI port, plus audio jacks. it’s USB 3.0 port supports power-off charging, a feature that comes in handy if you need to keep your cell phone fully charged and are away from AC outlets.
The four-cell battery pack on the V7-482-5842 review unit consistently delivered about 6 hours of power-- during much of that time keyboard backlighting was on. When using a conservative power management setting, battery life exceed 7.2 hours.
I have no reservations when recommending the Acer Aspire V7-482-5842. Its 14-inch screen is easy on aging eyes, it’s performance is well above par and even though it weighs 4.4 pounds, it’s a great travel companion that boots up very quickly ready to be put to work. I've seen this ultrabook offered on retail sites for less than $775, which is a fraction of the price of high performance ultrabooks like the MacBook Air or Samsung ultrabooks.--Jim Forbes on September 4, 2014.