Home Your IT Mobility Acer's affordable touch notebook: the Aspire V5

Acer has introduced a range of touchscreen notebooks - the Aspire V5 series - at everyday prices.

There's a lot of fuss about tablets, but a lot of people still want notebooks. While there seems to be general agreement that Windows 8 is more comfortable to use on a touchscreen, most touchscreen notebooks have been fairly pricey.

That's where the Acer Aspire V5 series comes in. Prices start at $699 despite the inclusion of a 10-point touchscreen.

The base model features a 1.6GHz dual core CPU, 14in display, Intel HD graphics, HDMI port, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD drive, webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0+HS, up to 5 hour battery life, and weighs in at 2.2kg

The high-end member of the family costs $1,299, but has the added advantages of a 2GHz i7 CPU, 15.6in display, Nvidia 710M graphics, 8GB of RAM, a backlit keyboard, and is slightly heavier at 2.5kg.

The V5 series includes Acer's Instant Connect feature for internet connectivity in 2.5 seconds - "four times faster than conventional methods," according to company officials.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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