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Solid inner values. Acer introduces its updated Aspire V3-371-36VZ right after Intel released its new, economic Broadwell processors. We will find out whether the CPU refresh is enough to stand out from the competition.
intel launched its new energy-efficient CPU line based on Broadwell architecture at the beginning of this year. Now, a short time later, Acer places its new Aspire V3-371-36VZ subnotebook equipped with the new Intel Core i3-4030U on store shelves. However, not only the processor should catch attention because a 240 GB SSD and 8 GB of working memory are also inside the laptop. Furthermore, the 700-Euro (~$800) device can boast with a matte, Full HD screen. To what extent can the Broadwell CPU excel over the Haswell models? We used different contenders to put the test results of Acer's laptop into perspective.
The casing of the Aspire V3 is largely made of plastic components. An aluminum display adorns the review sample's back. A low height of 22 mm and pleasant weight of 1523 grams make Acer's 13.3-inch device an agreeable companion. Sharp transitions, particularly in the front areas below the touchpad, unfortunately ruin the feel of our review sample. Besides that, the ClickPad surface is a bit loose and produces a loud clacking noise during use. The base unit has to be completely disassembled for repairs or upgrades because there are no maintenance covers on the underside. Even the battery cannot be removed without some effort. The thin and very smooth-running display hinges tend to let the display rock.
...maintenance options are unsatisfactory.
Model : Acer Aspire V3-371-36VZ
CPU Model : Intel Core i3-4030U
Storage Capacity (MB) : 500GB
Size (L x W x H) 22.8 x 32.7 x 1.965 cm
Color : Black
Display Size (inch) : 13.3
RAM (GB) : 4
CPU Speed (GHz) : 1.90
Operating System : Windows 8.1
Display Features : HD
Connectivity & Interfaces :
-Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
Battery Type : 4-Cell Li-Prismatic
Wattage : 65
Voltage : 19V
Warranty Type Local Manufacturer Warranty
Warranty Period 1 Year