Acer Aspire V 15 (V3-575G-79XK) Unboxing and First Thoughts

The Acer Aspire V 15 (V3-575G-79XK) is a 15.6-inch “moderate” gaming laptop (Acer has the Predator 17 as its apex gaming rig) but the V 15 is a spot-on portable gaming and workstation for its specs – Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 4GB NVIDIA video card, FHD display, and all the ports you could ever want. Think about it, the Acer V 15 is a rather affordable graphic work and video editing rig (Php 47,998) for graphic designers (we’re not all in love with MacBooks) and wedding videographers who want to offer on-site, same day edits for their clients. We’re unboxing it today to see what the specs don’t tell us.

Packaging is Spartan. Inside are the laptop, related literature, charging brick and cord.

The lid (the screen) opens up smoothly and closes tightly. The V 15 doesn’t have a metal body but the entirety feels solid.

The keyboard doesn’t flex (I pressed down at its center) and neither does the base. You can tell the lower part (the structure housing the keyboard, trackpad, etc.) is plastic but it doesn’t creak.

There are enough ports and it’s hard to complain about that. Two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0. That means you can plug in two external hard drives and one mouse.

The SD card slot on the front side facing you, to the left of the trackpad, is a little hidden and you are likely to miss it. It’s one of the first things you’ll look for if you’re a photographer.

The display reclines further back than I expected, and I imagine you can use that to reduce glare when outdoors. So the vertical viewing angles should be able to compensate for that lean back screen. Pushing it back and pulling it forward doesn’t result in the hinges creaking or straining. Instead, the experience is smooth.

The keyboard has some tiny compromises to it, or at least right now it seems that way. The tilde key on the upper left corner is narrow. So are the keys on the number pad. Not sure if this will make for some discomfort or disorientation. The full review should show the full typing experience, right now we’re just checking out what we’re seeing. The keys feel rubbery bouncy though.

The trackpad is huge. Generous huge. Huge is good. It also offers a sinking click. It’s plastic but feels solid. There seems to be no visual sign to divide the right from the left trackpad click button.

Lifting the V 15, it’s not that heavy. Lifting it with one hand doesn’t make you afraid it’s going to bend or creak. That’s a good thing. The V 15 is not the thinnest laptop with an Optical Disc Drive but it’s certainly not cumbersome to bring along.

The box doesn’t come with a laptop bag. And I’d recommend you get one of those cushioned sleeves for 15-inch laptops. You don’t want this baby banged around during your commute to work.

And that’s it for our unboxing and first look at the Acer Aspire V 15 (V3-575G-79XK). We’re going to do most of our work on this bad boy and tell you all about it on the full review.

Acer Aspire V 15 (V3-575G-79XK) Full Specs

Operating System : Windows 10
Processor : Intel Core i7-6500U Processor 2.5GHz (4M Cache, up to 3.10GHz)
Memory : 8GB DDR3 on 2 soDIMM Modules
Storage : 1TB 5400RPM SSHD
Display : 15.6-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080, high-brightness Acer ComfyViewTM LEDbacklit, TFT LCD, 16:9 aspect ratio, Mercury free, environment friendly
Optical Drive : DVD+/-RW
Graphics : NVIDIA GeForce 940M with 4 GB
Connectivity : Acer InviLinkTM NplifyTM 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Operates at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, 2×2 MIMO technology, Bluetooth® 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready
Dimension : 381.6 (W) x 259 (D) x 23.9 (H) mm (15.02 x 10.2 x 0.94 inches)
Weight : 2.4 kg (5.29 lbs.) with 4-cell battery pack
Power : 3-pin 65 W AC adapter, 37 Wh 2500 mAh 14.8 V 4-cell Li-ion battery pack, Up to 5 hours (based on MobileMark® 2012 test results)
Webcam : HD webcam with 1280 x 720 resolution and 720p HD audio/video recording
I/O Ports : SD Card reader, HDMI® port with HDCP support, Ethernet (RJ-45) port, External display (VGA) port, Two USB 3.0 ports with one featuring power-off USB charging, USB 2.0 port
Price: Php47998 on Villman


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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for