Review: Acer Aspire V3-772G

Not without an external monitor and speakers!

Our score: 3/5
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Published: September 13, 2013 11:29 AM
By Alexandre Botella
Translated by: Hugh Ehreth
The Acer Aspire V3-772G is a 17.3-inch notebook with the specs to please gamers and multimedia fans alike. It boasts an Intel Core i7 processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M graphics card, a Blu-ray drive and a Full HD screen, all for less than £900. Sounds amazing. On paper...

Design4/5



Acer Aspire V3-722G
Acer Aspire V3-722G



The Aspire V3 is not one to stand out from the crowd. Visually speaking, it's about as sober as they come. The wrist support and keyboard panel are made of black anodised aluminium, but the bezel is made of a glossy plastic that smudges all too easily. It's too bad, because every time you open and close the screen you necessarily end up touching the bezel. The chassis underneath is lined with matte black plastic.

Acer Aspire V3-722G

The chiclet keyboard has a number pad, but no backlighting. For some reason Acer reduced the size of the arrow keys in order to fit the numpad in, even though there's a good three centimetres of unused space on either side of the keys. But it's still easy to type on. The keystroke is a bit too slack for our taste, but the keys are relatively quiet, barring the space bar.

The touchpad offers a nice surface to glide on that doesn't stick to the finger. It recognises two-finger scrolling, zooming and all the Windows 8 touch gestures. The entire surface is clickable, but the press is a little long and the return too limp.

Acer Aspire V3-722G
Acer Aspire V3-722G


Along the laptop's sides are two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet and an audio in and out. An SD card reader is located on the front for transferring photos and videos. There's also a Blu-ray drive (or DVD drive, depending on the configuration), a feature that goes well with the Full HD screen.

Acer Aspire V3-722G
 Heat readings with the components under stress (in °C)
Images taken using a Fluke Ti25 thermal imaging camera


The V3-772G's noise levels always stay low, never above 38 dB(A), even when the components are under stress. The heat stays just as reasonable, except for the left side of the keyboard, which can get up to 47.8°C. This hot spot is right where your left palm rests when you type.

Audio3/5

The headphone output and microphone input have good sound quality that's high in fidelity and has no distortion even at maximum volume.
 
Acer Aspire V3-722G
Frequency response curve: built-in speakers
Green = good / Orange = tolerable / White = heavily altered


Unfortunately, the built-in speakers don't follow suit. The volume is low and the saturation is high. With no bass or high-end to speak of, the end result is quite lame indeed.


Configuration: Acer Aspire V3-772G (747A8G1TBDWAKK)

The model we were sent to review features an Intel Core i7-4702MQ processor, 8 GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M video card, a Full HD screen and a 1 TB hard drive (5400 rpm). The observations above apply to all models of the Acer Aspire V3-772G, whereas the Screen, Processor Power, Gaming and Battery Life sections below apply only to the model we tested.

Display2/5


Our model had a matte Full HD TN screen with a matte surface and maximum brightness up to 370 cd/m². Also good, the 950:1 contrast ratio doesn't vary when you change the brightness.

Acer Aspire V3-722GGrey colour temperature
 
Acer Aspire V3-722GGamma
 
Acer Aspire V3-722GDelta E
 
The problem is that Acer stopped there. The colours are highly unfaithful, with a Delta E of 11.1. There are heavy blue overtones and an unbalanced distribution of light in the grey shading. All in all, this screen is quite similar to the Alienware 17's.

Processing Power5/5


The Intel Core i7-4702MQ processor allows the V3-772G to undertake any task. It's a tad less powerful than the i7-4700MQ found in the MSI GE60, but it performs just as well with certain computations such as HD video encoding. When exporting batches of photos from one format to another, for example, the Acer Aspire V3-772G takes about 15% longer than the GE60. The V3-772G starts up in 20 seconds and shuts down in 10 seconds.

Gaming4/5


The Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M (3DMark06: 18002) will play most games in the screen's native resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels). With most of them you can put the graphics settings all the way up, but on particularly demanding games such as Crysis 3, you'll have to lower the quality settings in order to get a decent frame rate. The graphics card isn't needed to read HD video, so instead the energy-saving Intel HD 4600 takes over, at which point HD movies play flawlessly.

Battery Life4/5


The Aspire V3-722G is too big (414.8 x 275 x 34.65 mm) and heavy (3.2 kg) to carry around for very long, but it does last for four hours of video playback in airplane mode with the screen brightness at 100 cd/m², headphones plugged in and the keyboard backlighting turned off.

3/5 Acer Aspire V3-772G DigitalVersus 2013-09-13 12:29:00

Pros

  • Processing power
  • Gaming capabilities
  • Blu-ray drive + Full HD screen
  • Matte display with high contrast
  • Price

Cons

  • TN panel has unfaithful colours (Delta E = 11.1)
  • Bad speakers

Conclusion

The Acer Aspire V3-772G has great processing and graphics power for a relatively low price, but to really enjoy it you'll want to plug it into an external monitor and speaker system.

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