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Acer NX.M91AA.013 Silver 11.6″ Aspire V5-122 Laptop PC

Acer silver 11.6″ Aspire V5-122 Laptop PC is a new touch screen laptop that is powered by AMD A4-1250 accelerated processor and provides intuitive touch control in a highly portable package. This 1GHz accelerated processor is designed for small laptops and tablets. The model number of this laptop is NX.M91AA.013 or V5-122P-0894. This small laptop offers performance for basic computing only. With the ultra-competitive nature of this segment, Acer has decided to offer enough memory and storage with this tiny laptop in its bid to compete with rivals.  It comes with 6GB on board memory which promises enough multitasking power.  500GB hard drive offers enough storage. The drawback of Acer Aspire V5-122P-0894 or NX.M91AA.013 laptop is that it comes with limited number of ports and its 3 cell lithium ion battery won’t be able to provide day long battery life, on single charge. Acer silver 11.6″ Aspire V5-122 Laptop PC is currently listed within price range of $420- $450 at different stores like Wal-Mart, Staples, RadioShack and online stores like Rakuten (V5-122P-42156G50nss, price $406).

Acer NX.M91AA.013 specification and performance

Acer NX.M91AA.013 silver 11.6″ Aspire PC is powered by A4-1250 processor which is a dual core processor and operates with 1GHz frequency. It comes with low TDP rating of 8Watt which will make users expect longer battery life. Unfortunately, it comes with 3 cell lithium ion battery which provides approx. 3.5 hours of battery life on single charge. It comes with integrated Radeon HD 8210 graphics that is part of APU and shares system memory. The graphics support DirectX 11.1. But being a slow processor, it doesn’t allow gaming much. Older and low end games like World of warcraft, starcraft II etc. can be played in this laptop.  The processor, however, streams videos smoothly.

Acer NX.M91AA.013 comes with 6GB DDR3L SDRAM arranged in a single slot. Maximum amount of memory supported by the laptop is 6GB. The 500GB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed.

The 11.6” high definition LED backlit multi-touch touch screen display offers 1366 X 768 pixel resolution which supports 720p high definition playback.  This Acer Aspire V5-122 Silver Laptop lacks HDMI port, thus connecting it with high definition TV is ruled out. There are only 2 USB ports, 1 USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port. There is a media card reader which can read Secure Digital Card. Similar to other notebook, optical drive is missing here.

Model NX.M91AA.013 offers webcam with integrated microphone.  When it comes to network connectivity, it supports Bluetooth and 802.11 b/g/n.

Pros of Acer Silver Aspire V5-122 Laptop PC with AMD A4-1250

Compact touch screen laptop

Light weight

Plenty of memory for multi-tasking

Cons of Acer NX.M91AA.013

Average battery life

Limited number of ports

Asus X200CA-HCL1205O

Powered by Intel Celeron 1007u processor, Asus X200CA-HCL1205O is a portable package that can accomplish basic computing flawlessly which include typing, browsing web, emailing, social media interaction and video chatting. When Asus X200CA series was introduced, it became a great success. It is a touch screen laptop and the 11.6” high-definition touch-screen display is able to recognize gestures and swipes efficiently.  It comes with 4GB memory which is enough for basic multitasking and 500GB hard drive space offers ample storage.   X200CA-HCL1205O weighs around 3 pounds which makes it a perfect mobile computing device. Again, there is a drawback in buying compact, thin and light laptop as most of them lack a DVD drive. Asus X200CA-HCL1205O is not an expectation to this trend.  Powered by entry level processor with no dedicated graphics card, user can’t expect high end gaming from this laptop. Some low end games, however, can be played in this laptop. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of this laptop.

Asus X200CA-HCL1205O specification and performance

Asus X200CA-HCL1205O is equipped with Intel Celeron 1007u processor which is a dual core processor. Each core operates with 1.5 GHz Clock speed. Though Celeron is not a high end processor, users can still enjoy regular computing such as browsing web with multiple tabs, creating documents, watching videos and movies. 1007u processor is integrated with Intel HD graphics which operates with 350MHz and the frequency can rise up to 1GHz upon system requirement. Asus X200CA HCL1205O supports less GPU intensive games, like  Dota 2, Starcraft II, Skyrim, Team fortress 2 and F1 2012,  in low details and settings. It may not run high end games, but if you are willing to mute fancy extras you could run low end games in this laptop.

Asus X200CA-HCL1205O comes with 4GB onboard DDR3 memory. Memory speed is 1333Mhz. It is installed with 2.5” 500GB SATA hard drive which operates with 5400rpm speed.

The LED backlit high definition display offers a max of 1366 X 768 pixel resolution, which means it can support 720p high definition but not 1080p or full HD.

Though it is small laptop yet it comes with sufficient number of ports which include 1 COMBO audio jack, 1  VGA port, 1 USB 3.0, 2  USB 2.0 ports, LAN Jack and HDMI. It also offers 1 MP camera and a media card reader that supports SD, SDHC, SDXC and MMC. Asus X200CA-HCL1205O is supported by Integrated 802.11 b/g/n, fast Ethernet and Bluetooth V4.0 network connectivity.

It comes with 3 Cell  33 Whrs  lithium ion battery which offers up to 5 hrs of battery life, on single charge.

Pros of Asus X200CA-HCL1205O 

Inexpensive compact touch screen laptop for everyday use

4 GB memory

Cons of Asus X200CA-HCL1205O 

No dedicated graphics card

Asus VivoBook S500CA-HPD0101N

Asus VivoBook S500CA-HPD0101N is a perfect midsize laptop for everyday use. The laptop is powered by Intel Pentium 2117U processor, which is a dual core processor. It supports everyday tasks such as word processing, browsing web, emailing, social media interaction, watching movies/videos and playing browser games. Asus S500CA-HPD0101N doesn’t come with a dedicated graphics card. For regular computing, dedicated graphics card is not mandatory either. This laptop is not intended for serious gamers. It comes with 4GB RAM which is enough for multi-tasking. If you are concerned about storage, the laptop offers 500GB of storage which is pretty common among budget laptops and notebooks. The drawback of this device is that the 15.6” touch screen laptop doesn’t support full high definition playback. On the other hand, Brushed-hairline aluminum texture provides it a stylish look. Currently it is listed with $350 price tag at Best Buy. Here is a brief review about specifications and expected performance of the machine-

Asus S500CA-HPD0101N expected performance and specification

Asus S500CA-HPD0101N is powered by dual core Intel Pentium processor which supports day to day tasks like word processing, browsing internet, sending emails, watching videos and social networking. As the processor is a low end processor, playing high end games or working with CPU or GPU intensive applications should not be expected from this laptop. For instance, editing high definition video, working with AutoCAD, Solidworks, 3Ds Max may not be possible with this device. Only light gaming is possible in this laptop as it comes with integrated graphics. The graphics, even though is much advanced version of earlier Intel integrated graphics, is not capable of running latest games.

However, Asus  VivoBook S500CA-HPD0101N supports high definition video playback. As the 15.6” glare led backlit display of the laptop supports up to 1366 by 768 pixels resolution, only 720p high definition video playback is possible in this laptop. In other words, 1080p or full HD playback is not supported in this laptop.

The 2.5” thick 500GB hard drive operates with 5400rpm speed. When it comes to memory, 4GB onboard memory is available with the laptop.

Asus S500CA-HPD0101N VivoBook weighs around 4.6 pounds. The laptop comes with standard port and connectivity features but lacks an optical drive. There is 1 COMBO audio jack, 1 x VGA port, 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert and HDMI output. There is a HD webcam and media card reader which supports secure digital format

When it comes to network connectivity, the laptop offers both wired (Gigabit Ethernet) and wireless connectivity options ( 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0).

The 3 cell lithium polymer battery pack offers 2 to 5 hours of battery life and depends up on usage.

Pros of Asus  VivoBook S500CA-HPD0101N

Inexpensive touch screen laptop

Bluetooth

Cons of Asus S500CA-HPD0101N

500GB hard drive