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Acer launches V5 ultrathin, V3 entry-level laptops (hands-on)

Acer launches V5 ultrathin, V3 entry-level laptops (hands-on)

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Acer has announced the V3 and V5 series of laptops

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Gallery Photo: Acer V3 and V5 series laptops hands-on images

Acer launched the V3 and V5 series of laptops at CeBIT in Hannover today and we got to look at all of them in person. The V5 series are ultrathin laptops that will come with either 11.6-, 14-, or 15.6-inch displays. We loved the netbook-style 11.6-inch model, which will offer either Core i3 or Core i5 Ivy Bridge processors in a chassis less than 15mm thick. Despite its petite frame, it has two USB 2.0 ports, plus one each of USB 3.0, HDMI, and Ethernet, and should offer all the performance of a full-sized machine. The 14- and 15.6-inch models will similarly have Core i3 or i5 processors but will add optical drives and Nvidia GeForce discrete graphics, while also bumping up the thickness to 21mm and 23mm, respectively. Unfortunately, all of the V5 series on display were dummy devices, so we weren't able to test out much more than their looks, but Acer say they'll go on sale around June this year with prices starting at €499 in Europe.

Slightly less exciting than the V5 series are the V3 series. They're a set of entry-level 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-inch laptops, featuring Ivy Bridge processors ranging from Core i3 up to Core i7, optical drives, and discrete graphics. Starting at under €500 in Europe for the Core i3 model, the V3 series will start shipping in the second quarter of this year.

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