The Acer Aspire V5 122P is an 11.6” sub-notebook running on an AMD Temash processor which I’ve highlighted before as being potentially interesting for mobile Windows 8 because it, theoretically, offers performance that sits between netbooks and Ultrabooks while offering very good efficiency. I’ve unboxed the Acer V5 122P and found a well-balanced, very good value touchscreen notebook that could appeal to many people looking at the sub-$500 bracket. It’s not an Ultrabook in terms of raw performance but it feels like it hits a nice sweet-spot.
Update: Detailed processor performance tests are being performed here.
The Acer Aspire V5-122P casing is all-plastic which feels cheap after handling so many Ultrabooks but the design is appealing and in terms of value for money, it’s very good. $480 in the USA (with 2GB, this one has 4GB RAM and cost 480 Euro in Germany.)
Performance is indeed right in between netbook and Ultrabook levels with about HD3000-levels of graphics power (Sandy Bridge Ultrabooks in 2011/2012) and about 1/3rd the CPU performance although clock-for-clock, it’s about the same. Battery life is going to be about 3.5-4hrs on this with a 30Wh (small) battery inside although there’s an interesting extended battery port on the base of the unit.
I’ll have more for you soon after I’ve done some more detailed testing at the weekend when I plan to drop in an SSD to see how much we can get out of it. Considering that this nearer to a mobile laptop experience than an Ultrabook we’ll probably take it over to our sister site, UMPCPortal, for further testing.
First performance tests:
Update: Detailed processor performance tests at 1.4Ghz are being performed here.
AMD Temash A6-1450 Cinebench 11.5 CPU:0.85 (1Ghz)
AMD Temash A6-1450 Cinebench 11.5 OpenGL:8.53 (1Ghz)
CrystalMark 2004R3: 57546 (1Ghz)