Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-571G review with Broadwell hardware


  1. Matthew

    January 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I know you said it won’t be released until late Feb-early March, but where did you get that information/how can I find out day-of when it’s available for purchase?

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 27, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      My Acer contacts gave me those dates. However, it might be available sooner/later in some countries, there’s no way to tell for sure. Still, since that Nvidia GTX 950M hasn’t been even released yet, it’s fair to assume the laptops will only be available after the launch (which I’m not sure when it’s scheduled for).

  2. Paul

    February 1, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Hey, do you have a review of this nitro or do you know when it will be released? I can’t find any other information about it. It seems to be the same as the current Nitro’s but with a new Wifi card. Here is the Amazon link:

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 1, 2015 at 11:31 pm

      I don’t but that’s the current VN7-591G with Haswell quad-cole hardware, you can find plenty of good reviews online.

  3. Matthew

    February 2, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    As far as Wi-Fi connectivity goes, what if I get this laptop and decide it doesn’t cut it? Is the WiFi upgradeable or integrated? What would you suggest an upgrade to if that’s possible?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      It’s upgradeable. Not sure what to choose though, but any mSATA Wi-fi module should work, so there are a few options

      • Matthew

        February 2, 2015 at 8:22 pm

        What would you upgrade it to if you did upgrade it?

      • Andrei Girbea

        February 2, 2015 at 8:40 pm

        I don’t know actually. I’ve had good results with several different chips, most made by Intel and Broadcom, and I don’t know which is the fastest model available in this form factor. I’ll try to look into the matter though for a future post, but it might take a week or two, I currently have my hands full with some new reviews units.

      • Matthew

        February 3, 2015 at 12:02 am

        Great. Since it will be at least a month until I get the laptop anyway, I don’t mind the wait. Thanks for your knowledge/posts/and reviews.

  4. Kimsta

    February 5, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Just bought this awesome machine yesterday in Australia for AUD $1399 (about US $1100). Loving the lightning fast speed and brilliant HD monitor. It’s relatively quite and light for what it is. Internet browsing is slowed by my WiFi router I think, so might look at upgrading it. But so far, I’m very happy with it and it is definitely competing for my attention over my wife ;)

    • Matthew

      February 5, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      May I ask where you bought it? I’m looking for it here in the US, but I haven’t seen it yet.

      • Andrei Girbea

        February 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm


      • Matthew

        February 5, 2015 at 5:31 pm

        I have read your article very throughly about fifteen times now. I wasn’t asking you. I was asking Kimsta, hence the location of my comment. If you read his comment, you will see that he bought it in Australia. I was hoping to find out more information about his purchase so that I could also purchase the system.

      • Matthew

        February 5, 2015 at 6:22 pm


        You’re going to disallow my comment through moderation but you’re leaving yours up?

        You are:

        1) making me look like an idiot when you’re the one who didn’t read properly
        2) limiting my ability to gain more information from the comment section
        3) preventing me from explaining myself
        4) even when having a great explanation, refusing to fix your administrator comments to enable a reasonable, un-toxic comment stream

        I find this very unreasonable sir. Therefore, i propose that you:

        1) let my previous comment exist to enable me to obtain thread-related information
        2) remove your 2pm comment to enable me to obtain thread-related information
        3) allow this comment to remain so readers can see how unfair you’re being

        That being said, I don’t have faith that you will do any of the preceding viable satisfactory conclusions, which is a real shame. I liked your website before today and appreciated the information it provided. However, if you berate your readers incorrectly and then don’t repair the damage, I can’t imagine that you hold on to readers very well.

      • Andrei Girbea

        February 5, 2015 at 7:43 pm

        Matthew, every comment here on the site is manually approved by myself, this way I get to reply every question and don’t allow spam to get in. I’m not disallowing any comments or replies, they just don’t appear automatically on the site. I’m sorry for this misunderstanding and sorry I was harsh with my reply, didn’t spot that you were not talking to me.

        Please have faith, I do hold every reader to great regard :) I will add a line in the comments form that will inform about the moderation, to prevent further such accidents.

    • Matthew

      February 5, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      May I ask where you bought it? I’m looking for it here in the US, but I haven’t seen it yet.

      • Kimsta

        February 5, 2015 at 9:45 pm

        There are a few places in Australia that this machine can be bought. I got mine from MSY. Check out this pdf file, page 5. :

      • H

        February 7, 2015 at 2:18 pm

        Just bought mine but it’s the newer version Acer Aspire 15.6″ VN7-591G-732P GeForce GTX860M Black edition for gaming from $1499.00 I didn’t know they had a VN7-571G until now

      • Kimsta

        February 5, 2015 at 10:03 pm

        Just noticed that my processor is an i7 4510U, not the sames as the one tested here. But, still a great machine.

        BTW, This review is really good Andrei. I relied on the info provided here before deciding to purchase. Thanks for that.

  5. Matthew

    February 7, 2015 at 4:19 am

    The GTX 950M graphics card appears to have been released a week ago!

    Hopefully this laptop will be released soon!

  6. H

    February 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Whats the difference between the Acer Aspire VN7-571G and Acer Aspire 15.6″ VN7-591G-732P Black edition apart from the grafic card GeForce GTX860M ?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 7, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      The processors and some internal layout design. The 591G has two cooling fans and no optical drive.

  7. Matthew

    February 9, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Any release date news? I noticed that Dell Inspiron has out their 5th gen w/graphics card laptops.

  8. Matthew

    February 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Newegg has a “new release”, but it appears to have an “i7 4720HQ”. Is that even really a processor or some mistake?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 10, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      It is check Intel’s website. It’s just a slightly faster running version of the i7 4710HQ. 0.1 GHz increase in Base and TB frequency. No update on the release dates for the Broadwell models. From what I understand, they’re waiting for the Nvidia 950M chip.

  9. Sebastian

    February 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Do you know something new about the release ?

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 26, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Well, no. The launch date is delayed by the 950M graphics, so this should be out in a few weeks.

    • Matthew

      February 26, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      IF you’re interested in this laptop, I would suggest the Lenovo Edge 15. It’s a little thinner, touchscreen, and still has a discrete graphics card (in the higher end models).

      But most importantly, IT’S OUT ALREADY! ^_^ I’m going to stick a 500GB SSD in it for $200 more. Worth a thought.

  10. Matthew

    March 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 2, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Nice. That’s a fair price, but personally I’d rather wait for the 950M model if it will be out in a month’s time (hopefully).

  11. ramesh

    March 5, 2015 at 1:09 am

    This laptop has issues with touchpad and wifi .Is that a hardware problem or software problem ?

    • zkmoonea

      March 6, 2015 at 2:49 am

      it’s a hardware problem. it has something to do with either the antenna placement or wifi card, and so far, I have no luck in trying to figure out the true cause through googling. so good luck deciding.

  12. Crystal

    March 7, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I’m an architecture students and i wanted to buy a new laptop. The aspire VN7-591G is it suitable for me to use? Or any suggestions?

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 12, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Could be. Make sure to read proper reviews in order to understand its weak and strong points, that way you’ll know if it’s the right pick or not.

  13. nezar

    March 18, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    should i wait for it or just buy asus GL551JW-DS74 ?
    please someone advise me

    • Matthew

      March 18, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      IF you’re interested in this laptop, I would suggest the Lenovo Edge 15. It’s a little thinner, touchscreen, and still has a discrete graphics card (in the higher end models).

      But most importantly, IT’S OUT ALREADY! ^_^ I’m going to stick a 500GB SSD in it for $200 more. Worth a thought.

  14. UD Enterprise

    March 22, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Hi, anyway what’s the rival of this thing?

  15. Johannes

    March 27, 2015 at 8:57 am

    thanks for the review.
    But in the battery life department you got a mistake: When the laptop runs 14h it needs around 52.5Wh/14h = 3.75W (the hours cancel out).
    Writing Wh is wrong, that would actually be an energy, but you want to describe the power, of which the unit is Watts.

  16. Cyril

    May 17, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Would you happen to know if the i7-5500U is soldered on or can it be upgraded to another cpu down the line?


    • Andrei Girbea

      May 17, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Soldered, that’s the case with 99% of the available laptops and 100% of the ultraportables.

  17. Sayme

    June 5, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    does this blu ray combo support dvd rw dvd+/-rw?
    cause in my country (Bangladesh)reseller cannot confirm it to me.

    please reply

    • Muhit Shahnewaz

      July 28, 2015 at 6:22 am

      yes it does.
      I bought one few days back and it’s a beast. Having a little problem adapting to the 1080p resolution other than that the colors(post calibration) and everything is good. And the touch pad, as in the review, is not satisfactory but it’s negligible if you are not a perfectionist compared to Bangladesh scenario.
      Overall, till now i am completely satisfied and don’t think there’s any better alternative in the market in comparison with the price range and backup. if you are looking for a full-fledged gaming one then you might consider Asus ROG GL552jx though it has a low backup, in the similar price range.

  18. Fal

    July 26, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Hey Andrei awesome review

    Is there a version of V15 Nitro which runs on full voltage processors as of July 2015?


  19. Muhit Shahnewaz

    July 28, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Hey Andrei
    thanks for the helpful review. i am having some problems with the display of this model, especially the skype app when opened it seems a little blurry, especially the texts, all others seem to be alright. is it a problem with the display??
    And is there any way to make the texts and every other things look bigger, though i have heard that all 1080p screens have such small texts and icons problem?? is there any solution to this??

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 28, 2015 at 11:10 am

      It’s a scaling problem and all high-dpi screens have it with Windows 8.1. Some apps scale properly, some don’t (and result in tiny texts or blurriness)

      • Muhit Shahnewaz

        July 30, 2015 at 9:08 am

        thanks .. i found that is the problem and changed the compatibility property of the apps, it surely improves the standards :)

  20. fahmid

    December 16, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    hey ,in my aspire v 15 nitro all video , games ….almost allright blurry ….but its said that 4k or bluray or 1080p …..what to do :(

  21. Marvin

    May 24, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Andrei,

    I have a question concerning the battery life. I recently bought a VN7 Nitro Laptop with similar specifications (VN7-571G-51R8, i5 5200U with GTX950M), Windows did not came pre-installed so I installed Win 8.1 by myself using the driver disc which came with the laptop.

    I did not have the time to fully calibrate the battery (I only used it until 0% for 2 times), but when browsing the web using the “balanced” power profile of win8.1 I only get around 4.5 hrs of battery runtime. Checking Battery Bar Pro the power consumption varies from 7-8wts to around 11-13 and is more often around the latter.

    Do you have any tips on lowering the power consumption, maybe I am missing an important driver or setting some special power saving settings, e.g. for the nvidia graphics?

    Best Regards,

    • Andrei Girbea

      May 25, 2016 at 10:02 am

      4-5 hours sounds about right for everyday browsing imo. You could try to use the laptop in Battery Saver mode, but it’s not going to help much. Also, try to see if there are any unwanted processes running in the background and lower the screen’s brightness as much as possible.

  22. Marvin

    May 26, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks for the hint! Finally I could figure out why the Idle consumption was too high. The Bundled SATA driver of win8.1 does not support PLM (powerlink Management for SATA devices). So ive installed the rst drivers from Intel and after a Reboot the power consumption went noticeably down in idle. So if any one buys the Nitro without win check to install the rst drivers!


  23. cruz

    July 9, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    my vn7-571g-50vg not coming with Optical rom, but have the black bezel, it possible to add a optical drive, need other piece like a adapter? thanks.

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