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Acer Aspire V5-573G

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire V5-573G specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire V5-573G
ProcessorIntel Core i7-4500U processor (1.8GHz/3.0GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
Screen15.6“ HD widescreen CineCrystal LCD display (1366 x 768)
also available with 15.6” FHD widescreen IPS display (1920×1080)
RAMUp to 12 GB
HDD500GB/1TB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GT 720M/750M
NetworkUnknown
Acer Nplify 802.11a/b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
Processorno issues
Screenno issuesin fact, the IPS FHD panel is pretty good for this price region
HDD/SSDno issuesHDD a bit slow (~60-70MB/s); has mSATA slot: Crucial CT480M500SSD3 works flawlessly
Graphics Chipmediocre Intel chip works OOTB, NViDIA needs bbswitch/bumblebee which is a bit fiddly
VGA Out/Display Port very good tested up to 1920×1080, even works with triple head (internal DP, HDMI and VGA/DP)
HDMIvery goodtested up to 1920×1080
Soundno issues
Microphonegoodnot a very good placement
Headphone/Microphone-In Portgoodcombined speaker/mic port
Ethernetworksath9k
Wirelessno issues
Bluetoothmediocredoesn't work after warm reboot from Windows dual boot
USBno issueshas one USB3 port, might need xhci driver for old distributions
Card Readerworksonly with kernels >3.0
Webcamworkslow resolution
Keyboardno issuesall media keys work
TouchPadworksdoes have integrated “buttons”, might want to tune synaptics settings. Supports two-finger scroll.
Suspend/Resumemediocre only works after UEFI upgrade to 2.24+ which also enables Windows 8.1 support

Notes

I strongly recommend upgrading the UEFI to a recent version. I had a few issues with versions 2.23 and below, I believe the newest one is 2.28.

Summary

I wouldn't say Linux runs flawlessly in all flavours on this machine, but it's a pretty decent laptop for Linux. If you got around the dual graphics (which work after tinkering a little) and the UEFI update, you get great value for a comparatively low price. Be sure to get the Full HD IPS panel since it's a lot better than the other panels available for this model.


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