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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire V5-573G specifications page.
|Name||Acer Aspire V5-573G|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-4500U processor (1.8GHz/3.0GHz w/ Turbo Boost)|
|Screen||15.6“ HD widescreen CineCrystal LCD display (1366 x 768)
also available with 15.6” FHD widescreen IPS display (1920×1080)
|RAM||Up to 12 GB|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M/750M|
Acer Nplify 802.11a/b/g/n
|Screen||no issues||in fact, the IPS FHD panel is pretty good for this price region|
|HDD/SSD||no issues||HDD a bit slow (~60-70MB/s); has mSATA slot: Crucial CT480M500SSD3 works flawlessly|
|Graphics Chip||mediocre||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)|
|HDMI||very good||tested up to 1920×1080|
|Microphone||good||not a very good placement|
|Headphone/Microphone-In Port||good||combined speaker/mic port|
|Bluetooth||mediocre||doesn't work after warm reboot from Windows dual boot|
|USB||no issues||has one USB3 port, might need xhci driver for old distributions|
|Card Reader||works||only with kernels >3.0|
|Keyboard||no issues||all media keys work|
|TouchPad||works||does have integrated “buttons”, might want to tune synaptics settings. Supports two-finger scroll.|
|Suspend/Resume||mediocre||only works after UEFI upgrade to 2.24+ which also enables Windows 8.1 support|
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.
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.