Comparative Review: Acer Aspire V7 and HP Envy TouchSmart 15t

Jaycee De Guzman September 26, 2013 1
Comparative Review: Acer Aspire V7 and HP Envy TouchSmart 15t


The Acer Aspire V7 is an Ultrabook which is more of a gaming device than a computer with other functions. It has a super slim chassis but it also has a few flaws in its package such as the processor option with less refined screen display. The HP Envy TouchSmart 15t, on the other hand, is a laptop customized to showcase the best touch features ever. It has a great design specifically made for entertainment purposes such as watching movies and listening to music. So which Ultrabook is really better?

Build and Design

In terms of physicality, Acer’s Aspire V7 has 15.0 x 10.0 x 0.83 inches in dimensions and 4.6 pounds of weight. The screen size is only about 15.0 inches. In addition, this Ultrabook has an available Ethernet port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other interfaces such as HDMI port, USB 2.0, as well as USB 3.0. The only weird things about all this is that the laptop’s power button is placed on the left side where it can easily be pressed accidentally.

On the other hand, the HP Envy TouchSmart 15t has 14.94 x 9.87 x 1.18 inches of dimensions. It weighs 5.62 pounds which is slightly heavier than the Acer laptop. If the accessories are included, the weight will increase into 6.9  pounds. The screen size, which is one of its positive features, comes at 15.6 inches. Ports include Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.

Display Features

With the Aspire V7, the display features a touchscreen display with a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. According to tests, this laptop is preferable for gaming since it scored 76.5 frames per second on BioShock Infinite. However, this test is only with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and image quality to low.

In terms of Envy TouchSmart 15t’s display specifications, the screen resolution is similarly 1920 x 1080  pixels. The native aspect ratio is set at 16:9 for further information. At BioShock Infinite, it only scored 58.4 frames per second also with 1024 x 768 pixels of screen resolution and image quality set to low.

A Comparison Between Acer Aspire V7 and HP Envy TouchSmart 15t

General Hardware

The Aspire V7 of Acer, when it comes to its hardware specifications, sports a Dual-core Intel Core i7-4500U with a speed of 1800.0 MHz. This greatly improves the computer’s battery life, courtesy of Lithium Ion Battery, to more than five hours of being alive. Graphically, this Ultrabook has an Nvidia GT 750M with 2.0GB memory integrated into its central processing unit. Meanwhile, this laptop’s storage supports a 22GB Solid-State Drive which caches the 1TB hard drive. It spins at 5400 RPM.

Alternatively, the Envy TouchSmart 15t of HP has a higher end Intel Core i7 – 4700MQ processor. It is a Quad-core with a speed of 2400.0 MHz. However, even with the same Lithium Ion Battery, this laptop only has a battery life of not more than three hours and 19 minutes. Graphically speaking, it has an Nvidia Geforce GT 740m Switchable  with 2.0GB memory along with a secondary chipset by Intel HD 4600. Also, it has 24GB Solid-State Drive and a similar 1TB hard drive which also spins at 5400 RPM.


Operating System and Multimedia Technology

The Ultrabook by Acer runs on an operating system by Microsoft Windows 8 Home. Other multimedia features in this Ultrabook include the built-in microphone, camera, touch pad and a backlit keyboard. Also, the applications and software feature vibrant quality of display.

Similarly, the Envy TouchSmart 15t by HP also has a Microsoft Windows 8 Home operating system. It also has an equipped built-in camera, microphone, fingerprint reader, as well as a touch pad. Also, there are speakers which were really useful when users are streaming movies, playing games or just listening to music.

A Comparison Between Acer Aspire V7 and HP Envy TouchSmart 15t


The Acer Aspire V7 and HP Envy TouchSmart 15t are both Ultrabooks. It’s unavoidable not to have these two compared with one another. As a part of the back-to-school laptops with Haswell processors by Intel, both products are considered excellent choices for college students. However, whether or not they can serve their purposes still remains as a question.

Technically, the HP product is great at simple executions that standard computers are able to do but with a high resolution and touch screen display. On the other hand, the Acer device is an Ultrabook which can take on graphically challenging tasks. Considering the price tags, the Acer is currently at $1,300 while the HP laptop is slightly cheaper at $1,059. If consumers prefer an Ultrabook with higher specifications and attractive design, they can check out the HP Envy TouchSmart 15t. But if they are more interested in a laptop which performs better when it comes to playing games, then the Acer Aspire V7 is may be better for them to choose.

So, which one are you going to buy based on your budget and the hardware specifications you need? Acer Aspire V7 or HP Envy TouchSmart 15t?

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