The Bottom Line
Jul 3 2012 - The Acer All-In-One AZ3771-UR20P isn't necessarily a bad all-in-one especially with its very affordable $750 price tag. The problem is that compared to the Z5 version from Acer that costs just about one hundred dollars more, it drops too many features including a slower processor and half the storage space. Still, it is a decent and affordable option for those looking to get a multitouch enabled all-in-one desktop that is relatively compact thanks to its 21.5-inch display that still features a 1920x1080 resolution.
- Affordablly Priced
- Display Offers Full 1080p HD Video Support
- USB 3.0 and HDMI Input Ports
- Feature Drop A Bit Too Much Compared To Slightly More Expensive Z5
- Integrated Graphics
- Large Amount Of Preinstalled Software
- Intel Pentium G630 Dual Core Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 21.5" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With Intel HD Graphics 2000 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HDA 5.1 Audio With Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Two USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, HDMI (in), HDMI (out), 2.0 Megapixel Webcam 7-in-1 Card Reader
- 21" x 16.3" x 2.3"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter
Review - Acer AZ3771-UR20P
Jul 3 2012 - The Acer All-In-One AZ3771 is essentially a scaled down version of the All-In-One Z5 that uses a 21.5 inch display instead of a 23 inch display. For the most part, it shares the same style of design and materials that are used in the larger version. Prices are also a bit more affordable at roughly $750 compared to the $850 average price of the Z5 model. In addition to the smaller screen size, it also drops a few other specifications as well.
In terms of the processor, it is based around the Intel Pentium G630 dual core processor. This still uses the same Sandy Bridge processor that is found in the Core i3 processor of the Z5. This means that it is slower than the i3 as well as not featuring support for Hyperthreading. This is going to do just fine for the majority of tasks that the average consumer uses a PC for such as web browsing, productivity and media viewing. More demanding tasks such as desktop video are possible but noticeably slower. The processor is matched up with 4GB of DDR3 memory which is a bit disappointing as it will impact the performance when multitasking compared to many that have moved to 8GB.
Storage for the Acer All-In-One AZ3771-UR20P is also downgraded from the Z5 counterpart. Rather than using a full terabyte, it features just half this storage space at 500GB which means it may have problems especially if it is used for store a large amount of high definition video. The drive does spin at the traditional 7200rpm spin rate which does give it some decent performance compared to the variable speed drives used for most 1TB systems. Thankfully if you need additional space, there are two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage. The downside is that these ports are on the side of the display rather than the back which means that cable clutter is a bit more of an issue. A standard dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of CD or DVD media and it also features a multicard reader for the most common types of flash cards.
While the display of the Z3 has been reduced to just 21.5 inches compared to the Z5 with the 23 inch screen, the resolution remains unchanged. This means that the display features the full 1920x1080 resolution required for 1080p high definition video support. This also makes it one of the higher resolution displays in this size and price range as most use a 1600x900 panel. It does feature a multitouch capability that is becoming common to many PCs. Acer doesn't really include any software to take advantage of the interface compared to companies such as HP TouchSmart with its Magic Canvas software. Of course, the upcoming Windows 8 software will likely change this but that is still many months off from release. The graphics themselves are driven by the Intel HD Graphics 2000 that are built into the Pentium G530 processor. This is the most basic of the Intel graphics that really lacks any significant 3D performance. Instead, it does offer Quick Sync support for accelerating media encoding when using compatible applications.
The exterior of the Z3 is pretty much identical to that of the Z5 except with smaller dimensions. This means it uses the picture frame style display stand which limits the range of adjustments for the display that can be especially important when using touch enabled software. There is a large space below the that can be used to help store the mouse and keyboard when they aren't in use. They peripheral devices are also thankfully both wireless which is nice to see in this lower cost design as many companies do switch to wired peripherals as a means to reduce costs.
As with all of Acer's systems, the company includes a large amount of preinstalled software onto the system. This isn't so much a space issues as it was when hard drives were smaller but it does cause other issues. The lesser of these is a cluttering of both the desktop and start menu with a large number of applications. Most important though is that the sheer number of applications that load when the system boots. This actually reduces the speed of the system when it is first turned on. Buyer's will want to take time to remove any unwanted applications.