The Bottom Line
Jan 26 2012 - Those looking for a value in an all-in-one system with a large display will likely opt to look at the Acer All-In-One AZ5771. With street pricing around $800, it is certainly the most affordable model with a 23-inch on the market. There are a few sacrifices that are made to keep the prices down. This includes a below average performance, integrated graphics and limited multitouch software. At least they include USB 3.0 ports and HDMI in and out ports for potential expansion of what the system can be used for. Still, those looking for performance or graphics will be out of luck with the Acer.
- Affordable Especially With 23-inch Multitouch Display
- USB 3.0 and HDMI Input Ports
- Limited Multitouch Software
- Integrated Graphics
- Large Amount Of Preinstalled Applications
- Intel Core i3-2120 Dual Core Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With Intel HD Graphics 2000 Integrated Graphics
- Intel HDA 5.1 Audio With 5W Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Two USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, HDMI (input), HDMI (output), 12-in-1 Card Reader
- 22" x 17.1" x 2.3"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter
Review - Acer Aspire AZ5771-UR31P
Jan 26 2012 - Acer's All-In-One AZ5771-UR31P has a suggest retail price of $850 but can typically be found for under $800. This makes it an extremely affordable all-in-one setup that doesn't compromise on the size of the display. Of course, the system does have to sacrifice a number of features to keep costs low. One of these is the processor which is a lower Intel Core i3-2120 dual core processor. This should be fine for buyers that will mainly be using it to browse the web, watch media or use productivity applications. Where it falls short is in more demanding applications such as desktop video or heavy multitasking. This is compounded by the 4GB of DDR3 memory which lets Windows run just fine but can impact more demanding tasks again. At least it can be upgraded to 8GB.
Even though the Acer All-In-One AZ5771-UR31P is one of the more affordable options on the market, the storage features don't really suffer all that much. Storage is primarily handled by the 1TB hard drive that is fairly typical of most desktop systems. The only real downside is that system uses a green class drive that spins at a slower 5400rpm rate compared to the traditional 7200rpm rate for desktops. This means that things like booting up and data access are a bit slower than many competing systems. A dual-layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of CD or DVD media. At least this low cost system does include two USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage peripherals. The only real problem is that these ports are on the side of the display rather than the back which can cause some cable clutter if you always have an external hard drive hooked up to the PC.
The real advantage here with the All-In-One AZ5771-UR31P is the display. This is one of the least expensive all-in-ones on the market to feature a 23-inch display panel with 1920x1080 resolution for full 1080p high definition video support. The display panel even features multitouch capability which is another benefit but it is going to be of limited use due to the reliance of Windows 7's touch interface design. It would be nice to see a large multitouch software package such as HP includes with its TouchSmart systems. Of course, this would likely add to the cost of the system. Another downside is that it relies on the integrated Intel HD Graphics 2000 that are built into the Core i3 processor rather than a dedicated processor. This means that the system can't be used for casual PC gaming. In addition, it will only be able to accelerate QuickSync compatible applications when it comes to non-3D application acceleration. At least it does include both an HDMI output for use with a second monitor and an HDMI input so it can be hooked up to a game console, Blu-ray player or HDTV satellite or cable receiver.
The exterior of the Acer All-In-One AZ5771 has once again been redesigned from the past AZ5761 model. There is a bit more open space below the display panel and the overall look is a bit more refined. It still uses a picture frame style stand design. This gives it a more limited tilt adjustment compared to some of the newer multitouch enabled all-in-one systems to provide a great comfort level when using it as a touchscreen. Acer thankfully does not drop the wireless mouse and keyboard as one of its methods to keep the costs down but they definitely not high end.
One trend that Acer has continued to do is install a fair amount of preinstalled applications. Most of these have a very limited use and just end up cluttering the system up. In particular, many of them result in slowing down the overall amount of time it takes to boot up the system. Buyers will definitely want to take some time to remove any unwanted applications to try and boost boot times.