The Bottom Line
- Quad-Core Desktop Processor
- Fast, Responsive Touch Display
- Limited Multi-Touch Software
- Heavy Use Of Plastics
- Majority Of Ports Are Hard To Reach In Recessed Back Panel
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200S Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) Multitouch Display With Intel GMA X4500HD Integrated Graphics
- Intel HDA Audio With 5W Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Six USB 2.0, eSATA, 1.3 Megapixel Webcam, 12-in-1 Card Reader
- 22.4" x 19.1" x 3.3"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, McAfee Security Center
Guide Review - Acer Aspire AZ5600-U1352 23-inch All-In-One Desktop PC
Jun 30 2010 - Acer's Aspire Z5600 may use a fairly dated Core 2 Quad processor but since it is a desktop class part rather than a mobile part, performance is well above average for an all-in-one desktop system. It especially does well when multitasking or using applications that can take advantage of the four processor cores such as desktop video. The 4GB of DDR3 memory lets it handle both of these tasks with minimal slowdowns.
Storage features are mixed. The one terabyte hard drive provides the Aspire Z5600 with plenty of storage space and some fast performance thanks to its desktop sized drive spinning at 7200rpm. The dual layer DVD burner is fairly typical of most systems these days and can handle playback or recording of CDs and DVDs. It would have been nice to see a Blu-ray compatible drive to allow the system to double as a HD media center but it would have driven up the cost.
The big feature of the Aspire Z5600 though is the multitouch enabled display. The 23-inch display provides a 1920x1080 resolution capable of fully supporting 1080p HD video. The picture itself is bright and colorful. It would have been nice if the coating were a bit more anti-glare as the glossy texture has a tendency to show fingerprints and smudges easily. The touchscreen surface itself is quick and responsive which makes it very easy to use. The downside is that there isn't really any substantial software included with the system to really take advantage of the touchscreen. Most are entertainment style applications with little merit and Windows 7's multitouch functions are quite limited.
Rather than using a discrete graphics processor, the Aspire Z5600 relies on the Intel GMA X4500HD integrated graphics. This is perfectly fine when being used for standard work or watching a 1080p video stream. Users that want to also use the system for some casual 3D gaming will be disappointed though as the integrated solution lacks any real 3D performance.One area that is certainly lacking for the Aspire Z5600 is the appearance especially when compared to the likes of Apple's iMac. Acer has relied heavily on plastic for the exterior shell and it doesn't quite give it the solid feel and finish that one would hope for in a $1000 system. This goes for the wireless keyboard and mouse as well. One other design flaw is the connectors on the back panel. In an attempt to keep cable clutter down, the ports are placed in a recessed section of the back panel. This makes access four of the six USB ports, the audio ports and eSATA port extremely difficult to reach.