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Acer Aspire AZ5700-U2102 23-inch All-In-One PC

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Acer Aspire AZ5700-U2102 23-inch All-In-One Desktop PC

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The Bottom Line

Jan 18 2011 - Acer's Aspire AZ5700 may look no different from the previous model but the updated Core i3 processor puts it on even footing with the base Apple iMac. What Acer does provide is one of the best overall touchscreens on an all-in-one. It is just too bad that they don't offer a software suite like HP to compliment the fast and responsive screen. Overall it is a decent all-in-one but it would have been nice to seen Acer do a bit more in this model upgrade.
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Pros

  • Fast, Responsive Touch Display
  • eSATA Port

Cons

  • Limited Multitouch Software
  • Very Plastic Feel
  • Majority Of The Ports Are Hard To Reach On Back Panel

Description

  • Intel Core i3-540 Dual Core Desktop Processor
  • 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
  • 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 23" WUXGA (1920x1080) LED Backlit Multitouch Display With Intel GMA 4500HD Integrated Graphics
  • Intel HDA Audio With 5W Stereo Speakers
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Six USB 2.0, eSATA, 2.0 Megapizel Webcam, 12-in-1 Card Reader
  • 22.4" x 19.1" x 3.3"
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter,

Guide Review - Acer Aspire AZ5700-U2102 23-inch All-In-One PC

Jan 18 2011 - Acer's Aspire Z5700 all-in-one desktop is really just a specification upgrade of the previous Z5600 model. Rather than using an older Core 2 Quad processor, Acer has decided to use the newer Core i3 series desktop processors but with a dual-core 540 model. This actually provides stronger overall performance than the previous model and puts it more inline with similarly priced all-in-ones. It still comes equipped with 4GB of DDR3 memory that allows it to run most applications with little slowdown.

One nice carry over from the previous model is the fast and responsive 23-inch multitouch display. It provides a 1920x1080 resolution for full 1080p high definition video but does have a glossy coating that tends to show fingerprints and smudges when being used as a touch screen. Acer still has the issue of very little multitouch software shipping with the system. This diminishes what would otherwide be one of the better touchscreens on the market. The graphics are also based around the Intel GMA integrated graphics which is fine for web browsing and HD video playback but lacks and real 3D performance for even casual PC gaming.

Storage features remain unchanged in the AZ5700-U2102. While the terabyte hard drive was fairly large compared to the competition six months ago, this is now a more average size. It still provides plenty of space for applications, data and media files. A dual layer DVD burner handles all playback and recording of CD and DVD media. It would have been nice to see a Blu-ray compatible drive but most people still aren't looking for this in their PCs. At least Acer has included an eSATA port for easy high speed external storage expansion.

As mentioned before, the exterior appearance of the Aspire Z5700 remains unchanged from the past model. This means that it still retains the all plastic exterior that gives the system a cheaper feel even compared to some other all-in-ones that use a plastic exterior. It certainly doesn't live up to the feel of the iconic aluminum clad Apple iMac.. Performance wise the systems are similar now but users will trade look and feel of the system for a lower overall price.

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