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Acer Aspire T135

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The Bottom Line

For those looking for an extremely low cost machine for productivity work and not requiring the ability to upgrade to 3D graphics, Acer's Aspire T135 may just be a system to look at.
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Pros

  • Very Inexpensive
  • Good Storage Space

Cons

  • Lacks AGP or PCI Express Graphics Slot
  • Limited Software Package
  • Slower PC2700 DDR Memory

Description

  • AMD Sempron 3100+ Processor
  • 512MB PC2700 DDR Memory
  • 160GB 7200rpm ATA Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD+/-RW Burner
  • AC'97 Audio
  • S3 UniChrome Integrated Graphics with 64MB Shared Memory
  • 10/100 Ethernet
  • Eight USB 2.0 Ports and 9-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • Windows XP Home, Norton AV, PowerDVD, CD-MakerGold

Guide Review - Acer Aspire T135

4/10/06 – Powering the Aspire T135 is the AMD Sempron 3100+ budget desktop processor. This should give the system enough power for most productivity applications but it is a fair bit slower than the Athlon and Pentium 4 processors. It is matched up with 512MB of PC2700 DDR memory. It would be nice to see Acer include faster PC3200 DDR memory as the cost is negligible now.

Storage is quite good for the inexpensive Aspire T135. The system comes with a fairly large 160GB hard drive that should provide plenty of space for programs and data files. In addition to this, the system comes with a 16x DVD+/-RW burner to allow the creation of music, movie or data CDs and DVDs. A 9-in-1 media card reader allows it to read files from digital peripherals such as cameras and MP3 players.

Graphics is the Aspire T135's weak spot. It comes with an integrated S3 UniChrome graphics processor that has limited 3D capabilities. This is fine for productivity applications, but those wanting to use the system for 3D graphics will also find the system lacks an AGP or PCI Express graphics slot restricting the system to this integrated processor.

Overall, the Aspire is not a bad system for its cost. It is one of the least expensive systems on the market. Just be aware of its limitations for 3D graphics and the software bundle. Those that can work without these items will find that the Aspire T135 is a hard deal to beat.

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