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Acer Aspire AM3800-U3802A Budget Desktop PC

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Acer Aspire AM3800-U3802A Budget Desktop PC

Acer Aspire M3800

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The Bottom Line

Oct 19 2009 - Acer's Aspire AM3800-U3802A desktop offers some surprising performance for a desktop found for under $450. It's dual core processor and DDR3 memory puts it at an advantage over many other similarly priced systems. The case design with USB and audio ports are also useful as most people place desktop PCs delow the actual desktop. The system is dogged however by a large amount of trialware that hampers performance at times and a low wattage power supply that limits video card upgrades.

Pros

  • Faster DDR3 Memory
  • Strong Processor For Price Point
  • Upper USB and Audio Ports

Cons

  • Low Wattage Power Supply
  • Lots of Trialware

Description

  • Intel Pentium E5200 Dual Core Desktop Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 640GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 18x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner With Labelflash Support
  • Intel GMA X4500 Integrated Graphics
  • Intel HDA 7.1 Audio With Stereo Speakers
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Eight USB 2.0, FireWire, HDMI, VGA, 15-in-1 Card Reader
  • Vista Home Premium, Works, NTI MediaMaker, McAfee Internet Security

Guide Review - Acer Aspire AM3800-U3802A Budget Desktop PC

Oct 19 2009 - With its relatively low price tag, the Aspire M3800 actually offers a fair amount of performance. This is thanks to the use of a Pentium E5200 dual core processor that is teamed up with 4GB of DDR3 memory. The DDR3 isn't as effective as it could be if it were using a higher level of processor but it still does a great job considering its $450 price.

While the system does have an advantage in base performance, it is hampered somewhat by the large amount of trialware applications that are installed on it. This can be corrected by the user if they are willing to remove any of the unused applications to reduce the amount of storage space and resident memory used by them.

Storage space is slightly above average for desktop systems in the sub-$500 price range. It uses a 640GB hard drive that provides a quarter more space than the more typical 500GB models used. The optical drive also has the ability to burn labels directly to Labelflash compatible CD and DVD media.

Acer continues to update its well thought out Aspire case from previous generations. The key feature to this case is the upper panel of the tower that includes four USB 2.0 ports along with audio and microphone jacks for easy connecting of peripheral devices. There is also a small tray just in front of the ports to place items such as an MP3 player while it is connected and charging.

One of the biggest drawbacks to the Aspire M3800 desktop is the power supply. Those hoping to upgrade the graphics to a dedicate card will be restricted because of the 250W power supply. This restricts it to those cards that generally don't require external power or only require a very limited amount of extra power.

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