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Acer Aspire M3641-ED7200A Budget Desktop PC

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Acer Aspire M3641-ED7200A Budget Desktop PC

Acer Aspire M3641

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The Bottom Line

Apr 21 2009 - Acer's Aspire M3641-ED7200A is one of their more powerful versions of their LifeStyle series desktop PCs. Thanks to the Intel Core 2 Duo, the system offers a fair amount of speed for its $550 price tag. Those who will be installing the PC underneath a desk will also enjoy the two USB and audio ports on the top of the PC that make for easy access to connecting peripherals. Those hoping to upgrade the system with a powerful graphics card for PC gaming might be disappointed though as the 250W power supply is not sufficient for most high performance cards.
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Pros

  • More Powerful Core 2 Duo Processor
  • Upper USB and Audio Ports Useful for Below Desk Installations

Cons

  • Realtive Low Wattage Power Supply Prevents Some Graphics Card Upgrades
  • Lots of Trailware Applications

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Dual Core Desktop Processor
  • 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
  • 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7150 Integrated Graphics
  • 7.1 Audio With Stereo Speakers
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet
  • Eight USB 2.0, FireWire, 15-in-1 Card Reader
  • Vista Home Premium 64-bit, Works, NTI MediaMaker, McAfee Internet Security

Guide Review - Acer Aspire M3641-ED7200A Budget Desktop PC

Apr 21 2009 - Acer's Aspire M3641-ED7200A is a fairly powerful budget desktop PC thanks to the inclusion of a powerful Core 2 Duo E7200 dual core desktop processor over the much more common Pentium Dual-Core's found in similarly priced systems. This combined with the 4GB of PC2-6400 DDR2 allows the system to run applications in the 64-bit Vista Home Premium OS without any real issues. While it may not have quite the performance of quad-core in certain applications, overall it is quite good.

Storage is pretty typical of the budget desktop market. The 500GB hard drive provides sufficient space for applications and data, but it isn't really anything that can't be found in other PCs. At least Acer used a full sized desktop case that provides space internally for more drives for those that want more space later. The dual layer DVD burner handles all playback and recording of CDs and DVDs. A 15-in-1 card reader does come with the system that is being dropped by many manufacturers to save a little money.

The integrated graphics on the Aspire M3641 use the NVIDIA GeForce 7150. This is a bit better than the Intel GMA X4500 in that it can handle some basic low resolution, low detail PC gaming. Stil, anyone serious about using the system for PC gaming would want a dedicated graphics card. While there is a PCI-Express x16 graphics slot, the 250W power supply in the system will prevent the use of many newer higher performance graphics cards. This makes the system less than ideal for someone looking for a low cost system to upgrade for gaming.

One nice feature of the Aspire M3641 case is the inclusion of a small angled block on the top that features two USB 2.0 and audio jacks. This allows for easy peripheral attachment when the system is below the level of the desktop.

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User Reviews

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ACER Poor Customer Service, Member joseph1120

I have very bad experience with ACER with regards to their customer service or technical support. I bought a new desktop and use it for barely about 7 months then a problem came up. The problem was that the PC would hang halfway while using. Tried to restart the pc and the screen went blank while the hardware is running. Called up ACER and after trouble shooting, they decide to send an engineer to repair. The engineer came and said that the contacts between the graphics card and motherboard was oxidised. So he used an eraser and did some rubbing. Well thankfully this works fine. Unfortunately, the pc started to hang after 4 months of low usage. Called up ACER and the customer service's attitude was poor. An appointment with the engineer was made. The engineer came and said that motherboard had some problems and decided to replace it. He tested it and it was fine and left. But after one hour, the pc started to hang once again. Called up ACER and they said that I should do a system restore back to factory settings and suggested using the Alt F10. Too bad, the pc hangs halfway while doing it. The customer service then said that the earliest appointment would be next week. Therefore I have to wait for another week before an engineer came to fix the problem. The engineer came the next week and this time, he said that the motherboard was faulty once again and replace it once again. He left and this time, guess what. Oh the pc hangs again after one hour. Called up ACER again, immediately they called up the engineer and said that the engineer would call me later. The engineer called and asked about the problems, he said not to bother about doing anything as the hard disk is faulty. And he would come in the evening to change it. Evening came and he came to replace the hard disk. Oh how great it was, I was thinking, this should fixed the problem. OH MY GOD, the pc can only be used for one hour again. And the customer service is closed for the day. Called up ACER the next day, Saturday, and they arrange for the engineer to come on Monday. So hopefully the engineer is going to fixed the problem once and for all. Another engineer came and said that he would bring the pc back to the service centre to do the repair. One week later, he brought back the pc and it was working fine. After 10 days, the pc hangs again. My overall experience is terrible. Could you imagine how long I have to be on the phone to solve this problem? How many times of happiness and sadness that I have to go through? How many times do I have to call up ACER to fix the problem? How many restarting and waiting of the pc do I have to do? Just not sure, how long do ACER need to fix the problem? This is a total waste of time and resources on both me and ACER. I think, they are just delaying the problem and wait for the warranty to end. My advise for all: Although ACER has got good value for money products and relatively cheaper than others on the market. NEVER buy them as the customer service and technical support is so much poorer as compared to others. A very disappointed ACER user...

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