The Bottom Line
- Large Hard Drive
- Lacks Dedicated Graphics
- Performance Trails Core i3 Dual Core Systems
- Lots of Trialware
- AMD Athlon II X4 620 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 1TB 5400rpm (Variable) SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer DVD Burner
- NVIDIA GeForce 9200 Integrated Graphics
- 5.1 Audio Support
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Nine USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, VGA, 12-in-1 Card Reader
- 13.9" x 3.9" x 10.4"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, NTI Media Maker, McAfee Security Center
Guide Review - Acer Aspire X3300 Small Form Factor Desktop PC
Mar 2 2010 - Acer's X series small desktop systems were previously based around Intel parts. With the new Aspire X3300, Acer has decided to switch to the AMD processor platform which helps keep costs down. Unfortunately, it doesn't help the system's overall performance. The Athlon II X4 620 processor has four cores and runs decently well but it is overshadowed by the Core i3 dual core processors from Intel that can do more with just two cores.
Even though the Aspire X3300 is a budget system, Acer didn't skimp when it comes to storage features. It uses a large one terabyte hard drive that provides a large amount of space for programs and data. This is very useful for those with very large media file collections and it is also larger than most small form factor desktops that favor smaller drives. It uses a green series drive with a variable spin rate to reduce power consumption that can impact performance at times but it should still work for things like media streaming. They also include an eSATA port for use with high speed external storage peripherals.
Graphics are another area where the Aspire X3300 could really use some work. It uses a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 9200 graphics processor. Now, this is a step up from Intel's solutions but it still lacks any significant 3D performance. Don't expect to be using this system for gaming beyond low detail levels at low to moderate resolutions. There is a PCI-Express graphics slot in the system but it is a low profile slot and a small 220W power supply that severely limits what can be installed in it.
Those who do elect to buy the Aspire X3300 should be prepared to spend a fair amount of time cleaning up the operating system. Acer installs a fair amount of trialware applications onto the system that clutter up the desktop and state menu. While Windows 7 doesn't take as much of a performance hit as Vista did it is still annoying to have to deal with the various programs that you likely will not use.
So, is the Acer Aspire X3300 worth considering? If you want a relatively small desktop class system for general purpose computing then it is probably fine. If you might be using it for gaming or heavy duty computing tasks, then their are some better options for just a bit more money.