What is clear, as you can see from our benchmark results, is that the Acer has a definite speed advantage. It doesn’t have any 3D gaming performance to speak of at least on the DX10 side , though it lets you rip through multimedia tasks quickly. Fast-forward three months and quad-core has become even less expensive. If you really needed Office that badly, you’d already have a copy. It’s a machine for those who want to get into photo editing or even video editing as a hobby without paying a fortune.

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Would it kill them to drop in a year? We’ve changed, we promise. The disparity in speed between processor and chipset would be more of a factor if you were using faster and more expensive RAM in an attempt to overclock the processor, but few users of this system will be doing that. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. If all you need is a capable PC with a decent hard drive, you can get away with a less expensive dual-core system.

There’s a lot of decorative plastic on the Aspire’s case, so it does have a bit of material to recycle at the end of its life.

We delete comments that violate our policywhich we encourage you to read. There’s space for at least three additional hard drives and a pair of front-accessible drives one 5.


Acer Aspire M5100-KE7T

How would you change Acer’s Aspire V5? The mobile world might finally get exciting again in It’s not marketed as a “green” PC per se, so it’s no surprise that the system was a smidge more power hungry than mid-priced systems like the HP sf and the Dell XPS acsr Acer Aspire M The downward-sliding door covering the 3.

But for anyone looking for basic desktop functionality, you’re safe sticking with a less expensive PC.

With 10 speakers and a terrific display, this all-in-one offers a lot to appeal to the They’re also both equally limited to only mainstream 3D card upgrades, because each uses a watt power supply that would likely choke if qcer matched it to a more substantial 3D card.

Hidden media card reader. The Bad Irritating sliding panel in front of media card reader; you xspire get similar core features for less in a dual-core box. If you want us to review it drop us a line and we just might bump it to the front of our reviews queue.

Acer Aspire M5100

If the Acer has an advantage in performance, its design offers only a bit more than that of the eMachines system. And the trickle-down continues. An RSS reader and document clipping service called eSobi also day trialware is only semi-useful, especially when you consider there are myriad free RSS aggregators and readers on the Web.

Make sure to include your initial thoughts on using the product, any observations and potentially any issues you might have run into while using it. We review products independentlybut we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Looking for a powerful yet reasonably priced desktop computer to do multimedia tasks?


The dual-core-powered HP Pavilion Slimline sfwhich I recently reviewed, chalked up times of 1: His background includes managing mobile, desktop and network infrastructure on both the Macintosh and Windows platforms. Best Desktops for You can adjust this rating by dragging this slider.

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It provides a little more oomph than your basic budget desktop. You typically won’t find graphics cards, dual azpire drives, TV tuners, Blu-ray drives, or wireless networking in this price range, but what you get is a solid workaday computer that, short of gaming or intense multimedia editing, is capable of performing most tasks you’d expect it to.

The small form factor Mac Mini costs less than ever, but isn’t as flexible as other Macs.

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