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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Evaluation of My Two New Bargain Basement Acers

Acer Aspire AX1301-U1302 Compact Desktop PC, AMD Athlon II X2 215 2.70GHz, 4GB, 750GB HDD, Gigabit LAN, Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Computer runs just fine. Sorry to say Windows 7 is blowing much of my fun software out of the water.

The Aspire is a nice size footprint. 14x11x4” It fits in a spot that would have never accommodated my previous minitower. It has 9 USB ports which is a nice feature as well. It is dramatically quieter and cooler than my old box. It was pretty much the same specs as one I found at Dell with a 750gb hard drive instead of a 160gb hard drive on the Dell and 4GB of Ram instead of 2GB on the Dell for the same money. We had great experience with the Acer line when I owned the computer business so it was an easy decision for me. I did add an extended warranty from SquareTrade. Now that I don’t have my own tech and have to do repairs myself, I decided to cover my fanny with an extended warranty. $38.00 for an additional two years seemed reasonable.
Product Features
• 2.7GHz AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core 215 Processor
• 4GB DDR2 Memory
• 750GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive; 16X DVD±R/RW SuperMulti Drive
• Integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9200 Graphics; High Definition Audio with 5.1- Channel Audio Support
• Windows 7 Home Premium
Processor, Memory, and Motherboard
• Processor: 2.7 GHz AMD Athlon
• Number of Processors: 1
• RAM: 4 GB
• RAM Type: SDRAM
Hard Drive
• Size: 750 GB
• Manufacturer: None
• Type: Serial ATA
Ports and Connectivity
• Modem: None
Cases and Expandability
• Size (LWH): 3.9 inches, 13.9 inches, 10.4 inches
• Weight: 12 pounds


My second Acer is the 1 x ($199.99) DT ACER | AR1600-U910H RT - Retail $199.99. It is an XP machine. I am sorry I didn’t get two Win7 machines now. If I had known how bad Win7 was with older software I would have gotten all the agony out of the way at one time. The machine is about the size of the Wii. It fits easily behind the monitor instead of on the floor like the old desktop. The price was obviously a major factor in the choice. The fact that the machine is used basically for email, surfing and rare downloads means there wasn’t a great need for anything more robust. I do regret the lack of any drive on the machine besides the hard drive. Installing software involved hooking up a CD drive through the USB port. Since I have all the paraphernalia, it wasn’t a big deal for me but if you don’t have a USB optical drive you could be in trouble. Two of the software packages I tried to install through the network refused to install and had to be installed from the CD drive. So for most folks, I would recommend going with something a little bigger with an optical drive and with Win7. Dell had one that was another $100.00 that had both.

Product Features and Technical Details
Product Features
• 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 Processor
• 1024 MB DDR2 Memory, Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
• 160 GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, No Optical Drive included
• Integrated NVIDIA ION LE Graphics, 6 USB 2.0 Ports, VGA & HDMI ports,
• Windows XP Home with Service Pack 3, USB Keyboard & Mouse
Processor, Memory, and Motherboard
• Hardware Platform: PC
• Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Atom 230
• System Bus Speed: 533
• Number of Processors: 1
• RAM: 1 GB
• RAM Type: SDRAM
• Memory Slots: 2
Hard Drive
• Size: 160 GB
• Manufacturer: None
• Type: Serial ATA
Ports and Connectivity
• Modem: None
Cases and Expandability
• Size (LWH): 7.1 inches, 1.2 inches, 7.1 inches
• Weight: 5.9 pounds

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