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Acer Aspire Z5700

  • Category: Desktop Computers
Last Updated
September 27, 2010

Editor's Rating
4 Out of 5

Pros
  • Strong performance
  • Large, responsive touch screen
  • Many input/output ports

Cons
  • Mediocre webcam
  • Lots of bloatware installed

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Touch screen all-in-one computers are all the craze right now, and the Acer Aspire Z5700 hopes that continue that craze by offering a massive 23-inch screen, 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and a powerful Intel Core i5 CPU running at 3.2GHz. It has many of input/output ports and even some nifty multimedia features for home-use.

The silver body gives the Acer Aspire Z5700 all-in-one a sturdy, yet rounded appearance. There's no hard edges anywhere on the unit, and the large 23-inch touch screen LCD dominates the front of the unit. In total, it measures 22.4 x 3.33 x 19.05-inches (wdh) and weighs about 25 pounds. Acer also includes a wireless keyboard and mouse with this computer, which is great because it cuts down on the cords coming out of it. The keyboard is fairly standard, but includes some multimedia buttons as well as a volume control.

The large 23-inch multitouch touch screen is simply that: massive. It has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080, which qualifies it to be 1080p HD. The touch screen can utilize Windows 7's multitouch gestures and abilities, which really make this a nice computer to use in a centralized home environment, like a kitchen. The touch screen is very responsive and worked with ease. Color quality is very good on this Acer Aspire, which can be an issue for touch screens since an extra layer of electronics is smashed between the glass. It has a 5ms average response time and a 1000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

Some of the specifications include an Intel Core i5-650 CPU (3.2GHz), 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 1TB serial ATA hard drive, a dual-layer DVD+/-RW drive, built-in memory card reader, built-in webcam/microphone, and an integrated TV tuner. There is no lack of ports on the Acer Aspire Z5700, which is fantastic. They include six USB 2.0 ports (4 on the back), HDMI out, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet, and 5.1-channel audio out. Acer includes integrated Intel HD graphics, which won't be powerful enough for any 3D gaming, but works great for watching movies and DVDs with great quality. There is also built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. The TV tuner does comes with a remote that is compatible with Windows Media Center. There are also built-in speakers that are decent, but nothing special. The integrated webcam sits atop the touch screen and is of rather mediocre image quality, even when in well-lit environments. The memory card reader reads all of the usual cards, including SD, MemoryStick Pro, MulitmediaCard, and others. This model comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).

Acer also installs their TouchPortal software, which is a multimedia hub that features Web widgets for weather, news, etc. and access to music, videos, and your favorite Web sites. All of this is extremely touch friendly, making it a smooth and easy-to-use experience.

This computer does come with a lot of other trial and bloatware software, including Microsoft Office (60-day trial), Microsoft Works, McAfee Internet Security (60-day trial), CyberLink PowerCinema, CyberLink YouCam, MyWinLocker, and more. You'll definitely want to spend some quality time in the Programs module of the Windows 7 Control Panel to remove a lot of this extra software that you won't use.

Performance with the Acer Aspire Z5700 is actually quite fantastic, especially when watching HD video content and even doing some image editing in Adobe Photoshop. Don't expect to do any 3D gaming on this computer as it does have only an integrated graphics processor, but the 4GB of RAM and 3.2GHz CPU make it able to handle moderate computing tasks with ease.


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