December 26, 2011
- Good value for the price
- USB 3.0 & HDMI-In/Out
- Solid performance
- Not the best design
- Lackluster touch-based software suite
- Weak graphics performance
The Acer Aspire Z5571 is a 23-inch touchscreen all-in-one desktop PC that has decent performance and connectivity options. The design of the PC could use some work, but it won't hurt your wallet and has good home entertainment use.
The design of the Acer Aspire Z5571's chassis feels and looks a little cheap. It has a black plastic case outlined with white trim. The screen also is surrounded by a fairly large bezel, which makes it look old-fashioned. The front of the stand serves as a keyboard storage area, which gives the system a clunky look.
The 23-inch touchscreen has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080-pixels, which is full HD quality. The 23-inch size is pretty standard for this category, so there's no shortfall or gain there. However, the quality of the display is quite good and offers a good amount of brightness. We found the sensitivity of the touchscreen to be good, but the suite of touch-based software was dull and didn't offer much in the end.
Acer's port selection is quite good and includes both HDMI-in and out ports in addition to two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, S/PDIF audio output and the usual audio outputs. The HDMI inputs can transform the monitor into a way to play a movie from a DVD player or play a game on a gaming console. It's a great way to use this computer as a home entertainment center.
We are happy that Acer decided to include two USB 3.0 ports as this is a necessity to prevent a computer from becoming instantly obsolete. Acer also makes 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi built-in as well.
The specifications of the Acer Aspire Z5571 aren't the best out there, especially in this all-in-one category. It has an Intel Core i3-2120 CPU (3.3GHz), 4GB of RAM, a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive and integrated Intel HD 1000 graphics. Most other all-in-ones typically have an Intel Core i5, but at least the i3 CPU has a higher clock speed. There's also a dual-layer DVD burner optical drive too.
With these specs, the Acer Aspire Z5571's performance is about average, so most users will find it speedy enough for multitasking and watching HD media. Users who want the fastest performance possible or strong gaming performance should look elsewhere.