March 22, 2012
- Affordable price
- Slim size
- Top-of-category performance
- Limited connectivity
- Poor 3D gaming performance
The Acer AX1930-UR10P certainly looks like a standard issue budget desktop on the outside, but thanks to its 3.3GHz Intel Core i3 and 4GB of RAM, it is one of the best performing computers in its category. It does lack connectivity options and has limited storage capacity at 500GB, but what can you expect from a sub-$500 desktop?
This Acer budget PC has a slim chassis that measures 13.9 x 10.5 x 4.0-inches (whd) and weighs about 12-pounds. Because of its small size, however, you do limit yourself quite heavily in terms of future expansion. There is no room for an extra hard drive or optical drive, so replacement of the current stock components is your only option. There are free PCI Express x16 and x1 slots, so there's a little expansion room there. Other than that, it has a standard matte gray finish that will fit right into any most home or small business setting.
Acer includes two USB 2.0 ports on the front and six more USB 2.0 ports on the back in addition to HDMI-out, VGA-out, gigabit Ethernet and the usual audio ports. There is a multiformat memory card reader in the front as well as a DVD+/-RW optical disc drive. There are no USB 3.0 ports, which are a must-have in our opinion to keep a computer from becoming quickly obsolete in the near future. Network connectivity is limited to just Ethernet, so Wi-Fi users will have to add an internal card. However for a sub-$500 computer, we can't complain too much.
Internally Acer has chosen to include an Intel Core i3-2120 (3.3GHz) CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and integrated Intel HD graphics. The speedy CPU, while only a Core i3, offers quite a bit of processing power that, in combination with the 4GB of RAM, does very well. We found its performance to be at or very near the top of the budget desktop category, so you're definitely getting more power for less money here.
Most users will find no flaws in the Acer AX1930's performance and should be quite pleased with it. It does well at streaming HD video online, multitasking and doing some casual image and video editing.
Hardcore 3D gaming performance is extremely limited thanks to the integrated Intel graphics, so this isn't the desktop to buy if gaming is your thing. However if you're looking for a budget desktop that won't leave you wanting more in terms of speed, this is the one to get.