Posts Tagged ‘Acer’

Acer Aspire X1700-U3700A desktop PC

Friday, April 10th, 2009

The Acer Aspire X1700-U3700A is an elegant desktop that adapts a fully powered PC into its small chassis. It also has sufficient oomph to run a number of programs and is still affordably priced. The Acer Aspire X1700 is deigned into the small-form-factor chassis which means it might occupy a lot of space than a traditional mini tower computer. The system measure around 12.4 by 10.4 by 3.9 inches or you can even compare its size to a reference dictionary. Included in the chassis are Intel Pentium Dual Core E2220 processor which includes the same architecture like Intel Core Duo 2, a capacious 640 GB hard drive, 4 GB of DDR2-800 system memory and NVIDIA GeForce G100 graphics card along with DVI and HDMI outputs. As the Acer Aspire X1700 is very compact you can even use it as a home theatre cabinet or just connect it with the HDMI port of your HDTV. This will let you watch web videos from YouTube or Hulu even on your TV. However this Acer X1700 lacks Blu-ray drive which does not let you watch Blu-ray movies through it but you can still watch DVD movies in the in built DVD burner.

The in built 640 GB hard drive is also capable of holding a number of downloaded videos. There is also the GeForce G100 card which inhabits the online PCIe x16 slot sand the 56k modem occupies the PCE x1 slot which means there is not remaining card slot. Apart from this the assortment includes the traditional Microsoft Office 60 day trial, Acer Game zone, eSobi, McAfee Internet Security with 60 day trial and also the link to Acer Store where you can find Acer accessories and even extended warranties. However the Acer Arcade Live program suggests that it is just another online gaming store. Some other features of Arcade Live would help in video editing, media sharing through Home Media Connect of Acer and even burning personalized DVDs. However even though this sounds great there are some functions which pivot on hardware which is missing like the TV tuner, but you can externally add a USB tuners to its 9 USB ports on the long FireWire Port.

The Acer Aspire X1700 is packed with sufficient amount of power in its compact chassis. The system was also able to complete the Windows Media Encoder test sin jut about a minute and 16 seconds and completed the Photoshop CS4 test in 2 mins and 16 seconds which is comparatively faster than the eMachine ET1161-03. This means that a bit more investment can pay off big times regarding extra performance. Its faster rig along with the over clocked quad core processors can end the WME test in just about 30 seconds while the CS4 test in about a minute. Overall the Acer Aspire X1700-U3700A is a petty capable system in the budget PC standards which is much more powerful compared to other budged priced machines. The Acer Aspire X1700-U3700A is growing in popularity.

HP Mini 1000 Mi review

Friday, March 20th, 2009

With the aim to offer seamless and user friendly Linux experience, HP launched their new Mi edition with the HP Mini 1000 as the first model. The latest HP Mini 1000 Mi is the same stunning notebook that you came across last year offering you an environment which is familiar and comfortable for longtime windows users.  It is much similar to their previous HP Mini 1000 and it boasts the same spectacular glossy black chassis with gray spins imprinted on the lid through in mold decorations. The HP Mini 1000 Mi measures around 0.9 by 6.6 by 10.3 inches whereas other 10 inch laptops have also achieved a chose dimension but only a few are thick less than an inch. It weights just about 2.5 pounds which makes it easily portable.

The glass screen of Mini Mi is flush and is designed with black borders which have become much common among classy notebooks. Its screen resolution is 1,024 by 576 which is a bit shorter for a standard 10 inch notebook. The speakers of the system are elegantly built in its hinge which his yet another excellent design solution that was introduced in its early version. The 92 percent keyboard of the laptop would surely need you to get familiar but it is still a welcome improvement over their previous 89 percent keyboard on notebooks like Acer Aspire One and Lenovo IdeaPad S10. However, this model from HP still has the annoying mouse buttons adjoining the touchpad which makes it a bit difficult to navigate with one finger. The touchpad on the other hand lets you select by tapping twice which is another latent workaround. You will find a touchpad above the touchpad through which you can disable both the mouse and pad buttons and it actually comes handy sometimes, especially when you are used to hitting mouse buttons accidentally.

The HP Mini 1000 Mi is designed with 2 USB ports, a microphone and headphone jack, VGA out and a 4 in 1 card reader i.e. MS Pro, MS, MMC and SD. The system comes packed with 1 GB of system memory and is sufficient enough to run the Linux operating system. Regarding your connectivity the system includes a wireless-g card along with Bluetooth features. The front of the chassis which includes a button that lets you toggle it off and one. The laptop can offer you a generous two hour and fifteen minutes from its 26-wh lithium ion, three cell battery.

The HP Mini 1000 Mi is also loaded with the same 4,200 rpm, 60 GB drive like that in the previous Mini 1000 system. It is also worth exploring this unique Linux built system for the Mi edition as HP mainly focuses on eliminating the intimidating factor of the Linux operating system. Overall the HP Mini 1000 Mi is a bit costly but you can benefit from a size cell batter along with the latest Atom processor. Although there are other manufacturers offering similar deals the Mini Mi is still one of the best and lightest netbooks that you might have come across.