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.