Acer Aspire ATC-280-UR11 Desktop Review

December 23, 2016
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Many people want a traditional, low cost desktop. Because such a computer suffices for them. The black box sitting under your table can take you to Internet, YouTube videos and office programs without issues. Such a desktop should be Acer Aspire ATC-280-UR11, but I don’t advice buying it before you’ve read this professional review!

How’s the performance?

The processor of Acer Aspire ATC-280-UR11 is AMD A10-7800 APU. Its essential information are four cores, 3.5GHz clock speed and 3.9GHz turbo boost. If you compare the AMD to other processors it’s pretty average (but in the best meaning of that word!). The CPU Mark score is ~5100 and it’s in the same league than Intel Core i3 processors, the 4th generation ones.

There’s 12GB DDR3 installed memory, taking up two memory slots on mainboard (8GB and 4GB sticks). Two slots are free, allowing for upgrade to 32 gigabytes. Not a single person I know needs that much, but at least the idea of having the possibility to upgrade is nice.

A two terabyte 5400RPM hard drive acts as the storage drive. For that the HDD is good since it’s very hard if not impossible to fill 2TB (unless you’re, eh, torrent user). However the performance is not comparable to newer solid-state drives without moving parts. I think there is a free 3.5″ bay in the case for adding an extra drive yet no M.2 slots exist here.

Is it a gaming desktop too?

Acer Aspire ATC-280-UR11 is not the obvious choice for gamers because it has no dedicated graphics card (however one can be installed to its PCI-e x16 slot). So, graphics are commanded by the Radeon R7 Kaveri architecture integrated chip. Surprisingly, it’s better than many Intel HD units, so you can play games, only don’t expect to get great frame rates. The popular GTA 5 will give smooth ~50FPS if you can do with medium presets and 1366×768 resolution. One of the most demanding games, The Witcher 3, gives playable 30FPS but only on low settings.

What ports and connections it has?

The total number of USB ports in Acer Aspire ATC-280-UR11 is eight – half are USB 2.0, half USB 3.0. The video outputs are HDMI (4K) and VGA, located in the back panel, connect your monitor to them. A dual-display setup should be possible.

Like most desktops of today, the Acer too features wired and wireless adapters. The former is Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 port and the latter 802.11ac WiFi card which also supports Bluetooth.

In the front panel you will find a DVD writer and SD media card reader. Headphone and mic ports are there as well.

Something else I should know?

The desktop comes with corded keyboard and mouse. Monitor sadly is not included.

The PSU wattage is 300W.

Summing it up

You probably know it already that Acer Aspire ATC-280-UR11 is not a powerhouse. But, it’s alright, the desktop is decent choice for home/family/student use. The quad-core processor is rather snappy, 12GB memory is in check and two terabytes hard drive provides all the storage in the world you can imagine. Graphics performance is not questionable if you don’t long for maximum settings. Currently, it’s a good budget desktop for those without heavy performance needs.

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