Have you not stepped into the mobile world yet, instead you’re after a solid desktop? Acer Aspire ATC-605-UR51 might be one, it has received excellent reviews around the Internet and the price is rather affordable. Below, you will find yet another opinion about this Core i5 powered desktop computer…
The overall performance of Acer Aspire ATC-605-UR51 isn’t bad at all. In the heart of this unit, there’s Intel Core i5-4460, a quad-core processor offering 3.2GHz clock frequency with a slightly higher 3.4GHz turbo. Comparing it to others, the CPU Mark benchmark gives the i5-4460 around 6600 points which is close to the average in today’s desktops. All everyday tasks plus graphics processing work are piece of cake for this processor.
The RAM helps keeping things running smooth. There’s 8GB installed, however I’ve found sixteen gigabytes is the maximum (two DIMM slots are available in total). Truth be told, the current 8GB should suffice for the vast majority of people anyway.
Acer Aspire ATC-605-UR51 surely has a big hard drive, a whopping 2TB storage is offered. But sadly, spindle speed is just 5400RPM so you’re not exactly getting a fast drive here. But a good thing is, you can add a solid-state drive in if you’re concerned about the performance. There should be at least one free SATA connector on the motherboard and bay for a 2.5″ SSD.
Like with most desktops, also this Acer doesn’t come with a monitor. Basic keyboard and mouse are anyway included.
Connections are decent, you’ll find in total 6 USB ports here – of which two are USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0. Monitors can be hooked up to HDMI-out and VGA, also a dual display setup is supported. You can reach Internet via the Gigabit RJ-45 port or 802.11n WiFi adapter. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported, too.
The desktop includes a DVD burner, not everybody needs it, but it doesn’t hurt to have one. SD card slot seems to be available in the front as well.
Acer Aspire ATC-605-UR51 isn’t good for gaming. See, it features no dedicated graphics, only Intel HD 4600 chip integrated to the processor. It’s not going to be a gamer’s heaven, for example using 720p and normal settings in GTA 5 you’ll get around 25-30 frames per second. So you can play games but not on full settings. You could always install a dedicated graphics card though, there’s a free PCI-e x16 slot for that. Just keep in mind the PSU is rated at only 300W.
Summing it up
As long as you don’t expect to receive a full-blown professional & hardcore gaming friendly desktop you should be happy with Acer Aspire ATC-605-UR51. You’re good to use it for web surfing, YouTube, playing low-level games and even editing videos. You can make it a lot faster by installing a solid-state drive, also gamers might want to explore the possibility of installing a dedicated graphics card. For the current price, this Acer offers pretty good value for your money.