Acer Aspire AXC-603-UR15 might be a tempting choice for many. First, it offers budget performance at a moderate price point. Second, it has already received mainly positive user reviews around the Internet. These things, of course, speak for themselves, but perhaps you want to hear one professional opinion more.
Budget desktop has budget components. Intel Celeron J1800 (two cores & 2.4GHz) is the heart of this Acer, and as many know these Celerons are not the fastest processors available. They do their job of handling simple stuff such as web browsing and video streaming well, but trying to play new games or edit videos on them would be rather hopeless attempt.
Other main specs of Acer Aspire AXC-603-UR15 are middle-of-the road 4GB system memory and 500 gigabytes (7200RPM) hard drive. In case you want more memory, you’ll be happy to know there’s one free slot available with 8GB maximum memory supported. What comes to the hard drive, there’s nothing spectacular about it. The half a terabyte storage is probably sufficient for home and office use unless you’re keen on downloading lots of huge files off Internet everyday.
The operating system is Windows 8.1 (64-bit version). If you want to take advantage of its touch features, be sure to get a touchscreen along with this Acer.
Graphics are always interesting subject in budget desktops. Or rather, the lack of graphics. Acer Aspire AXC-603-UR15 has a feeble Intel HD Graphics (the weakest version to be precise) which will definitely not run any latest games that are high on graphics. Playing simpler games, like Minecraft, should be possible if you turn off much of the eye candy and high resolution.
Acer Aspire AXC-603-UR15 has solid 5 USB ports in total, although only one of them is the faster USB 3.0 which is located in the back panel. There are also the usual HDMI and VGA ports, hence a dual monitor setup should be doable on this Acer.
Like you could expect from a budget computer there are not many options to access Internet. Actually, just the wired Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) exists. If you want WiFi or Bluetooth support, you can separately get a cheap USB gadget for that.
A 16x DVD burner and SD media card reader are available for your multimedia transfer needs.
What else to keep in mind?
Acer Aspire AXC-603-UR15 comes with wired USB keyboard and optical mouse. As far as I know, there’s no Microsoft Office installed. You would have to download that as trial or buy it if you wanted Office on this rig.
For upgrading the Acer has one mini PCI-Express slot available on the motherboard.
Acer Aspire AXC-603-UR15 is a desktop of limited performance and very affordable price tag. It’s small and quiet, and would fit in any place at home very well. The drawback of all this is naturally the performance: You wouldn’t certainly want to get this Acer if you were a devout gamer or power user. But if your needs in that regards are small, you’d probably enjoy the value and no-frills experience this Acer offers.