What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you take a look at the Acer Aspire AXC-705-UR53 desktop? Well, it’s very affordable. Costing less than most home laptops, this Acer offers entry-level performance with Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM and a spinning terabyte hard drive. So the big question is, is it sufficient for your needs or just too slow?
Performance in nutshell
I can’t say that Acer Aspire AXC-705-UR53 is full of latest technology. The processor is Intel Core i3-4170 (4th generation) with two cores and a clock speed of 3.7GHz. It was released in the first half of 2015, however the i3-4170 is not weak at all: it receives around 5200 points in CPU Mark, that’s just about the score common desktops these days get. So it’s very unlikely that the processor would become the culprit here.
How about the memory, would it be a bottleneck? Well, the desktop features 4GB DDR3 SDRAM (one module). The mainboard, however, has one free slot so you can upgrade the RAM. 16GB is the maximum, achievable with two 8GB sticks. The current four is decent, however power users probably want to upgrade to 8GB.
The included storage drive isn’t very exciting, it’s 1TB 7200RPM HDD attached to SATA connector. It can be changed, however it doesn’t look like there would be any extra hard drive slots (or M.2 ports). So you need to remove the current drive first in case you want to put another one in.
Does the computer work for gaming?
Don’t try to play very fancy games on Acer Aspire AXC-705-UR53, it doesn’t work for them. There is no graphics card with dedicated memory, only Intel HD 4400 which happens to be integrated on the processor. Games like League of Legends are of course a piece of cake – with 1080p and high settings you get something like 100FPS. But demanding ones such as GTA 5 are a different case, with 720p and normal settings frame rates would be between 20-25.
You can add a graphics card, however I believe only low-profile ones will actually fit in. There is one free PCI-e x16 slot and the PSU is rated at 220W (can be upgraded too).
Connections and ports
Acer Aspire AXC-705-UR53 features six USB connectors all in all – the majority, four, are USB 2.0 while two are USB 3.0. There are two outputs for video, those are HDMI and VGA, you can connect up to two displays simultaneously.
Audio includes line-in and line-out in the back. The front has jacks for microphone and headphones.
The computer features a DVD writer, it works with CDs and DVDs. Memory card reader is available too, you can slip in SD cards there.
You can get this thing connected to Internet using two methods: Gigabit RJ-45 port in the back, or the built-in 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 adapter.
Other important things
The desktop can be placed on its side if you prefer (just don’t block fans and ventilation units).
Operating system is Windows 10 Home 64-bit.
Monitor is not included in the price, keyboard and mouse are.
For the money, Acer Aspire AXC-705-UR53 is pretty fast. The solid base comes from the i3 processor which, despite of being 4th generation, still rocks good score in benchmark tests which translates to effortless software operations. The memory and hard drive are alright for a casual user, also some graphics-easy games can be played (however don’t take this for a gaming desktop!). If it’s a decent computer you want for home or office, this Acer should be your choice number one.