There’s one thing I must tell you right away about Acer Aspire AXC-780-UR11. The unit is one of the cheapest desktops there currently is. This feature might frighten or please you… And it’s understandable if you question the performance and quality of this computer. Well, I’m here to help you with the decision!
It must be admitted that the processor of Acer Aspire AXC-780-UR11 is only the Intel Core i3-6100. I said “only” because it’s i3, not the heavier i5 or i7; however the dual-core unit still runs on a decent 3.7GHz clock speed. In comparison to other desktop processors it is pretty average, CPU Mark giving it ~5400 points. But all the usual daily programs will run smooth on this i3.
There is a terabyte hard drive installed, the spindle speed is 7200RPM so tad better than the old 5400RPM. But I know that many people are after performance – in that case you might want to upgrade to SSD. The insides has no M.2 slot for that, but nothing is stopping you from removing the HDD and putting solid-state drive in its place!
DDR4 is used as memory and there is 4GB of that installed. The RAM speed is 2133MHz. There’s at least one free memory slot on the mainboard so adding RAM is just a matter of removing the case. The most RAM this system takes is 32GB.
Is it good for gamers?
I don’t recommend Acer Aspire AXC-780-UR11 for players. It’s a budget machine with budget components, and integrated graphics card (Intel HD 530) isn’t fast card at all! Older games, or those without heavy graphics, do fine: examples include Diablo 3, DayZ and Counter-Strike: Go. But many newer titles are entirely different thing, for example the favorite GTA 5 won’t give more than ~30FPS played with most eye candy turned off.
But keep in mind there is a PCI-e x16 slot inside to which you can put a dedicated graphics card!
Ports and connections
There are two video outputs in Acer Aspire AXC-780-UR11 so it supports a dual display configuration. The ports are HDMI and VGA. In addition, you can hook many devices since four USB 2.0 and three USB 3.0 ports are at your disposal.
The desktop, of course, has a Gigabit RJ-45 port for connecting to Internet with cable. But as an extra there’s a 802.11ac WiFi card too with Bluetooth 4.0 enabled. Talk about good connectivity!
Standard DVD burner and SD card reader are installed. You can use the latter for, among other things, moving data to and from this desktop.
Miscellaneous things and features
You might have guessed right, the Acer doesn’t come with a monitor. Fortunately at least USB keyboard and mouse are included.
Remember the power supply is quite weak, only 220W. It suffices for the current setup but not if you’re upgrading the graphics card.
The final thought about Acer Aspire AXC-780-UR11 is this: it has a decent, baseline performance suitable for home users, families, students and business users. It’s not much of a gaming machine because of the missing graphics card, but if you only care about things that are software (such as video streaming and Microsoft Office) this budget Acer will only put a smile on your face!