Acer Aspire AZ3-700-UR52 All-in-One Desktop Review

March 4, 2016
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Acer Aspire AZ3-700-UR52, an All-in-One desktop that is also portable? That sounds like a true multi-use computer. And in the engine room, there are components like Pentium processor and half a terabyte hard drive satisfying the needs of a casual user. Without further ado, let me tell you what I think about this desktop and how it would benefit you…

Is it good for normal home/office use?

Let’s concentrate on the performance aspect first. The processor of Acer Aspire AZ3-700-UR52 is Intel Pentium N3700, and you might know something about Intel’s naming conventions. Pentiums and Celerons are the low-end products of Intel’s, suitable for home use but not for power users. Indeed, this chip has four cores but only 1.6GHz base frequency with 2.4GHz turbo speed. In CPU Mark, it reaches just 1900 points, rather low for a desktop. So, you can fire up browser, YouTube videos and even word processors, but things like serious programming or image editing you should leave for better CPUs such as Core i5s.

Memory amount isn’t excellent but should suffice, again for home users. There is 4GB DDR3 RAM installed which, according to the official specifications, you can upgrade to 8GB. Often desktops take much more, but considering this is a portable unit, the low maximum memory can be accepted.

I can not praise the storage solution too much: there is a laptop-like 500GB 5400RPM hard drive installed. It of course depends on your requirements if you like it, for example data amount equivalent to one hundred DVDs can be put there. But, comparing to real desktops’ 1TB drives the unit in this Acer is small. Also it fails to reach great transfer rates of SSD, but I guess with some tech skills you could upgrade the HDD to SSD here.

How about gaming?

One thing makes Acer Aspire AZ3-700-UR52 a bad choice for gaming, and that is the Pentium processor without a dedicated graphics. Alas, there is only a processor-integrated graphics chip called Intel HD. All newer and graphics-heavy games are out of question, think of titles like Far Cry 4, GTA 5 and The Witcher 3. However, games with less eye candy (many that are still interesting!) work fine, examples are Diablo 3, League of Legends and Sims 4.

You can not install a dedicated graphics inside, there is no space for one.

Is the display good?

The 17.3″ display is equivalent to a big laptop. The maximum resolution is 1920×1080 so a lot of screen estate is guaranteed for power users. In addition, the panel type is IPS that has almost 180 degree viewing angles – much better than on cheap notebook screens. Touch is also supported. In fact, this “desktop” is a huge tablet – the screen and system components are in one, flat unit. Indeed, you can take it on your lap and use the Acer like a tablet.

What devices can be plugged in?

Even though Acer Aspire AZ3-700-UR52 is called a desktop, it has connections similar to laptops. There are in total two USB ports, both are the version 3.0. The only video port is HDMI on the side.

One line-out is available for audio. However, keep in mind there are two built-in speakers for basic use in the machine.

You can connect this computer via wireless to your router, the Acer features a 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card. There is no Ethernet port, but if you want to connect with cable, you can use USB to RJ-45 adapter.

The desktop does not have optical drive; if you want to access discs you can use external DVD drive.

MicroSD card slot is included, you can put in small memory cards and upload files, for example photos from your digital camera.

There is a hiqh-quality webcam included, it supports Full HD resolution. You can have a Skype chat or shoot a video for YouTube with that.

Other benefits

Acer Aspire AZ3-700-UR52 has a battery. Yep, a 4-cell one. Thus, you don’t need the unit plugged in to a power socket if you use it. Running time with a single charge is around 4 hours.

Wireless keyboard and mouse are included.

Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit).


The strengths of Acer Aspire AZ3-700-UR52 lie in the All-in-One setup – you just get this package and start using the computer right away, without the worries of buying a right monitor or input devices. Also the touchscreen with tablet-like design is a plus: you can indeed use this computer without keyboard and mouse, kind of like a big tablet. Performance itself isn’t that great, but will get you through a day of word processing or YouTube streaming. So, if you’ve been looking for this kind of multi-use and innovative (however limited performance) desktop, I’d recommend checking out this Acer!

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