It’s easy to start using a system like Acer Aspire AZ3-710-UR54, because all the essentials are included. Furthermore, it has quite a powerful set of components under the hood (like Core i5 CPU and 8GB RAM) so those who’re not happy with Celerons might be good to go with this model. But let’s not decide if it’s great just yet, let’s first take a closer look at this AiO before drawing conclusions…
Acer Aspire AZ3-710-UR54 is one of the faster All-in-Ones around. Its processor is Intel Core i5-4590T, a proper quad-core desktop processor featuring 2.0GHz clock speed and 3.0GHz turbo. True, it has “power optimized lifestyle” (the T suffix), but the CPU Mark score this unit gets is almost 5500. Not bad for an AiO, running any kind of software wouldn’t be an issue, and the processor won’t certainly become the bottleneck of this system.
But might some other important component be the bottleneck here? Well, not the RAM at least. There’s 8GB memory installed on one stick and another slot is free, meaning that you can easily go to 16GB (maximum RAM) if you feel the need. The hard drive however is slow, a 1TB 5400RPM one hooked up to SATA 3 interface. If you worry about its performance, just take the drive out and put in SSD instead and the problem is solved.
How is the display?
Acer Aspire AZ3-710-UR54 has a display that is similar to a desktop monitor, the size is 23.8 inches and resolution of course 1920×1080. Too bad there are no user reports confirming how it really looks, but I’d expect at least decent quality for this price – especially considering the panel type is IPS. It is also touch screen, however I don’t know how useful that is with a desktop computer.
Any chances to play games on it?
The graphics engine in this Acer is Intel HD 4600 which is nothing but an integrated unit. So sure, many games will run on this system, but you won’t be enjoying high frame rates and a lot of eye candy if you’re into fancy new games. Some examples are:
– Grand Theft Auto 5, normal settings and 720p, ~25 FPS
– Counter-Strike: Go, high settings and 1080, +40 FPS
– League of Legends, similar to above, +60 FPS
Ports and connections
Plug in a couple of peripherals if you wish, Acer Aspire AZ3-710-UR54 sports in total two USB 3.0 ports (one in the front). The rest, three, are USB 2.0. An useful feature, there are also both HDMI input and output, meaning you can connect a second monitor like HDTV or some kind of video source, like gaming console, and play that through the Acer’s own screen.
DVD burner is of course included, so is an SD card slot. You will reach Internet using the 802.11ac Wireless adapter or Gigabit RJ-45 port. As it is, Bluetooth 4.0 is also supported.
A high quality (1080p) webcam is available, you shouldn’t have problems recording good looking videos with that.
The operating system is Windows 10, you don’t have to do any upgrades from the previous Windows yourself.
The thing about Acer Aspire AZ3-710-UR54 is, that it’s quite expensive. Many AiOs cost less than this, so what’s the point in getting a pricey computer? Well, you will surely get a lot of performance: the system features powerful Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM, so even a power user would get a lot out of this machine. Just watch out for very demanding games, they’re not likely to run smoothly due to integrated graphics. So if you want a decent All-in-One for non-gaming purposes, this Acer wouldn’t be a bad buy at all :)