Acer Aspire 1825PTZ review

An ultraportable tablet PC with great battery life, but it falls short of perfection

4
Price when reviewed 
600

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The tablet PC concept never proved the runaway hit that Microsoft might have hoped for, but that hasn’t stopped plucky manufacturers trying their best to help touch-powered portables hit the big time. Acer’s latest proves a little more appealing than most, fusing the allure of an 11.6in ultraportable with a balletic touch-screen display.

After the decidedly chunky likes of the Fujitsu Lifebook T900 , it’s refreshing to find a tablet PC that attempts to major on portability. You could almost get away with describing the Aspire 1825PTZ as cute: it weighs 1.7kg and, despite that touchscreen, measures barely any thicker around the waist than the average 11.6in laptop.

Acer Aspire 1825PTZ

It’s not just size that sets the Acer apart from the tablet PC pack, however. Where many manufacturers use resistive touchscreen technology, Acer has employed a capacitive panel. The benefits of this are, quite literally, clear to see, and where the displays on many tablet PCs are dogged with grainy, mediocre image quality, the Acer’s panel is clear and bright.

Another plus point is that the panel is multitouch capable, allowing two-fingered gestures to make the most of Windows 7’s touch-friendly interface. The combination of a 1,366 x 768 resolution and 11.6in panel makes it a little fiddly to operate at first, particularly for larger fingers, but switching Windows 7’s default text size to 125% makes a huge difference. Text, icons and menus grow to perfect finger-prodding proportions, and the wonderfully responsive touchscreen makes navigating Windows a genuinely pleasurable experience.

Twirl the screen into tablet mode and Internet Explorer 8 puts the web at your fingertips. Tap a text box and a shortcut to the onscreen keyboard instantly pops up, pinching gestures allow you to zoom in and out, and flicking a finger left or right skips back and forth through web pages.

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Warranty

Warranty1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions285 x 209 x 35mm (WDH)
Weight1.700kg
Travelling weight2.0kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual Core SU4100
Motherboard chipsetIntel GS45 Express
RAM capacity3.00GB
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size11.6in
Resolution screen horizontal1,366
Resolution screen vertical768
Resolution1366 x 768
Graphics chipsetIntel GMA 4500
Graphics card RAM64MB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0

Drives

Capacity250GB
Hard disk usable capacity233GB
Spindle speed5,400RPM
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Optical disc technologyN/A
Optical driveN/A
Battery capacity5,600mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportno

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchno
Wireless key-combination switchyes
Modemno
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)3
FireWire ports0
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readeryes
Memory Stick readeryes
MMC (multimedia card) readeryes
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readeryes
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Audio chipsetRealtek HD Audio
Speaker locationFront edge
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating0.3mp
TPMno
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use8hr 58min
Overall application benchmark score0.68
Office application benchmark score0.72
2D graphics application benchmark score0.74
Encoding application benchmark score0.60
Multitasking application benchmark score0.64
3D performance (crysis) low settingsN/A
3D performance settingN/A

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRecovery partition
Software suppliedN/A

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