Acer Aspire Z5610 review

£899
Price when reviewed

Touchscreen PCs always felt awkward when they were underpinned by Windows Vista, but now that Windows 7 has arrived, we’ve begun to see these devices come into their own. First out of the blocks was the Sony VAIO VPC-L11S1E, which wowed us with one of the best screens we’d ever seen, and now Acer has unveiled its own premium touchscreen model: the Aspire Z5610.

While Sony’s touchscreen effort was a graduate of the minimalist school of design, the Acer is a little more eye-catching. Two chrome struts support the weight of the 23in screen, and liberally scattered around the Aspire’s glossy bulk are strips of deep-maroon plastic. That doesn’t look as bad as it could, though, and although the Z5610 is unlikely to appeal to everyone, we’d have no reservations about letting it take centre stage in our living room.

Acer Aspire Z5600

The 23in display takes pride of place and boasts a native resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 – higher than the 1,920 x 1,080 offered by the Sony. It boasts optical touchscreen technology as the Sony does, and this means the screen control feels highly responsive and accurate. It offers two-finger multitouch control, which allows you to zoom, scroll and rotate images in applications that support it. And the panel itself is bright, boasting realistic colours with no sign of backlight bleed. It may not be able to match the quality of the double-backlit Sony, but it isn’t far off and is certainly perfectly capable of doing justice to any media you care to throw at it.

Beyond the scrolling and panning support built into Windows 7, the bulk of the Z5610’s touchscreen-specific features are wrapped up in Acer’s TouchPortal interface, which hides Windows 7’s familiar desktop beneath an attractive wood-effect tabletop scattered with icons. Featured applications include Windows’ own Touch Pack tools – Lagoon, Globe and Collage – and Acer has bolstered this collection with some of its own applications. These include an image-sharing tool for Facebook and Flickr, a handful of games, plus basic note-taking and drawing tools, the likes of which we’ve seen before on HP’s TouchSmart systems.

Warranty

Warranty1yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity1,000
RAM capacity4.00GB
Screen size23.0in

Processor

CPU familyIntel Core 2 Quad
CPU nominal frequency2.33GHz
CPU overclocked frequencyN/A
Processor socketLGA 775

Motherboard

Conventional PCI slots freeN/A
Conventional PCI slots totalN/A
PCI-E x16 slots freeN/A
PCI-E x16 slots totalN/A
PCI-E x8 slots freeN/A
PCI-E x8 slots totalN/A
PCI-E x4 slots freeN/A
PCI-E x4 slots totalN/A
PCI-E x1 slots freeN/A
PCI-E x1 slots totalN/A
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory typeDDR3

Graphics card

Graphics cardATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards?no
3D performance settingMedium
Graphics chipsetATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
Graphics card RAM512MB
DVI-I outputs0
HDMI outputs0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0
Number of graphics cards1

Hard disk

Capacity1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity931GB
Internal disk interfaceSATA/300
Spindle speed7,200RPM
Cache size16MB
Hard disk 2 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacityN/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speedN/A
Hard disk 2 cache sizeN/A
Hard disk 3 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacityN/A
Hard disk 4 make and modelN/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacityN/A

Drives

Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and modelN/A
Optical disk 3 make and modelN/A

Monitor

Monitor make and modelAcer proprietary
Resolution screen horizontal1,920
Resolution screen vertical1,200
Resolution1920 x 1200
DVI inputs0
HDMI inputs0
VGA inputs0
DisplayPort inputs0

Additional Peripherals

Speakers2 x 5W
Speaker typeStereo
Sound cardRealtek HD Audio
PeripheralsTV aerial, media centre remote control

Case

Case formatAll-in-one
Dimensions570 x 185 x 485mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)6
eSATA ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Modemno
3.5mm audio jacks6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports2
Front panel memory card readeryes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardAcer wired keyboard & mouse

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRecovery partition

Noise and power

Idle power consumption104W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score1.47
Office application benchmark score1.31
2D graphics application benchmark score1.71
Encoding application benchmark score1.17
Multitasking application benchmark score1.71
3D performance (crysis) low settings16fps
3D performance settingMedium

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