Acer Aspire Z5610 review

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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 1yr collect and return

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Screen size 23.0in


CPU family Intel Core 2 Quad
CPU nominal frequency 2.33GHz
CPU overclocked frequency N/A
Processor socket LGA 775


Conventional PCI slots free N/A
Conventional PCI slots total N/A
PCI-E x16 slots free N/A
PCI-E x16 slots total N/A
PCI-E x8 slots free N/A
PCI-E x8 slots total N/A
PCI-E x4 slots free N/A
PCI-E x4 slots total N/A
PCI-E x1 slots free N/A
PCI-E x1 slots total N/A
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec


Memory type DDR3

Graphics card

Graphics card ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Medium
Graphics chipset ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4530
Graphics card RAM 512MB
DVI-I outputs 0
HDMI outputs 0
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 7,200RPM
Cache size 16MB
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A


Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A


Monitor make and model Acer proprietary
Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,200
Resolution 1920 x 1200
DVI inputs 0
HDMI inputs 0
VGA inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Speakers 2 x 5W
Speaker type Stereo
Sound card Realtek HD Audio
Peripherals TV aerial, media centre remote control


Case format All-in-one
Dimensions 570 x 185 x 485mm (WDH)

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 6
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Modem no
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel USB ports 2
Front panel memory card reader yes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Acer wired keyboard & mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery partition

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 104W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 1.47
Office application benchmark score 1.31
2D graphics application benchmark score 1.71
Encoding application benchmark score 1.17
Multitasking application benchmark score 1.71
3D performance (crysis) low settings 16fps
3D performance setting Medium

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