Acer Aspire 7600U review

£1600
Price when reviewed

At £1,600, the 27in Acer Aspire 7600U is one of most expensive all-in-ones we’ve seen, and as such, we expect nothing short of the best. Unfortunately, it doesn’t get off to a good start.

Inside, the Acer has the same Core i5-3210M processor as its smaller (and £600 cheaper) sibling, the 5600U. It’s a mobile part with a speed of 2.5GHz and only two physical cores; its 0.64 result in our benchmarks lags well behind the Acer’s fastest rivals, including the Dell XPS One 27.

Acer Aspire 7600U

The lack of processing grunt has a negative impact on gaming capability, too. The Acer has the same Nvidia GeForce GT 640M as the Dell, but it’s unable to deliver the same level of performance. A score of 49fps in our Medium quality Crysis test isn’t bad, but its rival scored 55fps in the same benchmark.

Elsewhere, the Acer sports 8GB of RAM, a Blu-ray reader, dual-band 802.11n wireless and a dual DVB-T TV tuner.

For storage, there’s a 1TB hard disk, and while the capacity is fine, performance is far from acceptable. It’s a 5,400rpm mobile unit, and sequential read and write results of 97MB/sec and 96MB/sec are sluggish compared to more powerful machines.

So where is all that extra money going? You might assume that Acer had spent most of it on getting the display right, but it’s only middle of the road, suffering from the same problems as the 5600U. The screen has a low black point and good brightness, delivering a high contrast ratio of 2,160:1, but colours look washed out.

Acer Aspire 7600U

On the positive side, we like the way this all-in-one looks. The chassis is slim, and the angled kickstand makes it attractive from the rear as well.

The stand goes all the way back until it’s at a 30-degree angle from the desk, and the rear panel can be removed for access to all of the Acer’s components.

The Acer Aspire 7600U needs to offer an awful lot more than this, however, to justify the huge price. The screen and chassis can’t match the Dell XPS One 27 for quality and, under the hood, the 7600U is underpowered. If it’s a 27in all-in-one that you crave, we suggest you buy the Dell XPS One 27 instead.

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 1,000GB
RAM capacity 8.00GB
Screen size 27.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency 2.50GHz

Motherboard

Motherboard chipset Intel HM77
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR3
Memory sockets free 0
Memory sockets total 2

Graphics card

Graphics card Nvidia GeForce GT 640M
Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Medium
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GT 640M
DVI-I outputs 0
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards 1

Hard disk

Hard disk Seagate Momentus ST1000LM024
Capacity 1.00TB
Hard disk usable capacity 931GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM

Drives

Optical disc technology Blu-ray reader

Monitor

Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080

Additional Peripherals

Peripherals AVerMedia A373 dual DVB-T TV tuner

Case

Case format All-in-one
Dimensions 660 x 228 x 472mm (WDH)

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 2
3.5mm audio jacks 2

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard Acer wireless keyboard and mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows 8

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 42W
Peak power consumption 123W

Performance tests

3D performance (crysis) low settings 49fps
3D performance setting Medium
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.72
Responsiveness score 0.48
Media score 0.64
Multitasking score 0.73

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