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Size Matters / Uber sleek design in a family friendly multi media center / PC
on August 23, 2013
We purchased in early 2013 through Amazon. I wanted to write this review as one of our family members is researching/buying a 27" all-in-one and saw few reviews on Amazon. While touch screens aren't new, 27" all-in-one's aren't that common yet, and I suspect others are reluctant to make sizeable purchases without being able to see in person. We had to rely on just a few reviews ourselves, hence I thought I'd provide a review of how the machine looks and feels in person along with some performance observations (i.e. nuances not available via the specs).
Size Matters - The design shines, but don't underestimate the difference a few inches makes. There are some 25" all-in-one's on the market, and they look so much smaller than the 27's. I was really surprised to see just how much of a difference a mere 2" made. To me it's night and day and worth the significant price differential. The resolution is on par with our Samsung televisions.
Design - This is a truly beautiful machine we keep in our kitchen as our family PC and a multimedia center. The design rivals a Mac (not biased, we have both), and certainly it blows all of the other all-in-one PCs out of the water. The entire face is glass and the matching bluetooth mouse and keyboard allow for a huge display to fit within a small footprint. It sits on a small metal arm that contains the wires and allows the user to angle the monitor vertical or flat .
Performance observations - In terms of performance, the i5 chip is obviously not as fast as an i7 (comparing to my laptop), but I only observed this when moving massive amounts of data, e.g. when processing hundreds of GB of data and organizing large home video files (most users wouldn't likely be able to tell). We usually buy top of the line everything, but Dell was the only other manufacturer offering a 27" all-in-one with an i7 and it was north of $2,500 when configured with similar specs/components that are standard on the Acer (e.g. Blu-ray player, USB 3.0 ports). As we have had bad experiences with dell and found other PC manufacturer's to be quite clunky looking, we opted to purchase.
Windows 8/8.1: While I'm not reviewing the OS (google it), Windows 8.1 is a huge improvement over what was a smoking fast OS, with a lot of bugs. While I had other issues/complaints, most people really hated the lack of a start button, which is back. We have the preview version (available to anyone), and the final release is forthcoming (it's considered an "update" not an "upgrade" and will be automatic/free).