Acer Aspire X3750 review: Acer Aspire Z3750

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Typical Price: $1,699.00
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Good AIO performance. Good audio. Excellent keyboard and mouse.

The Bad Speaker design emphasises how small the display is. Keyboard and mouse are cabled.

The Bottom Line Acer's stuffed decent hardware into an all-in-one (AIO) that only really suffers from having a small display screen.

7.8 Overall

Design

Acer's latest AIO PC has a sleek, flattened design that's accentuated by the speaker grille that sits below the 21.5-inch display screen. The layout of the speaker panel does make the screen seem a little smaller than it actually is, in common with many laptops that utilise a thick bezel to protect the edges of the screen. Your eyes are drawn away from the display and towards the additional furniture. And that makes the screen seem even smaller again. When it's already got a small display screen relative to most other AIO units, this disparity is even more stark.

It's a pity, because in some other key design areas, the Aspire Z3750 is a well-designed machine. Peripherals for AIOs tend to be on the mediocre side — they're either artfully designed but painful to use (a la the iMac ) or cheap and horrible bits of plastic better suited for the circular filing cabinet than beneath the PC they're meant to be running. The Aspire Z3750's keyboard and mouse surprisingly aren't terrible, but equally surprisingly, they're not wireless either. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with USB cables per se, but if you were after a neat-looking system with no cable clutter, this won't suit you, at least out of the box.

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