We've mentioned the Acer's external connectivity shortcomings already, but its interior expandability also fails to impress. Its expansion card slots are all open, providing you options for both 1x and 16x half-height PCI Express cards. That's reasonable for this price range, and we also don't expect to find room for a second hard drive in a slim tower. What we do expect is room for four memory sticks, like you'll find with the Gateway models. Instead, Acer only provides two memory slots in this system, which means you'll need to throw out the included RAM if you want to upgrade.
|Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P||Average watts per hour|
|Raw (annual kWh)||155.35422|
|Energy Star compliant||Yes|
|Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh)||$17.63|
The Acer's power consumption is not completely out of line with that of its competition, but usually we like to see more-efficient energy use from PCs that post slower benchmark scores. The fact that we're not seeing that here is largely the result of the Acer's comparatively old processor technology, which is not as efficient as new Intel CPUs.
Acer's standard warranty grants you a year of parts-and-labor coverage. You can also find driver downloads and a variety of other support resources if you're willing to suffer through Acer's circuitous Web site. Going by the Web site alone, you'd have no idea that standard phone support was available with this PC. The number, 800-816-2237, is listed in small type in the included manual, or you can register the system online with the serial number (located on the bottom edge of the system).
The decidedly uninspiring Aspire X1920-UR20P suggests that Acer either has too many configurations between its Acer and Gateway brands to manage properly, or that it is making the cynical assumption that consumers won't comparison shop. In either case, this system suffers from an uncompetitive feature set, and thus we cannot recommend it.
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Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core E6700; 4GB 1,066MHz DDR# SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics; 1TB 5,400rpm Western Digital hard drive
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HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 (Core i5 2310, Summer 2011)
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 550; 4GB 800MHZ DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics chip; 640GB, 7,200rpm hard drive
HP Pavilion P7-1070T
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 3.1GHz Intel Core i3-2100; 8GB 1,066MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel HD Graphics 2000 integrated graphics; 1TB 7,200rpm Hitachi hard drive