Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P - P E6700 3.2GHz review: Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P - P E6700 3.2GHz

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2 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars 1 user review

The Good The Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P features an unobtrusive new case design.

The Bad This system suffers from an underwhelming configuration for its price, particularly in its weak external connectivity options.

The Bottom Line The Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P is a poorly configured, overpriced budget desktop with little to recommend it. Look instead to Acer's Gateway subsidiary for better slim-tower options.

4.9 Overall
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 4.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Service and support 6.0

Usually we can reconcile a budget desktop with less than exciting features because of its low price and its equally boring competition. In the case of the $499 Acer X1920-UR20P, we can think of no one for whom this would make an appropriate desktop. As has often plagued Acer, subsidiary Gateway offers more-competitive features in similar systems for less. Its updated chassis is inoffensive, but we have little else to say about the Acer X1920-UR20P that isn't negative, and we suggest you avoid it.

Before we dive into this PC's shortcomings, we can at least say that we don't mind the X1920's slim-tower case. The matte black is par for the industry, but the design is tidy enough, with the DVD burner and lower I/O segment hidden away behind two simple plastic doors.

Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P Gateway SX2803-US20P
$499 $399
3.2GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core E6700 3.2GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core E5800
4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM 4GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
64MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500HD integrated graphics chip 64MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500HD integrated graphics chip
1TB, 5,400rpm 1TB, 5,400rpm
dual-layer DVD-burner dual-layer DVD-burner
Gigabit Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Our comparison chart makes a fairly clear argument against the Acer system. You can find it for less than its $499 listed price, but even at $389, the lowest we've seen the Aspire X1920, the Gateway SX2803-US20P is still a better computer for the price. For one, the Gateway offers wireless networking, where the Acer only features a wired Ethernet jack. That alone makes up the $10 difference on the Acer's lowest available price. Then consider that the Gateway has both HDMI and VGA outputs, an eSATA jack, and nine USB 2.0 ports. The Acer has only four USB 2.0 jacks, a single VGA output for video, and no alternative data outputs.

In short, the X1920 costs roughly the same as the comparable Gateway, but offers fewer features. The only difference between the similar CPUs comes down to the front side bus, where the Acer's Pentium E6700 has a 1,066MHz bus, to the Gateway's 800MHz rating. That performance difference would barely register for most users, and given both the cost of these two PCs, as well as the living-room-friendly slim-tower design, the value of the Gateway's other features--particularly its HDMI output and its wireless networking--far outweigh any performance boost you might see from the Acer's faster data bus.

We're particularly galled by the lack of a digital video output on the Acer. With only analog-based VGA output, you can't connect this system to an HDTV, which wastes a large part of the appeal of a slim-tower PC.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion P7-1070T (3.1GHz Core i3 2100, Summer 2011)
81 
Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P (3.2GHz Pentium Dual Core E6700, Summer 2011)
123 

Adobe Photoshop CS5 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion P7-1070T (3.1GHz Core i3 2100, Summer 2011)
249 
Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P (3.2GHz Pentium Dual Core E6700, Summer 2011)
788 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion P7-1070T (3.1GHz Core i3 2100, Summer 2011)
107 
Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P (3.2GHz Pentium Dual Core E6700, Summer 2011)
154 

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion P7-1070T (3.1GHz Core i3 2100, Summer 2011)
402 
Acer Aspire X1920-UR20P (3.2GHz Pentium Dual Core E6700, Summer 2011)
497 

We have not reviewed the Gateway SX2803-US20P, so we cannot compare its performance directly with this Acer. Instead, the closest comparison we have is the slightly higher-end Gateway SX2851-41 from earlier this year. That PC uses a first-generation Core i3 550 processor, so its large performance advantage over the Acer isn't so surprising. Note that the SX2851-41, which launched at $549, now sells for $449 from Amazon. That's quite a performance drop-off for the Acer, considering it costs only $50 less.

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.

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