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First Look: Acer Aspire 5700

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First Look: Acer Aspire 5700

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Acer's Aspire Z5700 is a fast, media-friendly all-in-one that would serve well as a media hub in a dorm or a den. We'd like to see a bit more polish in its design, and a Blu-ray drive would make it a home run, but on balance we can recommend this system for its speed, its large screen, and its digital media versatility.

-Hi! I'm Rich Brown, senior editor for CNET.com. Today, we're going to take a look at the Acer's Aspire Z5700. This is a $1099, 23-inch all-in-one. It has touch screen. It goes as high as 1080p and it is pretty much intended as a general productivity home entertainment system. It comes with a wireless mouse and keyboard. They are both pretty basic. The keyboard has sort of a nice volume control on it that is useful, and as far as the touch control, it's really not that impressive, but also don't have to worry about it either and then you can get to the touch software to the icon in the upper corner there, but it's pretty easy to ignore as well and I have a feeling most people probably will. The system comes with an Intel Core i5 CPU. It's a dual core chip that is relatively fast and makes this system suitable for general productivity. We wouldn't use it for multimedia editing or really fast 3D gaming, but for basic day to day stuff, it should be fine. There is no Blu-ray drive in this system, which is not really uncommon in Windows PCs in this price range. It's a sort of hit or miss. Sometimes, you get it; sometimes you don't for 1000 bucks. Now, we certainly wouldn't mind Blu-ray, but that is in the system is solid for web video and you can play 1080p content from pretty much any source you wanna dig up online. And on the sides of system, you've got a couple of USB ports over here. At this side, you've got a mini card reader and a couple of analog audio jacks. Around the back, you'll see a number of ports that are actually pretty useful for this system. So, we got 4 more USB ports and we've got a wireless receiver for the keyboard and mouse here. You'll also get a 5.1 audio jack, which is actually [unk] common on all-in-ones. That's a nice touch. In addition, there is a standard Ethernet jack as well as an eSATA port if you have a fast external hard drive and right about that, you've all important HDMI input, which lets you connects a cable box or a Blu-ray player or a game console system, which really makes a lot of sense, let's say, a dorm room or somewhere where we wanna kind of consolidate you're home entertainment devices. There is also a TV2 and IR blaster input on the back of this system. We can take [unk] those. There is enough content online that we don't really feel the need for over the air, the hardware on this thing, but in that sense, you will find them useful so they don't really do any harm. We're happy with the features and performance of this PC, but we can see that some people might have an issue with its design. We don't have a problem with the gray plastic shell, but the post in front look a little junky. Overall, this system is of pretty good value. So, I'm Rich Brown, this is the Acer's Aspire Z5700.

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