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Acer Aspire X3750 review: Acer Aspire Z3750

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Acer's website lists three different CPU configurations for the Z3750, starting from AU$899. The unit supplied to CNET Australia for testing ran with the high-end AU$1699 design, which uses an Intel Core i5 650 3.2GHz CPU. Acer matched this up in our review sample with 6GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB hard drive, along with a 1TB NVIDIA GeForce GT320 graphics card. Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit is pre-installed, and as it features an inbuilt TV tuner, a Windows remote control is also bundled into the box.

The 21.5" screen is capable of a top resolution of 1920 x 1080, making it 1080p capable, although its utility on a screen this relatively small is questionable. Acer's web page for the Z3750 suggests a Blu-ray player enabled model exists, but our review sample featured a DVD-Multi writer instead.

Performance

Unlike many AIOs, we didn't hate the Aspire Z3750's keyboard and mouse. The keyboard especially deserves praise, as it's a full keyboard with number pad and full travel characteristics, rather than a clacky flat notebook-style keyboard, making it much more comfortable for extended periods of work. Likewise, that impressive-looking speaker that makes the screen looks small certainly delivers when it comes time to play back media, with crisp sound output.

While other AIOs have cut pricing corners by including lesser processors, the inclusion of a Core i5 and decent graphics processor pushed the Aspire Z3750's benchmark scores up pleasingly, with a 3DMark06 score of 7782 and PCMark05 score of 9032. If you're after an AIO with decent performance characteristics, the Aspire Z3750 is a solid option.

Conclusion

As with any AIO, if you're a performance freak you'll always do better with a desktop system for the same kind of money. At the same time, the Aspire Z3750's performance, while good for a system in the AIO space, suffers a little from the slightly smaller display screen. If that's a compromise you're happy with, though, it's a good system.

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