CNET First Look
Acer Aspire X1700-U3700AThe Acer X1700-U3700A is slightly slower than the competition, but it gives you almost every component you need in either a basic desktop or a light-duty home theater PC.
[ Music ] >> Justin Yu: Hey, it's Justin Yu, Assistant Editor for CNET.com, and I'm here to give you guys a first look at the Acer Aspire X1700u3700a. It's a Best Buy desktop computer that's sort of similar to its previous incarnation. For example, it retains the same space-saving design with this glossy panel up front that hides a dual-layer DVD burner and a fully-stocked media card reader plus a collection of audio and video ports. We're also really impressed with the amounts of ports that Acer manages to cram into its chassis. The back gives you a few more USB ports and ethata [phonetic] port and a handful of video connectors including DVI, VGA, and HGMI. It doesn't have a dedicated video card, however, so do not expect to play graphics-intensive PC games. It does supply you with a few of the ports you do need to get your home theater setup started. First, you get a spin it [phonetic] digital audio outport for full 5.1 channel surround sound. There's also a PCI express lot inside if you want to install a low profile aftermarket video card. Now, inside the tower, you'll find a 2.4 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor, 4 gigabytes of DVR 2 RAM, and a 640 gigabyte hard drive, all running off of 64 bit Windows. Now, unfortunately, the system does not include a wireless card, which is sort of acceptable for this price range, but we do expect WiFi to become the defacto networking standard in all desktops in the coming months. Now, another system, the Dell I530119B offers almost the exact same specs, but gives you a slightly faster CPU that performs better in a multi-tasking or media editing environment. But it does trade for a slightly smaller hard drive. We do like the Acer because it gives you a larger hard drive in addition to the option to use it in your living room as a home theater PC, but you're going to need to add some upgrades like a BluRay player, digital TV tuner, and a wireless card before it can make a full transformation. Overall, though, if you're shopping for a fully-functional computer, you're really going to appreciate this virtual setup. I'm Justin Yu, and this is the Acer Aspire X1700 desktop computer. [ Music ]