Acer Aspire XC-105 SFF Desktop PC (AMD A4 5000 1.5GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, Integrated Graphics, Windows 8)
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Introducing the Acer Aspire XC Multimedia PCs
The Acer Aspire Series offers a diverse range of PCs that give you the performance, graphics and communication tools to step-up your digital entertainment, complete your daily computing tasks, and stay in touch with everyone you know.
The stylish black Aspire XC series provides the competent multi-tasking performance for both fun and work with a compact, progressive style. Click here to see a diagram showing the features of this PC.
With the abundance of graphics-intensive multimedia and sharing applications available, smooth multi-tasking is vital. Keeping this in mind, Aspire Series PCs pack powerful processors from both Intel and AMD and memory options so your system always runs efficiently.
The Aspire XC600 models come equipped with the power of Intel processors. Choose from a dual-core Intel Pentium processor for efficient home computing, or an Intel Core i5 or i7, delivering intelligent performance that adapts to your individual needs. The Intel Core processors deliver great media processing for fast video editing and sharing, enthusiast class HD video playback, accelerated web browsing, and great mainstream and casual gaming experience.
The Aspire XC100 models are powered by AMD dual-core E-series processors. The AMD E-series processors increase both CPU and GPU frequency to improve performance and use an updated controller hub to enable lower platform costs. They also support DX11 and HD 7300 series graphic cards for better visual experience.
The Acer Aspire XC also includes 4GB, 6GB or 8GB of fast DDR3 memory, which offers twice the speed of DDR2, ensuring faster, more efficient multi-tasking. Add that to a large-capacity hard disk drive up to 1 TB that provides generous storage for work and multimedia files, and you've got a PC that can handle almost any task you care to throw at it.
Beautiful, Fast, Fluid - Windows 8
Windows 8 has been reimagined to be all about you. Put what matters most right on your Start screen, and get instant access to your people, apps, sites and more, so you can spend less time searching and more time doing. Browse and discover thousands of apps in the Windows Store. Snap two apps side-by-side and multitask. Chat with a friend while scoping out a map, or watch a video while getting stuff done. With Windows 8, it's simple to do two things at once.
Up in the Cloud
AcerCloud is your personal cloud. It shares your music, photos, videos and documents on your PC with all your devices. If your PC is in sleep mode, no worries, AcerCloud wakes it up for you. Your PC is always connected, you can access content via AcerCloud anytime anywhere.
Optional 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Certified Connectivity
Surf the Internet and stay in touch with your people with reliable, high-speed connectivity via optional Wi-Fi, or a wired gigabit Ethernet connection. A Wi-Fi Certified wireless-N network connection enables long-range, fast, reliable wireless Internet.
The Aspire XC features a gigabit Ethernet port, for fast, stable wired connectivity, supporting data transfer rates of 1,000 megabits per second.
If you need an even bigger screen, the HDMI interface on selected models supports exceptional high-definition viewing on a full range of peripherals. Perfect for connecting to a big-screen HDTV, plugging a HDMI cable into your PC allows the transmission of both audio and high-definition video, up to a 1080p resolution.
This PC features a high-speed DVD drive that supports multimedia playback and media writing for backing up files without worry. The DVD Super Multi DL drive allows you to play, copy and burn DVDs, allowing you to make the most of your existing film library, and backup your precious files onto a physical disc for safe storage and easy transportation.
Multi-in-one Card Reader
The multi-in-one card reader allows you to read and write to high-capacity storage media for file sharing, transfer and storage, including Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), and xD-Picture Card (xD) formats, making it easier to transfer and share media from your PC to your portable devices.
The Aspire Series PCs are attractive, ergonomic and durable. A variety of environmentally sustainable materials with inviting textures and sturdy construction endow the Aspire Series with a unique and solid feel.
The Acer Aspire XC is no exception. Space saving and easy to set up, this chassis is designed to contain all the power and efficiency you need in a multimedia PC, whilst still giving you a sleek and attractive look. The curved metallic black finish is complemented by a soft front-surface and attractive modern design touches such as the Acer logo in the top corner.
User-friendly Front Media Access
The Aspire XC series has been designed to be placed on a desktop, so it features lower-front USB ports and a card reader are grouped to make them easier to access and use.
Top customer reviews
Processor: At the core of this is an AMD A4-5000 APU. This processor is by no means a speed demon, and why would anyone expect it to be at this price point? It's actually an ultrabook processor designed to be energy efficient and enough for basic usage. Most people use their PC's for web and general productivity so this is actually adequate. You won't have any problems running Chrome, Spotify, Outlook and Word on this. Fun fact: This is the same line of processors used by the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Graphics: This has an integrated Radeon HD 8330. Performance wise, this is similar to Intel's Ivy Bridge HD 4000. This will easily handle HD movies including YouTube videos at full quality 1080p as well as some light gaming. It won't run Crysis 3, but you'll easily get plenty of mileage from less demanding games.
Memory: The 4GB RAM you get is going to be enough for 90% of people. Unless if you have a lot of programs running with multiple tabs open at the same time (in which case, I suggest you seriously consider if you need to use a PC that way) then you won't max out the memory in the near future. 8GB is the "comfortable" amount for most though and upgrades are fairly inexpensive on sites like Crucial.
Form factor: This thing is slim and light. It takes up very little space. A prime candidate for a bedroom, small office or HTPC under your telly kind of setup that's easy to move around. The workmanship is pretty good with a clean lines and nice little extras like the card reader and front facing USB ports. Nothing special but good to have.
All in all, this is a charming little machine that will handle the basics without breaking the bank, making a dent in your electricity bill or using much leg space under the desk. I use this mostly as an HTPC and it works perfectly for my needs. If I could change anything, I would go for the slightly faster Pentium G2020 or core i5 just for future-proofing, but I really don't see myself needing the extra oomph for the next 3 years or so. At this price point I highly recommend it.
We went from a from a very old (7years aprrox) windows xp machine to this. So might be slightly bias as to how good this is if you're used to a newer machine already. It has made a huge difference to the clarity of our monitor. It is so small and quite and amazing that you can now put it on the desk rather than having on the floor. It is noisy when you use the disc drive though.
Windows 8 I have got used to quite easily, it is different, but works well and gives you options. We upgraded to 8.1 pretty much as soon as we got it as that resolved some annoying navigation issues. I was worried that it was difficult to use after all the other reviews, but it makes sense and got loads of options for customisation to get it how you want.
Having the keyboard and mouse included was a bonus, we are using the keyboard as the extra buttons for windows are good to use and nice and compact keyboard. Now there is room for my cat to sit next to the keyboard without pressing loads of buttons! Haven't used the mouse as like the feel of my old mouse, but nice to have it as a spare.
Definitely recommend, even at the price it's currently at.
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