Amazing! Connect up and go. Make no mistake, this tiny unit packs a big punch and it's small enough to stand on almost any desktop, being hardly bigger than a volume of Encyclopedia Britannica (the ink and paper version). With Windows 7 Home Premium already installed, a 1Tb HDD and a dual core Athlon II 220 the X1420 is a real bargain. At this price there is no monitor, and you will probably want to replace the mouse - though the keyboard is an adequate PS2. Other than the peripherals, I doubt that any serious updating could be undertaken. The graphics card will not do for gaming, and there is no HDMI output, but it produces a brilliantly clear display to my LG monitor at 1680x1050, or a 34" TV. With two front-panel USB ports and audio sockets there's no need to scrabble around at the back - not that this is any real hardship with this pc. The DvD drive is neatly concealed behind a flap which opens when the drive is accessed. There are several invitations to download commercial software, which you can happily ignore and use the free version of AVG and Ad-Aware instead. Download Open Office and you have a full-blown suite for rather more than just basic needs. I am very impressed by this pc and so is my daughter, who will be using it for her Open University course.
Bought this for my Mom to replace her ancient laptop and she's thrilled with it. For the sort of thing she does, browsing the web, sending emails, and writing the odd document or spreadsheet, it's perfect. She also loves the fact that it's a very small form factor case. I would not recommend it for anyone who's into gaming as the current graphics card is not suitable for 3D gaming and uses shared memory for the graphics. Also, the small case means it takes low-profile graphics cards and has a lower power PSU, meaning it would be hard to upgrade the graphics card. Not an issue for my Mom and I was aware of all this before buying, but I want to make sure other people are aware of this and aren't disappointed when they find it impossible to upgrade.
Bought this for my Father-in-law. It is a great little computer which is quick to put together and easy to get up and running. He is finding it good to use and enjoying much faster service than from his old computer.
It was good value for money and an ideal all round home computer.
I bought this to replace an ailing older computer, and have been very pleased with the processing speed of this Acer. It was very easy to set up and use, and the provided disks made the recovery disks easy to write. Overall I am very pleased with the computer although there are two downsides. Firstly it is only a DVD writer/player, so I am unable to write or read Cd's. Secondly, although volume works through headphones, there is minimal sound coming through the speakers from my previous computer. However, it is good value, and I would recommend.