5 Best Acer Desktops for Home Use
One of the desktop’s most alluring promises is the value it delivers. Desktop computers are usually cheaper than laptops, and they’re easier to upgrade. Acer is known for bringing the latest in technology at the most affordable prices. Here’s our list of top 5 best Acer desktops for home use:
The Acer Aspire TC-895-UA92 mid-level tower chassis measures 13.78 by 6.42 by 13.39 inches (HWD), and is fashioned from black painted steel and plastic. The plastic exterior is fingerprint-proof and smudge-resistant, making it a welcome addition to any home.
The Acer Aspire TC-895-UA92 features an Intel Core i5 processor running at 2.4GHz, a 500GB SATA hard drive for storage, a 16GB solid-state drive for faster application load times, and faster operating system performance, and 8GB RAM. The circuitry has USB, HDMI (with HDCP support), headphone/microphone jacks, digital optical out for surround sound speakers and an SD card reader.
The Acer Aspire TC-895 doesn’t come with a preinstalled OS, but the user is free to choose from Windows 8.1, Windows 8, or Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. The Acer Aspire TC-895 is covered by a limited 1-year warranty on part and labor, with the option to purchase an extended 2-year warranty at additional cost.
In terms of performance, this workhorse has the chops to handle most multimedia tasks with ease. It can be used for gaming, watching 1080p videos, and creating spreadsheets or documents – all with satisfactory results.
- Optical drive (burner)
- 8 USB ports (including 4 USB 3.0)
- Runs on Windows 7 or 8
- Energy-efficient CPU, HDD and power supply
- Acer mPower Management software feels like an unnecessary add-on.
- The front panel is difficult to open when the tower is located beneath a desk.
In short, this desktop performs admirably in most computing tasks and is an excellent choice for a family PC. It’s great value for money, and with a crisp 1080p display, it’s also good for using as a multimedia hub.
Chromeboxes have a specific and limited usage scenario. They’re a cost-effective and easy way to connect to the internet, especially since most computing now occurs online. The majority of users utilize Chromebooks for schoolwork or as a secondary computer.
The Acer Chromebox is a small desktop about the size of a router. It comes with an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB RAM, and 16GB SSD storage. The memory can be upgraded by popping open the side panel which houses the components. The motherboard is easy to access without having to remove screws or disassemble anything.
Acer’s Chromebox also includes HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs for connecting to TVs, projectors, and monitors up to 4K resolution – using either cables or wireless connections (depending on your monitor). There are 3 USB3 ports for external hard drives or USB sticks, a Gigabit Ethernet port for wired internet connection speeds up to 1000Mbps , 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking (dual-band, 2 x 2) with MIMO technology for excellent range and speeds. The Chromebox features the Acer FineTip keyboard/mouse which are high-quality travel mice.
Acer has preloaded Chrome OS on this desktop, giving you easy access to Google’s many online services like Gmail (which comes free with every account), Docs (for word processing), Sheets (for spreadsheets), Play Store (Google’s app store for games and software), YouTube, Maps, Hangouts for both messaging and video calls, Photos (the equivalent of Apple’s iCloud Photo Library)and more.
No powerful computer is required!
- Aesthetic design (matte black finish)
- Energy-efficient CPU, HDD and power supply
- Quiet fan on the motherboard (due to low processing load)
- Slow on startup (takes about 20 seconds from pressing the power button to being able to sign in)
- No built-in optical drive (external drives are not included)
- Some users have reported WiFi connectivity issues.
In conclusion, this is an excellent choice for someone who wants a basic desktop with enough power to browse online without any fuss. It has some limitations compared with Windows PCs or Macs which can run youtube videos at light speed thanks to powerful CPUs/GPUs, but overall it’s a great value PC for getting online fast.
Acer’s Aspire TC-895-UA91 is one of the best values around for under-$500 budget desktops, with snappy Core i3 performance and solid all-around feature support for the money.
The Acer Aspire TC-895 is a fairly standard mid-tower desktop case. It features USB3 ports, an optical drive of your choice, and a built-in media card reader. The power supply is not modular, but it does feature a large fan that ensures efficient heat removal from the unit’s components.
If you’re looking for a solid desktop replacement for browsing online, streaming HD videos from Netflix or YouTube, and casual gaming (no AAA titles), Acer’s Aspire 895 should fit the bill nicely.
- Intel Core i3 processor
- 6GB of RAM
- 1000GB HDD
- Great value at under $500!
- Modest performance in 3D graphics
- Good connectivity options
- No HDMI output
- No USB Type-C ports
- Intel integrated graphics limits the available upgrade paths.
- The Aspire TC 895’s optical drive is noisy during disc playback
Overall this is a great value desktop for users who need to get online, watch videos, and maybe play some games on occasion. It has enough power to do all that while still being energy efficient, which makes it perfect for families with multiple people using the PC at once while trying to conserve electricity costs.
Acer Aspire Z 24 Desktop
The Aspire Z 24 features a silver-and-black color scheme, but its metal components are manufactured of plastic. The system measures 17.3 by 21.3 by 1.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 16.3 pounds, which makes it a medium-sized system that’s about the same size as many desktops we’ve seen recently and is easy to move around if necessary.
The reason I chose this Acer Aspire model was because of its reputable brand and good reviews. It has everything I need and at a great price! The performance is excellent for all basic tasks. For me, the best part about this computer is that it actually “wakes up” from sleep mode when you open up an app or turn on your web browser very fast compared to my last laptop.
Though some parts are made of plastic instead of metal, they are high quality nonetheless and provide enough strength while keeping weight down significantly.
Overall, this Acer Aspire Z24 model is the perfect laptop to get online with and browse/watch videos on. It’s quick to boot up, fast while browsing, and it won’t slow you down at all while multitasking either.
The Acer Aspire Z 24’s base configuration features an Intel Core i3 processor, 6GB of RAM, 1TB of storage space for your files and data, a Gigabit Ethernet port for wired internet speeds up to 1000Mbps, 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking (dual-band, 2 x 2) with MIMO technology for excellent range and speeds, Bluetooth 4.0 support for wireless peripherals like keyboards or mice, DVD/CD burner if you need to back up your files on optical media or watch DVDs you’ve bought or rented somewhere else, USB3 ports which are backward compatible with earlier USB standards so you can use all of your existing peripherals without purchasing new ones, HDMI output to connect the Z24 to your monitor or HDTV, and a multi-format media card reader for extra storage.
- Good entry-level gaming PC
- Cheap at less than $400!
- Dual speakers
- Bluetooth 4.0 support
- Decent graphics performance for casual gamers (with the right addons)
- 1080p screen resolution
- Energy-efficient CPU
- Quiet fans when in idle mode
- No USB 3.1 Type-C ports
- Low battery life (3 hours when streaming video over wifi from CNN – low brightness & no keyboard lighting/touchpad use)
- Questionable build quality (not a sturdy computer)
- No optical drive
In conclusion, this is a good value for casual gamers who want to get online and watch videos in 1080p. It features built-in WiFi and Bluetooth so you don’t need to worry about buying addons or peripherals, but its low battery life means you’ll likely be plugging it in most of the time when using it.