Acer Aspire ATC-780-AMZi5 Desktop Review

sdereThe Acer Aspire ATC-780-AMZi5 is a decent desktop that packs a large-capacity storage, a range of connectivity options, and a powerful performance all in a sleek and stylish design. This is a budget desktop but with a well-thought combination of features that many home and office users will find capable of handling their daily tasks. The desktop comes with a speed sixth-generation Intel Core i5-6400 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 2TB hard disk. It also features Wi-Fi connectivity which feels like a bonus for a budget tower PC. It also includes an integrated Intel HD Graphics 530, which won’t be good for gaming. The desktop lacks the oomph we have seen in high end desktops but it still has its place in the budget category in handling day to day tasks. The fact that it has room for expansion and it is capable of delivering what it promises, it is worth the consideration of users not ready to break the bank.

Design

The Acer Aspire ATC-780-AMZi5 is packed on a small form factor black chassis with a hairline finish. The desktop measures 17.4 x 6.9 x 15.7 inches (LWH) and weighs 18.4 pounds, so you got to look for a stationary spot in your office or at home. It measures and weighs the same like its cousin the Acer Aspire ATC-780-UR61 but it is slightly bigger than the Lenovo Ideacentre 300 Desktop which measures 16.14 x 6.3 x 13.98 inches and weighs 15.4 pounds. It is also similar to the Acer Aspire ATC-780-AMZKi5 Since all these are meant to be stationary machines you don’t have to be worried of the weight that much, save for the measurements to fit into the right spot in your working area.

Performance

The mid-tower PC is powered by the 6th generation Intel Core i5-6400 processor clocked at 2.7GHz but can run up to 3.3GHz. It is coupled with 8GB DDR4 RAM with an extra slot to expand the memory. However, most users will find the 8GB memory enough for multitasking but if you need to make it a better system it accommodates up to 32GB, so you can use two 16GB sticks to get the best out of the machine. The processor installed in this desktop is powerful enough to handle a number of power demanding tasks such Photoshop editing without stuttering.

Storage space remains one of the highlight points for this Budget desktop. It goes against the norm and includes a 2TB 7200 SATA drive which provides lot of space for storing all your stuff. Most of the budget desktops around come with 1TB HDD such as the Acer Aspire ATC-780-UR61. Inasmuch as people are warming up to the fast SSD drives which fastens loading of programs and booting speeds, it won’t be of much help in the budget category since it will only drive the prices up thus disabling the budget price tag we are after at this category.

The desktop comes with an integrated Intel HD Graphics Unit which won’t offer any serious gaming performance. As such, gamers should keep their expectations in check and avoid power demanding games such as GTA5. However, the system will allow you play some games such as Sims4, Diablo 3 or WoW which do not require fancy graphics. Such games produce decent fps at high settings. You can improve your gaming experience with the installation of a better graphics unit as the system comes with PClex16 slot for adding a graphics card. If you are after serious gaming then you might have to look upwards to systems like the CyberpowerPC Gamer Ultra GUA3400A Gaming Desktop that comes with a dedicated AMD Radeon R7 250 2GB Video Card for better gaming experience.

Connectivity

The ATC-780-AMZi5 features a great array of connectivity options including seven USB ports, four USB 2.0 ports and three USB 3.0 ports. Two of the USB 3.0 ports are on the front side of the desktop together with an SD card Reader and a headphone and microphone jack. Talking of the front side, you will also find a DVD burner tray that will let you install your programs or watch your movies from DVDs and rip CDs. On the back side you will find the four USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.0 port, an audio in and out port, Ethernet Port for wired connectivity. There is also an HDMI port for connecting to your monitor or any other screen of your choice and a VGA port for connection to traditional Projectors that might be still using the VGA connectivity. The desktop includes 802.11ac WI-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, what feels like a windfall to this budget system.

Important to note is the fact that the system ships with a mouse and USB keyboard and it runs on Windows 10 Home 64 Bit out of the box. As it is the case in most Desktops, you will have to purchase the Monitor separately. It also comes with High definition Audio coupled with a 5.1 audio. You can get to enjoy your music by connecting your headphones or external speakers via the audio jack and get full blast entertainment.

Conclusion

The Acer Aspire ATC-780-AMZi5 is a decent budget desktop for everyday computing both at home and in the office. It can handle a number of tasks including internet surfing, emailing, watching videos, document editing, and less demanding games without slowing down. There is nothing new in this system to talk about except for its 2TB storage that stands out of the crowd at this category.All said, the Acer Aspire ATC-780-AMZi5 suffices as a good budget desktop that offers value for the money.But you will want to consider the latest Acer Aspire TC-780-AMZKi5 that comes with a faster 7th generation processor and an improved graphics card, the Intel HD Graphics 630 at almost the same price.

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