Acer Aspire U5-610 rocks fourth-generation Intel chips and new graphics
Acer's been busy, dreaming up new configurations of all-in-one desktop computers. As well as a quirky Android-powered machine, the company has detailed the more conventional Aspire U5-610.
Revealed ahead of the IFA tech trade show in Berlin, it might have a name that's less memorable than a school history textbook, but there are a few things about this desktop that might stick in the mind.
For one, it's got the latest generation of Intel Core processors -- a welcome addition that will hopefully give these machines enough computational clout to handle intensive tasks like gaming or a spot of video editing. You can have up to 16GB of RAM, too, which will help, as will Nvidia's GeForce GTX 760M handling graphics.
The display is a 23-inch 1080p affair that -- as you'd expect from a Windows 8 computer -- is touch sensitive, for when you feel the need to risk mucky fingerprints by pawing at the panel itself. Beneath the display there's a strip of clear plastic, a theme that continues to the wireless mouse and keyboard.
Acer says it's got some swanky audio tech onboard as well that would seem to aim sound more directly at the person in front of the screen, but we'll see how it fares when it comes to the full review.
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iOS and Android pairing
One interesting feature is "Acer Remote," which lets you pair an Apple iOS or Android smartphone over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, for the purpose of controlling remote apps over the Windows 8 Metro interface or Powerpoint, for instance. Hopefully you'll be able to control video playback, so you can watch movies from across the room, from the comfort of a sofa, perhaps.
My impression of the U5-610 is that it looks like an attractive, capable all in one computer -- even if new processors and graphics are the only significant new features here. Stay tuned for the full review, but if you can find this PC at a decent price, it could make a welcome addition to your home office.
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