Pros Small form factor. HDMI. upgradeable.
Cons small case limits what video card you can put in. Power supply is weak.
Summary I was given one of these recently with a bad power supply. I took it apart, placed the motherboard into a tower case with a 500 watt power supply. I upgraded the dual core 2.1ghz to a Phenom 9550 X4 2.2 ghz. Then installed my old Radeon 3870 512 MB Graphics card. Win 7 64bit with the 2GB of DDR 2 and this beast handles just about anything now. SO if you want to upgrade what you have its possible! :)
Pros came with a nice 20" wide screen moitor and was a fast machine when working, lot of bang for the buck, nice price for a dual core processer.
Cons after hard drive failed it has been a nightmare contacting acer about warrenty, after several calls and many people they are sending me a disk that will not work due to either harddrive problems or mother board not picking up harddrive,
Summary liked features it came with, lots of usb ports and a good processer and large monitor, warrenty people are hard to understand and dont know anything about computers, and because I didnt buy windows 7 upgrade from them I was given a hard time, I have purchased alot of computers for myself or others and have never had a machine break after a month or such a hard time.
Pros many usb ports, quiet, small, affordable, 64 bit amd processor, sd card reader, dual layer dvd burner, great for gaming
Cons not much upgrade room, comes with 32 bit vista
Summary I really actually love this computer, I've had it for about a year now and its great. A few problems are that it comes with Vista 32 bit, and 64 is really quite pricy. Also, everywhere I read this computer has 4gb ram, mine came with 3gb, but it works great even on just 3. Came with 12 USB speakers and a great lcd hd widescreen monitor (along with keyboard, mouse, and speakers). I actually ran this computer non stop for a couple months running a web and game server, and had no problems. I wouldn't recommend for a server, but if you need to it can be a good substitute. Runs Adobe programs flawlessly (Flash CS4, PS CS4, Premier CS3, and After Effects CS3 tested).
All in all I would actually recommend this computer to anyone looking for a cheap yet powerful computer.
Pros 9 USB ports, small size, it is expandable despite what others say (2 PCI slots; throw the modem away).
I'm not a high-end gamer, but the performance has been excellent on the stuff I've played (Enclave, Portal).
Cons Plastic power and drive eject buttons feel clunky.
Summary I did not have the problem with either the network card or HDMI; that others reported; that appears to have been an issue with early versions of the BIOS. My only complaint is Acer's traditional lack of support or information on the web site, not that the other vendors of cheap PCs are much better. I downgraded to XP and had to fight the battle with XP's lack of a SATA driver on my own (but it worked once I found the info), never found the digital audio drivers for XP (but ordinary 2 channel sound worked fine), later upgraded to Windows 7 and never found a coprocessor driver (Acer T/S says they can't help since it didn't ship with W7) but that doesn't actually hurt anything; all other W7 drivers worked right off of Windows Update. This is the first branded PC I've bought in 25 years, after building several dozen, so I never expect support anyway.
Pros Small, tons of usb ports, hdmi built in is great, does what a $400 computer should do even a little more
Cons Honestly, i have no complaints.
Summary First, what do you guys expect for $400 , a real HTPC. I never expceted this computer to be that, I expected it to connect to my hdtv, watch a movie here and there , check email, browse web on my tv Anybody that expcets more from a $400 pc is living in some fantasy world. It works great for what i need it for, As far as people frying it, keep it ventialted, it will overheat, like most any computer will if you shuv it in an encolsed space. Ihave had no issues with it, good luck finding a pc for $400 that has hdmi . Cant beat it.