Pros Small, quiet, powerful, attractive, inexpensive. Probably the best deal around for a Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC).
Cons Problems with network adapter cutting in & out.
BIOS update to fix network problems results in HDMI audio not working, so have to use more than just HDMI cable to attach to TV (part of the reason i got it).
A little long for shelf.
It's an Acer :-(
Summary I bought this device the day I heard about it. I knew it was the perfect fit for my entertainment center as a Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC). Got home, set it up and was just all around happy. One HDMI cable to attach to my TV and no hassle with choosing resolutions (1080p) or anything. Set it so that Vista Media Center starts at windows start-up and attached a remote control. Connected to my shared videos/mp3/pictures/etc across the network. There were a couple of network issues where it just stopped working and then started again.
HOWEVER, this is when my problems started. I received an Email from Acer telling me about a BIOS update. Then the Acer Update software started telling me that there was a BIOS update also. Apparently, one of the things this update was supposed to fix was the network issues. So, I ran the BIOS update, rebooted windows and found out that I don't have any sound anymore. Tried altering some settings, etc, but nothing seemed to work. I googled "acer x1200 hdmi audio" and came across people all with this same problem.
I called Acer support (device is just over a month old at this point) and after about 45 minutes waiting I finally speak to someone that tells me to do a Windows System Restore, even though this won't change anything on the BIOS. The phone conversation was disconnected, so I wait for the representative to call me back, since we are in the middle of trying to help me. When this happened to me before with Dell, they called back in a matter of minutes. Needless to say, no one called me back. So about 30 mins later, I call support again, wait for about an hour and finally get through to someone else. I explain the situation to him and he starts chastising me about updating the BIOS and how no one should ever update the BIOS. I then explain to him that I was notified 2 different ways by Acer to update. Needless to say, he shuts up and has no solution, except for me to have it shipped to them out of my own pocket to have it repaired. By repaired, I'm sure they mean reformatted, and not fixed. If it could be fixed, they would just release a BIOS update for everyone to use to fix their system themselves.
I guess I could live with this problem if it wasn't for the fact that I don't have any other inputs on my TV for sound other than HDMI. My other devices are using such connections. Basically, I'm left with almost a brick.
In short, this would be the perfect little HTPC, but Acer leaves a lot to be desired. I only wish it was sold and built by Dell so I could get some of their wonderful support.
Pros I purchased a reconditioned version from CompUSA. Nice price for the supposed features. This will, or should, be a nice addition to the household for utility work.
Cons Apparently no drivers were installed. No DVD, No network connectivity, not even the modem. Even the mouse had problems. Device manager couldn't find correct drivers. ACER driver download website wanted a password--what gives?
Summary Will see how customer support for ACER handles this. So far, no good. They are only open 8-5 weekdays, when I'm not at home--I'm at work those hours.
I'm going to call anyway and get instructions on how to return this pretty box of unconnected parts.
Pros I got the Acer for its compact size. It actually has laptop technology, which means the mother board is not generic, but has the power unit integrated on it. I did not want a laptop, so this unit stood out.
Cons When the mother board fried (my fault - poor ventilation), the repairman said he could not get repair parts. Acer's repair policy is to replace the computer if you have an extended warranty. I had not bought one :(
Summary I would recommend buying the extended warranty, and making sure the unit fails (run it into the ground) before the warranty expires so you can get a replacement.
Pros Compact design, decent-sized HD, 4 GB Ram, HDMI connectivity, Vista Home Premium OS
Cons Lack of adequate cooling, no wireless card, no bluetooth, probably hard to find replacement parts, cannot expand this unit, refurb unit has limited warranty, HDMI connectivity spotty at best.
Summary Read the bad reviews. Read them again. Doh. Do not buy this at half the price. This mini-tower suffers from junk-itus, cramp-itus, and is NOT a serious desktop computer, especially for the novice or weak of heart. Read the bad reviews again. And hunt elsewhere for a quality desktop PC. Remember, you get that you pay for. Sorry Acer, you REALLY blew it on this one!
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! :)