Pros Sleek design, many features, low price.
Cons Instructions poor or nonexistant, excessive pushing of software applications, possible malfunction of audio system
Summary I am a moderately sophisticated PC user. So I was disappointed but not intimidated by the single sheet of visually oriented instructions. The machines are made in China and widely distributed. Fortunately, the Vista software did a flawless job of getting the basics setup (e.g., connecting monitor, keyboard, printer, getting on the Internet). However, connecting other peripherals can be problematic. For example, I spent an hour attempting to connect the Acer speakers. Configuring analog or digital output through the Control panel menu was was only partly successful; I never did figure out how to use the digital output to the Acer speakers, and settled to using the analog output to my own speakers. The on-board user's guide is very brief and lacks step-by-step setup instructions or trouble-shooting procedures. The absence of a printed instruction manual or a CD with a low-priced computer is understandable, but the failure to provide a detailed software user's guide is inexcusable. And Acer's Web page as of February 2009 has some instructions for their x1600 but none for the x1700. The bottom line is is that when it comes to figuring out the details of this machine, you are on your own. This is unfortunate because a little effort on the manufacturer's part could make the initial use of this PC a lot more friendly. It is one of the reasons so many people prefer Macs over PCs.
Pros Small Size
Has enough power to run multiple applications without a slow down.
Cons Weak Power supply - custom power supply, you have to get one from Acer
Graphics card is not supported by the manufacturer.
Summary I have owned mine for about four months. I have been mostly happy with it. I ran Vista for a few weeks, and then signed on to Beta test windows seven. I did not have any problems with either program. The Acer could handle everything seamlessly. I would mostly use multiple word, internet and excel spread sheets. I am not a gamer, so there was never any heavy duty graphics involved.
Up until recently my largest complaint was the speakers that came with the box, are weak and tinny.
When I swapped over to windows 7, I found problems with the graphics card. It is hard to download drivers for the NVidia GEForce 100, because NVIDIA doesn't make drivers for that card, or even acknowledge that it exists. After some research, I found others who have had similar problems and pointed me in the right direction, but the graphics have always been a little off. I have multiple lockups related to when the system would turn on the screen savers. Turning off the screen saver stopped the problem. I am still not positive the screen saver problem is not the fault of Windows 7, but since I had other problems with the Nvidia card, I will just blame them anyway.
The power supply did not last long. It was on a surge suppressor, and the house has built in surge suppressors. None of the other equipment plugged into the same suppressor was affected. The Power supply just up and died. I didn't think it would be to big of deal, usually just a swap out, but the Aspire uses a custom Power Supply to fit it's cabinet. You can't buy them, and you can't swap it out with a new one off the shelf.
I am sure if the power supply is this way, then you will probably run into the same problem with the graphics card. You will not be able to easily change it out with a replacement.
Overall, it is a good computer for the money and what I need it for. As long as you don't need support from Nvidia, or replacement of the power supply you should be good to go.
Pros Processor, memory, graphics card, optical drive, hard drive all upgradeable with standard off the shelf items. Although graphics card is low profile form factor, there are plenty of options available from third party vendors.
Cons Tends to run a bit warm.
Power supply is proprietary: DOES NOT offer auxillary PCI-e 6pin auxillary graphics power adapter, and no free power rails for cable adapter.
Summary Here are the secrets most people dont know about this amazing little computer:
The chipset is nVidia, not Intel which provides greater upgrade flexibility.
Supports Intel processors up to and including Q9650. Suppports virtually all Intel Celeron and Core 2 processors up to and including 95W processors.
Supports up to 16Gb DDR2 System Ram in 2x8 configuration. (2 slots total)
PCI-e Video slot is 2.0 compliant, supports any card not requiring auxillary power.
Supports TV Tuner card + HD Video cards with internal SPDIF cable connection.
Hard drive is standard size 3.5" form factor.
DVD/RW optical drive is standard 3.5" form factor upgradeable to Blu-Ray.
Gigibit Lan supported under nVidia nForce chipset drivers.
"Outstanding!"on by PacManRouter
Pros Price is great for what you get. I just started school and this was perfect for what I needed and then some.
Cons I have to buy a video card but I recomend NTi Graphis card from bestbuy for $200 with built in tv tuner!
Summary Great computer at the price there is nothing else at this price that comes close to Acer value and reliability.
"Not a reliable PC."on by adashan
Pros Low Cost, small PC
Cons Not reliable, runs hot, video card is low quality.
Summary This computer was trouble from the beginning. Acer was supposed to upgrade my PC from Vista to W-7 but they told me I asked for the upgrade too late and they would not do it. I registered my PC with them and they could have let me know that it was expiring, in fact I expected them to notify me. There was no information on how to get the upgrade, just the offer on the box. Here we are 2.5 years later and it has died. The motherboard is toast. It always ran hot, maybe a form factor shortcoming but still Acer's fault. Do I even bother calling them for support after my original customer service experience? No thank you. They obviously are not that type of company. Customer service is purposely bad. They don't want you to call them and complain about their junky computers. Never again will I buy anythign made by Acer. I hope you don't either.