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Review – Acer Aspire AX1930-UR10P – About

Mar 21 2012 – Acer’s Aspire X1 lineup is more about affordable pricing than it really is on features. To keep the costs down, it is based around a fairly low end Intel Core i3-2120 dual core processor. Now, for the average consumer that is just using a PC for web browsing, streaming, media functions and productivity software, it does the job just fine. The issue is that it lacks much performance especially compared to the quad core processors that are becoming more common for intensive tasks such as video editing. The 4GB of DDR3 memory is to be expected in this price range but it would have been nice to see them include more. Upgrading memory is possible if a bit challenging. First, you have to replace the existing memory modules as there are only two memory slots on the board. Secondly, the memory slots are underneath the optical drive making it difficult to do without removing the drive first.

Storage for the Acer Aspire AX1930-UR10P is a bit less than what would be found on many competing slim desktop systems. It features a 500GB hard drive that is more typical of a mini desktop using a laptop class hard drive. At least this is a larger 3.5-inch desktop drive that features a full 7200rpm spin rate for decent performance. A standard dual-layer DVD burner is included for playback and recording of CD or DVD media. Those wanting to upgrade the storage will be disappointed in several ways. First, the hard drive is installed beneath the optical drive. This makes swapping the drive out from the inside a bit more difficult. Second, the system while featuring eight USB ports, lacks any of the new USB 3.0 for high-speed external storage.

With its budget oriented pricing, it is no surprise that the Acer Aspire AX1930-UR10P relies on the Intel HD Graphics that are built into the Core i3 processor. This will provide sufficient performance for most tasks and even provide some acceleration of media encoding with QuickSync capable applications. While the 3D performance is better than previous Intel integrated graphics it still lacks sufficient performance except for playing older games at low detail levels. There is a PCI-Express x16 graphics card slot on the inside of the system but it is restricted both by the space around the slot and the low wattage power supply to only the most basic of dedicated cards.

The biggest problem going for the Acer Aspire AX1930-UR10P is the competition from the Gateway division of the company. The Gateway SX2370-UR10P is under a $100 more than this system yet has much more to offer including better integrated graphics, more RAM, double the hard drive space and wireless networking. It does share the same problem with the sheer number of preinstalled applications on it that bogs down the system boot but helps keeps the costs down. The Acer does work just fine for a basic computer but the lack of upgrade potential and missing features just make it less compelling.

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