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Acer Aspire X5900

Acer Aspire X5900

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Review Acer classifies its Aspire X5900 as a prestige PC and I have to confess that I was bowled over by the looks of this sleek micro-tower. The power button is brightly lit with a white LED, while the hard drive activity light is positioned on the top of the case along with the DVD eject button. It’s all very neat.

Acer Aspire X5900

This is a full system that consists of the X5900, a 20in TFT and a basic mouse and keyboard set.

A large part of the limited space inside the case is taken up by the combo DVD drive and 1TB desktop hard drive. The DVD drive is mounted on its side - which isn’t ideal for a tray loading device - and is hidden away behind a spring-loaded stealth cover that helps keep the X5900 nice and quiet.

Although the hard drive starts life as 1TB, it has been partitioned as two 500GB drives - 458GB formatted - that are wittily named “Acer” and “Data”.

Graphics are provided by the low profile Nvidia GeForce GT 320 PCI Express card, which managed a decent job of playing Far Cry 2 at 1080p. The 20in monitor has a resolution of 1600 x 900 with VGA and DVI inputs so it can manage basic HD duties. But, despite the best efforts of the glossy coating, I was unimpressed by the image quality offered by the screen.

The Aspire X5900 is perfectly capable of playing HD movies, but the lack of Blu-ray drive and surround sound makes that less attractive. In regular day-to-day duties, the Acer handles the workload with ease.

Verdict

The X5900 is a tiny tower that packs a 3.2GHz Intel Core i5-650 punch along with reasonable graphics. For everyday duties it is fine and offers decent value. ®

Acer Aspire X5900

Note: reviewed model contain GeForce GT 320 graphics

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Acer Aspire X5900

Acer Aspire X5900

Price: £650 RRP

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