We’ve just had a go with the Acer Aspire Z5610, the Windows 7 update to Acer’s touchscreen all-in-one PC line. Want to know if it’s a better proddable PC than the avalanche of newcomers from HP, Sony, Medion and more? Here’s our photos and thoughts.
Acer’s been pumping out sparkly all-in-ones with pokeable displays since before the advent of Windows 7 multitouch, so we’re on familiar territory with looks and hardware inside the Acer Aspire Z5610: a 23-inch, full HD screen, optional Blu-ray and mammoth amounts of RAM and hard drive space (8GB and 1TB respectively).
But Windows 7 gives the Acer Aspire Z5610 a fresh twist, since Microsoft prepped it with touchscreens in mind. It feels thoroughly intuitive grazing on hyperlinks by tapping the screen to follow through, so if you’re looking for a digital equivalent of the fridge door with bells on, the Acer Aspire Z5610 will meet your desires.
But the same is true of the countless other touchscreen all-in-ones we’ve seen recently. And Acer’s custom touch software, Touch Portal, is somewhat disappointing. It’s just a desktop with a few icons that resembles a cluttered desk. Compared to the powerful HP software for photo editing and media surfing, or Sony’s pull down launch bar on the VAIO L, it feels lame and badly executed. It doesn’t help that the Acer Aspire Z5610 looks like every other rival we’ve seen in the run up to Windows 7′s launch either.
Still, Acer has a habit of undercutting competitors, so have a look at the Acer Aspire Z5610 close up in our gallery, and keep an eye for it hitting these shores later this month.
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