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Acer Aspire 7600U review

Katharine Byrne
13 Nov 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
800
inc VAT

This all-in-one PC has a great display, lots of ports and dedicated graphics

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Specifications

2.5GHz Intel Core i5-3210M, 8GB RAM, 27in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 8

There's no denying that the Acer Aspire 7600U is one of the most striking all-in-one PCs that we've ever seen. Its large 27in display has a gorgeous edge-to-edge glass bezel that extends all the same down to its transparent base, and its slim handle-like stand flips out the back to support it.

Acer Aspire 7600U

It’s height-adjustable, too, with 80 degrees worth of screen tilt. It doesn’t lie completely flat, as with some rival systems, but getting the 7600U into a position where the screen is comfortable to read is simple. All it takes to lower the PC is a gentle push from the top of the screen and the retractable stand does the rest of the hard work for you.

Raising it back up to a standing position was a little more precarious, as the slightly slippery edge of the 7600U’s glass base doesn’t have any grip. We could just about do it with one hand pulling from the top, but we felt safer keeping our other hand on the base of the 7600U to prevent it from slipping forwards.

You’ll need a lot of space to lean the 7600U backwards, but its viewing angles were particularly impressive. When we lowered the screen to its full 80 degrees, we barely noticed any shift in contrast when we were sitting down, and it looked great from all but the most extreme angles.

Acer Aspire 7600U

We were also pleased with its overall image quality. Its sRGB colour gamut reading of 81.8 per cent is fairly average for an all-in-one PC panel, but its colour coverage was spread much more evenly across the three main colour areas than other all-in-one screens we’ve tested. This gave colours a more natural appearance onscreen, and our solid reds, greens and blues all packed plenty of punch. We didn’t see any traces of grey in our solid whites either, and its exceptionally low black level of just 0.08cd/m² saw some very deep and inky blacks.

Our colour calibrator also recorded a huge contrast ratio of 2,557:1, which is almost five times as high as your typical all-in-one PC screen. Unsurprisingly, our high contrast test images looked great. It was a little tricky to make out some of the darker shadow detail at times, but this was mostly due to the screen’s glossy reflective finish

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