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Acer Aspire 7600U review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £800
inc VAT

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


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

The 7600U is one of the most versatile all-in-one PCs we’ve tested thanks to its huge range of ports. On the sides, you’ll find two USB3 ports, one of which can charge devices while the PC’s in sleep mode, a multi-format card reader, headphone and microphone jacks and a Blu-Ray drive for watching movies. The ports round the back are a little more difficult to access, but here there are also another four USB ports; two HDMI inputs, so you can use the PC’s screen for other devices; an HDMI output for connecting the PC to an external display; a Gigabit Ethernet port; a TV tuner and a digital optical S/PDIF output.

You’ll have to sacrifice one of the USB ports to use the bundled wireless mouse and keyboard as there’s no internal wireless receiver. This isn’t too much of a problem, as you’re still left with five other USB ports. The keyboard could have done with a little more tactile feedback, but was perfectly useable and matches the 7600U’s design. The mouse was very responsive and just the right shape for our hand.

Acer Aspire 7600U

The Aspire 7600U has some great hardware packed behind its screen, but it feels a little underpowered compared to other similarly priced systems. Most all-in-ones we’ve seen that cost more than £1,000 have faster quad-core processors to give them a huge boost in performance, but our review sample came with a dual-core 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-3210M processor and 8GB of RAM. This still produced a respectable score of 51 in our multimedia benchmarks, which is very good for a mobile processor, but we’ve seen more powerful systems at this price.

The 7600U’s trump card over other dual-core systems is its dedicated graphics chip. With a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 640M at its disposal, this actually turns the 7600U into a competent gaming PC. While it’s nowhere near powerful enough to handle the PC version of our Dirt Showdown test on Ultra quality at a 1,920×1,080 resolution, it produced a very smooth 48.7fps in the laptop version, which runs at 1,280×720 on High quality.

This is one of the best frame rates we’ve seen from an all-in-one on these settings, and we managed a full 60fps when we tried the test again at its native 1,920×1,080 resolution on Low quality. The PC can just about handle demanding games like Crysis 2 as well if you’re not too fussed about playing with the best-looking graphics, as we managed a steady 28fps on High quality at a 1,920×1,080 resolution.

The Acer Aspire 7600U sits at just the right junction between price, performance and features for an all-in-one PC. The combination of a superb display, dedicated graphics and a huge range of ports is fantastic for £800 and you get much more for your money than the similarly priced Toshiba Qosmio PX30t-A-11C. If you want a little extra without going over £1,000, the Acer Aspire 7600U is the all-in-one for you. It wins a Best Buy award.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i5-3210M
Processor external bus100MHz
Processor multiplierx25
Processor clock speed2.5GHz
Processor socketFCPGA988
Memory typeDDR3
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardAcer Aspire 7600U
Motherboard chipsetIntel HM77


USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n (dual-band)

Internal Expansion

PCI slots (free)0
PCI-E x1 slots (free)0
PCI-E x16 slots (free)0
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Seagate Samsung Spinpoint M8 (ST1000LM024/HN-M101MBB)


Graphics card(s)2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 640M
Graphics/video portsHDMI


SoundRealtek HD Audio
Sound outputsheadphone

Removable Drives

Supported memory cardsSD, SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo
Optical drive type(s)BD-ROM, DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size27 in
Screen modelN/A
Native resolution1,920×1,080
Screen inputsHDMI

Other Hardware

KeyboardAcer KBRF65211
MouseAcer MORFG3UL


Operating systemWindows 8
Operating system restore optionrestore partition

Buying Information

Warrantyone year carry-in

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