Acer Aspire C24-1651
|Four-core Intel Core 15-1135G7 processor||512GB SSD|
|Nvidia GeForce MX450 graphics card||1TB hard drive • Wi-Fi 6|
|1x Gigabit Ethernet port||1x USB-C port • 3x USB 3.0 ports|
|2x HDMI ports (1x in; 1x out)||Windows 11 Home|
|490x380x37mm (HxWxD)||8GB RAM|
If you don’t already have a display to attach to a tiny PC, you may go for an all-in-one desktop PC. This merges the screen and the computer into one unit. We didn’t expect the Acer Aspire C24-design 1651’s to equal Apple’s iMac for the price, but it does. By current monitor standards, the top and bottom bezels are hefty, and the plastic feet and unconvincing silver sheen around the sides don’t exactly scream luxury. However, it takes up very little space and, aside from the power cord and brick, there is no spaghetti-type pile-up on your desk.
It’s a bad Acer didn’t spend more money on the 23.8in display. We can deal with the 1920×1080 pixel resolution, although the colours are somewhat wrong. That’s a pity, considering it fared admirably in our technical testing, with 87% sRGB coverage and a respectable 1,342:1 contrast ratio. It would have been good to be able to make it brighter than 256cd/m2. We have no issues regarding its performance. The Core i5-1135G7 CPU is not the most recent generation and was not built for mobile devices, but its four cores are suitable for doing common chores like as utilising office software.
The C24-1651 isn’t our top pick for picture or video editing (the screen isn’t up to par), but its 8GB of RAM should suffice for less demanding jobs. And don’t expect to enhance it in the future – this isn’t a computer that can be readily accessed and upgraded. However, there is some additional gaming capability thanks to Nvidia’s GeForce MX450 graphics card. It won’t run the most recent, resource-intensive games, but if you compromise certain quality settings, you should be able to play most of them.
The 720p webcam with good image quality is located in the top bezel and includes a sliding privacy shield. The built-in speakers, on the other hand, aren’t particularly good, and are more suited to Windows noises and spoken radio than playing songs. We were thrilled to discover a Thunderbolt USB-C connector on the back, as well as an HDMI input for connecting another device and an HDMI output for attaching a second monitor. There’s also an Ethernet connector if you wish to connect it to your network directly, however Wi-Fi 6 is integrated in.
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