- Low power consumption
- Very quiet
- Sturdy build quality
- Conservative looks
- Limited expansion opportunity
- Old but capable CPU
For businesses there are definitely more pros than cons, but home users will likely want to look for something with a greater multimedia slant.
The Veriton line is Acer’s business-class desktop offering. The VX275 is a compact slim tower less than half the size of a normal desktop. As a basic desktop, is the VX275 worthy of a place in your home or business? Read on for our full review.
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E7600 (3.06GHz/3MB L2/1066MHz FSB)
- Memory: 4GB DDR3-1066 (2x 2GB)
- Hard Drive: 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gbps (ST3500418AS)
- Optical Drive: DVD +/- RW Super Multi (HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH41N)
- Sound: Realtek High Definition Audio
- Graphics: Intel G41 integrated w/ shared memory
- Networking: Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet
- Wireless Networking: N/A
- PS/2 Wired slim keyboard and optical mouse
- Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- Power Supply: 220W internal
- Weight: 14.3 lbs.
- Dimensions: 15.6″ (L) x 10.5″ (D) x 4.0″ (H)
- Warranty: One-year limited parts and labor
The VX275 is available in two configurations; ours is the higher-spec version and carries a $549 MSRP. A lower-spec version is available for $449 MSRP. The street price is usually about $50-75 lower than the MSRP.
What’s in the box:
The VX275 came with a basic slim keyboard and three-button optical mouse, both of which strangely had PS/2 connections instead of USB. It might seem strange that companies continue to push PS/2 peripherals onto customers, but it’s still relatively common in the business space. IT managers can plug in PS/2 keyboards and mice, then lock down or permanently disable USB ports to secure access to the information inside.
Physical recovery media was not included.
Build and Design
No evidence suggests Acer intended to make the VX275 look stylish; the exterior is bland and conservative. The case is all black with the exception of the silver trim element running down the front. Given the business-targeted environment, a no-frills design is acceptable; home users, however, might prefer something more.
Fortunately, the VX275 does better in the build quality department. The case is constructed out of aluminum which I had trouble flexing, even when pushing in the center. The cooling grates on the left side are also aluminum and barely flex when pushed; I am pleased to see Acer did not cheap out here and use plastic.
The front desktop cover is reasonably thick plastic with a matte finish; it does not make a cheap sound when tapped. It is solidly anchored to the aluminum case.
As a result of good-quality build materials, the VX275 feels like it should last a long time. The exterior does not scratch easily and placing items on top of the desktop will not compromise its structural integrity. It is heavier than I expected at 14.3 lbs. Fit and finish is above average; all parts fit together with even spacing and there are no unfinished edges. All areas of the desktop seem to be built to the same high-quality standard.
There are four rubber feet on the bottom and four on the right side; the VX275 can be used either upright or resting horizontally. The latter is preferred since there is no chance of it falling over and damaging itself if bumped. A caddy providing additional support to the VX275 vertically would have been a nice inclusion.
Inputs and Expansion
The VX275 has an over-abundance of USB 2.0 ports – eight of them, to be exact. Four reside in the bottom front and four in the back, all clustered vertically in stacks of two. It would have been nice if at least two of the USB ports were separated by additional spacing, for devices with a larger-than-normal connector that block adjacent ports.
Unfortunately, aside from USB the VX275 is lacking in the input/output department. The front of the desktop has a DVD burner and basic headphone/microphone jacks; the back of the desktop has Ethernet, VGA, power, two PS/2 ports, and three audio jacks. Note the lack of any advanced ports like eSATA and FireWire; as a business desktop this is not a major downside since external storage is usually handled over a network. It is unfortunate, however, that the only video-out port is VGA; this is the year 2010, not 2001 – DVI should be included. Additionally, the inclusion of two PS/2 ports is odd but not unwelcome; the included mouse and keyboard are PS/2.
Removing the side door requires removing three hard-to-grip thumb screws on the back and pulling the side in that direction. The VX275’s insides are cleanly laid out with easy access to just about every component. Cables are neatly bundled and tied down; it will not be necessary to push cables out of the way to access components.
There are two open expansion slots: a PCI-e x16 (for adding a video card) and a PCI-e x1; naturally with a slim desktop, card selection is limited to half-height variants.
RAM expansion is limited; there are only two DIMM slots and the VX275 is unfortunately rated for only 4GB of RAM, which our configuration has via two 2GB sticks. The VX275 will likely not end up in high-end workstation use so 4GB should be enough; regardless, the lack of expansion is a con and may be a deal breaker for some.
Adding a second hard drive or optical is not possible in the VX275; first of all, there is no room, and secondly, there are only two SATA ports – both of which are occupied. The power supply is a proprietary Lite-On 220W unit which will be tedious to remove.
Removing the hard drive is easy; simply pinch the plastic connectors on either side and pull (after removing the cables, of course). The optical drive is trickier to remove; the plastic lock must be slid in the direction of the arrows and a screw removed connecting it to the power supply (likely, it is screwed down for case rigidity purposes).