Today, Acer took the wraps off an all-in-one nettop designed to work for the business and professional markets. The new device uses an Atom N270 1.6GHz processor and 2 gigs of RAM to show off presentations, pictures and marketing materials while consuming limited amounts of power.
- Processor: Intel Atom N270 @ 1.6GHz (512kB L2 cache)
- Memory: 2GB DDR2 SDRAM
- Hard drive: 160GB SATA
- Optical drive: 8X DVD+/-RW
- Sound: Integrated HD audio with built-in stereo speakers
- Video card: Intel GMA 950
- Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
- Wireless networking: 802.11b/g wireless
- Operating system: Windows XP Home with SP3
- Built-in memory card reader
- Inputs: 5 USB2.0 ports (2 side, 3 back), 2 PS/2 inputs, headphone, microphone and line out audio jacks, Gigabit Ethernet, Brightness control button
- Dimensions: 19.1 x 15 x 2.2 inches (WxHxD)
- Warranty: One year limited parts and labor
The machine is sleek, quiet and aimed at showing off in areas like hotel lobbies, conference rooms and communal areas. It isn’t designed to replace traditional workstations. Along with the included Windows XP operating system, Acer installs software aimed at making the lives of IT professionals easier — Acer eRecovery Management works to create system back-ups, copies software configs and burns system recovery discs. In addition to restoring default images, the software can reinstall user-supplied drive images to get the system back up and running in no time. Acer Client Manager lets system administrators deploy software packages and remotely control client machines, including configuring items like Acer Security Suite, their software protection package.
It looks pretty neat, but I do have one problem with it. We already reviewed it. The eMachines EZ1601-01 uses this exact same body type and spec sheet. We gave it an Editor’s Choice, actually, for being impressive in such an inexpensive package. The issue, then, is that the Veriton Z280 bumps up the RAM from 1GB to 2GB and jacks the price up by $100. The EZ1601 is $399, while the Veriton Z280 is $499. That’s a pretty expensive piece of RAM.