The Acer Aspire Z (AZ3-615-UR15) is an all in one touchscreen computer that packs high-end features but is available in the mid-price range. It costs around $900. The Aspire Z rests on an L-shaped metal stand and features the CPU fitted into the display. You’d be excused to think that it’s an iMac that you’re seeing.
This all in one touchscreen computer uses a fourth generation Intel Core i5-4570T 2.9 GHz processor with 4 MB Cache and an Intel HD Graphics 4600 integrated with the processor. It has an 8GB DDR3 RAM. Data storage is on a 1TB 7200RPM SATA3 hard drive. Connectivity options include both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – 802.11b/g/n Wireless and Bluetooth® 4.0. The latter is a particularly useful feature because it allows transfer of data between devices and can also be used for sharing data on multiple screens.
This is a Windows 8.1-driven touch screen PC and with the kind of RAM it has, you can easily work on multiple documents and multitask without experiencing any lag or delay. In our experience, 4GB RAM takes care of most day to day tasks, and the Aspire Z offers an additional 4GB.
The 23-inch screen is responsive to touch and features an HD widescreen LED backlit display responsive to 10-point multitouch. The bundled Acer Touch Tools facilitate easy capturing and sharing of multimedia with touch commands. The screen resolution is a standard 1920 x 1080 pixels. The screen can be tilted over a range of 30 degrees for clear viewing from a range of viewing positions, sitting or standing. It rests on a single hinge though, a dual-hinge design would have made it more robust and easier to use. Two front-facing stereo speakers are located below the screen and are powerful enough to take care of your multimedia requirements, built-in Dolby enhancements add to the listening pleasure. A USB dongle connects the wireless keyboard and mouse to the screen and when not in use the peripherals can be slid under the computer. We felt that the keyboard keys were a tad small, larger keys would have allowed easier strokes. Also, we could not find a dedicated volume control button on the keyboard. Pressing the function + arrow keys can get tedious after some time, particularly if you are planning on using this device for extended multimedia use.
Thisall in one touchscreen computer three USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports. Acer has evidently put some thought into the development. Most of the frequently used ports are easily accessible on the right side; these include the headset jack and the SD card reader. The optical drive is also built into the side of this all in one touchscreen computer. The HDMI in and out ports, Ethernet port, mic, and audio out ports are located on the back.
The Acer Aspire Z (AZ3-615-UR15) comes with a lot of bundled software that you could consider as bloatware, but it’s removable. It includes Accu Weather, Stumble Upon, Kindle, Amazon, etc, could be useful or maybe not.