Acer Aspire L320
- Size, lack of noise, all-in-one system
- Not very powerful
The perfect system for the casual home user who doesn't need a lot of power, but likes things neat and quiet.
Price$ 1,499.00 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 1 store)
- Aspire ATC-115-UR13 Desktop (Black) 986.99
The small, unobtrusive Acer Aspire L320 is a brilliant little PC for everyday home users with a phobia of clutter, an MP3 library, a digital camera or camcorder and the need to surf the Web or do some word processing. Included in the package is a set of small USB powered speakers, a 19in LCD screen and of course a mouse and keyboard, so there's not much else you'll need to worry about.
The Aspire L320, like its business orientated brother the Acer Veriton 1000, is only about the size of a large hard cover book and can be stood on its end, or horizontally as needed. Its small form factor has been achieved by blending notebook technology with desktop technology and is the essence of this machine's design. For instance, the Intel E4300 Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz CPU and 320GB hard drive are desktop components, but the 1GB of DDR2 RAM and the DVD re-writer drive are both notebook components.
With these specifications, the Aspire L320 is not a powerhouse computer, but runs Windows Vista Home Premium very comfortably. In WorldBench 6 it scored 66, a fairly low score for a desktop and also in the medium-low end for notebooks. However, it should have no trouble handling the most commonly used applications that involve word processing, simple photo editing and media playback (MP3s and movies etc).
This low- to mid-range performance was reflected by the MP3 encoding tests, which are primarily a test of the CPU's power, but also provide a general indication of how long it will take to encode your music collection onto this machine. Using iTunes to convert 53 minutes worth of WAV files to 192Kbps MP3 files took 92 seconds; not long in the grand scheme of things, but a comparably weak result. Using the single-threaded Cdex application took even longer at 151 seconds. Gamers will want to stay away from this system as it runs on integrated graphics and performed poorly in our graphics tests.
Apart from its size, the best aspect of this unit is just how quietly it runs. Partly thanks to the notebook technology, which is designed to run cooler, the Aspire L320 is virtually silent. There's no heavy vibrations and no intense fan noise to contend with when watching a movie or concentrating on work. This means it can sit on the desk, right next to the screen, where you can easily access the ports, turn it on and off or insert discs without having to reach down to ground level.
A media card reader, USB 2.0 ports and a FireWire port are available on the front for quick access to your photos, MP3 player or camcorder. The included speakers offer only stereo sound, but the computer itself has 7.1 surround sound analogue outputs should you wish to upgrade.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: Is the world ready for a 4K phone?
- 2 Mazda MX-5 (2016) review: Absolute driving purity
- 3 Sony 75-inch UHD TV (X9400C) review: Sony and Android are a winning duo
- 4 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera UHD TV review: good hardware, fragmented software
Best Deals on Good Gear Guide
Latest News Articles
- Apple's Q1: Record $US18.4 billion profit, but iPhone sales are slowing
- CES 2016: Top 10 trends
- Expensive gaming desktops and laptops thrive in slumping PC market
- Intel gets down with Chrome OS in new Acer all-in-one
- Apple reseller Next Byte shuts down
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTJunior Project Manager | Permanent role in Canberra | NV1/2 clearedACT
- CCSystems AnalystQLD
- CCSAP Basis Admin with JavaACT
- CCSystem TesterQLD
- FTProject Manager | Permanent position | NV1 NV2 cleared | Defence | Great cultureACT
- CCSenior Business Analyst - BaselineACT
- FTSolution ArchitectNSW
- FTJava or Ruby Web DeveloperVIC
- CCOpen_5pm 5th February_Program ArchitectACT
- FTInfrastructure Project Manager - NV1 clearance mandatoryNSW
- FTSenior Consultant | Project work | National Systems IntegratorNSW
- FTJava Web Development OpportunityVIC
- FTApplication Support AnalystVIC
- FTTeam Lead ITIL- Permanent OpportunityVIC
- CCDesktop Support L1, 2 & 3NSW
- FTProgram ManagerNSW
- CCSenior Test AnalystSA
- FTIT Technical LeadVIC
- CCJava Developer - Front/ Back EndVIC
- CCChange LeadNSW
- FTNetwork EngineerSA
- FTSenior Mobile Developer - IOSNSW
- CCContract System Analyst (MSSQL/.Net/Mobile App) 160122/SA/vhaAsia
- CCContract Analyst Programmer(Crystal Report/Oracle)160127/AP/vhsAsia
- FTSenior Project Manager - SecurityNSW