Acer Aspire X1200 SFF system overview

Acer recently introduced the small form factor Aspire X1200 system, one of the latest desktop additions to the ever-expanding Aspire line. Acer describes the X1200 as an elegant, space-saving and affordable option for the average business computer or home theater PC.

Three different packages are currently shipping – the first one we'll look at today – that consists of an AMD Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce 8200 graphics cards, and one There is a DVD burner and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit for about $ 470. Another model comes with a slightly faster 2.6 GHz Athlon X2 5000+ for an additional $ 10, while the most complete model comes with a 22-inch LCD monitor and 500 GB hard drive for $ 700 contains.

At just 10.6 x 4.0 x 14.4 inches, Acer has managed to pack a ton of computers into a very small package that includes a 14-in-1 card reader, eSATA and HDMI ports, and full 5.1 Includes channel audio support.

In the box of the Aspire X1200 you will find everything you need to be up and running in no time (without a monitor). Along with the case itself, the package contains a full-size keyboard, optical mouse, pair of speakers, power cord, phone cord, quick start guide, warranty information, and all of the drivers and software discs you need in case you ever need or reload software reformat the system. A full list of technical specifications can be found on the Acer website.

The keyboard and mouse included in the X1200 are roughly what you would expect from such a package – sufficient. The keyboard is a simple full size PS / 2 unit, black with white text. The included mouse is also uneventful. Left and right click buttons and a scroll wheel are located on the top of the device. Four small mouse feet underneath ensure a smooth sliding surface. Overall, the mouse just feels cheap – not very solid and extremely light.

The accessory package supplied is rounded off by a pair of USB speakers. The right speaker has two clear plastic profiles – one for volume control and a headphone jack for easy connection to your desk. I would consider these speakers to be the equivalent of monitor port speakers that are perfectly fine for a business environment.

The Aspire X1200 case is absolutely tiny – one of the smallest I've ever seen. This is great because it fits right under a desk in an office cubicle or blends in with a home theater setup with ease. The system's power switch is neatly on top of the front panel and has been well integrated into the rest of the case. An optical drive is mounted vertically and is accessible by pressing the a key under the Acer logo on the front panel. Directly below that is the front I / O area with a 14-in-1 card reader, microphone and headphone jacks, five USB ports, and a 1394 port. On the side of the front bezel are the Aspire nameplate and the hard drive's LED activity light.

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