The Acer E700 desktop computer series are targeted for both the home and the office users. The model reviewed is the ASE700-EQ662A. The machine came with a LG 20″ Widescreen LCD Monitor (L206WTQ-BF), which was not used as there was a more sophisticated one available. The machine with LCD cost $1100 in Canada, new.
- Intel Q6600 quad core processor
- ATI Radeon X1650 256MB
- 2x512MB DDR2-800 memory, maximum 8GB
- 4x front USB 2.0
- Firewire 400 with front panel support
- 9 in 1 card reader
- Serial ATA-300
- PCI Express x16 slot
Some lower cost versions of the E700 only have SATA150 which does limit the performance gains with a SATA SSD. Adapter brackets for the OEM chassis are available.
The machine has been used for a range of purposes. The machine is a tight squeeze as the µATX has little room for the fingers for replacing old SATA cables with the new clip style which tend to remain in place better.
The PCI Express slot has afforded the use of a video card which provides an option for VGA, DVI, HDMI or DisplayPort depending on the panel in use. The chassis limited to about 8 inch cards.
DDR2 prices are low enough to maximize the machine to 8GB so that 64-bit Windows will run well.
The integrated Firewire is convenient for importing videos from handycams etc. The size of imported miniDV videos is rather demanding so installing some additional high capacity hard disks makes sense.