With screen Full HD 21 inch, quad-core Intel processor, high quality speakerphone and quite soft price, Aspire Z3 will be a bright choice to bring great digital experiences for users.
The following are the reviews of LaptopMag About the all-in-one Acer Aspire Z3:
– Full HD screen wide viewing angle.
– High quality wireless keyboard and mouse.
– HDMI-in port allows connection to game consoles (consoles).
– Screen darker than competitors.
– Performance is not high.
– The machine is a little heavy.
The body of the Aspire Z3 stands out with the Acer logo using black font, rounded corners and white surrounding the machine to create a feeling of “plump”. When you look at the Aspire Z3, you will feel quite comfortable, but the design of this all-in-one can be considered a bit less interesting. Above the screen is a 720p resolution webcam, while the physical Windows button is located in the middle of the speaker section below the screen.
Most of Aspire Z3’s body is made of plastic. The power button of the machine is located in an awkward position: the upper right corner, sink into the body. The right side of the Aspire Z3 has indicator lights, a display mode selection button and a volume rocker. When you press the display mode selection button, you will be able to select input channels (from PC to HDMI) and also adjust the brightness of the screen.
The back of the Aspire Z3 has a prominent part, quite different from the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 20. Lenovo’s computer has a design that combines from the front of the screen to the back “swallow”.
The aluminum feet of the Aspire Z3 are attached to the rear body through an adjustable coupling. If you fold the tripod up into the body, you can use the Aspire Z3 like a regular tablet. You can place the machine horizontally on the table to use the Aspire Z3 with relatives and friends in the living room. If you put the stand in upright mode, you can use the Aspire Z3 like a normal computer.
The body that stands out behind the Aspire Z3 also has quite a few connections: the right side has an SD card slot, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a headphone jack and a battery life indicator. The left side of this piece is a USB 3.0 port, a LAN cable, a power jack and HDMI receiver, allowing you to use the Aspire Z3 as a display for decoders or game consoles.
Acer Aspire Z3 is advertised as a “mobile” device, but you will have to struggle to move the machine, due to the size of this all-in-one up to 53.4 x 37 x 4.8 cm. . Competitive all-in-one models such as Lenovo IdeaCentre Flex 20 (52.1 x 31 x 2 cm), Sony VAIO Tap 20 (50.5 x 30.5 x 4.6 cm) and Dell XPS 18 (46, 4 x 29.7 x 1.04 cm) are much thinner and more compact.
Weighing 6.62 kg, the Aspire Z3 is also heavier than all competitors. IdeaCentre Flex 20 weighs only 3.71 kg, while Tap 20 weighs 5.08 kg and XPS 18 weighs less than half of Aspire Z3: 2.36 kg.
The Aspire Z3’s 10-point, 21.5-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels will provide a great gaming and movie experience. In the trailer for The Amazing Spider Man, the red and blue colors of Spider-Man’s costume will become quite brilliant. The details from the eyelashes on the actor’s face in the close-up scene are displayed very sharply. Text and images on web pages will also be displayed very clearly. Viewing angles on the Aspire Z3 screen are also very wide: 3 people can share the screen without worrying about distortion when viewing.
The biggest weakness of the screen on the Aspire Z3 is the relatively poor brightness: 223 lux. The average of the mobile desktop segment (mobile PCs but fully functional as regular desktops) is 252 lux. VAIO Tap 20 reaches 254 lux, while IdeaCentre Flex 20 reaches 274 lux and XPS 18 reaches 307 lux.
2.5W Harman Kardon speakers with Dolby Home Theater technology bring quite a loud sound, but the timbre is a bit “thin”. Mika’s Lola and Sam Sparro’s Paradise Peple will be lacking in bass and have high-pitched sounds mixed together, even though the volume is loud enough for everyone in the room to listen. The mix in Paradise People sounds quite jarring, while the piano and equalizer in Lola are very thin and shallow.
The Dolby Digital Profile Editor allows you to customize the speakers depending on the sound you are listening to. Acer offers 4 options available: Movie (Movie), Music (Music), Game and Voice (Chat); You can also set yourself two custom modes. Unfortunately, switching modes will not improve the sound quality when playing songs like Brue Springsteen’s Born in the USA and Pitbull & Kesha’s Timber.
In return, in the prelude music of Leage of Legends, the sound layers will be more clearly separated in Movie and Game modes than Music mode.
In the test measuring sound from a distance of 60 cm, the Aspire Z3 reached 88 decibels, on par with IdeaCentre Flex but worse than the average of 90 decibels of the mobile desktop segment.
Keyboard and mouse
Aspire Z3 comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse. The keyboard is quite light and thin using 2 small batteries and has a tripod at the back so you can adjust the angle of use. The keys are large and respond well to force, giving a pleasant typing experience. The keyboard does not suffer from sinking the keys around when pressed hard. Average test speed of LaptopMag on the Aspire Z3 is 75 words / minute, slightly lower than the average of 77 words / minute of the mobile desktop segment.
However, the arrow keys of Aspire Z3 are not bouncing as expected. The F1, F2 … keys of the Aspire Z3 also do not handle the brightness, volume … features by default. Instead, you will have to press the Fn key to use these features.
The Aspire Z3’s wireless optical mouse uses a small battery and has a slightly curved back, quite comfortable for you to put your thumb and other fingers. 2 mouse buttons are slightly concave so that users can place their hands more easily. In addition to the familiar middle scroll wheel, the Aspire Z3’s mouse also has an on / off switch at the bottom of the body.
The 720p HD webcam of Aspire Z3 is just enough for you to chat via Skype, but nothing outstanding. Webcam images look boring and often fragmented. The green color in the eyes will be displayed as brown, while the complex lines on the sweater will also be tangled and lack details.
In addition to the default Windows 8 camera app, Acer also offers the Crystal Eye Webcam app so you can add effects and filters to your webcam photos.
The quad-core 2.41 GHz Intel Pentium J2850 processor provided by Acer for the Aspire Z3 is just enough for everyday tasks. However, you can still play League of Legends when you open applications like Internet Explorer, Camera, Store and Video Player of Windows 8.
In benchmark tests, the Aspire Z3 scored poorly. The $ 799 version of the Aspire Z3 is equipped with a Pentium J2850 processor and 4 GB of RAM that only scores 1,728 on PCMark 7. The XPS 18 with a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor reaches 4,127 points, IdeaCentre Flex 20 with 1.7 GHz Intel Core i3 processor scored 2,330. All three products are significantly inferior to the average of 4,714 of the mobile desktop segment.
With a 750 GB hard drive with a rotation speed of 5400 rpm, the Aspire Z3 takes 28 seconds to boot Windows 8. The average of the mobile desktop segment is 24 seconds, while the Flex 20 takes only 15 seconds and The XPS 18 took 19 seconds to boot Windows 8.
Aspire Z3 copies 4.97 GB of data in 3 minutes and 29 seconds, equivalent to a speed of 24 MB / sec. This is much lower than the 33 MB / sec of the XPS 18 and 31.4 MB / sec of the IdeaCentre Flex 20.
In the OpenOffice Spreadshee test, the Aspire Z3 took 17 minutes and 11 seconds to match 20,000 contacts to the address. The mobile desktop average is 5 minutes 13 seconds, while the XPS 18 takes 5 minutes 58 seconds and the Flex 20 takes 8 minutes 06 seconds to complete this test.
Intel HD graphics built into the Aspire Z3 allow you to play casual games, but not enough to play games with high graphical requirements.
On 3DMark 11, the Aspire Z3 only scores 251. XPS 18 reaches 618 points, while IdeaCentre Flex 20 reaches 715 points.
When playing World of Warcraft with auto-custom at 1366 x 768 pixels, the Aspire Z3 reaches 16 frames per second. When in Full HD resolution, the machine reaches 11 frames per second. Both levels are too low for you to play the game. When played at a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, both competing products of Lenovo and Dell have much better results: Flex 20 reaches 27 frames per second; The XPS 18 reaches 31 fps.
Thanks to the 6-cell li-ion battery, you can use the Aspire Z3 without plugging in for 2 hours and 30 minutes (according to Acer announcement). In the web surfing test with Wi-Fi with 40% brightness screen, Aspire Z3 reached 2 hours and 15 minutes, much lower than IdeaCentre (3:27 minutes) and XPS 18 (4 hours 12 minutes).
Equipped with Windows 8, the Aspire Z3 comes with a number of Windows default applications such as Xbox, SkyDrive, News, People, Bing and Skype.
Acer also installed the Aspire Z3 with a number of applications such as Norton Online Backup, Nero BackItUp Essentials, McAfee Internet Security Suite (60-day trial) and WildTangent Games. The Aspire Z3 also comes with a trial version of Microsoft Office.
Acer also offers Aspire Z3 a number of applications of its own, including Acer Power Button, Recovery Management, User’s Manual, AcerCloud, clearFi Media, clearFi Photo, Docs, Hotkey Utility, Identity Card and Live Updater.
With a 1080p Full HD display, high volume speakerphone, Aspire Z3 is a reasonably portable desktop for home users who want to experience digital content at a low investment cost. The battery life of 2 hours is not too long, but it is still enough for you and your family or friends to play a short game or watch a regular movie.
However, the CPU performance is poor and the screen is not bright enough making the Aspire Z3 an even more unreasonable option with IdeaCentre Flex. Lenovo products have lower resolution screens (1600 x 900 pixels), but have better battery life, attractive Aura interface and voice control. In short, Aspire Z3 is a product that can be classified as “quite good”, but Acer should lower prices for more products to Aspire Z3 can become a good choice for users.
According to LaptopMag