With screen Full HD 21-inch, Intel quad-core processor, high-quality external speakers and a decent price tag, the Aspire Z3 will be a great choice for a great digital experience for users.
The following are the reviews of LaptopMag about the all-in-one computer Acer Aspire Z3:
– Wide HD Full-screen monitor.
– High quality wireless keyboard and mouse.
– HDMI-in port allows connection to game consoles (consoles).
– The screen is darker than the competition.
– Performance is not high.
– Machine is a bit heavy.
The back of the Aspire Z3 comes with the Acer logo using a black font, rounded corners and white color around the device, giving a "round" feel. 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 webcam, while the physical Windows button is located in the middle of the speaker below the screen.
Most of the Aspire Z3's body is made of plastic. The power button of the device is placed in an inconvenient position: the upper right corner, sinking into the camera body. The right side of the Aspire Z3 has indicators, display mode selection buttons and volume rocker. When you click on the display mode selection button, you will be able to select the input channels (from PC to HDMI) and also adjust the brightness of the screen.
The back of the Aspire Z3 has a prominent appearance, which is quite different from the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon 20. Lenovo's computer has a combined design from the front of the screen to the more "back".
The Aspire Z3 aluminum stand is attached to the rear body via an adjustable coupling. If you fold your legs into the body, you can use the Aspire Z3 like a regular tablet. You can place the device flat on the table to use the Aspire Z3 with relatives and friends in the living room. If you stand in stand mode, you can use the Aspire Z3 as a normal computer.
The body that emerges behind the Aspire Z3 also has a lot of connections: the right side has an SD card slot, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a headphone port and a battery indicator light. The left side of this floating port is the USB 3.0 port, the LAN cable plug port, the power slot and the HDMI receiver port, allowing you to use the Aspire Z3 as a display screen for decoding heads or game consoles.
Aspire Z3 is advertised by Acer as a "mobile" device, but you will have to work very hard to move it, because the size of this all-in-one is up to 53.4 x 37 x 4.8 cm. . Competitive all-in-one models like the 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 slimmer and more compact.
With a weight of 6.62 kg, the Aspire Z3 is also heavier than all competitors. The IdeaCentre Flex 20 weighs only 3.71 kg, while Tap 20 weighs 5.08 kg and the XPS 18 weighs less than half the Aspire Z3: 2.36 kg.
The Aspire Z3's 10-point touchscreen, 21.5 inches large, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution will give you a great gaming and watching experience. In the trailer of The Amazing Spider Man, the red and blue on Spider-Man's outfit will become quite brilliant. 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. The view on the Aspire Z3 screen is also very wide: 3 people can share the screen without worrying about distortion when watching.
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 PC but full-featured as regular desktop) is 252 lux. VAIO Tap 20 reaches 254 lux, while the IdeaCentre Flex 20 reaches 274 lux and XPS 18 reaches 307 lux.
The Harman Kardon 2.5 W speakers that support Dolby Home Theater technology bring a fairly loud sound, but the tones are a bit "thin". Mika's Lola song and Sam Sparro's Paradise Peple will be missing bass and high-pitched parts mixed together, even though the volume is loud enough for everyone in the room to listen to. Paradise People 's chorus sounded quite deafening, while Lola's piano and equalizer were very thin and shallow.
The Dolby Digital Profile Editor feature allows to customize the speaker depending on the sound quality you are listening to. Acer offers 4 customizations: Movie (Movie), Music (Music), Game and Voice (Chat); You can also set yourself 2 separate custom modes. Unfortunately, switching modes will not improve the sound quality when playing songs like Born in the USA by Brue Springsteen and Timber by Pitbull & Kesha.
In return, in the prelude music of Leage of Legends, the sound layers will be more clearly separated in Movie and Game modes compared to Music mode.
In the sound measurement test from a distance of 60 cm, the Aspire Z3 reached 88 decibels, equal to the IdeaCentre Flex, but less than the 90 decibel average of the mobile desktop segment.
Keyboard and mouse
Aspire Z3 comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse. The keyboard is quite light and thin, it uses 2 primary batteries and has a stand on the back so you can adjust the angle of use. The keys have a large size and good feedback, providing a pleasant typing experience. The keyboard does not suffer from the subsidence of the surrounding keys when sharpened. Average test speed of LaptopMag on the Aspire Z3 is 75 words per minute, slightly lower than the average of 77 words per minute of the mobile desktop segment.
However, the Aspire Z3 arrow keys do not bounce as expected. Aspire Z3 F1, F2 … keys also do not handle the brightness, volume, etc. 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 primary battery and has a slightly curved back, which is quite comfortable for you to place your thumb and other fingers. Two mouse buttons are made slightly concave so users can place their hands more easily. In addition to the familiar middle scroll button, the Aspire Z3 mouse also has an on / off switch on the end of the body.
Aspire Z3's 720p HD webcam is just enough for you to chat over Skype but nothing stands out. Images via webcam look boring and often fragmented. The blue in the eyes will show brown, while the intricate features on the sweater will also be confused and lack detail.
Besides the default camera application of Windows 8, Acer also provides Crystal Eye Webcam application so you can add effects and filters to your photos via webcam.
The 2.41 GHz Intel Pentium J2850 quad-core processor supplied by Acer to Aspire Z3 is only enough for everyday tasks. However, you can still play League of Legends when opening applications such as Internet Explorer, Camera, Store and Video Player of Windows 8.
In benchmark tests, the Aspire Z3 has a pretty poor score. The $ 799 (16.8 million) version of Aspire Z3 is equipped with Pentium J2850 processor and 4 GB of RAM only scored 1,728 on PCMark 7. XPS 18 with 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor reached 4,127 points, while the IdeaCentre Flex 20 with an Intel Core i3 1.7 GHz processor achieved a score of 2,330. All 3 products are inferior to the average of 4,714 of the mobile desktop segment.
With a 750 GB hard drive with 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 XPS 18 takes 19 seconds to start Windows 8.
Aspire Z3 copies 4.97 GB of data within 3 minutes 29 seconds, equivalent to 24 MB / sec. This level is much lower than the 33 MB / sec of XPS 18 and 31.4 MB / second of the IdeaCentre Flex 20.
In OpenOffice Spreadshee test, Aspire Z3 took 17 minutes and 11 seconds to pair 20,000 contact names into the address. The average of the mobile desktop line 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 integrated on the Aspire Z3 allow you to play casual games but not enough to play games with high graphics requirements.
On 3DMark 11, the Aspire Z3 scored only 251. The XPS 18 reached 618 points, while the IdeaCentre Flex 20 reached 715 points.
When playing World of Warcraft with automatic customization at a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, the Aspire Z3 reaches 16 frames per second. When in Full HD resolution, it reaches 11 frames per second. Both levels are too low for you to play the game. When playing at a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, both competing products from Lenovo and Dell have a much better result: the Flex 20 reaches 27 frames per second; XPS 18 reaches 31 frames per second.
Thanks to a 6-cell li-ion battery, you can use the Aspire Z3 without plugging in the power within 2 hours and 30 minutes (according to Acer's announcement). In our surfing test via Wi-Fi with a screen brightness of 40%, Aspire Z3 reached 2 hours 15 minutes, much lower than IdeaCentre (3 hours 27 minutes) and XPS 18 (4 hours 12 minutes).
Equipped with Windows 8, Aspire Z3 has a number of Windows default apps like Xbox, SkyDrive, News, People, Bing and Skype.
Acer also installs for Aspire Z3 some applications like Norton Online Backup, Nero BackItUp Essentials, McAfee Internet Security Suite (60-day trial version) and WildTangent Games. Aspire Z3 is also equipped with a trial version of Microsoft Office.
Acer also offers Aspire Z3 some of this manufacturer's own applications, including Acer Power Button, Recovery Management, User's Manual, AcerCloud, clearFi Media, clearFi Photo, Docs, Hotkey Utility, Identity Card and Live Updater.
With a Full HD 1080p resolution screen, large volume external speakers, the Aspire Z3 is a reasonably portable mobile desktop for home users who want to experience digital content at a low investment cost. The 2 hour battery life is not too long, but it is still enough for you to play with a family, friends or play a regular movie.
However, the CPU performance is quite poor and the screen is not bright enough, making the Aspire Z3 a much more unreasonable choice for the IdeaCentre Flex. Lenovo products have a lower resolution screen (1600 x 900 pixels), but they have better battery life, attractive Aura interface and voice control features. In summary, Aspire Z3 is a product that can be classified as "quite good", but Acer should reduce the price for more products to Aspire Z3 can become a good choice for users.
According to LaptopMag