The Acer Veriton X480G does a good job of keeping up with the best budget PCs, but tough competition stands between this system and top honours.

The Acer Veriton X480G is a pretty good budget PC. It's priced well for the general performance it delivers - but is it really an example of a solid value overall?

If you're looking at the specs on paper, the Acer Veriton X480G impresses with its 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E7600 (Wolfdale) processor. And the X480G's WorldBench 6 mark of 120 suggests it is a rapid performer.

The Acer Veriton X480G has 3GB RAM, and 640GB of total storage. The RAM gives you more overhead for dealing with complex, multitask activities such as editing images and encoding movies simultaneously. And more capacity on a hard drive equals more room for data.

The Acer Veriton X480G fared poorly on our graphics tests. The Veriton failed to offer playable frame rates on our Unreal Tournament 3 benchmark at any test resolution or display-quality setting.

The Acer Veriton X480G offers little diversity in its connection options. The back of the system has six USB ports and an eSATA port, but that's as advanced a connection as you'll find on this system. The rest of the connections, including a DVI port, a VGA port, integrated stereo sound, and a gigabit ethernet port, fail to wow. The system's front provides four USB ports... and that's it.

The chassis, entirely black aside from a single gray stripe running vertically up the front, isn't particularly aesthetically appealing; the compact Acer Veriton X480G system looks more like a little, monochrome box than a sleek addition to one's desk. That said, the exterior appearance is far better than the scene on the machine's interior.

While the Acer Veriton X480G's internal cabling is about as good as it gets for a budget PC of this size, the lack of overall upgradability - limited to a single PCI Express x1 slot and a PCI Express x16 slot - is a bit disappointing. What this system saves on space, it sacrifices on future-proofing.

As we expected, the mouse and keyboard shipped with our test Acer Veriton X480G were generic and dull. Both devices are wired, and offer no extra buttons for any function beyond what you'd find on a conventional mouse or keyboard. We almost took off points for the ugly, black, boxy shape of the X480G's mouse - it's borderline obtrusive in its design.

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Acer Veriton X480G: Specs

  • Small form factor PC
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E7500
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional /XP Professional downgrade
  • Intel G43 Express
  • Intel GMA X4500 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
  • 3GB DDR3 SDRAM, DIMM 240-pin
  • 640GB Serial ATA-300
  • DVD-Writer
  • 5.1 channel surround
  • Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, DVI, PCI Express 2.0, RJ-45, 10x Hi-Speed USB, RS-232, 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9), 3.5mm jack, microphone
  • 102x397x267mm
  • Small form factor PC
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E7500
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional /XP Professional downgrade
  • Intel G43 Express
  • Intel GMA X4500 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
  • 3GB DDR3 SDRAM, DIMM 240-pin
  • 640GB Serial ATA-300
  • DVD-Writer
  • 5.1 channel surround
  • Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, DVI, PCI Express 2.0, RJ-45, 10x Hi-Speed USB, RS-232, 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9), 3.5mm jack, microphone
  • 102x397x267mm

OUR VERDICT

The Acer Veriton X480G has much going for it in terms of its general performance, svelte figure, and general capabilities. It needs a tweak or two - such as more connection options, hard-drive space, or upgradability - to compete effectively against well-designed budget rivals.

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