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Acer Veriton N282G review

£322.97 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Acer

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Acer Veriton N282G is a compact low-power nettop PC aimed at business users, yet with an nVidia Ion 2 graphics processor.

The Acer Veriton N282G is a compact low-power nettop PC aimed at business users, yet with an nVidia Ion 2 graphics processor

It may not be the smallest or the cheapest tiny PC, but the £400 Veriton N282G is efficient and provides the closest approximation to a tower PC's array of USB ports. Too bad it falls short of the mark on performance.

The Acer Veriton N282G weighs about 1kg. With dimensions of 192mm squared and 36mm high, it's about the size of a cigar box and looks huge next to the ViewSonic VOT125. Unlike other mini PCs which take a rectangular form, it has an attractive diamond shape.

The Acer Veriton N282G's reserved grey-and-black colour scheme is ready for the boardroom. The Acer Veriton N282G comes ready to work with a full-size keyboard and a mouse, plus a desktop stand and mounting hardware so you can attach it to a monitor or under a desk.

You need to line up the bracket's mounting holes with those on the monitor before installation, which we found a little tricky. The PC can quickly be unclipped from its mounting bracket, which may make it a little too easy to steal.

What's inside

With the ability to boot from a wired network, the Acer Veriton N282G should easily fit into a corporate landscape, but like similar mini PCs, it doesn't bother with a TPM chip for network security. Getting inside the device to access all the major components is easily done by removing one screw and snapping the cover off.

The Acer Veriton N282G has almost as many ports as a full-size PC, with six USB 2.0, along with VGA, HDMI and analogue audio in/out connections.

Its antediluvian RS-232 serial port is actually a bonus for businesses that use older hardware such as serial bar-code scanners. The Acer Veriton N282G has a flash card reader as well as ethernet and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networking, but it lacks Bluetooth.

The Acer Veriton N282G is limited by its 2GB of installed RAM; however, it is upgradeable to 4GB. It has an nVidia Ion 2 GPU and a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom D525 CPU. It comes with a 320GB hard drive.

There's also a lower-end model, the N281G, that comes with an Atom D425 processor and Intel GMA 3150 graphics.

Performance and power

With a score of 342.2 on the PassMark PerformanceTest 7 suite of benchmarking tests, the Acer Veriton N282G was 20% slower than a ViewSonic VOT125 but only 7% off the pace of a Lenovo Q150 system. Still, the Acer Veriton N282G system's nVidia graphics card offered smooth and detailed high-definition video.

The Acer Veriton N282G tied the Lenovo Q150 with a power consumption rating of 28 watt while in use. In contrast, the ViewSonic VOT125 uses a little less power – 23W – while outperforming it in the benchmark tests.

Computerworld US

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Acer Veriton N282G Expert Verdict »
Acer Veriton N282G Scores 10.0 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
1.8GHz Intel Atom D525
Windows 7 or Linpus Linux
2GB RAM
320GB SATA HDD
nVidia Ion 2 graphics
6 x USB 2.0
ethernet
802.11b/g/n
HDMI, VGA
Mini PCI Express 1.1 1x slot
multi-format card reader
192 x 192 x 36mm
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 6 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

In the final analysis, while the Acer Veriton N282G's multitude of USB connections is seductive, its performance falls short of its peers.

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