A major selling point of an all-in-one PC is its home-entertainment potential. Acer has squeezed into the Z5763 as much as possible to aid the enjoyment of music and films, including a digital TV tuner, Blu-ray drive and support for 3D playback (glasses are provided).
Movies look great on the PC’s 23in matt display. Although the colours aren’t as rich and blacks as deep as they are with the glossy screens of the competition, the Acer provides a strong image and won’t suffer from distracting light reflections.
It’s not a touchscreen display, but Acer provides a wireless keyboard and mouse for input. Note that these are not those pictured: our review sample came without peripherals.
A large grey speakerbar sits below this panel and delivers very good sound quality, if it’s a little lacking in bass. But it looks ugly, while a blue LED above is distracting; this PC won’t blend into its home living-room environment as well as some of its rivals.
Performance isn’t bad, but it’s nothing to write home about. The Acer’s nVidia GeForce GT435M graphics chip is neither as powerful nor up to date as the GT460M and GT540M offered by the Asus and Sony Vaio VPC-L22Z1e PCs respectively. Playable, yet mediocre, framerates are found in games – we recorded 38fps in Fear at ‘Maximum’ detail settings; but 3D mode slowed this PC to a crawl.
For other tasks the Z5763 puts in a respectable performance, particularly given its relatively low £799 price tag. Its 3.1GHz i3-2100 processor hails from Intel’s second-generation Core family, but it can’t keep up with the Core i5 and i7 competition.
Unless you need to complete intensive tasks that’ll push a PC to its limit, it’s unlikely that you’d notice any difference between Intel’s various Core chips in a real-world setting. Combined with 4GB of system memory, this i3 CPU is powerful enough for most tasks.