Product Review: Acer Veriton Z2640G. A 20-Inch Budget All-in-One Aimed Squarely at Business
Acer has been around for a while, and is known for cost-effective computer systems. With all-in-one computing solutions having high popularity in businesses and homes for their simplicity and reduced cabling and clutter, Acer has a variety of entries in this genre of computing solutions, and today we’re taking a look at the Acer Veriton Z2640G AIO.
This AIO comes in an attractive and simple form factor, with two feet installed at the bottom corners to lift the frame up off the desk, allowing cables to pass underneath the monitor if desired. If you choose to mount the system on a stand or VESA mounting system, the feet can be easily removed to clean up the look.
The unit ships with either a dual core Celeron 1007U processor or the upgraded dual-core Pentium 2117U, both of which are Ivy Bridge chips in the 17W mobile categories. The review unit we received had the faster Pentium core running at 1.8 GHz; 4 GB of DDR3 memory (expandable to 16 GB); a 500 GB Seagate Momentus 5,400 RPM SATA hard drive; and a 19-inch 1600x900 LED-backlit display powered by Intel HD graphics.
The case has a matte, slightly textured finish that’s attractive and won’t show fingerprints nearly as much as a glossy finish. Supporting the unit is a tiltable frame stand, whose angle adjusts from 6-60 degrees and is spring-loaded to return to the smallest angle when the system is lifted.
The power button, monitor on/off and brightness control are tucked under the right front edge of the bezel, and three indicator lights (for power, network activity and disc activity) are positioned next to it. The blue LEDs for the indicators are small and not too bright – good enough to get a sense of what your machine is doing, but not obnoxious. A nice design. I actually see more of the LED light in the reflection of the glass-top table I use than directly from the LED.
The system comes with both a wired 1000baseT Ethernet connector and 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking. On the demo system sent to us for evaluation, the wireless component was not working properly – while it could see all the networks, it would always fail when attempting to connect to one. Eventually, the system wasn’t even seeing any wireless networks. However, the wired networked worked perfectly.
Other ports and connectors include a rotatable webcam and built-in microphone; a headphone and microphone jack; an SD card reader; two USB 3 ports; a D-sub port; an HDMI port; two USB 2.0 ports; two built-in speakers; and a super-multi optical drive.
It’s a fairly light-weight system, and Acer removed the power supply from the case and provided a laptop-like brick power supply which helps keep the weight down.
We ran our usual gamut of benchmarks on the Z2640G, and the results were good for a computer of this category.
The Wwindows Experience Index (WEI) value for this system is 4.5, mainly held back by the graphics system. Unlike more powerful 3rd gen Intel parts that ship with the HD3000 or HD4000 graphics core, this series of low-wattage processors only sport the standard Intel HD Graphics core at a low clock. This machine is intended for basic office type work, and thus only light graphics acceleration is provided. If you ignore the graphics rating, the index would have been 5.8, a respectable value for a system on the value end of the spectrum.
PCMark7 gave this system an overall score of 1726, and 3DMark11 produced a very low score of P365 – understandable, given this machine is not designed for 3D graphics at all.
The disk benchmarking program ATTO produced write rates between 72 MB/s and 100 MB/s for packets 16K and larger; read rates were between 83 MB/s and 113 MB/s. Swapping out the hard drive for an SSD would make a significant difference here.
PassMark generated an index value of 965.1.
And finally, the system took 1 minute, 21 seconds to cold-boot to the Windows login screen, and 21 seconds to shut down completely.
Performance feels snappy for a two-core Pentium machine. It would be great for office work or basic home computer usage. OpenOffice (an open source suite of programs providing word processing, spreadsheet and other functionality) ran quite well on the system.
I use an HDHomeRun TV tuner which receives TV signals over analog cable or antenna and streams it out to receiving systems over your home network. This worked great, having no problem displaying the 1080p programming material. Likewise, Netflix worked fine with it.
The built-in SD card reader is nice touch as I use SD cards a lot for photo and video work, and it provided fast access to my cards.
The speakers are comparable to what you’d typically find built-in to an AIO system – no low end, and not a lot of power. If you were going to use this system as a media computer or for playing music in your home, you’d want to buy a better set of external speakers. But for basic office or home computing requirements, they were functional for the typical array of bleeps and bloops.
The jacks along the bottom of the system were rather awkward to get at, and I found it difficult to install the power cord. The plug is attached to the power supply cable with a 90-degree connector, and somewhat blocked access to the other ports along the bottom – a straight connector would be better. There’s a slot through the case that should have given more convenient options for plugging in the power cable, but I found it extremely hard to try and get the plug into the jack when the cable was passed through the slot, and gave up for fear of damaging the power cable.
The built-in webcam worked fine, and the tilting option for the camera is a convenient touch.
The monitor on/off switch is also a nice touch which I’ve not encountered before. For those working in sensitive or confidential environments, the ability to quickly reach over the turn off the display (but not the computer) with a quick push of a button if someone drops by your office certainly has its merits.
Swapping out parts and routine maintenance is simplified by the screw-less chassis cover, making getting to the internals a relatively simple affair.
The system also came with a basic keyboard and mouse, and I have no complaints about either. The keyboard is full-sized yet compact, conserving some desk space. Both the mouse and keyboard had a good tactile feel to them.
Overall the Acer Z2540G appears to be a solid system at a good price (ESP of $599), and would suit an office or basic home user quite well.