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Acer Aspire iDea 500

Acer Aspire iDea 500
alaScore 82

15 reviews

Dec, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15 reviews of Acer Aspire iDea 500. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. People are impressed by the usability and design, but many are negative about the size.

design, usability

size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Acer Aspire iDea 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Jesse Sutton (goodgearguide.com.au)

Acer Aspire iDea 500

 

Great design, Reasonable performance

Hard disk size

Acer has done a great job of disguising this PC as a set-top box. It's easy to setup and simple to use. We would highly recommend waiting for the Core 2 Duo refresh before purchasing this product. However, if you need something right away it will still...

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Acer Aspire iDea 500 review

 

A media centre that thinks it's a DVD player...

Looks great ; plenty of connections ; no messing about

Limited expansion options ; not suitable for high-end games

An interesting attempt that may have rivals sitting up and taking notice

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: Benny Har-Even (trustedreviews.com)

Acer Aspire Idea 500 Media Center System

 

Acer's Aspire Idea 500 is compact and well featured. Is this the Media Center system you're looking for.

There also an antenna input and output for the two TV Tuners. These are hybrid, which should mean that you can pick up both analogue and digital signals. I say should as I could not get the Acer to detect any digital TV channels from the office TV...

Feb, 2011

PC ADVISOR - GOLD

Expert review by: Robin Morris (techadvisor.co.uk)

Acer Aspire iDea 500

 

It's safe to say that early experiments in media centre PCs weren't entirely successful. Large, hideous, beige machines with loud fans⬦ But Acer has come to the rescue.

The Aspire is affordable, attractive, discreet and equipped with a full array of connectors. It's the closest we've come yet to the ideal media centre PC.

Sep, 2006

Product Specifications

The stunning Acer Aspire iDea is the ultimate living room accessory for the Digital Home. Boasting the very latest Intel Core Duo processing power with Viiv Technology the Aspire Idea is powerful yet ultra-quiet. This is the ultimate Digital Entertainment Center for the modern home.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop slimline
Manufacturer Form Factor:Desktop slimline

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Desktop slimline
Manufacturer Form Factor:Desktop slimline

Design

Chassis type:Desktop

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.2in
Height:2.8in
Width:16.9in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 950

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United Kingdom
Manufacturer:Acer
Model:iDea 500
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Acer Aspire

Mainboard

Chipset Type:Intel 945GT Express

Memory

Internal memory:1
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Memory layout:2 x 0.5
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 0.5

Modem

Type: None

Multimedia Functionality

Radio Tuner Type:FM radio
TV Tuner Type:Digital and dual analog TV

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11b/g

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Optical Storage

Type:DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Other Features

Bundled hardware:Dual TV-tuner Hybrid HW MPEG analog
Networking features:Ethernet/Fast Ethernet/Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
TV tuner type:Analog & DVB-T

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Symantec Norton Internet Security 2006, Adobe Acrobat Reader V7.0, NTI CD Maker Gold, Power DVD 6.0
Display included: No

Performance

Audio system:7.1 Dolby Digital / 7.1Dolby Digital / Hi-definition audio (7.1) / High Definition Audio / High Definition Audio 7.1
Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DVI port: Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:2
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
I/O ports:1 x Composite in\n1 x Composite out\n1 x YPbPr\n2 x SCART\n2 x IR / 1 x S-Video Input\n1 x HDMI\n2 x Composite RCA\n1 x Set of Component (Y Pb Pr)\n1 x SCART Input (S-Video, CVBS, Stereo)\n1 x SCART Input/Output " (System’s CVBS, Stereo output & 2nd S-Video, CVBS, Stereo input)\nTV antenna Input/Output\n2 x IR Blaster / 1 x S-Video In\n1 x Composite in\n1 x Composite out\n1 x YPbPr\n2 x SCART\n2 x IR / 2 x SCART\n1 x FM Antenna\n2 x IR Blaster
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: Yes
SmartCard slot: Yes
TV out:Y
TV out port:S-Video
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Processor

Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor cache:2
Processor cache type:L2
Processor family:Intel® Core™ Duo
Processor frequency:1.66
Processor front side bus:667
Type:Core Duo

RAM

Installed Size:1GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Software

Operating system installed:Windows XP Media Center Edition / Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MMC, MS PRO, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA
Total Storage Capacity:250

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type:IDE

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:250GB
Platform Technology:Intel VIIV Technology
Recommended Use:Home use
Type:Media center

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.2
Height:2.76
Width:16.9