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Acer Aspire iDea 500

Acer Aspire iDea 500
alaScore 84

17 reviews

Apr, 2014

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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 84/100 = Very good quality.

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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...

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Acer Aspire iDea 500

 

Acer might not be an immediately familiar name, but as Europe's third-largest vendor of domestic PCs, the company is in a good position to make a splash in the nascent media centre PC market. Yet the Acer Aspire iDea 500 looks less like a PC ...

Looks great, plenty of connections, no messing about

Limited expansion options, not suitable for high-end games

I won't rehash the concept of the media centre PC again - it will be familiar to most readers - but basically it's Microsoft's attempt to dominate the entertainment market by inserting its customised entertainment software into carefully...

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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...

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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.

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Acer Aspire iDea 500 review

 

The Acer Aspire iDea 500 is the best Media Center PC we've seen. Aesthetically it's inspired by traditional AV equipment, so it'll sit alongside or replace your existing DVD player without looking out of place. It's not very upgradeable, but it's...

Styling ; Plenty of connectors ; Quiet operation

Poor 3D graphics performance ; Lack of hardware upgradeability

One pleasing aspect of its performance is its quiet operation. The Aspire iDea 500 runs at a claimed 23db during idle, and at 28db when running Windows XP Media Center Edition at full load. This is barely noticeable when watching films during quiet scenes

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Acer Aspire iDea 500

 

Great design, comprehensive features and a good price make this as far as you need to look for a media centre PC

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

Dimensions & Weight

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

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

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

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 Storage

Type:DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Processor

Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Type:Core Duo

RAM

Installed Size:1GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

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
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