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Acer Aspire iDea 500

Acer Aspire iDea 500
alaScore 83

18 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 reviews of Acer Aspire iDea 500. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the usability. The design is also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the size.

design, usability


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 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 18 reviews)

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Expert review by: CNET (

Acer Aspire iDea 500


iDea 500設計充分融入影音家電的概念,讓PC與客廳的隔閡消失了,豐富的IO跟各種影音週邊都能無縫連接,雙電視卡更大大強化錄影機能。再加上靜音、省電的MoDT架構,可說是目前最理想的Viiv PC。


效能稍低、價格偏高、 無e-SATA埠

Dec, 2006

Expert review by: Good Gear (

Expert Review


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...

Great design, Reasonable performance

Hard disk size

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: staff (

Acer Aspire iDea 500 review


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

p>Looks great plenty of connections no messing about</p

p>Limited expansion options not suitable for high-end games</p

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: Benny Har-Even (

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


Expert review by: Robin Morris (

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

Expert review by: Rory Reid (

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

Jul, 2006

Expert review by: Dave Stevenson (

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

Oct, 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

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)



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


Chipset Type:Intel 945GT Express


Type: None

Multimedia Functionality

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


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


OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005


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


Installed Size:1GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Storage Controller (2nd)


Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


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