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Acer Aspire M5100

Acer Aspire M5100
alaScore 81

27 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of Acer Aspire M5100. 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. Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The design is also mentioned favorably.

price, design, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Acer Aspire M5100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

Acer Aspire M5100 (AM5100-EF9500A)


The Acer Aspire M5100 packs in more than your basic budget desktop, namely, a quad-core AMD Phenom processor.

Inexpensive PC with HDMI output. Quad-core CPU. FireWire port. Hidden media card reader. Some decent styling and design choices. Eight USB ports. Front USB ports are intelligently organized. It's at Costco.

Loaded with bloatware. Integrated graphics are not DX10 hardware compatible. Quad-core CPU is wasted with 690 chipset and 667-MHz DDR2 SDRAM.

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Apr, 2008

Expert review by : Rich Brown (

Acer Aspire M5100 review: Acer Aspire M5100


Acer Aspire M5100

Quad-core CPU and extra RAM bring fast performance at a low price; decently sized hard drive.

Irritating sliding panel in front of media card reader; you can get similar core features for less in a dual-core box.

For performance-minded shoppers on a budget, the $700 quad-core Acer Aspire M5100 is fast enough to make you think about spending more than you might otherwise. If all you need is a capable PC with a decent hard drive, you can get away with a less...

Mar, 2008

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Acer Aspire M5100


Looking for a powerful yet reasonably priced desktop computer to do multimedia tasks? The Acer Aspire M5100 (AM5100-EF9500A) ($699 list) will fill that bill. It's a budget-minded PC with a quad-core 2.2-GHz AMD Phenom 9500 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a...

Inexpensive PC with HDMI output. Quad-core CPU. FireWire port. Hidden media card reader. Some decent styling and design choices. Eight USB ports. Front USB ports are intelligently organized. It's at Costco

Loaded with bloatware. Integrated graphics are not DX10 hardware compatible. Quad-core CPU is wasted with 690 chipset and 667-MHz DDR2 SDRAM

Acer's Aspire M5100 puts quad-core Phenom power in a sub-$750 desktop. It provides a little more oomph than your basic budget desktop.

Consumer review (

Good looking Tower


Good machine with nice lines. This is the 4th Acer I bought and will be bying more.

Acer is not a big name yet but Dell should watch out

Oct, 2008

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Great specs for the price

Makes a lot of noise and the memory was defective. PC shuts down for no apparent reason

Sep, 2008

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Acer Aspire AM5100 -EF9500A


Have received excellent customer service from Newegg

Absolutely delighted with this PC. Out of box perfect solution to my need for heavy Graphic. Added Visa 64 and 8G memory

Have found not any Cons as yet. Removed a considerable number of free programs that Acer included, however for many this is a very generous and interesting collection

Sep, 2008

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Just returned one


I could no longer tolerate this problem so I call Acer Tech Support and explained the problem and was told I had a mother board failure and I could send it to them for repair or send back from where purchase so I sent it back to Newegg.

It would work very well when it would work, very fast, it took a little getting use to Vista but I was somewhat up to speed in about an hour, system seems to be built fairly well

I had the system only one day and the ; System would not reboot if you shut it down using the restart icon after clicking on the start icon. It would only boot to the Acer logo screen and stay there, then you would have to push the power on/off button...

Sep, 2008

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Not into store bought PC's But...


With christmas coming in a couple months, anyone thinking of getting their kids or whoever a PC might want to consider this one. I'm actually thinking of getting one for the family room. With it's media capability, it would make a nice DVR setup for...

I helped a friend find a PC which it turns out was this one. I personally build my own PCs but my friend didn't want to spend that kind of money so I helped her find a store bought. I must say for the price of this Acer and what it comes with it's the...

None that I've seen so far

Sep, 2008

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Just ordered one!!!



just sent in an order for one of these!! cant wait to get it in!!!! hopefully it is as good as it looks

waiting on shipping

Sep, 2008

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Yea boiii!


A fully upgradeable machine that runs fast? Could we be more lucky?

I am a computer tech and the price for this machine is awesome!! And the machine itself is way to sweet. Simply put acer knows there stuff when it comes to Computers!! Keep up the good work acer :)

not 1 I could think of

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications

Featuring AMD LIVE!, the latest platform for modern home theater, the Aspire M5100 PC centralize control of the user's favorite digital content and deliver it directly to the TV via HDMI . This exciting new layout for the digital home, and entertainment PC advancements - like Acer Zone plug-ins, Windows Vista, and 7.1-channel surround sound - bring digital multimedia to life!

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Micro tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Micro tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Micro tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Micro tower


Chassis type:Tower
Color of product:Black

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)


Energy Management

Power supply:250

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x1 slots:1
PCI Express x16 slots:1
PCI slots:2


Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 2400 Pro / AMD Radeon HD 2600 Pro / AMD Radeon X1200 / AMD Radeon X1250 / NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT / NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GS / NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
Maximum graphics adapter memory:1.018 / 1.02 / 1.024 / 1.278 / 1.919
On-board graphics adapter:Y


Country Kits:Canada / United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Acer Aspire


Chipset Type:AMD 690G


Internal memory:2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Memory layout:2 x 1
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 1


Type: None


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:1000
Modem Speed:56
Type:Network adapter
Wake-on-Ring ready: Yes
Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):15 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:15 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-10 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-10 - 60

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD±RW

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

Other Features

Audio Input:6
Floppy drive installed: No
Modem Type:56K ITU V.92
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
TV tuner integrated: Yes

Packaging Content

Display included: No
Handheld remote control: No


Audio output channels:7.1
Audio system:High Definition Audio 7.1
Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
Parallel ports quantity:1
PS/2 ports quantity:2
S/PDIF out port: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:8
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Power supply:250


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB / QPI
Clock Speed:2.2GHz
Conflict Free processor:N
ECC supported by processor:N / Y
FSB Parity: No
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Quad-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:456
Processing die size:164
Processor:4000+ / 4200+ / 4400+ / 5000+ / 5600+ / 9500 / 9550 / Q9500
Processor cache:0.512 / 1 / 2 / 32 / 6
Processor cache type:L2 / L3
Processor codename:Poulson / Yorkfield
Processor core voltage (AC):1.062 - 1.150
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:AMD Athlon / AMD Phenom / Intel Itanium / Intel® Core™2 Quad
Processor frequency:2.1 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.6 / 2.8 / 2.83 / 3
Processor front side bus:1066 / 1333
Processor lithography:32 / 45
Processor model:4000+ / 4200+ / 4400+ / 5000+ / 5600+ / 9500 / 9550 / Q9500
Processor Number:9500
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Quad Q9000 series for Desktop / Intel Itanium 9500 series
Processor socket:LGA 1248 / Socket P / Socket T (LGA 775)
Processor system type:Up
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
Stepping:C0 / D0 / R0
System bus data transfer rate:6.4
System bus rate:6.4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):170 / 25 / 95
Type:Phenom X4

Processor special features

Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:N / Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:37159 / 71700
Processor code:SLGZ4 / SR0SY
Processor package size:37.5
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Yes


Installed Size:3GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Operating system installed:Windows Vista Home Premium


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 250 / 320 / 500 / 640 / 750

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-150

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:500GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon X1250

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:17.5 / 17.9
Width:7.09 / 7.2