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Acer Veriton VZ2650G-UG645X Review
With its 20-inch display and energy-efficient processor, the Acer Veriton VZ2650G-UG645X can handle light computing tasks, making it a decent entry-level all-in-one desktop for businesses that don’t have much cash or space to spare.
- Affordably priced
- Can be wall-mounted
- Little bloatware
- So-so performer
- Wired keyboard and mouse
- No multiple monitor support
- Colors look washed out on the display
The Acer Veriton VZ2650G-UG645X ($629.99 list) is a basic, entry-level Windows 7 Pro-equipped all-in-one desktop for businesses looking to spend less than $700 for a space-saving system. With its 20-inch display and energy-saving processor, it’s sufficient for basic PC needs like surfing the Web, office work, and watching movies.
Design and Features
Measuring 13.6 by 19.7 by 2.4 inches (HWD), the VZ2650G-UG645X is housed in a plastic easel-type chassis that features all of the system’s components build behind the screen. A removable arm behind the system props up the display while also allowing users to tilt the screen back up to 20 degrees. Since this arm is removable, businesses have the option of mounting the Veriton VZ2650G-UG645X on, say, a kiosk or stand with a VESA mount. On the whole, the black finish lends a subdued aesthetic that’s closely aligned with the utilitarian designs seen in the Lenovo C325 and HP Omni 120-1024.
The Veriton VZ2650G-UG645X ‘s matte-finish 20-inch screen features a maximum resolution of 1,600 by 900. It will display 720p (1,280 by 720) but not full 1080p HD (1,920 by 1,080). For a system at this price point, though, this is an entirely understandable shortcoming. The same could be said for the absence of a touch screen. If you’re looking for an all-in-one PC decked out with either feature, be prepared to shell out a few hundred dollars extra for something along the lines of the Toshiba LX835-D3230. On the other hand, the display’s so-so color reproduction is less understandable, as colors lack vibrancy and look somewhat washed out. Still, it does a perfectly fine job handling movies, and users can take advantage of this feature since the left side of the VZ2650G-UG645X sports a tray-loading DVD burner.
The mesh-covered front-facing speakers beneath the display pump out sound with enough oomph to fill a medium-size room. While its bass levels won’t rattle your windowpanes any time soon, its speakers nonetheless deserve credit for not sounding tinny or distorting at higher volumes.
Two feet beneath the speakers prop up the VZ2650G-UG645X while providing a space for users to store the included wired keyboard and mouse. Both of these peripherals connect via USB rather than Bluetooth or wireless dongle like the HP TouchSmart 320-1030. This isn’t a major flaw, but it does contribute to the very clutter that all-in-one systems are designed to reduce.
Connectivity options are passable on the VZ2650G-UG645X, with the ports divided between the left side and the underside of the chassis. The left side houses two USB 3.0 ports, an SDXC combo card reader, a VGA port, and headphone and mic inputs. The underside, meanwhile, sports four USB 2.0 ports, two PS/2 ports (for older keyboards and mice), and an Ethernet port. The system lacks HDMI ports, so there’s no option for multiple monitor support (HDMI-out), but, again, that’s not a deal-breaker at this price point. For businesses that don’t live and die by the all-in-one form factor, though, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p Tiny is just as compact and affordable as the VZ2650G-UG645X, and can support up to three monitors.
The VZ2650G-UG645X’s relatively spacious 500GB 7,200rpm HDD comes with a minimal amount of preloaded software. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 serves an actual purpose, and the bloatware is limited to a few programs (Bing Bar, Windows Live Essentials, a desktop link to Skype) that can easily be removed. Proprietary software is also kept to a minimum, and most of it, like a recovery program, is worth keeping. The system is covered by a one-year warranty on parts and labor.
The VZ2650G-UG645X’s 2.90GHz dual-core Intel Pentium G645 CPU is good at saving energy, but it consequently yields light processing power. Accordingly, its PCMark 7 score of 2,232 points easily surpassed the AMD E-450-equipped Lenovo C325 (1,014 points) but still fell short of systems armed with more robust processors, like the Toshiba LX835-D3230 (4,249 points) and the Lenovo M92p Tiny (2,491 points). Its Cinebench R11.5 score of 2.18 points, meanwhile, predictably fell short of the Toshiba LX835-D3230 (6.27 points) but still edged passed the Lenovo C325 (0.60 point) and the HP TouchSmart 32-1030 (1.51 points) while finishing close behind the ThinkCentre M92p Tiny (3.24 points).
The VZ2650G-UG645X churned out expectedly low results on multimedia-oriented tasks. It took 1 minute and 39 seconds to complete our Handbrake video-encoding test, which was considerably quicker than the Lenovo C325 (7:54) and HP 320-1030 (2:41), but not quite as brisk as the Toshiba LX835-D3230 (1:17) or the ThinkCentre M92p Tiny (1:30). Similarly, its performance on our Photoshop CS5 test (4:24) managed to outgun the Lenovo C325 (15:08) and the HP Omni 120-1024 (14:24) but failed to keep beat the Toshiba LX835-D3230 (3:20) or the ThinkCentre M92p Tiny 3:21).
Since it wasn’t designed with high-end graphics in mind, the VZ2650G-UG645X is not compatible with DirectX 11. Thus, it couldn’t run 3DMark 11 or most of our gaming benchmark tests. It was, however, able to run Crysis (15fps with medium-quality settings in 1,366-by-768 resolution; 2fps with very high-quality settings in 1,920-by-1,080 resolution), where it failed to cross the 30 frames per second (fps) playability threshold. All said, the Veriton VZ2650G-UG645X is sufficient for basic day-to-day tasks like checking email, surfing the Web, and watching YouTube videos or DVDs.
For businesses on a budget looking for a space-saving work solution, the Acer Veriton VZ2650G-UG645X is a decent all-in-one desktop worth considering. With its 20-inch display and energy-saving processor, it’s capable of satisfying daily computing tasks like browsing the Web, and light office work in general. That said, it lacks the gusto of our current Editors’ Choice for entry-level business desktop PCs, the Lenovo ThinkCentre M92p Tiny, whose compact chassis, affordable price tag, and impeccable IT credentials makes it a killer choice for businesses that don’t place too high a priority on a built-in display. For cash-strapped businesses that do prefer the latter feature, though, the VZ2650G-UG645X is worth checking out.
Compare the Acer Veriton VZ2650G-UG645X with several other desktops side by side.
By Ahmer Kazi, PCMag
- Type: All-in-one, Mini Desktop PC
- RAM: 4 GB
- Storage Capacity (as Tested): 500 GB
- Primary Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW (Plus Minus)
- Monitor Type: LCD Widescreen
- Screen Size: 20 inches
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Premium Edition