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Acer Aspire XC Desktop PC (XC-830-EB12)

Acer Aspire XC Desktop PC (XC-830-EB12)

This model ranked #6 among Stationary Computers priced under $2000 in terms of bang-for-the-buck.

If you need a cost-effective computer to handle homework, this could be the solution for you. Sacrifices were made to design a computer priced sow low, but it's capable of handling homework and online entertainment. It doesn't have the fastest storage, so loading times won't be perfect, but once things are up and running, that should not be a problem.

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this Stationary Computer which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Speakerless. This Stationary Computer needs external speakers to play sounds. Your options are to hook it up to a TV or a monitor with built-in speakers, use external speakers or a headset.$30+

No Camera or Microphone. If your plans include skyping with family members, you would need a webcam or, for best results, a headset and microphone.$40+

Screenless. If you don't already have a monitor from your last computer, you could connect this Stationary Computer to a TV or get a new monitor.$120+

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $320 on accessories, for a total cost of $820.

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared to other Stationary Computers

Bang for the Buck5th percentile
Versatility15th percentile
Power (General Purpose)5th percentile
Power (Graphical)5th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)25th percentile
Storage Space70th percentile
Portability90th percentile
Longevity5th percentile

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck22th percentile
Versatility12th percentile
Power (General Purpose)26th percentile
Power (Graphical)8th percentile
Power (Large Files & Multitasking)53th percentile
Storage Space91th percentile
Portability26th percentile
Longevity49th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

CPU

Intel Pentium Silver J5040, 4 cores clocked from 2 to 3 GHz

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 605

Memory

8 GB

Storage

1 TB total, Media Card Reader, DVD, 72000+ RPM hard drive (fast)

Dimensions and Weight

Dimensions (cm): w10 × d33 × h29.5

Dimensions (in): w3.94 × d12.99 × h11.61

Weight (kg): 4.41

Weight (lbs.): 9.72

Features

  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • DVD
  • Fixed storage: 72000+ RPM hard drive (fast)
  • HDMI
  • Multiple Monitor Support
  • VGA
  • USB 2
  • USB Type-A
  • USB 3.2
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • 3.5mm Stereo jack
  • Analog Surround Sound Output
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Wi-Fi a
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Wi-Fi ac

Maintenance and Upgrades

I do not have much insight to offer regarding this product.

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Software Compatibility

Here's how you can expect this stationary computer to fare with popular software based on developpers specified system requirements. For reference, a 1-star rating means minimal requirements are met and a 3-stars rating means recommended specs are met. Ratings beyond the 3-stars point could be advisable for uncommon scenarios like modding, working with very large and complex documents, etc.

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