Acer's recently announced all-in-one PC stands out with a portable design, internal battery and relatively affordable price point. When the Acer Aspire Z3-600 is released later this month, it looks to be a decent pick for business users looking to trade an aging desktop computer for a more versatile machine.
The Z3-600 features a full-HD, 21.5-inch display and a folding hinge that allows the machine to stand up like a standard all-in-one (AIO) PC, or be laid down flat to be used like a huge tablet. The 10-point touch display will let users take advantage of touch-centric features in Windows 8.1, and the form factor makes it more portable than the average AIO machine.
Business users can easily carry it around their home or office, or bring it along for the occasional commute. Acer claims the Z3-600's internal battery can last up to 2.5 hours — a decent battery-life mark for what is essentially a desktop computer, but far from laptop standards. Don't expect to roam far from the nearest electrical outlet.
Under the hood, the Z3-600 packs an underwhelming Intel Pentium processor and 4GB of RAM, coupled with a 750GB hard disk drive. It's not exactly the most powerful desktop computer, but the specs should suffice for business users who need it for basic productivity tasks like checking email; creating and editing documents and spreadsheets; or browsing the Web.
At $779, the Z3-600 is also relatively affordable, making it a reasonable buy for the average small business owner. Sony, HP and Lenovo offer similarly portable AIO machines in the same price range, but the Z3-600 boasts a slightly bigger display than competing 20-inch tabletop computers.