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      03.09.2010 00:41

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      A decent enough PC

      I'm writing this because, frankly, the other reviews on the dooyoo site could do with some balance. The choice is either "it's garbage" or sound as though they were written by Acer's marketing department! This PC has been on the market for a while but still seems to be available in the UK for £300-400 as of Aug 2010.

      First off this is what Acer call an "Ultra Small Form Factor" PC and you really have to approach it from that angle - there *are* compromises to get a useful PC squeezed into a box this small.

      Secondly watch out for the fact that there's quite a range of CPU/RAM/Disk configurations within the L5100 marque so do check what you're actually buying. Mine is a AMD Phenom 9150 (Quad core 1.8GHz) with 4G Ram and a 750G hard drive. However there are dual-core versions as well and it seems to come kitted out with anything from 1-4G Ram and 160G to 750G disk. They all seem to come with Vista although I "downgraded" mine to XP - the Acer site has drivers for XP, Vista and Windows 7. I also installed Linux which runs without any problems (Fedora 12 or newer or a recent Ubuntu should be fine).

      It's fine as a basic PC, multimedia under Windows is OK - 1080p/i playback is no problem with footage from my HD camcorder so should be OK from other sources. Office, email and web browsing are similarly handled without problems and general responsiveness is good under XP. It would make a decent multimedia PC to go in a living room although the fans might be a tad on the loud side in a quiet environment.

      No real problems with Linux either - until you want to watch videos that is. Tweaks are needed to get Xv working (limit the max virtual windows size to 1650x1080) - after that 720p is fine but 1080 video is a non starter.

      However there are some things this PC is not going to be any good at. The integrated graphics are not up to much in the way of gaming at all. I'm not much of a gamer so that doesn't bother me, however, I am more interested in video editing and this is one area that the L5100 did disappoint. Editing HD footage was just about impossible - in part this is down to the CPU. For most tasks a 3.6GHz dual-core would be better than a 1.8GHz quad-core and the R690 graphics offer little in the way of hardware acceleration for encoding.

      Upgrades, naturally, are going to be limited. 4GB of RAM is supported but there are only 2 SO-DIMM sockets and you're likely to find both full when you open the box if there was 2GB originally. Disk upgrades should be easy enough - any 3.5" SATA drive should go in. The optical drive could also be replaced.

      Processor upgrades might be possible but will be limited to a 65W TDP processor which is compatible with socket AM2+. I theory this would include AM3 processors as long as the BIOS recognises them (but I'm not putting my money on that one). The Acer support site lists 45W TDP processors (which would have to be AM3) but I'm _still_ not going to try it :-)

      Internally there's a mini-pci and a mini-pci express socket for the TV tuner and wi-fi card but they're probably not much use in practice for after-market upgrades.

      Reliability - well, it does run a little warm but that's the form factor for you. I've had mine over a year without problems but it replaced another Acer uSFF PC - an L320 which I had and *that* died with a failed motherboard.

      So to sum up.
      Pros: It's quite a lot of PC squeezed into a very small box.
      Cons: No good for gaming or video editing. Reliability might be slightly suspect.

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      13.04.2009 13:27

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      This computer is garbage. The box is too small and therefore it can't keep itself cool enough. It freezes at least twice a day (up to five or six times during summer). This is my first experience with an Acer PC and it will be my last.

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      31.08.2008 01:36
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      Overall the computer is good but would have been better with some more great if it was upgradable.

      The specifications of the computer are really great. But I feel the computer is limited in a number of ways as it does not support a good deed of upgrades. They are giving away 500GB of Hard disk drive but it would be more useful if they could replace it with a mother board which supports more than the given 2 GB initiallly. this would have been a great help to everyone. I do not say the existing system it is great in itself. Has a very nice look and all the features given in specification looks good. It depends on the user who would like to buy it and what they are looking for in their computers if it is just a computer which they can use for their personal use and not having a lot of multimedia work to it is great. Overall the computer is good but would have been better with some more great if it was upgradable.

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        23.08.2008 19:04

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        Mine worked for a year, and just when it had passed the year warranty by a month it packed up. The fan stopped cooling the proccessor. The fan was working perfectly. I cleaned the inside with a vacume, brought it to ez computers and they said the computer's case is too small to circulate the air. I bought a larger acer PC to replace it because they are cheap manufacturer. But stay away from this particular model

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        28.03.2008 23:20
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        A great package for even greater value

        The Acer Aspire L5100 is an economical, yet complete package for the everyday home computer user.

        Behind it's small, ultra-compact chassis lies a powerhouse in entertainment; the latest spec for modern home theatre, AMD LIVE!, boasts exceptional and smooth management of your multimedia, the main atrraction for me of this Acer product.

        It exudes elegance and chicness in an understated manner; it measures 25cm by 20cm by 6cm and looks fantastic. It therefore feels and looks right at home in a minimalist, stress-free environment.

        Due to its cheap price tag of roughly ~£330 one would expect corners to have been cut, but this is not the case.

        It has an excellent dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ / 2.2 GHz processor, an adequate 500GB harddrive to store all your music, films, and videos on, 2GB of RAM, and all the other gimmicks one would expect, even from a top of the range computer:

        1 x serial A integrated storage controller

        DVD RW

        4-in-1 card reader that supports Memory Stick, MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, xD-Picture Card

        1 x integrated ATI Radeon X1250 Shared Video Memory (UMA) graphics processor with Digital Visual Interface (DVI) and High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)

        Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

        Software including NTI CD-Maker Gold Edition, Adobe Reader 7.0, Acer Empowering Technology, Microsoft Works 8.5, Norton Internet Security 2007 (90 days subscription), Acer Arcade Live, Microsoft Office 2007 (60 days trial).

        If you are not necessarily a gaming addict (top end games could be problematic as the graphics card is not supported by nvidia), but enjoy watching movies and listening to music, as well as using your computer for work, then you get all this through the exceptionally priced, fashionable Acer Aspire L5100. I whole heartedly recommend it.

        Also on Ciao.

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          27.03.2008 19:45
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