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I purchased the T130 as a new work PC to replace a dell. The idea was to buy something that was small enough to fit in to my office without compromising on functionality and the potential to upgrade and add cards.
On first impressions I am more than happy with the unit. The original prices was around £550 pounds. That was the easy choice. Many of todays suppliers don't give you much for that kind of money.
That gave me and AMD 64 3200, 512MB of RAM and 120GB hard drive, along with XP Pro. Also in there is the standard ethernet ports, firewire etc along with 128MB graphics.
The PC starts up in a matter of moments and has never not started. If you have to play with BIOS, which most of us don't then it is as good as easy to edit as you can get with any bios.
If you open the cover on the unit everything is laid out well inside with no dodgy cables hanging around. I recently added an extra 512MB of RAM to the unit, without any troubles. Fitting was easy and unhindered. Otherwise there is plenty of additional free space for extra cards on the motherboard, disks and drives etc.
Design wise the case is all black with a brushed aluminium front. USB ports, speaker and microphone can all be accessed from the front with a number of additional ports available on the back. My pet hate is no earphone socket so having one on the front is great news. Otherwise the case is strong and durable.
The unit comes with a built in card reader and a floppy. Both are more than useful these days, especially the floppy which is tending to disappear these days.
Also included is a DVD/CD writer. This is as standard on most machines. One thing that has never bothered me is the speed, on this its 16 times, but seeing as DVD's take ages to write anyway then who really cares. One thing I have noticed is that it has started to stick every time I try to open it. You have to press the button 2-3 times to get it to open. My unit lies on its side but standing it up does not seem to make a difference.
I have had one major issue with this unit. The fans seemed to be very noisy and the main board ran at quite a high temperature. I visited the ACER website and found a replacement updated BIOS flash. Whilst I found this easy to install and it did fix the issue, I am not so sure it would be something that a standard user would think about let alone want to install.
The only other thing that went wrong was the CPU fan decided to die on me. This is another odd thing that an average user would not be able to fix.
To sum up, the T130 is quick when combined with the AMD chipset. Running 24 hours a day for the last 6 months has not seen any serious troubles.
If I had to give this PC a rating it would be a 5/10. The quality of the unit is perfect, but the small failures add up to a bigger disappointment.
Lastly, the speakers you get with this unit are worthy of the bin, cheap and nasty.