Acer Predator AG3610-UR30P
A modern PC desktop solution
The Acer Predator AG3610-UR30P is one gorgeous-looking and modern desktop. In fact we have to give it props, because not many such devices can pull off this look. It is an update to previous Predator G3 desktop. But, take away the design, and you aren’t left with much consistent improvements. Or changes, for what it’s worth. Competing companies do a lot better. But we won’t bash this gadget all the way, because it does have some good qualities. And it costs only $720. Follow our review and see if this is the right system for you.
Intel Core i5-2320 processor
We don’t like to repeat ourselves, but the Acer Predator AG3610-UR30P deserves it. The design sticks out by being modern. Its highlights are orange and this adds to the impressive looks. It’s not an easy product to forget, that’s for sure. Plus, the chassis is painted black, so that’s another reason to show the unit to friends. Its wideness makes it ideal to sit next to a desk or under it. We also tried to lift it when we took it out of the box for this test and review. Our conclusion: it wasn’t heavy, so it didn’t make us want to curse its manufacturer.
We’ll stress this out a second time: the product didn’t go through a million upgrades, enhancements and whatnot. If anything, they were minor. What jumps to mind is the CPU specs: it was replaced with a Core i5-2320 quad core. This doesn’t make the unit win any racing competition, though. But that’s OK, we could do a variety of tasks without annoyance; desktop video was also supported in this sort of multitasking. Bottom line: the processor is kicked from top 3 most powerful CPUs ever known to mankind. The selling price doesn’t allow for 8GB of memory, so there are only 6GB of that. And this means problems when upgrading.
Weak loading speed
The hard drive also has to suffer in the long run. The capacity is fairly good, but systems that cost more have 1.5-2 terabyte drives. This drive is of a green class; in other words: spinning rate is only 5400rpm. So boot time will take considerably longer than normal. Apps will also need more time to load.
If you are really desperate after a good graphics system, the Predator AG3610-UR30P isn’t worth your attention. So playing the most well-known games is out. And it’s weird, considering other Predator models that focused on gamers.
No WiFi adapter
Acer didn’t forget to throw a DVD burner into the mix. The one on this device we tested is a standard dual layer; it can record and playback DVDs and CDs with ease. It would have been neat if the company added some USB 3.0 ports with it. But alas, you can’t have them all.
Possibilities to upgrade the AG3610-UR30P are various. Installing extra hard drives can be cumbersome because of the location of the spaces they require. And some of the slots have too many cables sitting near them.
To put a smile back on our faces we inspected the gadget some more and we liked the way it dealt with networking. There were no wireless networking adapters. This situation is an advantage: the device is easy to tie into your home WiFi network.
You’ll love the low price of the Acer Predator AG3610-UR30P and the performance won’t be such a bother. The dedicated graphics will appeal to many consumers.
|Operating system||Windows 7 Home Premium Edition, Office Starter|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 / 1GB Memory|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-2320 Quad Core|
|Hard drive||1TB 5400rpm SATA|
|Optical drive||16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner|
|Memory||6GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory|
|Audio card||Intel HDA 7.1|
|Networking||Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless|
|Connectivity||10 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, DVI, 12-in-1 Card Reader|