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Acer Aspire 1825PTZ review

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Having only just awarded the Packard Bell EasyNote Butterfly Touch our coveted Recommended Award, we're now looking at the Acer Aspire 1825PTZ, an 11.6in convertible tablet laptop in the same mould. And when we say "in the same mould" we mean that literally - as Packard Bell (PB) is essentially an Acer subsidiary, the Butterfly Touch and 1825PTZ could have been separated at birth.

However, while they share the same genes these two machines are not quite identical twins. Aside from a variety of relatively minor cosmetic differences, Acer has gone for a different mixture of components, comprising a more powerful processor but a smaller hard drive and less memory, and adding £100 onto the starting price in the process.

Thus, rather than the Butterfly Touch's 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Celeron processor, the 1825PTZ has a 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Pentium SU4100 at its heart, which is up to 20 percent faster in our testing. In real world use, however, the only thing we can think of that this CPU can handle that the SU2300 cannot (for the average consumer) would be demanding 1080p video, which is offloaded to the video card anyway when using compatible playback software under Windows 7. Still, far be it from us to complain about a faster CPU!

Acer has compromised by only providing 3GB of RAM, which seems a bit stingy when 4GB is pretty much the minimum standard these days – at least at a £600 price point. It's even odder considering that the company has elected to go with the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Home Premium for the 1825PTZ, while the Butterfly Touch sported 4GB yet came with a 32-bit OS. This should be other way around, surely?

A 250GB hard drive is also on the small side, though other specs remain the same as on the Butterfly Touch, including the Intel integrated GMA 4500 graphics, Wireless-N Wi-Fi, and the absence of Bluetooth. Connectivity is likewise identical, comprising three USB ports, VGA and HDMI video outputs, microphone and headphone jacks, Gigabit Ethernet and a multi-format card reader.

Visually the piano-black lid of the 1825PTZ is fairly nondescript, and we prefer the chromed inset on the Butterfly Touch. Both are equally susceptible to fingerprints and dust, though - a common complaint among laptops these days.

It's the interior where we begin seeing some real design differentiation. Specifically, the screen's bezel is largely matt and textured rather than glossy, with only a narrow shiny strip right around the screen's edge. We definitely favour this more rugged finish, as it means you'll get far fewer fingerprints than on the Butterfly Touch when using the laptop in tablet mode.

On the other hand, we definitely prefer the Packard Bell's softer, textured palm-rests to the hard, smooth plastic ones found here. On balance, however, we would say Acer wins out slightly in the looks department, though there's very little in it really.

Nicholas Pires

May 28, 2010, 1:35 pm

Ahh it's my laptop! You got hold of one then :)





Not that it matters but how would the scores be affected if it had the 4GB RAM and 320GB HDD + the DVD/RW and a wireless mouse for under £600?? ;-)

krosser

May 28, 2010, 8:47 pm

So, you've compared the SU2300 to the SU4100 and it's good to know. But how faster is the SU2300 than Atom N450? Is it noticeable?


Thanks in advance.

Gen

May 28, 2010, 9:12 pm

@Nicholas





Do you use it in tablet form or is that something that is pretty cool in the beginning but is just not that useful?





Thanks for your time!

Nicholas Pires

May 29, 2010, 3:25 am

@Gen





I use it in tablet form pretty much all of the time when I get the chance. As it's pretty much my pc to use when I get home late at night and want to surf the net/send a few emails etc before I go bed rather than turning on my big quad core machine. It's fantastic to be honest seeing as it's a capacitive screen it's really responsive to the fingers so I just run it in tablet mode hold it like a book or prop it up on my lap and just wisk my finger across as I need to browse about. It really is that and a bag of chips. Only complaint is sometimes I need to be very specific with the keyboard as if you use it in a password field it purposely doesn't highlight the keys you just pressed and as the screen is so sensitive you can end up double pressing some keys and getting the password wrong! Other than that it's pretty damn slick you won't want to use the hardware keyboard if you can :)

Gen

May 29, 2010, 7:35 pm

@Nicholas





Thanks for your feedback!





Gen

TechVegan

June 1, 2010, 1:45 pm

@Nicholas Pires:


Hmmm, 8/10 Recommended.





@krosser:


It's more than noticeable, but it depends on your usage. If you just use word processing and browse the web, and watch SD video, the Atom is fine. Anything more intensive like Photoshop effects or HD video though and you'll be glad of the higher-end CPUs.





@Gen:


As Nicholas said, it's genuinely useful in tablet form for many things. Browsing the web and watching videos/photos on the couch is so much easier :)

Fuz

July 12, 2010, 12:41 am

I was slightly worried about purchasing this laptop having read a number of reviews saying that it would not be able to handle games on even the lowest settings (not that I planned to play many on an 11.6" screen). But I'm happy to say that it can play Battlefield 2142 and Medieval 2 Total war (both quite "heavy" games) on moderate to low settings with no difficulty! So while I agree it definitely makes web browsing more entertaining, thats certainly not all it can do! :)

Robert 12

August 17, 2010, 3:29 pm

I'm looking at using this as a paper-replacement tablet, how viable is that? I'd rather have a more powerful CPU than the RAM and HDD in the Packard Bell as I can easily upgrade the RAM, and plan on replacing the HDD with an SSD. Is this the one to go for, or are there other tablets I should be looking at?

TechVegan

January 31, 2011, 5:45 pm

@Robert 12:


Apologies about the late reply, but going by the motto 'better late than never', it would probably not be the best option as a "paper-replacement tablet" because you can't write or draw on it (i.e. it doesn't have a digitizer).


The http://www.trustedreviews.com/... would probably be more suitable, though there are quite a few interesting alternatives coming out atm. If you haven't taken the plunge already, it's worth holding out just a little longer.

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