Thankfully, this is one of the few real disappointments when it comes to this machine. In use it remains mercifully quiet, even when running stressful applications. This is due in no small part to the large exhaust fitted around the CPU, which funnels out through a large vent in the side of the case. This enables the main case fan to spin relatively slowly, maintaining a low level of noise as a result.
And, while the machine remains cool and quiet during general use, as our testing shows, it's also a very powerful and fast number cruncher as well. For testing we've run our usual array of tests, including PCMark05, PCMark Vantage and our own in-house single and multithreaded benchmarks.
Performance is very strong across the board, with the combination of 2GB DDR2 RAM and the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 managing to work its way through most applications with relative ease. As such, during general use it'll barely break sweat and it's only when you start throwing processor intensive tasks such as video conversion that the system is really stretched to its limits and even the nature of the quad-core CPU means you can continue to work uninterrupted.
Bearing this in mind, should you buy the Veriton M460? Clearly for the price it's a very well put together system, offering the kind of performance that'll keep people happy for a long time to come. However, as touched upon earlier, for some it may be more than they need and in that case the cheaper version may be a better bet, especially if you need to invest in a new display(s) at the same time.
In addition, a quick look at alternatives shows that you can get hold of a similarly specified Dell Vostro 400, which is available with 3GBs of RAM and dual 250GB HDDs for slightly less than this Acer machine. This is obviously a compelling option and though the Acer Veriton M460 is still very good value, that there's a marginally cheaper and better specified machine out there does make the Acer a slightly less attractive proposition.
A powerful and reasonably priced business desktop, the Acer Veriton M460 is only eclipsed by the availability of a marginally cheaper and higher specified machine from Dell. Nonetheless, it's a very good system and if you'd rather not go with Dell then this system will still provide you with plenty of flexibility and longevity.