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Acer Veriton VT7600GT
In this world of high-powered consumer focussed PCs it's sometimes easy to forget that a PC can just be a tool. If it's your job to procure a large number of PCs for a company, you're going to be more interested in supply, identical build and price, than whether it has the latest 3D graphics card or not. It's here that the Acer Veriton VT7600GT comes in.
Unlike most of the PCs we've looked at here at TrustedReviews, this is a very basic model that's designed to be easy to install, easy to maintain and cheap to purchase. If you're putting a PC on every desk in an office building the chances are that all you need it to run is office applications, a web browser and an email client. With that in mind, a super high specification is not paramount.
Inside this Acer is a 2.6GHz Intel Pentium 4 CPU backed up by 256MB of RAM and a 40GB hard disk. Now this might seem very under powered by today's standards, but if you want a basic office PC it should be fine. The system case looks like a fairly standard midi tower with four 5.25in external bays, and one 3.5in external bay housing a floppy drive. In the top most 5.25in bay is a DVD-ROM drive hidden behind a spring loaded flap. Pressing the button opens the drive and the flap simultaneously, but you'll have to shove the drive tray to get it back inside. Strangely there's a spring loaded flap covering the second 5.25in drive bay as well, but there's nothing behind it. That said, it might just be Acer being thoughtful and making it easy for an IT manager to install a second optical drive. Showing off the fact that the Veriton is aimed at the business market is the integrated Gigabit Ethernet adapter, to get you connected to your company network at the highest possible speed.
A nice feature is the hidden connection bar in the top of the tower case. A quick press of the bar reveals four USB 2.0 ports along with microphone and headphone sockets. The case is secured with thumb screws so it's easy to get inside. Although if you are worried about security, there is an intrusion alarm, which will alert the server whenever the case has been opened. The intrusion alarm will operate whether the Veriton is powered on or not. Once inside the case, you'll see that it's pretty empty in there. There's no graphics card - Acer has decided to go for integrated Intel graphics, which is no bad thing on an office machine. Strangely, only one of the four DIMM slots are filled, meaning that the system isn't running in dual channel memory configuration. Of course with only 256MB of RAM, running dual channel would mean using 128MB DIMMS, which is unlikely. You're better off just dropping another 256MB DIMM in there, which will allow dual channel support and give you more memory for your applications. This would be especially useful considering that the integrated graphics chipset will take some of the system memory.
Besides the system case, all you get with the Veriton is a keyboard and mouse. Both input devices are finished in silver and black and complement the system case well. The keyboard is excellent - in fact it's one of the best keyboards I've typed on in a long while. It's also a full multimedia model, with buttons for media playback, email, web browser and search. Much as I like the keyboard it seems a bit of a contradiction for a business PC to ship with a multimedia keyboard. The mouse is a standard optical model with a scroll wheel. It's nothing special but does the job well enough.