Acer Aspire 1825PTZ review

2 Jun 2010

An ultraportable tablet PC with great battery life, but it falls short of perfection

Price when reviewed: 
600(£600 inc VAT)
4

The tablet PC concept never proved the runaway hit that Microsoft might have hoped for, but that hasn’t stopped plucky manufacturers trying their best to help touch-powered portables hit the big time. Acer’s latest proves a little more appealing than most, fusing the allure of an 11.6in ultraportable with a balletic touch-screen display.

After the decidedly chunky likes of the Fujitsu Lifebook T900 , it’s refreshing to find a tablet PC that attempts to major on portability. You could almost get away with describing the Aspire 1825PTZ as cute: it weighs 1.7kg and, despite that touchscreen, measures barely any thicker around the waist than the average 11.6in laptop.

Acer Aspire 1825PTZ

It’s not just size that sets the Acer apart from the tablet PC pack, however. Where many manufacturers use resistive touchscreen technology, Acer has employed a capacitive panel. The benefits of this are, quite literally, clear to see, and where the displays on many tablet PCs are dogged with grainy, mediocre image quality, the Acer’s panel is clear and bright.

Another plus point is that the panel is multitouch capable, allowing two-fingered gestures to make the most of Windows 7’s touch-friendly interface. The combination of a 1,366 x 768 resolution and 11.6in panel makes it a little fiddly to operate at first, particularly for larger fingers, but switching Windows 7’s default text size to 125% makes a huge difference. Text, icons and menus grow to perfect finger-prodding proportions, and the wonderfully responsive touchscreen makes navigating Windows a genuinely pleasurable experience.

Twirl the screen into tablet mode and Internet Explorer 8 puts the web at your fingertips. Tap a text box and a shortcut to the onscreen keyboard instantly pops up, pinching gestures allow you to zoom in and out, and flicking a finger left or right skips back and forth through web pages.

Details

Price ex VAT £511
Price inc VAT £600
Overall rating 4
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 4
Performance 3

Warranty

Warranty 1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions 285 x 209 x 35mm (WDH)
Weight 1.700kg
Travelling weight 2.0kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Pentium Dual Core SU4100
Motherboard chipset Intel GS45 Express
RAM capacity 3.00GB
Memory type DDR3
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 2

Screen and video

Screen size 11.6in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768
Resolution 1366 x 768
Graphics chipset Intel GMA 4500
Graphics card RAM 64MB
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 1
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0

Drives

Capacity 250GB
Hard disk usable capacity 233GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Optical disc technology N/A
Optical drive N/A
Battery capacity 5,600mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support yes
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter no
Bluetooth support no

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch no
Wireless key-combination switch yes
Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 0
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 3
FireWire ports 0
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 2
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
MMC (multimedia card) reader yes
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader yes
Pointing device type Touchpad
Audio chipset Realtek HD Audio
Speaker location Front edge
Hardware volume control? no
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.3mp
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no
Carry case no

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 8hr 58min
Overall application benchmark score 0.68
Office application benchmark score 0.72
2D graphics application benchmark score 0.74
Encoding application benchmark score 0.60
Multitasking application benchmark score 0.64
3D performance (crysis) low settings N/A
3D performance setting N/A

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery partition
Software supplied N/A