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COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Acer Aspire G5900-U3092 Predator and the Lenovo IdeaCentre A700-40244CU
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    Today we take a look at the gaming-focused Acer Aspire G5900-U3092 Predator and the all-in-one Lenovo IdeaCentre A700-40244CU computers. Could one of these suit your computing needs? Keep reading.

    Acer's Aspire G5900-U3092 Predator is a gaming-centric desktop that looks great but disappoints in other areas that really count. The G5900-U3092 Predator is available for $1,299.99, and comes with a one-year warranty on parts and labor.

    The G5900-U3092 Predator's performance is powered by a 2.93 GHz Intel Core i7-870 processor with 8 MB of L3 cache. The quad-core processor gives the desktop solid performance on its own, but compared to other gaming desktops in its class, the Predator falls behind a bit. Regardless, it can handle all of your common tasks, such as Internet browsing, document and media editing, as well as gaming. The four cores also help when running multiple tasks simultaneously. Additional multitasking help comes via 8 GB of DDR3 SDRAM. 

    The Predator has a 1.5 TB hard drive that offers plenty of storage space. It can also handle graphics from advanced modern games, thanks to an ATI Radeon HD 5850 card. As is the case with most desktops coming out now, the G5900-U3092 Predator comes with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit pre-installed. 

    Other features on the desktop begin with a DVD drive for watching DVDs and listening to CDs. It's rather disappointing that a Blu-ray drive was not included, especially considering the Predator's price tag.  Another disappointing omission is that of integrated Wi-Fi. It does come with gigabit Ethernet, however.  For fast data transfers, there is also an integrated media card reader that supports a variety of formats.

    If you want to upgrade the G5900-U3092 Predator's configuration, there are some options, although they are not as good as some other desktops in its class. It lacks a slot for a second graphics card, but it does offer space for extra hard drives. Other expansion options include a standard PCI slot and two 1X PCI Express slots.

    It's safe to say that the look of the G5900-U3092 Predator matches its name. The desktop gives off an intimidating aura that should cater perfectly to the gaming fans it seeks to reach. It is not the best desktop for those seeking to save space, as it measures 20.6 inches deep by 18.1 inches tall by 7.5 inches wide. Besides its glossy black color scheme, the desktop also boasts colorful red accents running through its front and top areas. Stylish curves and some aggressive-looking vents finish off the Predator's aesthetic appeal.

    The front panel is loaded with features and connectivity. The very top of the front panel houses four USB ports and microphone and headphone jacks. There are also a series of hot-swap drive bays towards the bottom. The media reader resides in the middle of the panel. For convenience, the very top of the tower has a recessed bay to hold any devices that you want to sync or charge. The rest of the G5900-U3092 Predator's connectivity sits on its back panel. The options include a HDMI port, a Display port, two DVI ports, an Ethernet port, eight more USB ports, and audio jacks. Despite what may seem to be plenty of connectivity, the G5900-U3092 Predator disappoints in this aspect due to the absence of digital audio outputs, as well as any eSATA or FireWire ports.

    While the Acer Aspire G5900-U3092 Predator looks like a beast, its combination of some missing features and connectivity with rather average performance knock it down a notch. It is decent overall, but some of the gaming desktops in its class offer better features and performance at a similar price.

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