Your storage needs are catered for by up to a GB hard drive, as well as a 16x dual-layer DVD writer. Performance Our particular review machine came equipped with a 2. Internet news services such as Reuters can also be accessed through Viiv, and the list of available providers is updated on-the-fly over the Internet. When we first looked at Viiv back in July, a major complaint we had was that there wasn’t enough local content. The dual-core processor and large amount of memory allows for multiple intensive applications to be running concurrently without significant slow-down.

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While the e is certainly attractive by PC standards — disc drives are hidden by silver covers and there’s an illuminated “Aspire” logo just below these — we find it difficult to fathom the logic behind using a tower form factor for a system that’s designed to nestle next to consumer electronics components in the living room.

No HDMI, component or composite video outputs.

Dual digital TV tuners. While Intel’s criteria doesn’t specify that Viiv machines must include a TV tuner card, Acer realises that the main appeal of a media centre PC is the ability to view and record TV. Functionally, this feature is very handy as you’re not forced to reach around to the back of the machine when plugging in external devices on an ad-hoc basis. The PC xcer be purchased with or without a display. There’s no HDMI, component or composite video outputs.

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New components under the hood make for a faster iMac. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Don’t show this again. For example, during testing a coding error rendered the GameArena service asire unusable. The Acer Aspire e is a powerful, feature-rich media centre, but we’re still not convinced that Viiv is mature enough for mass adoption.

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Looks run in the family now, but the edition of the Envy Curved All-in-One 34 has Best Desktops for Small stereo speakers are bundled with the system, but you might as well keep them in their packaging, as they’re nowhere near powerful enough for a living room environment. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.

Features Being a Viiv-certified computer, the e can form a network with other Viiv components such as Digital Media Adaptors DMAsset-top boxes and wireless routers. The small form factor Mac Mini costs less than ever, but isn’t as flexible as other Macs.

With 10 speakers and a terrific display, this all-in-one offers a lot to appeal to the Under the hood you’ve got the choice of an Intel Pentium D dual-core processor or a regular Pentium 4.

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Acer Aspire e Sign in to comment Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. The Bottom Line The Acer Aspire e is a powerful, feature-rich media centre, but we’re rsid not convinced that Viiv is mature enough for mass adoption. All sorts of goodies are available, including short video clips news, music, TV showsaudio downloads, and text formatted to be easily read three metres away from your couch.

Design As with the H, the e’s design doesn’t make any significant departures from your typical desktop PC tower.

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Fortunately, Intel has since been working to rectify the issue, and there are now a number of Australian content providers that can be accessed through Viiv — Bigpond’s GameArenaMP3. This asspire be plenty for even the most avid recorder, and when you run out of space the DVD writer enables easy disc backups.

We’ve changed, we promise. Visit manufacturer site for details. With super-premium parts, this is both the fastest, and most expensive, VR-ready PC we’ve Bandersnatch is here to cap a twisted When we first looked at Viiv back in July, a major complaint we had was that there wasn’t enough local content. Internet news services such as Reuters can also be accessed through Viiv, and the list of available providers is updated on-the-fly over the Internet.

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Acer Aspire e rzid Intel promises that a vast array of Viiv-certified devices will be available by the end accer the year, with Netgear and Linksys leading the charge with new DMA and router products.

Like all Viiv offerings, the e uses the Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition operating system, and this coupled with the bundled remote control means it can be operated comfortably from your couch.

Aside from the ability to network with other Viiv-certified devices, the other big drawcard for Viiv is the availability of loads of content streamed through the Internet.