• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-6100U
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 520
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Connectivity: Gigabit LAN, 802.11ac WiFi
  • Dimensions: 496.7 x 338.5 x 8 mm
  • Weight: 2kg
  • Pros:
  • Small and light
  • Good design
  • Cons:
  • No dedicated GPU
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark 8 Home: 2,232 points
  • PCMark 8 Creative: 2,263 points
  • PCMark 8 Work: 2,538 points

Getting The Right Basics

Despite the convenience and similarity to a Mac PC, there just doesn’t seem to be many people that go for all-in-one PCs. So, when Acer sent to us one of its latest AiO PC, we wanted to know if it would be a compelling option for people. Check out our review for the Aspire C22.

It’s been a while since we last saw an AiO arrive at our testlab. Measuring 496.7 by 338.5 millimetre and just 8mm at its thinnest point, the Aspire C22 is one of the smallest and slimmest AiO we’ve seen. It’s also incredibly light and can be lifted with one hand. In the box that it’s packaged in, there’s a basic mouse and keyboard set, as well as a small webcam.

If premium aesthetics is important to you, then you’ll definitely like the metal-clad body with its gold colouring. The Aspire C22 has a 21.5-inch screen at the front that’s framed by very thin bezels, adding to that sense of slimness. At the back are all its ports, which include four USB ports, the Gigabit LAN port, an audio output and line-in, as well as an SD card reader. Even the stand looks elegant, with its curved solid steel stand, which is strong enough to support the weight of the AiO and also allows it some degree of tilting.

As with most AiO products, Acer has bundled a keyboard and mouse to go with the Aspire C22. However, they are very basic and look cheap, which is a stark contrast to the main unit’s look and feel. Fortunately, the actual build quality isn’t too bad and doesn’t affect its usability.

The 21.5-inch display outputs at a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with sharp visuals, but brightness and colour accuracy are average. Under the hood of this AiO is an Intel Core i3-6100U and its accompanying Intel HD Graphics 520 for graphics processing, neither of which are particularly good performers by any stretch, so what you can do is automatically limited. It’s good enough for light entertainment or productivity, but don’t expect to do any professional graphics editing, or to be able to reliably game on it.

What the Aspire C22 is, is a one package solution for basic computing needs and online communication. For its price, you get a PC that has almost everything, including a built-in speaker at the back and a detachable webcam for video conferencing.

CHIP CONCLUDE: While it’s not a strong performer, this AiO does the basics well and is more than capable if you require nothing more than a PC for some work, light entertainment and communication.

(previously published in issue March 2017)

Acer Aspire C22