As the number of all-in-one PC choices expands, manufacturers are trying to differentiate their offerings any way they can. In the case of the new Aspire Z3-605, Acer is emphasizing media-friendly features at an affordable price.
The Z3-605 isn't anything special spec-wise: a last-generation Intel Core i3-3227U processor, 4GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and DVD drive in a 23-inch unit. So Acer sweetens the deal with a full 1080p IPS display with a touchscreen option to make use of Windows 8's touch capabilities. It includes an HDMI port to allow you to hook up video equipment to take advantage of the screen's 1,920x1,080 resolution.
In addition, the Z3-605 features a pair of 3-watt front-facing Harman Kardon speakers that output audio that's been optimized using Dolby Home Theater v4 audio technology. It's the first all-in-one to make use of Harman Kardon speakers. The chassis can also tilt from 10 to 30 degrees in order to let you position the screen as you see fit.
The best part of the new Aspire may be its starting price: $699.99, and $799.99 for a touchscreen version. Other versions in the series will include Core i5 processors and up to 8GB of RAM.