Acer Veriton 1000

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Acer's Veriton 1000 impresses with its quiet operation and sleek design and while it will easily knock over office tasks, expect to pay a premium for a small form factor.

Design and features
When first taking this desktop out of the box, for some reason it was immediately reminiscent of a dictionary. Its 250mm by 190mm by 19mm size is about the same size as a large hardcover book.

Right from the outset the Veriton 1000 comes across as a no-nonsense desktop. Its small size would make it ideal for an office or desk with limited space, or in a situation where you want the computer to be hidden from sight. Handy headphone and microphone inputs on the front of the machine means no reaching around the back of your PC.

The black Veriton 1000 given to ZDNet.com.au came with a plain black and grey Acer branded keyboard and mouse. The complete set would nicely suite Darth Vader's living room.

The Veriton 1000 also comes with an abundance of USB ports, four on the front and four on the back. In addition, there is a gigabyte Ethernet port, a VGA and DVI port and integrated 7.1 channel sound supplied via six rear-mounted jacks. The SuperMulti DVD RW optical drive is slot loaded, presumably to save space.

Our Veriton 1000 came with Windows XP Professional SP2. This is a bonus as Vista is both slower than XP, and business has been slow to deploy Vista due to a raft of issues that have been plaguing Microsoft's new OS.

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The Veriton 1000 also comes with a bundle of additional software -- which with the exception of Acrobat Reader -- we found to be useless.

North Antivirus 2006 came pre-installed, which may have been useful except that the licence only lasts 90 days. Norton also harasses you continuously when you first boot up, which spoils an otherwise seamless five-minute set-up. In addition, it would be unusual to find a business network without some kind of pre-existing security software, so why include this in a corporate PC?

Other useless software includes the Yahoo Toolbar and Power DVD for watching DVD movies -- while some of this software might interest a home user, it seems superfluous in a corporate environment. You may find some use for the NTI DVD burning software.

The Veriton 1000 comes with a three year on-site warranty -- quite solid in our view.

Performance
The Veriton 1000 packs an Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 at 1.86GHz and 1GB of DDR2 533MHz RAM. This gave it a healthy PCMark05 score of 4165, meaning it should easily knock over office tasks.

The HDD included is a 160GB SATA II 7200 RPM, which should be plenty of space considering that the Veriton 1000 isn't designed for demanding video and image applications -- and with a 3DMark06 score of 235, you wouldn't want to try.

It is our view that you pay a premium for a small form-factor. For example, for only AU$200 more (prices may even have come down since the original review) you can get a Dell Vostro 200. The Vostro 200 has considerably more grunt, especially in 3D graphics performance, and comes with a 20-inch monitor and extra HDD.

Verdict
When we first unwrapped the Veriton 1000 we were impressed with its small, sleek design and quiet operation. However when using it an abundance of useless software spoilt the pie. Performance is solid for office tasks, and the eight USB ports will be handy.

If you're looking for a small, sleek office PC, the Veriton 1000 might be for you but it is our view that you pay a premium for the small form factor.

Specifications

General
Type Personal computer
Product Form Factor Ultra small form factor
Packaged Quantity 1
Platform Technology Intel vPro Technology
Processor / Chipset
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 / 1.86 GHz
Number of Cores Dual-Core
64-bit Computing Yes
Chipset Type Intel Q965 Express
Storage
Interface Type Serial ATA-300
Type none
RAM
Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Features dual channel memory architecture
Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Display
Type none.
Hard Drive
Capacity 1 x 160 GB
Interface Type SATA 3Gb/s
Type HDD
Interface Class Serial ATA
Installed Qty 1
Audio & Video
Memory Allocation Technology Dynamic Video Memory Technology 4.0
Storage Controller
Type 1 x SATA - integrated
Interface Type Serial ATA-300
Channel Qty 2
Type Serial ATA
Installed Qty 1
Input
Type keyboard
Hard Drive (3rd)
Type none
Processor
Installed Qty 1
Max Supported Qty 1
Type Core 2 Duo
Processor Number E6320
Manufacturer Intel
Optical Storage
Drive Type DVD-Writer
Type DVD-RW
Floppy Drive
Type none
Storage Removable
Type none
Header
Brand Acer
Product Line Acer Veriton
Model 1000
Country Kits United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Miscellaneous
Compliant Standards BSMI, C-Tick, CB, CCC, ETL, FCC, NEMKO
Networking
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
Form Factor integrated
Ethernet Controller(s) Intel PRO/1000 PM
Monitor
Monitor Type None.
System
Type personal computer
Platform Technology Intel vPro Technology
Software
Microsoft Office Preloaded Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Graphics Controller
Form Factor integrated
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 3000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 4.0
Video Interfaces DVI, VGA
Chassis
Form Factor ultra small form factor
Manufacturer Form Factor ultra small form factor
Mainboard
Chipset Type Intel Q965 Express
Manufacturer Warranty
Service & Support 1 year warranty
Type 1 year warranty
Audio Output
Form Factor integrated
Sound Output Mode 7.1 channel surround
Compliant Standards High Definition Audio
Keyboard
Interface USB
Printer
Type none
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Certified Yes
Expansion / Connectivity
Slots 2 memory
1 (total) / 0 (free) x CPU
1 Mini PCI
Physical Characteristics
Form Factor ultra small form factor
Power
Type power adapter
Operating System / Software
OS Provided: Type Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Provided Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Type Acer Empowering Technology, Adobe Reader, Cyberlink PowerDVD , NTI CD-Maker Gold Edition, Norton AntiVirus
Video Output
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 3000
Graphics Processor Series Intel GMA
Video Interfaces DVI, VGA
Video Memory
Memory Allocation Technology Dynamic Video Memory Technology 4.0
Service & Support
Type 1 year warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Location carry-in
Full Contract Period 1 year

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