Sweet sounding all-in-one
When's the last time you listened to a system with integrated speakers and thought, 'Wow, these cans sound fantastic!'? Proabably never. Built-in speakers typically stink, though there are exceptions. Might Acer's new Aspire Z3-605 all-in-one (AIO) be one of them? It's Acer's first desktop with Harman Kardon speakers, which the company confidently claims "sets a new standard for AIO sound quality."
That's not a claim we can substantiate without hearing them for ourselves. In the meantime, we can report the Z3-605 sports two 3W front-facing Harman Kardon cans with Dolby Home Theater v4. Sound quality is a point of emphasis for Acer.
"Integrating Harman Kardon speakers is an important milestone and showcases Acer innovation and technology leadership," said Frank Chang, director of desktop product management for Acer America. "Acer is the first in the market to bring Harman Kardon premium sound to a mainstream all-in-one desktop, setting a new standard. The Aspire Z3-605 delivers a dynamic, high-quality audio experience for music and movie lovers and furthers convenience and comfort with an ergonomic and adjustable frame and webcam."
Moving on, the Aspire Z3-605 also has a 23-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) IPS display with 10-point multitouch support, up to Intel Core i5 processor, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to a 1TB hard drive, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, 1MP webcam, and Windows 8.
Look for the Aspire Z3-605 at "leading retailers" starting at $700 without touch support and $800 with touch.