Conclusion: We’ve been wondering why manufacturers have been slow to roll out Intel’s new third-generation processors in mid-range towers. Now the issue seems clearer. The addition of the Intel Core i5-3450 to this system, which in all other respects is nearly identical to the Acer Aspire M3970 we reviewed earlier this year, improves little. The performance gap is tiny.
Pros: Attractive enclosure, Plenty of connectivity, Lots of RAM and large hard drive, Inexpensive
Cons: Terrible 3D performance, Poorly located power and optical drive buttons