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. The Intel HD 2500 is nothing to brag about, either.
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