As far as anything with a 27in screen can feel floaty, this all-in-one does. The clear perspex hanging from its edge-to-edge glass screen gives it a lightness from the front, though you’ll find it more industrial from other angles.
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Acer Aspire 7600U
An unusual ‘unistand’ cleverly incorporates the power connector, and it folds flat into the back panel if you decide to wall-mount the device.
The Aspire's 1080p screen and 10-point multitouch makes it ideal for Windows 8’s touch-enabled interface, and the stand rakes between 30-80º to provide an angled touchtyping surface.
But take a look around the back and you’ll find two HDMI inputs (and one HDMI-out), a socket for the built-in TV tuner, a Blu-ray drive and an impressively svelte form that makes the Acer look like an ideal telly replacement.
Though the sound is a little weak, the giant, clear and colourful Aspire screen delivers when it comes to viewing angles – so the Blu-ray drive will come in handy.
Acer Aspire 7600U
But the 7600U’s innards are a mixed bag. The CPU is a 2.5GHz Intel i5 mobile variant, which is just about fast enough to run Win 8 without too many problems, and a discrete mobile graphics chip drives the display – but fan noise can occasionally be distracting.
An integrated Freeview tuner means you’ll never be short of something to watch, as long as you really like Bargain Hunt. But as a TV replacement, the Aspire is acceptable, but not brilliant.
It’s thin enough to wall-mount, and the webcam doubles as an extra user-interface – bundled software sees your hand as a mouse. Viewing angles and screen performance are great, but audio is a little weak and gives way to a rattly, raspy distortion if pushed. The Acer goes a long way, but it’s not perfect.