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    Acer Veriton L4620G-Ui7377X, a Powerful Micro PC With Windows 7 Professional

     

    If you have limited desk space like many of us, and don't like placing your PC tower on the floor, what can you do? My workhorse PC is a small form factor (SFF) Gateway PC, about one-third the size of a typical tower. But there are even smaller PCs available called ultra small form factor PCs.
    The Acer Veriton L4620G-Ui7377X is the latter breed of PC. It's only 9.8-inches high by 8.1-inches deep and only 2.4-inches wide. But don't be fooled by its diminutive size. This is a serious business machine, and not just for computer hobbyists to play around with.
    Before we look at the specs of the Veriton L4620G-Ui7377X, here's some news that most consumers and companies will like. It comes with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit/Windows 8 Pro 64-bit dual load. But the outcry from companies across the land has been loud: “We don't want Windows 8.”
    This micro PC packs an Intel Quad-core processor (3.1 GHz) with 64-bit processing. You get 8GB of memory (type DDR3), a hefty 1TB SATA hard drive, and a DVD burner. It also comes with a USB keyboard and mouse. [Monitor is extra.] There are six USB 2.0 ports, and four USB 3.0 ports. There are two audio line-out/headphone ports (one front, one rear). Wireless is the standard 802.11a/b/g/n.
    The L462G's Bluetooth feature is a handy offering for a desktop. You do the usual linkup “dance” between two Bluetooth devices, then you're ready to rhumba! I tested the Bluetooth by sending photos and video clips to the PC from my HTC Android smartphone. Then I sent different hi-res photos and videos from the desktop to my phone. The transfer was fast, and it's easier than transferring data via USB cable or memory card reader.
    You get a DVI (Digital Video Interface) port for connecting to a monitor [there's no HDMI port). Since older monitors (like mine) can't use DVI/HDMI cables, the Veriton comes with an adapter to use a standard VGA video cable. There are new video connectors called DisplayPort; the Veriton has two of those (which I didn't test). The graphics processor is Intel HD Graphics.
    While some users may prefer using the Veriton laying flat, you save space by setting it vertically via the included base. You'll be pleased by the small footprint; it's great for work cubicles and small home-office desks. Someday we'll laugh at the those monster towers we used to have on desks!
    The L4620G-Ui7377X comes with Microsoft Office Starter with reduced-functionality Word and Excel. But it contains advertising. You have to purchase MS Office 2010 if you want the whole package. I instead use the freeware Office clone called LibreOffice.
    This is a quality PC with all the power you'll need. I also noticed how quiet the L4620G is. And after running it for days, it didn't heat up like my Gateway does. I tested a lot of software, including Photoshop and video-editing programs, and it performed like a champ.
    You can purchase the Veriton L4620G-Ui7377X (or other Veriton models) at many retailers, such as Best Buy for Business (bbfb.com), CDW, PCConnection, Walmart, Sears, Staples, and Amazon.com. At this writing, PC Mall has it for $809.99; cdw.com sells it for $801.99. For more information, surf to: http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/professional-home.

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