Acer Aspire XC-1660 

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I still get requests to review Desktop systems and this latest offering from Acer is much smaller than most, in fact not only smaller but also a great deal lighter. In fact I placed it on top of my own normal sized Desktop system and this amplifies the smallness. It also comes with small cordless Keyboard and mouse that take just one USB port to connect both.

Acer Aspire XC 1660
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It is 29.5cm tall, 9.5cm wide and 32cm deep add another 5cm to the last figure for cables into the back of the unit. The mouse is 10.5x6x3.5cm at most and weighs 81 grams with battery inserted. The keyboard is 41x11x2cm the last figure is at the back; at the front it is hardly 1cm. The keyboard has 112 keys with the numeric and alpha keys being full-size.

Next the all-important connections the front has the on/off button at top centre, then in a vertical line descending at the right bottom edge USB ‘C’, USB, headphones and microphone in two 3.5cm sockets.

The rest of the connections are on the back, from the top down power lead connection, two HDMI sockets, two USB, two USB3, two USB and an Ethernet, and finally three 3.5mm audio connections.

It comes pre-installed with Windows 11 and a 30 day trial of Norton security software.

It has an Intel i5 hexa core processor running at 2.6GHz. It has a 512GB SSD drive and 8GB of DDR4 RAM. There are other models with different processor speeds and memory available, all of which have the same start to their model number.

The only thing you need to add is a flat panel of your choosing that has a HDMI connection. I used it on my Wi-Fi and everything ran smoothly, having the Ethernet port could also be useful for those whose Wi-Fi is dodgy. Assuming your panel has speakers you can use them rather than cluttering your desk with external ones.

At the time of reviewing it was available on the Acer Store – link below – and while I was browsing a 10% off offer came up if you subscribe to their newsletter.

This nice light unit keeps everything together and unlike a lot of recent notebooks that have few USB ports this unit has seven.

The Acer Aspire XC-1660 as reviewed is available from the link below for £599.99 but with the 10% off £539.99 for subscribing to their newsletter.

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