Acer Desktop XC-885 

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This is now becoming a rare beast a Desktop PC rather that a Notebook. Sadly it has one thing missing – from my point of view – an optical drive. However during my testing period it has performed well in all departments that will satisfy most people.

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Acer XC-885 measures 32x29x9.5cm, the front of the unit has an on/off button at the top below this in a vertical line down the right side of the front are an SD card slot, always on USB ‘C’ port, an always on USB port and 3.5mm sockets for headphones and a microphone. The back has a kettle style mains input with a fan output beside it, below this are two HDMI inputs and D-Sub. A horizontal line of four USB2 ports and below this two USB3 ports further below is an Ethernet port and the connections are completed by three 3.5mm audio sockets. Near the base are two expansion sockets, as the unit was sealed I do not know if either one or both are available.

A rather nice keyboard and mouse set comes with the unit, both are wireless and controlled by a single tiny USB dongle that links both the units on connection.

The mouse is a standard 3 button offering with an on/off switch on the base to save its battery when not in use. The keyboard is 31x11cm which is smaller than most but still has 114 keys.

Should you – like me – still use an optical drive you can still attach a USB one to the unit.

It has an Intel Core i5 9400 processor running at 2.9GHz. It comes with 8GB RAM with 7.88GB useable. It has a 1TB hard drive split into ‘C’ and ‘D’ both of 465GB in size.

It has Windows 10 Home 64bit version installed, it came with V1909 but after some updates I was able to update to 20H2 which as far as I know is the current version.

In use it was totally silent even after several hours of use and with several Windows open, I know there is a fan in it but I never heard it working.

I used this with a couple of different flat panels both connected via HDMI and I had no problems.

If your work requires you to be static my own opinion is that a Desktop is preferable to a Notebook even if it’s just because it has more items immediately connectable.

However I know notebooks give the option of mobile working, as far as I am concerned the lack of an optical drive – even though there is a vertical slot cover on the front of the unit – is a minus but I am more set in my ways and it only requires me to copy files I use for testing to a USB stick or USB drive to make the optical drive redundant.

The Acer Desktop XC-885 is available refurbished from the first link below for £579.97, the below unit also has a small 128GB SSD as well as the 1TB hard disc. They also do – again refurbished - the exact model I was sent for £539.97.

Refurbished Acer XC-885 Core i5-9400 8GB 1TB Windows 10 Desktop - Laptops Direct

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