Acer’s positioning the Z3 700 as an all in one, but a model that is not bounded to a desk. You could move it downstairs to show off some pictures, or hand it over to the kids to watch a film without having to unplug it or mess about with wires. The Acer Aspire Z3 is an odd device. On the surface it looks like a desktop computer.
On the rear of the Z3 700 are two kickstands to keep the PC upright. While they stay in position well, they are a little flimsy. Note that both will need to be in position for the Z3 700 to stand upright. With only one in place, the unit will just fall over.
The processor company is up to 8GB DDR3 RAM, Intel HD graphics and a bevy of internal storage options ranging from a 32GB SSD to a 500GB HDD. The 17.3in, 1080p IPS panel offers detailed, sharp and colorful images. Viewing angles are pretty amazing.
Acer’s claim of 5 hours’ battery life seems impressive, peculiarly when you consider that this device is not actually thick at 15.6mm. Nonetheless, that battery life is most likely achieved through the use of less power-hungry internals either an Intel Pentium or Celeron processor by depending on where you buy it from.
Acer says it has worked directly with Microsoft to ensure that the Aspire Z3 700 is optimized for Windows 10. Take the dual digital microphones, for instance. These mics use digital signal processing to cancel out background noise and amend speech accuracy. This means that using Cortana in noisy environments will not be a problem.
In terms of connectivity, there is a couple of USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, headphone jack, volume rocker and microSD card slot on one side, while on the other sits a holder for a stylus. Not that one is contained, mind you.