All-in-ones computers are becoming more common, which Windows 8 definitely can take a lot of credit for. But of course Apple has a tendency to make others want to jump on the bandwagon, and it's no different with the iMac. What's more interesting is that the pedigree of the manufacturer often seems to determine how the all-in-one will look. Samsung's resemble their televisions, and Dell's have more of a business appeal. Acer takes yet another road, as you can see with the Aspire 5600U that we are reviewing today. The transparent edge makes it almost look as if it's floating, and it's similar to the 27-inch T272HLbmidz touchscreen.
From the front there aren't that many differences, aside from the size. Design is always a matter of personal taste, but Acer's choice is definitely unique with its own look and feel. It continues to the back where there is a support for the screen for putting it an angle, handy for touch apps or games. Putting the screen more vertical is practical when you're using standard software.
The transparent plastic design was also applied to the included laser mouse and keyboard, which connect via Bluetooth. All of the plastic doesn't give the all-in-one a very deluxe feel, however. The on/off switch is located on the side of the screen, along with the menu buttons.
While it's great that you can tilt back the screen, it's not so great that the colors and brightness disappear. The viewing angles are not good, which is surprising. Features include a DVD burner on the right, and on the left two USB 3.0 ports, audio connectors and a memory card reader. You can read the rest of Acer Aspire 5600U preview: 23-inch all-in-one touchscreen on Hardware.info.