Acer Veriton 7600G
At a Glance
The speakers provided with our test system were integrated into the monitor--but their sound quality made us want to head to the nearest store for a separate set. In our tests they produced thin, tinny trebles and difficult-to-hear bass notes.
The 7600G provides enough slots and bays for modest expansion needs. Our test unit had two drive bays free (one internal and one external), two open sockets for system memory, and three available PCI slots. At upgrade or repair time, you'll have to contend with a somewhat messy interior; wires and cables impede access to memory sockets, for instance. The system has six USB 2.0 ports; two of them are on the front panel, but near the bottom of the case, which can prove awkward for connecting devices if you place the system on the floor.
The keyboard's blue-and-ivory design matches that of the desktop. The keyboard typing action was quiet in our tests. Using the attached palm rest made typing comfortable. The keyboard has five programmable keys for launching Internet-related applications and four audio controls.