Acer Veriton 7200D
At a Glance
Acer prepared this model for a variety of business environments by including Intel's LANDesk Client Manager software and providing the option to start up in either Windows 2000 or Windows XP Professional.
The system's blue-and-white minitower is aesthetically pleasing as well as functional, with two USB 1.1 ports in front (two more ports are at the rear), plus front-mounted headphone and microphone jacks.
The Acer-branded keyboard has a small Backspace key--you can easily hit other keys around it accidentally.
To get into the system you need a screwdriver to remove two screws that hold down the metal side panel. The three open PCI slots, two open bays for removable-media drives, and one open hard drive bay can all be reached without digging around too many wires. The unit has a twin-loop case lock and chassis-intrusion detection for security.
Despite its small Backspace key, the blue-and-white matching keyboard offers some nice touches, including an attachable wrist rest and 13 Internet-access and multimedia hot-keys. The system's optical mouse is similarly color-coordinated.
Documentation includes a handy setup guide as well as a system-specific manual, which details the upgrade process nicely.