Acer Aspire M5630 AT370
- DVD-RW (+/-R DL)/HD-DVD/Blu-ray drive, HDCP HDMI output possible
- Small speakers
If you're in need of a new PC and are already buzzing to watch the latest movies in high definition, then the Acer Aspire M5630 is a brilliant choice.
Price$ 2,299.00 (AUD)
Not unlike the rest of us, it seems that Acer has become tired of waiting for the high-definition format war to end and has released the Acer Aspire M5630 desktop PC, a quad-core machine with a combination Blu-ray/HD-DVD drive -- nullifying the need to make a choice between the two competing formats.
Movies filmed at high resolutions (up to 1920x1080) with high quality digital audio require considerably more storage space than a DVD can hold. Two different formats have sprung from this necessity, HD-DVD created by Toshiba, and Blu-ray created by a conglomerate lead by Sony. Both formats use essentially the same technology (a blue-violet laser, rather than the red laser in DVD players, with a shorter wave-length), but vary enough to make them both competitive choices as the replacement for the current DVD technology.
No doubt this situation is far from ideal for Sony and Toshiba, but it's also left us, the end-user, in a state of confusion. On one side there's Blu-ray, which offers greater storage capacities (25GB for a single-layer disc), but costs more per disc to manufacture, and is also considered to be a more fragile physical media. On the other side there's HD-DVD, which can only store 15GB per single-layer disc, but costs less to make. Then there are the studios and other organisations to consider. Each format has its own posse of backers, and we're looking at a situation where one movie release might be on Blu-ray only, while another will be on HD-DVD.
What this system offers is the ability to read high-definition media from both sides of the camp. Acer's Aspire M5630 uses a combination DVD-RW (+/-R DL)/BRD/HD-DVD-ROM drive to allow users the freedom to watch any high-definition movie from either format, without a second thought.
Acer's Acerplay software takes care of everything for you. We inserted Casino Royale on Blu-ray and Windows Vista Autoplay picked it up and had it playing in one click. The same occurred with King Kong on HD-DVD.
The M5630 puts Intel's Quad Core Q6600 2.4GHz CPU to use, a good value option with a 1066MHz front side bus and a 4MB L2 cache. There is 2GB of DDR2 RAM installed and a Radeon HD2400 Pro with 256MB of memory. There is no HDMI output on the rear port cluster, but the Radeon card can output HDMI (HDCP) audio and video via a special DVI to HDMI adapter.
This is especially useful as the Aspire M5630 does not ship with particularly powerful speakers so you'll want to output via HDMI to a large TV and sound system for the best experience.
Also included in the package are a 500GB Western Digital hard drive, a media card reader, which includes support for Smartmedia, xD, MS, MS-Pro, MMC, SD and CF cards and a wireless keyboard and mouse.
In our Benchmarks we saw fairly reasonable results. In WorldBench 6 the Acer Aspire M5630 achieved a total score of 104, a fair effort and enough for some video or audio encoding as well as the usual set of day-to-day applications. In our MP3 encoding test it took 68 seconds to encode 53 minutes worth of WAV files to 192Kbps MP3 files using iTunes, and 111 seconds in Cdex.
Join the newsletter!
Roam freely in the digital world. Critically acclaimed performance and security at your fingertips.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- 2 Oppo R11s review: The iClone you know and love, but not quite the one you deserve
- 3 Blackberry KEYone Black Edition review: What the original KEYone should have been
- 4 Samsung Gear IconX 2018 review: The path of least resistance makes for an easy upgrade
- 5 TCL X2 review: QLED escapes the premium market
Latest News Articles
- CES 2018: Everything Announced By ASUS
- CES 2018: Everything Announced By Dell
- CES 2018: Intel Reveals VR-Ready ‘Hades Canyon’ NUC
- iMac Pro first look: Apple’s most powerful Mac is a multiprocessing beast
- macOS High Sierra ‘root’ security issue allows admin access to your Mac—but there's a fix
PCW Evaluation Team
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
- Sony a7R Mk III review: The strongest case yet for ditching your DSLR
- Oppo A73 review: The budget smartphone that sets the bar for 2018
- Oppo R11s: Full, in-depth review
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- TPContract ManagerACT
- FTHelp desk Support AnalystOther
- FTSenior Software Engineer - Angular4/.NetNSW
- CCWindows System Admin with IIS - Insurance ClientQLD
- FTDNS Security SpecialistOther
- FTBroker Support/ Applications SupportOther
- FTSenior Business Analyst - PERMANENT -Other
- FTSenior Pega Developer (Pega Senior Systems Architect)Other
- FTSystems Accountant / Production SupportOther
- CCSenior Solution Architect - Brisbane locationNSW
- CCCyber Security Business AnalystACT
- CCScrum Master Lead - Online DigitalVIC
- FTAEM/Jave DeveloperNSW
- FTLead Business AnalystOther
- FTTraining & Communications SpecialistOther
- CCJava Full stack developer - Telco domainVIC
- TPDNS Security SpecialistVIC
- FT.Net Developer (Full Stack)Other
- FTOnsite Support EngineerOther
- FTSenior Scrum MasterOther
- FTDatabase Designer and AdministratorOther
- CCTivoli Netcool DeveloperVIC
- FTDeveloper - PERLOther
- CCCisco Engineer - Perth basedVIC