by April 1, 2000 0 comments

If notebooks can be designed
to become ever so slim, why can’t PCs? The Veriton FP from Acer proves
this point. This PC’s components are conveniently hidden behind a 15″
TFT LCD display panel in the same box. It looks so thin that we actually had
people snooping around asking–”but where’s the PC”? The PC and
LCD panel are in the same box.

The Acer Veriton can be used
by large organizations and institutions who need a PC for displaying product
demonstrations, etc. For example, hospitals can keep this PC in the
reception area with a presentation running on various medical subjects. The
PC is meant to make a good first impression on the clientele. Due to its
compact design, it doesn’t take up too much space either.

The PC has superb display
quality. Due to the LCD panel, it’s crystal clear. Its configuration is
also pretty good–a PIII/550 processor, 128 MB RAM, 13 GB hard drive, and
an ATI Rage LT Pro AGP with
8 MB of video memory for the display.

Acer Veriton FP

A PC with LCD display. Rs

Features: 15" LCD TFT
display; additional monitor support; TimeMachine software for

Pros: Good performance;
ultra-slim; crystal clear display.

Cons: Expensive.

Source: Acer India
21 Palace Road
Bangalore 560052.
Tel: 80-2280812-4 Fax: 2280815

The bundled software is also
good. It comes with Win 98 on a restoration CD. In case the software on the
PC gets corrupt, this CD can be used to restore the PC to its factory
default settings. Another interesting and useful software is called the
TimeMachine. If you’ve installed some new software on the PC that starts
troubling you, you can use TimeMachine to restore the PC to the
configuration before the software’s installation. PC-Cillin anti-virus
software is also included.

The Acer Veriton’s
performance on common productivity applications like office suites, Web
browsers, etc, is really good. It scored 23.5 in Business Winstone99, which
tests a PC’s capabilities in running productivity applications. This is a
good score.

Another interesting feature
in the PC is an infra-red serial port that can be used to transfer data to
wireless devices. It has two PS/2 ports for mouse and keyboard, a serial and
parallel port, two USB ports, and line in/line out ports for sound.

The only problem with the
Acer Veriton is its price. At this price, it’s a niche product affordable
only to CEOs of large organizations.

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