Acer Aspire AXC-605-UR11

Slim Tower PC that Manages to Feature a Core i3 Processor for Under $400

Acer Aspire X Slim Tower Desktop PC
Acer Aspire X Slim Tower Desktop PC. ©Acer

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The Bottom Line

Mar 2 2015 - The Acer Aspire AXC-605-UR11. It is one of the faster desktop that can be found for under $400 but it has some limited features in order to fit its Core i3 processor.


  • Faster Core i3 Processor
  • Compact Case Design


  • Smaller Hard Drive
  • Power Supply Limits Video Card Upgrades


  • Intel Core i3-4130 Dual Core Desktop Processor
  • 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Burner
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400 Integrated Graphics
  • HDA 7.1 Audio Support
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Two USB 3.0, Four USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, Card Reader
  • Windows 8.1

Review - Acer Aspire AXC-605-UR11

Mar 2 2015 - The design of the Acer Aspire AXC-605-UR11 remains unchanged from their previous slim desktop designs of the past couple of years. It is a compact and slim desktop tower case designed to fit into just about any space your might want a PC.

The big difference with the Aspire AXC-605-UR11 is the processor. For a $400 desktop system, it features an Intel Core i3-4130 dual core processor. This is a big step up from many desktops in this price range that tend to use the slower Pentium dual core processors or the Pentium J2900 like the previous AXC-603-UR12P. This gives it a significant boost in performance such that it is better suited for those that might want to occasionally do some more demanding PC work like digital video but it still will be slower than many more expensive systems.

The processor is matched up with just 4GB of memory though which will impact the performance somewhat. The memory can be upgraded easily as there are two memory slots and only one is in use so you just have to purchase a 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3 memory module to get to 8GB.

A big tradeoff is made with the storage in the system though to get the faster processor.

Most small desktop systems priced around $400 now feature a one terabyte hard drive. Acer has elected to use a smaller 500GB drive that provides just half the space for storing applications, data and media files than its competition. If you wish to add external storage to the system after purchase, there are two USB 3.0 ports found on the back for use with high speed external hard drives. The system still does feature a full sized dual layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CD and DVD media which is often lacking from many newer mini-PC systems.

Graphics are somewhat mixed with the Aspire AXC-605-UR11. It relies upon the Intel HD Graphics 4400 built into the Core i3 processor. This is a step up from the Intel HD graphics found in the lower Pentium processors but it still provides limited 3D graphics performance. It may be able to play some games at very low resolutions and detail levels but still with limited frame rates. It does provide acceleration for media encoding when used with Quick Sync enabled applications. Now if you want faster graphics, there is a PCI-Express graphics card slot for adding a card. The drawback is that the power supply is just 220 watts which means that card cannot require external power limiting it to sometime like a GeForce GTX 750 graphics card.

The list price for the Aspire AXC-605-UR11 is $450 but it can be found at most retailers for $400. This puts it at the upper end of the budget desktop price range. Its primary competitors for compact desktop systems come from the Dell Inspiron 3000 Small while there are a number of larger tower desktops such as the ASUS K30AD, HP 110 and Lenovo H50. Dell's system is similar in size but offers a slower Pentium G3250 dual core processor. It does feature twice the RAM and hard drive space. The ASUS K30AD also uses a slower Pentium G3240 processor but features a one terayte drive but is just $300. The HP 110 and Lenovo H535 both use AMD processors rather than Intel ones which puts them at a disadvantage when it comes to performance.

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