Hot on the heels of my blistering expose of fake news on BGR comes another sordid tale of intrigue whereby unsuspecting PC customers might be bamboozled into buying a PC that is just like a half-price iMac.
After reading my scathing review of a Chromebook that a BGR writer and Master Link Baiter mistook for a new MacBook at half the price, a co-worker admitted to ordering a new Acer Aspire C22 because it was just like an iMac at half the price. Think $3,000 Microsoft Surface Studio for $449. Or not.
Thin Is In
As is the case with many of the less popular Windows 10 PCs, you can’t actually look at or touch and feel many of the new ones so early adopters have to exercise a degree of blind faith, hold their collective noses, and press the Buy button online. So it is with the Acer Aspire C22 and C24, two very, very, very thin all-in-one PCs that are all the rage these days, but these come with something special.
Windows 10, FreeDOS, on Linpus Simple Linux pre-installed. See? Just like an iMac which can run macOS Sierra, Windows 10, and various and sundry flavors of Linux and Unix. All at the same time, a feat the Acer models won’t cough up for $449.
Nice looking right? And Apple is so behind the times with a design that hasn’t been upgraded much in years. Shame Apple. Down boy. Sit. The Acer’s screen is HD. That ugly block on the top is the camera for Skype and selfies. It runs an Intel Inside Celeron J3160 CPU and just screams performance with 4GB of RAM and a 500 GB spinning hard drive.
The smaller and least expensive model comes with a 21.5-inch display, while the larger and more expensive model has a 23.8-inch screen, 8GB of RAM and a Warp 9-like Intel Core i3-6100U CPU starting at $699. No DVD. No discrete graphics. Otherwise, it’s just like an iMac.
What caused my friend, who used to be sane, to order an Acer AIO (that’s tech talk for all-in-one, like the iMac)?
Let’s start with price. $449. An entry level iMac has a 21-inch display in a very thin case and is more than double the entry-level Acer AIO. But the iMac also has 8GB of RAM, a 1.6Ghz dual core Intel Core i5 CPU, Intel HD Graphics 6000 and a full on HD sRGB display. Oh, and 1TB of storage, double the Acer, so it seems you get what you pay for.
One more thing. Touchscreen. The Mac doesn’t have a touchscreen. And much to the surprise of my co-worker who just cancelled her Acer AIO order, neither does the Acer for $449. It only looks like it does.
The annotation on the screen made my co-worker think the Acer AIO was just like Microsoft’s monstrously expensive and highly acclaimed Surface Studio which has a touchscreen. The Acer’s display tilts and that’s cool, but it doesn’t have a touchscreen which isn’t all that cool except in TV commercials and online ads where it makes a hell of an impression on the innocent, unsuspecting, and inexperienced, as well as the doctors who treat tendinitis.
But it just ain’t an iMac at half the price.