Onwards and upwards
Acer Aspire GX281
Acer is striking the iron while it's still red-hot with the Aspire GX281 – one of the first pre-assembled desktops in the country to be fitted with one of AMD’s new Ryzen processors, specifically the Ryzen 7 1700X. It comes accompanied by an AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a storage combo that comprises a 256GB solid-state drive and a 1TB hard drive.
The Aspire GX281 has a decent amount of connectivity ports as you would expect, but it’s not the most we’ve seen on a pre-assembled desktop. On its front, you’ll find essentials such as a USB 3.1 Type-C port, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, a headphone jack, a microphone jack, a SD card reader, and a good ol’ DVD-RW drive. Residing on the back of the Aspire GX281, meanwhile, are two additional USB 3.1 Type-A ports, four USB 2.0 ports, three DisplayPorts, and a HDMI port belonging to the Radeon RX 480, and the usual audio jacks.
Bundled together with the Aspire GX281 is a wireless keyboard and mouse. They serve their purpose well, but don’t expect them to replace any of your existing gaming peripherals (wired or otherwise) anytime soon.
We’re happy to report that the Aspire GX281 had absolutely no trouble handling everyday workloads like web browsing and word processing. In fact, we could type out this review on Google Docs while switching back and forth between the dozen other tabs that were opened in Google Chrome without the slightest bit of hesitance from the machine. It didn’t matter if a couple of them were streaming 4K videos on YouTube either.
You're bound to be pleased with the gaming capabilities of the Aspire GX281. It’s no hotblooded 4K gaming machine by any stretch of the imagination, but you can rest easy knowing that it can run most games in Full HD (1,920 x 1080) with their graphics settings cranked to the max. And we say most games, because the Radeon RX 480 of the Aspire GX281 doesn’t have enough video RAM to comfortably run Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands with the graphics preset set to Ultra. Lower the graphics preset down a notch to Very High, however, and you can safely expect the game to run with a respectable average 53 fps.
But the fact that the Aspire GX281 could run Deus Ex: Mankind Divided at its highest possible graphics settings with an average 43.5 fps should be sufficient enough to establish its gaming credibility, considering how notoriously demanding the game can be. Just to drive the point home, we’ll also have you know that the Aspire GX281 managed to run Overwatch on Epic graphics settings with a silkysmooth average of 104 fps.
The Aspire GX281 obtained a pCMark 8 Creative benchmark score of 5,806, which goes to show just how capable a multimedia workhorse it really is.