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21. Compaq Presario SR1430NX Desktop
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22. Sony VAIO VGC-RB30 Desktop PC
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23. Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9748LL/A
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24. EMACHINES T3985 Desktop Computer
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25. Apple eMac G4 Desktop with 17"
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26. Compaq Presario SR1350NX Desktop
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27. HP Pavilion a1040n Desktop PC
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28. HP m7060n Media Center Photosmart
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29. Sony VAIO PCV-RS720G Desktop PC
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30. HP Pavilion a210n Desktop PC (2.50-GHz
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31. Sony VAIO VGC-RB38G Desktop PC
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32. HAVAS DIABLO II M/W CD B43 ( 71547
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40. HP Pavilion a1030n Desktop PC

21. Compaq Presario SR1430NX Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 515J, 512 MB RAM, 16 GB Hard Drive, Dbl Layer DVD+/-RW Drive, CD-ROM Drive)

our price: $649.99
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Asin: B0007TZIRE
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 88
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Amazon.com Product Description

Whether editing your family photos, balancing your online checkbook, or listening to your digital music collection, Compaq's SR1430NX offers a versatile, strong base for your home computing needs and is ready to take on multimedia tasks such as 3D gaming and video editing. The tricked-out SR1430NX has room to grow with 2 available PCI slots, 7 USB ports for connecting peripherals, and the ability to add up to a whopping 4 GB of RAM. This desktop comes with a huge 160 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, 2.93 GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, dual-layer DVD-/+RW drive (which also burns CDs), and a multi-format memory card reader.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The extra-large 160 GB Ultra DMA hard drive (7200 RPM) offers a wealth of storage space, perfect for storing a vast multimedia collection or for editing digital video.
  • Processor: Compaq amps up the processing power with the 2.93 GHz Intel Pentium 4 515J processor, which is more befitting this multimedia model than the Celeron processor found in its brethren. It has a decently fast 533 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and large 1 MB L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)
  • Memory: The 512 MB of installed RAM is a good start, but you'll want to take advantage of the huge 4 GB of total RAM capacity (4 x 1 GB)for such multimedia needs as video editing and immersive 3D gaming.
  • CD/DVD Drive: Offering the latest in DVD writing technology, the SR1430NX multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer DVD+R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. It features16x DVD+R, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVD+/-RW, 2.4x DVD+R DL, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CDR, 24x CDRW, and 40x CD-ROM ROM speeds. It also features an extra CD-ROM drive with 48x read speed.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: The SR1430NX comes with a Compaq keyboard and scroller mouse (both with PS/2 connections.
Screen, Graphcs and Sound
The integrated Intel Extreme Graphics video/graphics card (with 64 MB of shared video memory) is adequate for streaming Internet video, but won't be enough for today's demanding immersive 3D games. It also features an integrated audio card and headhphone, microphone, and line-in jacks.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
For expansion, the SR1430NX has two 5.25-inch external bays (both available), one external 3.5-inch bay (available) and one internal 3.5-inch bay (occupied), and three PCI slots (two available). It comes with a built-in floppy drive and the following external connectors:

  • 7 USB 2.0 ports (3 in front, 4 in rear) for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 2 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals (1 in front, 1 in rear)
  • 1 parallel port for connecting older printers and scanners
  • 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 9-in-1 media card reader on the front, compatible with CompactFlash (Type I and II), MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, and XD Picture Card
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), Norton Internet Security 2005 (with 60 days of complimentary updates), InterMute SpySubtract Pro (with 60 days of complimentary updates), Microsoft Money 2005, Quicken 2005 New User Edition, Sonic RecordNow, Apple iTunes, Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition, and MSN Encarta 2005.

Dimensions and Weight
This desktop measures 15.35 x 7.17 x 16.54 inches (HxWxD) and weighs approximately 30 pounds.

What's in the Box
The Presario SR1430NX desktop PC comes with a power cord, keyboard, and scroller mouse. It is backed by a one-year warranty for parts and labor from date of purchase, and it includes 90 days of toll-free software technical assistance. ... Read more


22. Sony VAIO VGC-RB30 Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 530J, 512 MB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW, CD-RW Drives)
list price: $899.99
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Asin: B00079F7LQ
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Sony CE
Sales Rank: 80
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Product Description

Cutting-Edge Sony Style & Performance! Intel Pentium 4 3GHz HT Technology Processor! 512MB of DDR RAM, 200GB SATA HDD, DVD+/-RW Dual-Layer Burner! The Sony VAIO VGC-RB30 desktop is ready for your digital lifestyle. Loaded with exclusive Sony software, the VAIO VGC-RB30 will be able to support and grow with your expanding multimedia demands and essential computing needs. Versatile and empowering, the VGC-RB30 lets you create, manage, share and enjoy your digital photos, home videos, movies and music. The massive 200GB Serial-ATA hard drive and 512MB of DDR memory ensure you never run out of room to expand your collection of memories. It's also loaded with software and hardware to help you create professional quality DVDs and CDs with up to 8.5GB recording capacity using advanced DVD+/-RW Dual-Layer technology and Sony Click to DVD software. The sleek design of the VAIO VGC-RB30 will integrate easily into any room, adding style without clutter. Ready for your creativity. The Sony VAIO VGC-RB30 desktop comes loaded with the tools you need to create, manage, share and enjoy your digital photos, home videos, movies and music. Intuitive and versatile, the VGC-RB30 is ready for your digital lifestyle. The power to create professional-quality DVDs is at your fingertips with the Sony Click to DVD creation software. Create or record up to 8.5GB of home videos, movies, TV shows, music or digital photos – up to 4 hours of MPEG-2 video – on one Dual-Layer DVD disc. ... Read more


23. Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop M9748LL/A (Dual 2.3 GHz PowerPC G5, 512 MB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, 16x Dual Layer SuperDrive)
list price: $2,500.00
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Asin: B0007OW51Q
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 69
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24. EMACHINES T3985 Desktop Computer

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Asin: B00094NNFG
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Emachines
Sales Rank: 200
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Product Description

Superior FeaturesUnbelievable Value

eMachines Internet Security Shield
Protect your new computer from the unknown with pre-installed Norton Internet Security 2005 (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam, Firewalland Parental Control), McAfee Anti-Spyware, and eMachines BigFix® software to solve problems before they arise.

Burn, Rip, Backup
Easily create photo slide shows and burn CDs or DVDs with the pre-installed Nero 6 software. With the Double Layer 16x DVD+/-RW store up to 8.5GB of your favorite video, music, photos or data. Enjoy the smoothest and brightest playback of DVDs and a powerful audio experience with CyberLink’sPowerDVD™ software.

ProductivityRight Out of the Box
Read and edit Word and Excel documents and view PowerPointpresentations with Microsoft® Works 8 software. Your finances,your wayfast and hassle-free with Microsoft® Money 2005.

Optical Drive Speeds:
This model features one optical drive:

  • a Dual Layer DVD+/-RW drive
    • Create a Double Layer DVD+R at a maximum 4X Write speed
    • Create a DVD-R at a maximum 16X Write speed or a maximum 6X Rewrite speed
    • Create a DVD+R at a maximum 16X Write speed or a maximum 8X Rewrite speed
    • Play a DVD at a maximum 16X Read speed
    • Create a CD-Rom at a maximum 40X Write speed
    • Create a CD-RW at a maximum 24X Rewrite speed
    • Play a CD-Rom at a maximum 40X Read speed
Notes:
  • A 8-in-1 integrated Digital Media Card Reader is included.
  • This model is pre-loaded with Service Pack 2 for the Microsoft Windows XP Operating System.
  • A 1.44MB 3.5-inch Floppy Disk Drive is not included.
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25. Apple eMac G4 Desktop with 17" M9834LL/A (1.42 GHz PowerPC G4, 256 MB RAM, 80GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
list price: $800.00
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Asin: B0007OW5CK
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 129
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Take a good look at eMac. What's not to like? All-in-one design, plug-and-play simplicity, great performance and an affordable price tag: you get everything you need to work, learn and play, right out of the box.You will appreciate eMac with a Combo drive, which lets you read DVDs and read, write and burn CDs. And you'll find lots of ways to enjoy your all-in-one digital hub. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars A good machine... with its share of small problems
Got this new 1.42 GHz eMac a week ago.I won't tell you all the advantages of switching from PC to Mac (stable OS, no viruses, free softwares...) as they are well known.Instead, I'll start with the little annoyances.Don't get me wrong : I really like my new eMac and wouldn't trade it for a cheap PC, but there are a few tiny problems here and there... And tiny problems are always what you notice first.Let's just see the small things Apple should change to make the PC to Mac transition less annoying.

The first thing I noticed once the (heavy) computer was out of the box is the cable Apple is giving to plug your modem to your phone line.It's about one foot long, too short to ever use it.Why are they giving this useless thing ? Give a proper one (at least a few feet long) or just give nothing.It's not very important, but this little copper wire is a fine example of the "cutting around the edges" method Apple is unfortunately using more and more.

One of the reasons I chose a Mac is GarageBand, part of the ILife line of softwares included with every Apple computer.I took a cheap microphone to test this award-winning application, plugged it in the line in jack... and nothing happened.The reason : the line in is not powered (it doesn't give the electricity the microphone needs to work), so the mike wasn't working.What does it mean ? It means that you'll have to buy something like an Imic, a device using an electrified USB entry as a "real" line in or mic in on your computer.The line in works great with any electrified (or pre-amplified) machine (as a walkman to transfer your songs from tape to CD, etc.) but still, a fully working line/mike in is available on any PCs and should be there.And what's the difference in the manufacturing cost Apple ? 50 cents ? But if you're a serious musician, or if you just wanna record a few songs in your spare time, you'll need to get some USB devices anyway, whatever the system you're using.

Talknig about sound, the Harman Kardon speakers previously used on the eMac are now gone.The speakers Apple is now putting instead are not very good.Not very loud neither.Even a cheap PC has better sounding ones, or at least louder sounding ones, so it tells a lot.As said, the volume is not very loud (in fact, it seems to vary from an application to another), and if you crank it to the (very ridiculous) max, you'll see waves in your screen, resulting from the interference produced by the speakers on the very near screen. Only positive point : there's a bit more bass on these speakers than you'll get on most free PC speakers.

A strange one.I was thinking about getting an IPod Shuffle, both as a MP3 player and memory device.But guess what ? You can't plug the Shuffle on an eMac without a USB extension cable! There's not enough space to plug the shuffle in a USB 2.0 port on the Mac (the USB 1 ports on the keyboard are not sufficently electrified).Two Apple products! I know, the Shuffle wasn't existing when they designed the eMac, but still...

All these things (and a few others) are very minor problems on an overall very nice computer... except for the one button mouse... Very reliable, lots of options and configuration possibilities, strange but cool Space Odyssey design, excellent line of softwares included, more than sufficient G4 processor, nice 16 inches viewable flat screen. real graphic card (64 MB), adware-spyware and viruses free, firewall included (activate it!) and an overall excellent machine for the price (considering that it's an always more expensive than it should be Apple product).If you're a student with a small budget (like I am) and/or you doesn't need the G5's muscle, this is the way to go.The small problems described above keeps the eMac out of perfection, but still, I give it a very strong four stars. ... Read more


26. Compaq Presario SR1350NX Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 519J, 512 MB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, Dbl Layer 16X DVD+/-RW/CD-RW Drive)
by Hewlett Packard Office
list price: $1,022.00
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Asin: B0006V13T0
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 101
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27. HP Pavilion a1040n Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 630, 1.0 GB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
list price: $1,214.00
our price: $949.99
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Asin: B00086I9I6
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 85
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Missing critical information
The system is regular, normal I would say for any kid who is not looking for cutting edge games.
My biggest complain is that HP made this computer just for Windows XP Home edition. After installing Professional edition you will end up with no sound and may be some thing else. There are not drivers for this system if you change OS, basically you can not upgrade computer.
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28. HP m7060n Media Center Photosmart Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 630 (H-T), 1 GB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, LightScribe Dbl Layer DVD+/-RW Drive)
list price: $1,342.00
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Asin: B00094NNI8
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 128
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Pavilion m7060n Photosmart Minitower, Intel Pentium 4 Processor 630, 3GHz, with Hyper-Threading Technology, 1GB RAM, 200GB Hard Drive, 16X DVD+/-RW and 48X CD-Rom Drives, Windows XP Media Center 2005 ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Back to a desktop
Just picked the HP m7060n up today from a local electronics store (sorry amazon) and wanted to check what others thought about it.I have to say that I'm impressed so far, computer comes loaded with tons of features, including a built in TV tuner, hook ups for your cable dvd you name it, built in memory card slots, 2 firewire ports (itunes preloaded) and 6 USB 2.0 two in the front and four in the back.It has a removeable harddrive spot that the sales guy reccomended getting and saving digital pictures to, in case your computer goes, like my laptop just did.Only thing I havent liked so far is having to burn, my own system recovery disks, which was easy on the built in DVD writer, but it took 2 hours!!All in all I think its great, if you can spend a grand and not feel guilty about it, and I don't, its a good purchase.Also the sales guy said not a great computer for gaming, but thats not my thing.take it easy ... Read more


29. Sony VAIO PCV-RS720G Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 530, 512 MB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, DVD+/-RW Dbl Layer, DVD-ROM Drive)
by Sony CE
list price: $1,099.99
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Asin: B000301N94
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Sony CE
Sales Rank: 69
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Amazon Product Description

The BasicsHardcore gamers and people who absolutely must have the most power and finest state-of-the-art amenities that money can buy will want to check out other PCs such as the Sony VAIO VGC-RA826G Digital Studio PC, but everyone else should find the Sony VAIO PCV-RS720G Desktop PC is all the computer they need. Featuring such desirable perks as double-layer DVD burning, built-in TV and video recording and a spacious 200 GB hard drive, the system is especially ideal as the centerpiece of a home entertainment center -- merely add a set of surround sound speakers and a viewing screen and you're good to go. If multimedia is in your future, the VAIO PCV-RS720G is a superb midlevel alternative.

Processor
At the heart of any computer lies the CPU (or processor), a massive collection of miniature transistors that governs the speed and power of the entire unit. For the VAIO PCV-RS720G, Sony balanced speed with affordability by installing an Intel Pentium 4 530. New for 2004, this is one of the recently upgraded series of Pentium 4 chips -- nicknamed "Prescott" -- featuring one full MB of Level 2 cache and a more generous data "pipeline" than prior models. Operating at a speedy but not record-breaking 3.0 GHz and of course sporting Intel's Hyper-Threading technology (Hyper-Threading allows a single CPU system to behave at times as a dual CPU system, thus adding substantially more speed to some high-end applications), this CPU delivers more than enough power for most applications and environments.

Memory
Computers typically store information on their hard drive, but they keep frequently and recently accessed data in Random Access Memory (RAM) for faster retrieval. More RAM means more efficient computing, superior multitasking and less strain on your hard drive. Though some of Sony's pricier units feature a whopping 1 GB of RAM and are therefore ready for anything the future may bring, the VAIO PCV-RS720G sports half that amount, 512 MB. Still, this is a typical allotment for most midlevel and high-end computers, and is certainly enough for most multitasking situations and/or complex applications. Moreover, it's fast PC3200 400 MHz DDR memory, and can be upgraded to a whopping 2 GB.

Video
CPU's are usually so busy doing basic calculations that they need help translating visual output to the viewing screen. This is the duty of the graphics card (or graphics controller). A graphics controller with "dedicated" video memory is preferable to a controller that's integrated on the mainboard and "shares" the system's main memory, as it will better handle complex procedures.

The VAIO PCV-RS720G features a new style of video controller -- a hybrid of sorts between high-end standalone "dedicated memory" cards and less capable integrated "shared memory" controllers. It's called the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900, a module that is indeed integrated on the motherboard but features more refined components. It also commandeers more of the system's main memory -- up to 224 MB -- than traditional integrated controllers. Ultimately, this controller is sufficient for all 2D and most 3D tasks (including most 3D games) and is far superior to a standard integrated controller, though a dedicated video card with 256 MB or more of built-in memory would deliver smoother imaging and more realistic textures in super-high-end applications such as the latest 3D games and 3D animation packages.

Display:
Sony has not included a display screen, thus allowing you to continue using your current monitor or select from today's many alternatives.

Sound
The VAIO PCV-RS720G generates stereo and surround sound via an Intel High Definition Audio chipset.

Hard Drive
The unit's large 200 GB internal hard drive is spacious enough for a massive allotment of files and applications and a comprehensive music, video/photo and multimedia library too. Furthermore, this particular hard drive is exceptionally quick -- sporting a fast 7200-RPM speed, an 8 MB buffer, and a futuristic Serial ATA connection. These are all comparatively recent innovations, each increasing the overall speed and performance of the system.

Optical Drive
An optical drive is essential in today's computing world. A "CD-ROM" drive allows you to install CD-based applications and play music CDs. A "CD-RW" drive adds CD "burning", so you can also backup your important files to long-lasting discs and create personalized music CDs. With a DVD-ROM drive you can enjoy all of the above plus watch the same big budget DVD movies you watch on your home entertainment system. And with a DVD-RW drive, you can also "write" home movies to durable discs and archive files to DVD (DVDs boast more than seven times the storage capacity of CDs).

This unit features two optical drives -- a DVD-ROM drive for playing music and data CDs and DVD movies, and a DVD +/- RW Double Layer Multi-Format drive through which you can not only do everything above but also take advantage of new double layer DVDs (twice the capacity of traditional DVDs). Moreover, this two-drive setup allows you to create extremely fast CD or DVD copies.

Connectivity and Expansion
With no less than seven high-speed USB 2.0 ports, you'll have lots of room for plug and play gadgets such as digital cameras and printers. Sony has also installed an IEEE 1394 "FireWire" port (often used for fast data transfer from digital camcorders), an S/PDIF jack for crystal clear digital audio, two S-Video inputs for lossless digital video, and a memory card reader for uploading data from today's most popular memory cards from devices such as digital cameras, PDAs and more. Communication options include a standard Ethernet LAN interface for fast network and Internet access and a 56K data/fax modem for low-speed dial-up connections

Operating System and Software
The VAIO PCV-RS720G features a software package headed by today's most accepted and commonplace operating system, Microsoft's Windows XP Home Edition. Also bundled with the system is Microsoft's Works 8.0 productivity pack, Intuit's Quicken 2005 New User's Edition financial suite, a half dozen of Sony's own top notch multimedia tools, and several time-limited trial editions of popular security and Internet utilities.

Control
The system includes a VAIO Keyboard and a no hassle PS/2 optical mouse. To help you better operate your system when you can't or don't want to hover over the keyboard, Sony will also enclose a convenient wireless remote control. ... Read more


30. HP Pavilion a210n Desktop PC (2.50-GHz Celeron, 256 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive,DVD-ROM Drive, CD-RW Drive)
by Hewlett Packard

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Asin: B0000A277A
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard
Sales Rank: 77
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Amazon.com Product Description

Ultra-affordable but lacking the power and perks of a mid- or high-level unit, the HP Pavilion a210n Desktop PC is built for folks who don't want or don't need to drop a lot of dough on state-of-the-art equipment. Distinct from the entry-level Pavilion a200n by virtue of its larger hard disk and DVD playing capabilities, the Pavilion a210n won't appease those who constantly strain their computer with processor-intensive applications or the latest 3-D games, but is otherwise a solid choice for the budget-conscious user.

At the heart of the Pavilion a210n lies a 2.5 GHz Intel Celeron processor. HP has matched this budget-conscious CPU with 256 MB of PC2100 DDR SDRAM, an integrated Intel Extreme graphics chipset with 64 MB of shared (not dedicated) memory, and a surprisingly large 80 GB hard disk. Other data handling tools include a 3.5-inch diskette drive for older or smaller applications and backup needs, a CD-RW drive through which you can play and burn audio CDs and archive information, and a DVD-ROM drive for watching movies.

The Pavilion a210n package does not include a display or speakers, nor does it feature an IEEE 1394 FireWire port (normally used for fast data movement to and from external devices such as digital camcorders). It is equipped with a half dozen high-speed USB 2.0 ports for speedy interaction with plug and play peripherals, a two-button PS/2 scrolling mouse and a convenient HP Multimedia keyboard. Connectivity options include a low-speed 56K modem and a 10/100Base-T networking interface for high-speed e-communications.

The impressive bundled software package features such useful applications as WordPerfect Productivity Pack 2002, WordPerfect 10 and Quattro Pro 10, Intuit Quicken New Users Edition, InterVideo's WinDVD DVD player, and the Windows XP Home Edition operating system. ... Read more


31. Sony VAIO VGC-RB38G Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 550, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM Drives)
list price: $1,349.99
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Asin: B00079F7NO
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Sony CE
Sales Rank: 232
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Product Description

VAIO RB38G Minitower, Intel Pentium 4 Processor 550, 3.4GHz, with Hyper-Threading Technology, 1GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, 16X DVD+/-RW and 16X DVD Drives, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 ... Read more


32. HAVAS DIABLO II M/W CD B43 ( 71547 )

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Asin: B00005BV7N
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Havas
Sales Rank: 28771
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Vivendi Diablo II for Windows and Mac - Complete Product - Games - 1 User(s) Complete Product - Standard - PC, Mac

Evil Has Survived...



Since the beginning of time, the forces of Order and Chaos have been engaged

Vivendi Diablo II for Windows and Mac - Complete Product - Games - 1 User(s) Complete Product - Standard - PC, Mac

Evil Has Survived...



Since the beginning of time, the forces of Order and Chaos have been engaged in an eternal struggle to decide the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now arrived at the Mortal Realm... and neither Man, Demon, nor Angel will be left unscathed...



After possessing the body of the hero who defeated him, Diablo resumin an eternal struggle to decide the fate of all Creation. That struggle has now arrived at the Mortal Realm... and neither Man, Demon, nor Angel will be left unscathed...



After possessing the body of the hero who defeated him, Diablo resumes his nefarious scheme to shackle humanity into unholy slavery by joining forces with the other Prime Evils, Mephisto and Baal. Only you will be able to determine the outcome of this final encounter...



As one of five distinct character typees his nefarious scheme to shackle humanity into unholy slavery by joining forces with the other Prime Evils, Mephisto and Baal. Only you will be able to determine the outcome of this final encounter...



As one of five distinct character types, explore the expanded world of Diablo II, filled with all-new quests, weapons, spells, armor, monsters, and non-player characters. Journey across distant lands, fight new villains, discover new treasures, and uncover ancient mysteries, all in the quest s, explore the expanded world of Diablo II, filled with all-new quests, weapons, spells, armor, monsters, and non-player characters. Journey across distant lands, fight new villains, discover new treasures, and ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Got me hooked
I swear, I havn't had a good night sleep since I got this and its not because I'm having nightmares, its because I can't take my eyes away from the screen.Complex but bang on story, good graphics for it's time, and I can't stop playing as I'm wanting to up the level for my characters.This game is sooo adicting and I'm not a RPG guy! ... Read more


33. Compaq Presario SR1420NX Desktop PC (Intel Celeron D Processor 340, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, Dbl Layer 16X DVD+/-RW Drive)
list price: $710.00
our price: $549.99
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Asin: B0007TZFIQ
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 340
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Amazon.com Product Description

Whether editing your family photos, balancing your online checkbook, or listening to your digital music collection, Compaq's SR1420NX offers a versatile, strong base for your home computing needs. Focusing on affordability, the SR1420NX has room to grow with an available expansion slot, 2 available PCI slots, 5 USB ports for connecting peripherals, and the ability to add up to 2 GB of RAM. This desktop comes with an 80 GB hard drive, 512 MB of installed RAM, 2.93 GHz Intel Celeron processor, dual-layer DVD-/+RW drive (which also burns CDs), and a multi-format memory card reader. For a step up in price, the SR1430NX offers a Pentium 4 processor, 160 GB hard drive, and an extra CD-ROM drive.

The Basics

  • Hard Drive: The 80 GB hard drive (7200 RPM) is average in size when compared to other budget-minded desktop PCs. It will provide ample storage space for your family digital photos as well as a large digital audio library--but it's not quite enough for editing digital video from camcorders.
  • Processor: The Intel Celeron D 340 processor might not be as sexy as a Pentium, but it still gets your work done speedily enough. It has a 2.93 GHz speed with a decently fast 533 MHz front-side bus (FSB) and 256K L2 cache. (An L2, or secondary, cache temporarily stores data; and a larger L2 cache can help speed up your system's performance.)
  • Memory: The 512 MB of installed RAM is a good start, but you'll want to take advantage of the roomy 2 GB of total RAM capacity (2 x 1 GB)for such multimedia needs as video editing and immersive 3D gaming.
  • CD/DVD Drive: Offering the latest in DVD writing technology, the SR1420NX multiformat DVD/CD drive is compatible with both DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer DVD+R discs, which can store up to 8.5 GB of data. It features16x DVD+R, 8x DVD-R, 4x DVD+/-RW, 2.4x DVD+R DL, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CDR, 24x CDRW, and 40x CD-ROM ROM speeds.
  • Keyboard & Mouse: The SR1420NX comes with a Compaq keyboard and scroller mouse (both with PS/2 connections.
Screen, Graphcs and Sound
The integrated Intel Extreme Graphics video/graphics card (with 64 MB of shared video memory) is adequate for streaming Internet video, but won't be enough for today's demanding immersive 3D games. It also features an integrated audio card and headhphone, microphone, and line-in jacks.

Connectivity and Expansion Slots
For expansion, the SR1420NX has two 5.25-inch external bays (one available), one external 3.5-inch bay (available) and one internal 3.5-inch bay (occupied), and three PCI slots (two available). It comes with a built-in floppy drive and the following external connectors:

  • 5 USB 2.0 ports (1 in front, 4 in rear) for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
  • 2 FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) port for connecting digital video camcorders and other peripherals (1 in front, 1 in rear)
  • 1 parallel port for connecting older printers and scanners
  • 2 PS/2 ports for connecting keyboards and mice
  • 1 VGA monitor port
  • 9-in-1 media card reader on the front, compatible with CompactFlash (Type I and II), MicroDrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick/Memory Stick Pro, MultiMedia Card, Secure Digital, and XD Picture Card
It also has an integrated 56K modem (V.90) and an RJ-45 LAN network port (for a 10/100 Ethernet connection to networks and DSL/cable modems).

Preloaded System and Software
This system comes with the Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 operating system with Advanced Security Technologies, which helps to reduce unwanted downloads and pop-ups while surfing the Web. It also comes preloaded with Microsoft Works (for working with word processing and spreadsheet documents), Norton Internet Security 2005 (with 60 days of complimentary updates), InterMute SpySubtract Pro (with 60 days of complimentary updates), Microsoft Money 2005, Quicken 2005 New User Edition, Sonic RecordNow, Apple iTunes, Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition, and MSN Encarta 2005.

Dimensions and Weight
This desktop measures 15.35 x 7.17 x 16.54 inches (HxWxD) and weighs approximately 30 pounds.

What's in the Box
The Presario SR1420NX desktop PC comes with a power cord, keyboard, and scroller mouse. It is backed by a one-year warranty for parts and labor from date of purchase, and it includes 90 days of toll-free software technical assistance. ... Read more


34. Apple M9425LL/A eMac Combo (1.25 GHz, 256 MB RAM, 40 GB Hard Drive, Optical Combo, 17" Flat CRT)
by Apple Computer

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Asin: B000222F5O
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 63
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Ease of use is finally affordable
I'm used both Wintel and Mac my whole life, I always kept a PC around because for basic stuff because they are soo cheap and the mac around for my high end work.

I finally ditched that idea with the new emac.

don't let the Mhz fool you, 1.25Ghz G4 is a fast machine, certainly faster than any Celeron at *any* Mhz. The addition of the 512kb backside cache, better video card and hack to allow video spanning makes the new $799.99 emac a great first computer or 2nd addition to the family. It's all-in-one but the USB 2.0, Firewire 400 and up to 1GB of memory will keep you busy adding accessories to entend it's use for years to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just TRY getting him off it!
My 10-year-old, that is, off the eMac, which sits alongside a Windows PC.

Recently, my household has undergone a revolution, a computer revolution. This spring, I realized that I had not purchased a new computer for myself since the 80s (!). Oh, we had (and still have) plenty of computers around, as I work with and on them, but I had purchased none of them for myself.

It was time. Though I have more than 20 years of experience, professional and personal, in the PC world, I changed religions and bought Apple computers, one iBook and one eMac, and of course related products.

The iBook came first; happy with that, I started looking seriously at iMacs and eMacs. The iMac is a beautiful machine, but the eMac, configured as I would want the iMac to be, was $750 less, and there's a lot this single mom can do with $750. I love great and beautiful design, but in this case, I loved that $750 more, so decided on the eMac over the iMac.

I ordered the eMac with 1 GB RAM, 160 GB hard drive, SuperDrive, and an AirPort Extreme card. I also got AppleCare for the eMac. As the product information above mentions, set up was easy: unpack, plug in, turn on.

My 10-year-old son was skeptical at first, as he is well-versed with all flavors of Windows. It took him about 30 seconds to come around, when he saw that he could surf the Web on the eMac while I surfed on the iBook, thanks to the AirPort Extreme network in the house. If that hadn't convinced him, other opportunities abounded.

The eMac comes nicely configured with all the software one would need straight off: AppleWorks for word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing and painting, and database functions, Quicken for personal finance, Apple's Safari browser (with Microsoft's IE also available), an email package, encyclopedia, games, and iLife, Apple's suite of software for photos, movies, music, and more.

One big hit, for at least two days, was the speech recognition software which comes with the eMac. Like other programs on the eMac, the included chess game can be controlled with voice commands; this is fun to play with, but has not become the method of choice over these weeks we've had the eMac. (You can tell the computer "Tell me a joke" to have it tell you a knock-knock joke, but the performance of the speech recognition software is pretty spotty. Still, a cute diversion!)

Another big (and continuing) hit is iMovie. With some of that $750 I saved getting the eMac instead of the iMac, I bought a digital video camera. iMovie is totally slick; I plug the camera into the firewire port, and iMovie takes over, allowing me to control the camera for rewinding, forwarding, and playback. Pulling the information from the camera into the computer is a snap: click "Play" and "Capture," and that's it. Each clip from the camera is pulled into iMovie as an individual clip, the software watching the timestamp to detect when you stopped shooting one clip and started shooting another.

iMovie lets you sequence the clips, add photos, music and other sounds, text (including titles and credits), transition from one clip to another in a variety of ways, and add effects such as rain and fog to clips... as I said, totally slick. With Brood X cicadas abounding a few weeks ago, my tall child shot and edited a short documentary about them in just a couple of hours, complete with sound effects, music, interesting transitions between clips, titles, and credits.

With iDVD part of iLife and a SuperDrive on the eMac, another choice for distributing your work is available. iDVD lets you combine movies, iPhoto slide shows, music, and other files into one cool DVD. It comes with a number of templates to give your final DVD a very professional look; you WILL amaze friends and family with your final product, even with just a slide show of still photos (set to music, of course!). iPhoto and iDVD are *that* cool.

One thing which the eMac (and iBook) did not come with that would have been useful is a Web page development tool. It's possible to create a Web page with AppleWorks, but a simple WYSIWYG tool, such as that the Mozilla browser comes with (Composer), would have been a nice addition. (This may well be available with .Mac, which I did not spring for.) With Mozilla a free download, this omission was readily corrected.

Another recommended addition, especially for those making the move from Windows to PC, is the book "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition." We've used it a lot as we've explored the eMac and its software.

In the weeks we've had the eMac, it has become the computer of choice. Though the Windows PC right next to it on the desk has tons of software on it, including lots (and lots) of kid-friendly games and standard productivity tools, it just cannot hold a candle to the software that came with the eMac.

Good thing I have an iBook so I don't need to tell the tot to shove over and let me have my turn at the eMac.... more than once or twice a day, anyway.

Highly recommended for anyone who wants a fast, useful, well-engineered computer at a very reasonable price.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great machine for the price.
I just bought this to replace an aging iMac and what a great computer. At hundreds less than the iMac, this is a Mac that everyone can love...and at 800 bucks you're not going to bust the bank to get it. The perfect machine for the home user, this machine is a great box at a really competative price. One suggestion, upgrade the ram...you won't regret the extra cost and the performance difference is amazing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Faster but still very user friendly computer.
A recent user survey in PC magazine identified Apple computers as the most reliable and easiest to use computers currently available. Yes, most people use Windows-based PCs, but do you want to be just another member of the PC herd -- with all of the problems and frustrations presented by Windows-based PCs -- or are you looking for a computer which is user friendly and seldom crashes? If ease of use and reliability are more important to you than being one of the crowd, please seriously consider buying an Apple. The eMac is Apple's least expensive computer, so it's a terrific way to enter the user friendly world of Apple computers at a very reasonable price. Furthermore, this new eMac is a very fast computer; faster than the previous eMac because it now uses a 1.25 GHz G4 processor which is equivalent in processor speed to a 2.4 GHz Pentium 4. If you're looking for a fast, easy to use computer and are willing to try something off the beaten path, you'll love this new eMac.

5-0 out of 5 stars suits anyone!
This computer is simply amazing for its price. Mac OS X Panther and iLife '04 make it worth maybe three hundred dollars more than sells for. It's much more for your money than a PC. The 1.25 GHz G4 model has been benchmarked and is comparative in speed to a 2.4 GHz Pentium 4. ... Read more


35. HP z555 Digital Entertainment Center

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Asin: B0009EK9XA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HP
Sales Rank: 12906
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Product Description

z555 Digital Entertainment Center, Intel Pentium 4 Processor 530J, with Hyper-Threading Technology, 512MB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, 16X DVD+/-RW Drive, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 ... Read more

Features

  • Computer
  • Intel Pentium 4 processor 530j with HT Technology
  • 512MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (expandable to 2GB)
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi Adapter with removable antenna
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

36. HP Pavilion a1000n Desktop PC (Intel Celeron D Processor 340, 512 MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
list price: $718.00
our price: $449.99
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Asin: B00086HZJA
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 38
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37. Punch! Home Design Architectural Series 18

our price: $69.99
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Asin: B00006SIJS
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Punch! Software
Sales Rank: 2497
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 18 powerful programs with one, easy-to-use interface
  • For landscaping, home designing, remodeling, interior decorating
  • Video ToolTips tutorials for beginners; complex features for the pros
  • Create complex objects from simple ones; change the design in 3D
  • Simple drag-and-drop functions; presentation tools for final prints

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars does not work as advertised
I upgraded from Punch's Super Homesuite because I wanted to do Heating and Air Conditioning design (as well as model my house which is a 1 and 1/2 story house - a two story house with a room with a vaulted ceiling to the second story). AS-18 costs more money and was a step back from Super Home Suite.The moderator for Punch's on-line community states the software is really meant for visualization, not for actual design.Actual design is what I purchased it for. I am a Licensed Professional Engineer. I purchased the software for some remodelling projects and perhaps a shed in the yard. 20 years in the business and i found this software difficult, frustrating and unsuitable.I am still looking for a capable & easy to use home remodelling/design program. I wish I would have checked the reviews from Amazon before buying.

1-0 out of 5 stars AS18 Makes Simple Tedious
I have read the book, used the online help and still, this program just makes simple things tedious. For example: I create a wall, then click to move it -- poof there's a flyout menu in your face. Click the wall again and NOW you can move it.

There's just a lot of stuff like that. Little annoyances that make the simple, harder. I am extremely disappointed as the potential with AS18 is there. Maybe their new 3000 addresses some of the tedium, but I'm not willing to pay the price right now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Program!!!!!
Whaa... to the reviewer that gave this great program 1 star. Don't let that review stear you away from purchasing it. Of course there is a learning curve to every designer program. This particular version has a great user manual. A on-line forum that you can get expert advice on questions you may have. There are also video tutorials to help walk you thru step by step almost all details of building your dream home. I have been a PUNCH user for over 2 years and I own all the versions except Architectural series 3000. Down the road I will purchase it. I give this program 5+ stars!

1-0 out of 5 stars Unsuitable for intended purpose.
My advice is to avoid this product. The manual is unclear and just plain inaccurate in places. Exact placement and manipulation of walls and groups of walls is very difficult and tedious. Many times I found myself having to delete several items and walls in order to change a specific wall. It would be extremely helpful if a wall could be locked in position with a menu toggle. Creating walls for vaulted ceilings was extremely frustrating. There is no automatic way to have a group of walls be the same maximum height and meet correctly with vaulted ceilings. This makes roofing design a painful process also.

The 3d views are graphically very good, but the controls for manipulating them are inadequate. It is extremely difficult to do a walk thru from the 3d window. The only way I found to do a controlled walk thru was by using the viewpoint tool in the 2d window. This causes you to do a lot of scrolling and wastes desktop space the 3d view could be using so you end up with less of a perspective than you should have. I have also run into strange glitches with the 3d view that would cause windows and doors to become solid walls again, despite still showing up on the 2d plan. Some times closing the program and restarting would fix the problem and other times I would have to discard the plan and revert back to an earlier save. This is very annoying and time wasting.

My biggest annoyance by far though is that there is no kind of feasibility checking in the program. With a consumer level product some kind of check to evaluate your plan should be present. Something to tell you that your floor needs support at a certain point or it will fall or the concrete pad you are pouring needs reinforcement at specific places. I know many other home design programs have some form of checking in them. It seems Punch software has no checking of any kind. This would be valuable to avoid many simple mistakes and to make the estimator tool much more accurate. If necessary elements are left out because you did not know they were needed, how is the program going to estimate the amount of materials needed with any kind of accuracy?

This program actually seems to be geared to a professional contractor or architect with knowledge of good building practices, but I'm guessing it would be inadequate for them in many other ways. There is not nearly enough help for the amateur designers who only want to tinker with their own house or put a dream home down on paper.
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38. Sony VAIO VGC-RB34G Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 540J, 512 MB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, Dual Layer DVD+/-RW, DVD-ROM Drives)
list price: $1,149.99
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Asin: B00079F7MK
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Sony CE
Sales Rank: 102
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Product Description

Cutting-Edge Sony Media Center! Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz HT Technology Processor! 512MB of DDR RAM, 200GB SATA HDD, DVD+/-RW Dual-Layer Burner! The Sony VAIO VGC-RB34G Media Center can handle your professional needs and cater to your digital lifestyle. It comes loaded with exclusive Sony software that allows you to easily create, manage, share and enjoy your digital photos, home videos, movies and music. Convert old VHS and 8mm videos to DVD with Click to DVD software and create an extensive digital library for your personal viewing entertainment. The massive 200GB Serial-ATA hard drive and 512MB of DDR memory ensure you never run out of room to expand your collection of memories. The tools you need for your expanding multimedia demands and everyday computing needs are centralized in one powerful media center machine. The expanded hard drive space and improved memory give you the power to do more, save more, create more. The Sony VAIO VGC-RB34G Media Center comes loaded with the tools you need to create, manage, share and enjoy your digital photos, home videos, movies and music. Intuitive. Versatile. Empowering. Ready for your digital lifestyle. The power to create professional-quality DVDs is at your fingertips. With the Sony Click to DVD creation software and the Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW drive, it’s just one click away. Create or record up to 8.5GB of home videos, movies, TV shows, music or digital photos – up to 4 hours of MPEG-2 video – on one Dual-Layer DVD disc. ... Read more


39. Apple M9461LL/A eMac SuperDrive (1.25 GHz PowerPC G4, 256MB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, 8x SuperDrive, 17" Flat CRT)
by Apple Computer

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Asin: B000222GMG
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 145
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (8)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction model for switchers with a limited budget
I recently purchased the 1.25 ghz eMac SuperDrive model in May and it's a great all-in-one machine. If you want to switch to Apple but not pay two or even three months worth of your well-earned paycheck for a G5 or G4 Powermac then the eMac is the model to go for. I also upgraded the memory to its maximum 1 gig and got the very cool JBL Creature II 2.1 speakers. I have everything that I need right on the eMac: burn dvd's or cd's, download music & more, play games, surf the web, print or scan with no problems, have a bluetooth connection with my 6600 nokia or connect to my olympus digi cam with ease.

The only negative things I have to say is the loudness of the machine which can be really annoying especially when watching a dvd or listening to music. If you can't stand a loud fan then go for another model. I also wish Apple products or programs weren't so overpriced.

Overall I'm very happy with the eMac and Mac OS X Panther, now all I need to get is an iBook and an iPod.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good machine but noisy
Very fast. My only complain is the noise of the fans at the back. When i work at night its really annoying. Try listening music with itunes when you always hearing those big fans in background... Also the screen lack sharpeness. At night again its become very hard for the eyes to read words at the screen specially when you're doing desktop publishing. So im planning to buy an other flat screen (a PC one, bigger and scrisper) later. i find a patch on the internet where i can go in dual mode with 2 monitors. It works perfectly and make me really happy, i can't understand why apple did not included it in the machine.
Yes the noise is really the big annoying thing.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Value!
I just bought one of these to use at home as a multimedia creation station. All I can say is, "Wow!" The performance and the feature set of this computer is just an amazing value for the price. It performs noticeably faster than the brand new Dell Dimension 2400 w/2.8 Ghz Pentium 4 I use at work! Don't let the "1.25 Ghz" processor speed scare you. This is a speedy machine. The screen is very bright and colors display quite well - which was a relief for me. I was tempted to buy the 17" flat-panel iMac instead, but the idea of keeping an extra $800.00 in my pocket won out. The iMac's flat panel *is* truly gorgeous, and I liked the desk space-saving aspect of the iMac, but with the money I saved buying this eMac I can buy a leftover or refurbished iBook and have both a desktop *and* a laptop! The only negative things I have to say about this computer is that the fan noise is somewhat loud (not ear-splitting LOUD! but a somewhat forceful "whoosh" sound that is definitely noticeable and can be distracting/annoying), and the speakers are pretty unimpressive. "Thunderous sound system" - yeah right! The speakers *sound* good enough but the bass frequencies start sounding like a paper bag way before the sound is turned up to full volume. Don't try to attempt to impress your friends by bumping your Snoop Dogg CDs unless you get some external speakers.

All in all, this machine should meet or exceed the needs of just about *any* consumer/"average joe" computer usage and also excels at video, photo, and music editing! A great value for the money!

5-0 out of 5 stars Darned Apple!
I just bought my eMac in December for $$$ more! But with that aside, this is the first computer I bought that I've been thoroughly satisfied with since I bought my FIRST computer (a Windows 95-based PII)--and let me say that my computer savvy has grown a whole lot since then, so for me to be satisfied now is saying a lot.

And there's a lot to like about the eMac. First off, is price. You're paying less for more! The eMac is basically the iMac in a different shell, but it's several hundreds less. If you can live without a flat-panel LCD (and most people can), then get this computer!

With a 1.25 GHz G4, this beauty is as fast as a 2.4 GHz P4! And combined with the wonderful iLife suite, it makes multimedia work simple. From making movies and DVDs (iMovie + iDVD), digital photo slideshows (iPhoto) and playing music (iPhoto) everything is simple to use and fast, too. And with the new iLife '04, you can MAKE music, too, using GarageBand!

Heck, at this price, it's cheaper than any quality PC with similar specs: 17" flat screen monitor (16" viewable), 256 MB RAM, 1.25GHz G4 (2.4GHz P4 equiv.), 80 GB HD, 32 MB ATI Radeon graphics card, 8x DVD burner (w/32x CDR write), 2 USB + 2 Firewire and a great bundle of software in the iLife suite!

I was a long-time Windows user and worked rebuilding old PCs, but I just got so sick of the Windows clutter and the inherent problems with the OS that I decided to go with Apple and I have never been happier.

If you're thinking that you don't want to go Mac because you don't want to have to relearn how to use a computer, don't worry. Mac OS X is easy to use, as it uses almost the same GUI as Windows (although Apple came up with it first), and the only differences are that icons line up on the right on Macs and you can't just click on the button on the window to close the app--you have to select "Quit..." to close it. If you can make those adjustments, you can use a Mac! And, if you have any problems with the OS (eg. a "kernel panic"), you can restore the OS without deleting precious information on your HD! How convenient! Try doing that with Windows XP! Sure, XP can restore to a previous point, but that rarely works (I've had to do that about 30 times in two years until I went Mac)--I've had to restore Mac OS X once (four months ago--it was my fault for downloading the wrong version of a program), and everything was like brand-new again and I haven't had another problem since. Wonderful!

But, I can't only spout about the good. Some problems with Mac are that it can't natively play AVI files--a fairly common video file format. Software is expensive--up to as much as twice that of Windows. Sudden price changes/model releases--like when I bought my eMac in December, they released the new iLife in January--so I didn't get a free upgrade (I missed the cutoff date by a week), but had to BUY iLife for $$, even though I hadn't had my computer for a month! Had I known, I'd have waited the extra week and saved myself some money! Oh, and I also would've gotten Final Cut Express 2.0 for $$ instead of FCE 1.1!! Now if I want FCE 2.0, I'll have to shell out another $$!!! What a pain!

But that's more problems with Apple the company, rather than the computer. Hence, my giving this computer 5 stars. No computer I've owned up until now deserved it, but you won't find more bang for your buck.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast, versatile, and very user friendly computer.
A recent user survey in PC magazine identified Apple computers as the most reliable and easiest to use computers currently available. Yes, most people use Windows-based PCs, but do you want to be just another member of the PC herd -- with all of the problems and frustrations presented by Windows-based PCs -- or are you looking for a computer which is user friendly and seldom crashes? If ease of use and reliability are more important to you than being one of the crowd, please seriously consider buying an Apple. The eMac is Apple's least expensive computer, so it's a terrific way to enter the user friendly world of Apple computers at a very reasonable price. Furthermore, this new eMac is a very fast computer; faster than the previous eMac because it now uses a 1.25 GHz G4 processor which is equivalent in processor speed to a 2.4 GHz Pentium 4. This version of the eMac comes with a DVD burner plus a terrific software package for downloading, organizing and recording (on CDs and DVDs) music, photos, and movies. If you're looking for a fast, versatile, easy to use computer and are willing to try something off the beaten path, you'll love this new eMac. ... Read more


40. HP Pavilion a1030n Desktop PC (Intel Pentium 4 Processor 530J, 512 MB RAM, 200 GB Hard Drive, DVD/CD-RW Drive)
list price: $1,022.00
our price: $799.99
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Asin: B00086I7RE
Catlog: Personal Computer
Manufacturer: Hewlett Packard Office
Sales Rank: 58
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