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Acer Aspire X1700-U3700A desktop PC

Friday, April 10th, 2009

The Acer Aspire X1700-U3700A is an elegant desktop that adapts a fully powered PC into its small chassis. It also has sufficient oomph to run a number of programs and is still affordably priced. The Acer Aspire X1700 is deigned into the small-form-factor chassis which means it might occupy a lot of space than a traditional mini tower computer. The system measure around 12.4 by 10.4 by 3.9 inches or you can even compare its size to a reference dictionary. Included in the chassis are Intel Pentium Dual Core E2220 processor which includes the same architecture like Intel Core Duo 2, a capacious 640 GB hard drive, 4 GB of DDR2-800 system memory and NVIDIA GeForce G100 graphics card along with DVI and HDMI outputs. As the Acer Aspire X1700 is very compact you can even use it as a home theatre cabinet or just connect it with the HDMI port of your HDTV. This will let you watch web videos from YouTube or Hulu even on your TV. However this Acer X1700 lacks Blu-ray drive which does not let you watch Blu-ray movies through it but you can still watch DVD movies in the in built DVD burner.

The in built 640 GB hard drive is also capable of holding a number of downloaded videos. There is also the GeForce G100 card which inhabits the online PCIe x16 slot sand the 56k modem occupies the PCE x1 slot which means there is not remaining card slot. Apart from this the assortment includes the traditional Microsoft Office 60 day trial, Acer Game zone, eSobi, McAfee Internet Security with 60 day trial and also the link to Acer Store where you can find Acer accessories and even extended warranties. However the Acer Arcade Live program suggests that it is just another online gaming store. Some other features of Arcade Live would help in video editing, media sharing through Home Media Connect of Acer and even burning personalized DVDs. However even though this sounds great there are some functions which pivot on hardware which is missing like the TV tuner, but you can externally add a USB tuners to its 9 USB ports on the long FireWire Port.

The Acer Aspire X1700 is packed with sufficient amount of power in its compact chassis. The system was also able to complete the Windows Media Encoder test sin jut about a minute and 16 seconds and completed the Photoshop CS4 test in 2 mins and 16 seconds which is comparatively faster than the eMachine ET1161-03. This means that a bit more investment can pay off big times regarding extra performance. Its faster rig along with the over clocked quad core processors can end the WME test in just about 30 seconds while the CS4 test in about a minute. Overall the Acer Aspire X1700-U3700A is a petty capable system in the budget PC standards which is much more powerful compared to other budged priced machines. The Acer Aspire X1700-U3700A is growing in popularity.

Asus Eee 1620 nettop PC

Friday, April 10th, 2009

The tiny and low priced laptops or netbgooks that are mainly geared for web surfing have increasingly become omnipresent in the PC marketplace. There are nettops which are equivalent to desktops and although they are lesser known they retain the same low price and low power orientation as the netbooks. There have been several efforts at the nettops through the ASUS Eee Box and Zonbu Desktop Mini. However, as both these need an external display the monitor of the new ASUS Eee Top 1602 is in built making it the first innovative all in one nettop PC. This Eee Top pc is an excellent alternative to low price desktop computers and also as a netbook. This system is designed to run windows XP rather than Linux. Additionally the Eee Top 1602 also features a pleasing touch screen with a wider display than any low cost netbook.

When you first see it the ASUS Eee Top 1602 seems alike an all in one scaled down desktop PC. The system is in built with 15.6 inch LCD display and you can find all the components located behind the screen. Its display runs are around 1,366 by 768 resolution with an aspect ration of 16:9. Additionally unlike the Sony VAIO and iMac all in one desktop this ASUS Eee Top does not have any optical drive which means it does not have the ability to play Blu-ray movies or DVDs unless you use external USB drive. However this features of watching is anyway download and web-based.

This ASUS Eee Top 1602 features both in built wireless Wi-Fi networking and Ethernet to make it like a netbook or a powerful notebook. Therefore connecting the nettop is very easy like just hooking up the Ethernet wired router with Cat V cable. Additionally surfing the internet is also speedy like that you might expect from a netbook. During the review the QuickTime 720p videos seemed good but they can be a bit jerky when there is lot of action on the screen. However, the screen looks petty fine when viewing it, but the images washes out little steeper viewing angles. However the screen which is designed with pop-out stylus with the keyboard can support single touch. The best thing is that the screen features a matte finish which helps in hiding the fingerprints much better than a glossy one.

There is a handle built on the back of the PC which helps you to carry it from one room to another. The Eee Top is also light weighting just about 10 pounds. The other great thing is that the Eee Top 1602 is very quiet and it is hard to hear any noise coming from it. This is because it includes low power Intel Atom n270 processor along with Integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics. This system is packed with 160GB hard drive offering plenty of space for photos, music and programs. There is however just 1GB of system memory but is sufficient enough to run the pre-installed Windows XP.

Cybernet iOne-GX31 all-in-one PC

Friday, April 10th, 2009

The great success of iMac line of systems depicts that the all in one PC can actually work for business purposes. The all new Cybernet iOne-GX31 is an excellent quad core powered all in one computer that is geared mainly for business purpose. It is designed as a touch screen system which would work perfectly for web navigation and for purpose built solutions such as cash register terminals and data gathering. The PC is well built and is sufficiently fast for business use. This all in one system works fine for tight cubicles and with shared workspaces as it is capable of avoiding tangle of wires coming from a computer.

The Cybernet Company has great experience in placing their space saving systems sin institutional organizations like hospitals and offices. The markets are almost successful for the rugged and compact design of iOne. Their previous model was a computer built into a keyboard and they have moved further to a more all in one PC design. The Cybernet iOne-GX31 is designed into an excellent 19 inch LCD monitor and its wide4screen format is very preferable as it lets you view two pages in a document at a time.

The review system had an optional touch screen including a single touch screen which used a simple mouse click interface and does not rely on the tablet PC interface like the Vista business systems. The touch screen is very responsive as the touch interface is mainly designed to allow users get through their forms much faster like when feeding in data on the service terminal. Although the iOne-GX31 does not come with a mouse and keyboard you can still add your own.

Inside the Cybernet iOne-GX31 is the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 processor, a 250GB hard drive, 4 GB of DDR2 SDRAM and Intel GMA 3100 graphics chipset. The use of integrated graphics of Cybernet makes the iOne much more compact, and because of this integrated graphics the system cannot run high end 3D programs such as games but this is not a big issue in business based units. There is also an HDMI out port which is also HDCP compatible and lets you do multi-monitor setups and even connect larger external display to this system.  Additionally the system also comes with a DVD burner including a TV tuner but it is only analog cable ready which will not work with over the air ATSC digital TV signals. Although this would be little disappointing for some home users it is unlikely to matter the business purposes. You can still use the TV tuner for playback from a DVD or a VCR or use another analog video source if you are using the system as info desk. Overall the Cybernet iOne-GX31 is an excellent business product as most of its features like the analog TV tuner generally don’t work well for home use. Additionally the iOne also perfectly fits in shared and cramped workspaces such as hospital services desk or a reception desk. It boasts of a good build quality and being quad core powered it offers great performance.

Dell Studio XPS 435 desktop PC

Friday, April 10th, 2009

It seems that Dell is trying out new snazzier designs for their new desktop computers. Their new Dell Studio XPS 435 along with the 22 inch widescreen monitors turns absolutely away from the silver and black boxes of their previous Inspiron and XPS models. Apart from its new fresh exterior the Dell Studio XPS 435 also has an impressive Core i7 powered interior. The XPS 435 perfectly combines its power at the digital content creation and the high end computing with the touch of 3D gaming prowess.

The Dell Studio XPS 435 is somewhat tilted backwards. According to Dell this system has been designed keeping in mind user convenience as the power button, media card slots, four USB ports, recessed media tray and the optical drives are all angled up so that they can be easily reached while sitting on the desk. The system includes bright white side cases similar to those in early Apple products but the front is glossy and translucent black. However the border merging these two is shown off by a brilliant crimson orange color. There is a recessed media tray on the top of the system which is designed to rest your digital camera, MP3 player and external hard drive when it is connected to any one of the top mounted USB ports.

The Dell Studio XPS 435 benefits a power user system as the unit is designed with Intel Core i7-920 processor along with 6 GB of DDR3 SDRAM. Additionally you can even configure the system with nearly a whopping 24GB of memory with Core i7-965 or i7-940 Extreme Edition processor. The already included Intel Core i7-920 is a compact quad core processor featuring Hyper Threading and so it would theoretically work on eight streams of data at one time making it suitable for multimedia tasks. The review system features 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card offering it the ability to play the latest 3D games like World in Conflict and Crisis.

The XPS 435 system is powered by 475 watt power supply which is sufficient power for the quad core CPU and the single high powered graphics card. However even though this Dell XPS 435 is not much expandable like the XPS 730x the system still provides space for additional hardware which is a lot more than the average mini tower desktop. The system is designed with two free PCie x1 card slots including one free PCIe x8 slot with space for nearly three more hard drives and for an optical drive. The PCIe/PCI car retention bar designed by Dell is very interesting making it easy to move if you need to add another card and still holds the card securely. However the best thing is that performance offered by this system is really good. It lets you play Crysis and World in Conflict at nearly 1,280 by 1,024 resolutions. Additionally the multimedia speed is also satisfying which yields a quick 36 second time for Windows Media Encoder test and the system is also very quick on the new Photoshop CS4 test, completing it within one minute and 12 seconds.

Compaq Presario SR5610F from HP

Friday, March 27th, 2009

The all new HP Compaq Presario SR5610F is a part of the previous Presario SR series of budget PC of HP. Similar to other SR series models the 5610F is also a no frills model and comes as an affordable PC. The system is capable of handling basic daily computing tasks like archiving CDs, web browsing, standard office productivity and e-mailing can makes a perfect student computer. However with regards to its low price tag, HP seems to not offer you more from this PC when compared to eMachines, Dell and Lenovo.

The Compaq Presario SR5610F however remains unchanged when compared to the previous SR5130NX model. It comes designed with the traditional Compaq designs with silver case in black trimming. It comes bundled with a standard black keyboard and an included ball mouse. However the good thing is that the system offers you desired performance. The SR5610F system included a dual core AMD Athlon X2 4400+ processor that runs at 2.3 GHz. Although it does not offer the desired performance found in Intel Core 2 Duo processor like Dell Inspiron 530, but is more than capable to track general tasks like web surfing, e-mailing and it also integrates NVIDIA GeForce 6150 graphics which is basically designed for casual gaming. The system offers you 320GB of hard drive space which is sufficient enough to store media files and archive music. You can use any one of the two USB ports to transfer media files to the system as it does not include a card reader. However the included dual layer DVD RW drive can also play media files and data back up files.

HP also offers expansion options with this SR5610F system. Although there are not SATA ports available it comes with an IDE that can accommodate a additional drive. It also included two PCI slots which are perfect to add applications like FireWire and also a PCIe slot which is useful to give the system a little 3D gaming skill. HP has also included a single PCIe slot which is occupied by the 56K modem including an available slot that lets you expand the entire system memory. However the best thing is that the system is pleasingly loaded with bloatware which are free ads and trials which outbreak budget systems. Ti comes with a 60 day trial with Microsoft Student and Office Home along with a disposable trial of Internet software like Juno, MSN dial-up and NetZero.

When the Presario SR5610F was tested the performance was almost identical to that of eMachines T5274 and Lenovo IdeaCentre K210. The system managed to complete the WME or windows media encoder test in about a minute and 29 seconds and took 1:01 time to complete the Photoshop CS3 test. However overall the SR5610F offering from HP would not really disappoint but rather excite. It makes a perfect and capable home system for just about $500 along with standard expansion options which makes it the right student PC. You can even get more for the same price unless you are stuck in getting Compaq as you can even check some other similar priced and performance oriented systems.