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eMachines ET1161-03 budget PC

Friday, April 10th, 2009

The eMachines ET1161-03 is an excellent inexpensive system that comes from the stalwart budget computer makers. The components of the system are very common which include a dual core AMD Athlon processor, a decent size hard drive, a few GB or RAM, weak integrated graphics, some space for upgrades and an affordable price. This system would surely get the job done if you want a basic PC without any frills, but at this low price it is hard to overlook the ever more outdated parts thrown in by eMachines.

This ET1161-03 is designed in the familiar silver and black mini tower case of eMachines offering you little room compared to any web surfing based mini netbook or desktop. It includes the traditional DVD burner along with a digital media card reader and a simple ball mouse and keyboard. It also offers some space for your upgrades and also includes an internal hard drive with an optical drive, a PCIe x16 graphics card and two PCIe x1 cards. The system would function well in 250 watt power supply, and so make sure to wisely choose your upgrades while a high powered graphics card might even overload the system. However there are no open DIMM slots and so in order to upgrade the memory you will have to erase some out.

This ET1161-03 has a traditional crapware suspect as it includes Microsoft Office 60 day trial, eMachines games powered by WildTanget, ads for EarthLink and a short 60 day trial copy of Norton 360 antivirus. Additionally the ET1161-03 is designed with a dual-core Athlon X2 4400+ processor which is basically a budget AMD processor. It is hard to expect great performance from this budget PC. As the device has a previous GeForce 6150 integrated graphics it might not run the regular DX10 games. You will have to install the DX10 capable graphics card in the PCIe x16 slot of the system to play games but the system might hardly manage it well.

This system was capable to gather a sub 400 score wit the 3DMark06 test. It completed the Windows Media Encoder test easily in a minute and 32 seconds but it took more than a minute to finish the Photoshop CS3 test. Therefore if you are looking for a speedy PC that can replace your old slower one then it is probably not the right option. When the system was compared to Lenovo Idea Centre K210 budget system the ET1161-03 is a bit more affordable while the other offers your money’s worth. The K210 is much lighter on crapware while also features an antibacterial keyboard and boasts of having recent technology. If web browsing is your primary requirements then the ASUS Eee Box is a great option. Overall, the eMachine ET1161-03 is a competent budget computer and having a price tag of around $400 it would surely get attention of the people. However for this lower price you would get a yesterday’s technology system. This does not mean it is a bad PC, but there are still great bargain systems if you need a faster and more attractive desktop system.

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.