Representatives from the Acer/Gateway/eMachines collective mentioned to us last week how surprised they'd been by the popularity of the
Available exclusively at Wal-Mart, the EL1300G comes in two flavors. The EL1300G-01w goes for $298, which gets you a standalone PC with Windows Vista Home Basic, a low-power AMD Athlon 2650e CPU, 2GB of RAM, a DVD burner, and a 160GB hard drive. The $398 EL1300G-02w comes with a 20-inch LCD, and is otherwise identical to the 01w except for Windows XP Home Edition, and only 1GB of RAM.
Each system also comes with a wired mouse and keyboard, as well as a set of 2.0 USB speakers.
eMachines keeps the prices down by keeping things simple, so you won't even find a DVI video port on these models, much less an HDMI output. That gives the EL1300 series less living room appeal than other slim-tower and small form factor desktops, like the much-admired