As it's both a budget desktop and an all-in-one, we don't expect much from the EZ1601-01 in the way of an upgrade path or general connectivity. eMachines provides no obvious means to access the case internals, so making memory, hard drive, or more ambitious upgrades is left to the truly dedicated. The external connection options offer only the basic, with only five USB 2.0 ports, an SD Card reader, and a pair of analog audio jacks. There's no Webcam on the EZ1601-01, and the only extra touch is a pair of buttons for controlling screen brightness.
|eMachines EZ1601-01||Average watts per hour|
|Raw (annual kWh)||50.3043|
|Energy Star compliant||Yes|
|Annual energy cost||$5.71|
While we hope we've made it clear that we hold Nettops in low regard, we are at least glad to see their power consumption is in keeping with their low performance. The eMachines EZ1601-01 has the lowest annual power cost of any PC we've tested so far, which is impressive considering it comes with a built-in display.
Finally, if you're still intent on purchasing a Nettop and the eMachines feature and value advantages over the Asus system haven't already swayed you, perhaps its customer service will. The two vendors share a one-year parts and labor warranty, but unlike Asus, eMachines offers 24-7 toll-free tech support, and has an easy-to-navigate support Web site with useful features.
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