eMachines recently added a 17-inch LCD to its display lineup and included it with our T6524 evaluation unit. The two items are sold separately; adding the $270 (after $50 mail-in rebate) E17T4 LCD to the T6524 brings the total system price to a reasonable $869. The E17T4 isn't terribly bright and DVDs looked grainy on our tests, but overall it provides an acceptable image for the price.
eMachines includes theproductivity suite, accounting software, BigFix diagnostic software, and a 30-day subscription to antivirus software, among other workaday titles. You also get a standard one-year warranty and some bare-bones documentation. You can upgrade the warranty directly through the company--two years runs you $99, and a three-year warranty goes for $139. eMachines also throws in free phone support for the life of the warranty, although the call is not toll-free. Calls to tech support after the warranty expires cost $20 per incident. Support hours run from 5 a.m. to midnight PT, seven days a week. You can also e-mail tech support or try out the live chat, which is available daily from 3 a.m. to 12 midnight PT.
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Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 2.4GHz AMD Athlon 64 3400+; ATI Radeon RS480 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated ATI Radeon Xpress 200 graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; Seagate ST320021A 200GB 7,200rpm ATA/100
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 3500+; ATI Radeon RS482 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated ATI Radeon Xpress 200 graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; WDC WD2000BB-22GUC0 200GB 7,200rpm ATA/100
HP Digital Entertainment Center z555
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 3.0GHz Intel P4 530; Intel 915G chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 (PCIe); Maxtor 6B250S0 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA
Windows XP Home SP2; 2.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 3500+; Nvidia nForce 4 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6200 Turbocache PCI-Express[TK]; Western Digital WD1600JD-98HBB0 160GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA
Sony VAIO VCG-RB44G
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 3.2GHz Intel P4 640; Intel 915G chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB ATI Radeon X300 (PCIe); WDC WD2500JD-98HBB0 250GB, 7,200rpm Serial ATA