Velocity Micro Vector GX Campus Edition (Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz) review: Velocity Micro Vector GX Campus Edition (Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz)

The accessories that come with the Vector GX provide you with a solid basic computing experience. The 17-inch AOpen LCD, with a native 1,280x1,024 resolution, is large enough to watch a movie on in a small room, and the 2.1 Creative speakers are equally dorm room appropriate. About the only feature of this package that we think is cheesy is the floppy drive. We're not sure we've even seen a floppy disk in the last 18 months, let alone used one to store data. Media card readers cost $15 or less. In the age of digital cameras and USB thumbdrives, the floppy is dead. You can upgrade to a floppy-8-in-1 media reader combo drive for $25, but we'd like to see this option come standard.

We've always lauded Velocity Micro's support. The Vector GX comes standard with one year parts and labor coverage. We credit Velocity Micro most for its comprehensive online support, which is easy to navigate, clearly written, and in general one of the most robust in the industry. Phone support is not 24/7 in the standard package, but its lines are still open during a generous window, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m, Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Saturdays. And of course you can upgrade the service incrementally, up to three years of warranty coverage, with 24/7 emergency phone support and onsite service.

Multitasking test (in seconds)
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Photoshop CS2 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Photoshop CS2 image-processing test  

iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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iTunes encoding test  

Office Productivity test (in seconds)
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Office productivity test  

3D gaming performance (in fps)
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Quake 4 at 1,024x768, 4xAA 8xAF  
F.E.A.R. at 1,024x768 SS 8xAF  

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