We've been lukewarm on eMachines budget desktops lately, but the recent
First, this isn't a Nettop. Instead of a pokey Intel Atom CPU, you get a 2.7GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400. That chip might be a few generations behind Intel's latest Core i3/Core i5 CPUs, but on certain tests this system came in faster than other budget PCs that cost $500 or more.
Second, you get a cavernous 750GB hard drive. Considering Dell's $510 off-the-shelf
Our gripes? Poor video playback. The eMachines stumbled on streaming and downloaded video from all the major online sources. Perhaps this is where the Dell and its 6GB of RAM has an advantage over the 4GB-equipped eMachines. Otherwise, for non-video related tasks and overall value, we'd take this eMachines every time.