WinBook PowerSpec 9262

The Good Lots of hard drive storage; fast processor; double-layer/multiformat DVD burner; PCI Express slot lets you upgrade the weak 3D card.

The Bad Poor documentation; no FireWire ports; bland case design; no productivity software.

The Bottom Line It won't light up the room, but the task-oriented WinBook PowerSpec 9262 is a fair bargain and a low-maintenance purchasing decision, thanks to its capable fixed configuration.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Support 6.0
7.0 Overall

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Review

WinBook PowerSpec 9262

WinBook PowerSpec 9262

WinBook is known more for its laptops, but with the PowerSpec 9262, the company shows that it also knows how to put together a serviceable desktop. For $1,839, WinBook gives you a potent system for day-to-day computing, but there's nothing overly compelling about this machine. We recommend it if you're looking for a ready-made basic desktop and don't mind a bland appearance. It could be worse--at least the case isn't beige.

The PowerSpec 9262 packs Intel's 3.4GHz Pentium 550 and pairs it with a full 1GB of 400MHz DDR SDRAM memory. Thanks to the Intel 915P chipset and its PCI Express slot, the PowerSpec 9262 also comes with a standalone 128MB GeForce PCX 5300 graphics card--Nvidia's budget card for the next-generation PCI Express interface. With a powerful Intel processor, ample memory, and a new yet affordable graphics card, the fixed-configuration PowerSpec 9262 is fast enough for common business and household tasks, and it can even handle some low-to-medium-intensity 3D gaming.

The PowerSpec 9262 delivers better value than the MPC ClientPro 565 we recently reviewed, even when you factor in that the ClientPro's price includes a 19-inch LCD to the PowerSpec's CRT. Still, if you are looking for a task-oriented, high-end desktop--that is, a speedy PC without ranging into the luxurious gaming end of the market--we still think the Gateway 7200XL is the pick for its overall value and BTX motherboard.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Micro Electronics
  • Type Pentium 4
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Edition Windows XP Professional
  • Capacity 250 GB
  • Diagonal Size 17 in
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