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Asus Essentio CG5270-BP004 review: Asus Essentio CG5270-BP004

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Juice box
Asus Essentio CG5270-BP004  
Off (watts) 0.93
Sleep (watts) 2.91
Idle (watts) 64.04
Load (watts) 110.89
Raw (annual kWh) 250.67178
EnergyStar compliant No
Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $28.45

Annual power consumption cost
Asus Essentio CG5270-BP004
$28.45 

The chart above shows approximately how much it will cost to run the Essentio CG5270-BP004 for a full year. Asus comes in right in the middle of the pack at $28.45, not as expensive as the ZT Affinity 7334Ma or the Gateway DX4300-11, but still just over the cutoff for Energy Star certification. Still, although it doesn't merit a power-friendly badge, we expect most of you will find the extra $2.37 per month required to operate this system negligible.

Asus is fairly new in the desktop market, but that doesn't make it exempt from offering customer support on par with the rest of the industry. Unfortunately, its Web site and phone support are severely lacking. You only get a single year of parts and labor warranty coverage, and we found few relevant support results in a simple online search. The limited phone hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT on weekdays don't help its cause, either, when most of its off-the-shelf competition offers 24-7 phone support.

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System configurations :

Asus Essentio CG5270-BP004
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300; 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 32MB Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7200rpm hard drive

Gateway DX4300-11
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 2.5GHz AMD Phenom II X4 805; 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3200 integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7200rpm hard drive

Gateway SX2800-01
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit; 2.3GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 32MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 640GB, 7200rpm hard drive

HP Pavilion P6230y
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit; 2.6 GHz AMD Phenom II X4 810; 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics chip; 750GB, 7200rpm hard drive

ZT Group Affinity 7334Ma
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (SP2); 3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 945 Quad Core ; 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 384MB (shared) ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics chip; 1TB 7,200 rpm Seagate hard drive

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