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Averatec 4000 - First Take

The colorful Averatec 4000 series may not deliver the fastest performance, but it has enough oomph for basic tasks and offers some nice features, including a DVD burner, at a bargain price.

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Brian Bennett
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Brian Bennett Senior writer

Brian Bennett is a senior writer for the home and outdoor section at CNET. He reviews a wide range of household and smart-home products. These include everything from cordless and robot vacuum cleaners to fire pits, grills and coffee makers. An NYC native, Brian now resides in bucolic Louisville, Kentucky where he rides longboards downhill in his free time.

Averatec 4000 series
The affordable thin-and-light Averatec 4000 series comprises several fixed configurations, each with 512MB of moderately slow 333MHz RAM, an 80GB hard drive, integrated graphics, and an 802.11b/g wireless radio. In fact, the primary difference between the models is the processor: the $1,099 Averatec 4100 includes a 1.6GHz AMD Turion 64 processor; the $1,199 Averatec 4200 we tested included a 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M processor; and the Averatec 4270 (also $1,199) runs on a faster, 1.7GHz Pentium M. Another distinction: the 4100's hard drive spins at a sluggish 4,200rpm, while the Averatec 4200 and 4270 have 5,400rpm drives. All 4000-series models feature a 13.3-inch wide-aspect display with a sharp 1,200x800 native resolution and ample ports and connections, as well as a multiformat DVD burner. Overall, the Averatec 4000 series offers a competitive component mix at a remarkably low price that will appeal to students and home office users.
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