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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.

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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