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$699 ZT Affinity 7308Ma punches above its weight

ZT Affinity 7308Ma is a fast PC with Blu-ray for $699.

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ZT Systems is a lesser known desktop vendor, but you can find its systems on both brick-and-mortar and virtual store shelves. The Affinity 7308Ma we reviewed this week is available from ZT itself via phone, and, we're told, coming soon to other online retailers.

It might not be the most attractive or innovative PC out there, but we found that the $699 Affinity 7308Ma is an outstanding deal for a few reasons. First, its 2.8GHz AMD Phenom II X4 920 processor helps it sweep aside all competition on our benchmarks, including Intel-based PCs that cost $100 to $200 more. If you need an affordable desktop with raw processing speed, look no further.

We also like this desktop because it's one of the least expensive PCs we've seen with a Blu-ray drive. It also comes with four different kinds of video outputs (VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort). Between its performance and its HD video output capabilities, this seemingly boring little box surprised us with its versatility.

Read our review of the ZT Affinity 7308Ma.