BIOS is well designed
The Dell OptiPlex 980 is an energy-efficient desktop released in March 2010 and offering a 35% increase in performance from previous-generation OptiPlex systems. It features an i3/i5/i7 processor (up to 3.46GHz), support for 16GB of DDR3 SDRAM, and options for either SATA or SDD drives.
Jan 11 2010 - For those who want a home theater setup in an affordable desktop package, MSI's Wind Top AE2220-25SUS offers a very compelling price and set of features. With a Blu-ray drive, HDTV tuner, 1920x1080 resolution display and a HDMI input, it has just about everything one might want. All of these features come at a price point well below the competition.
otherwise amazing MSI Wind Top AE2220 system
This MSI Wind Top AE2220 represents a significant upgrade over its predecessor but it's hobbled by shoddy screen quality. If you're still won over by the MSI Wind Top AE2220's impressive specifications, you owe it to yourself to actually look at a working version of this PC you might not like what you see.
No 24-7 phone support
The bottom line: Despite its quirky case design, Acer's Aspire M3800-U3802A is an affordable, feature-competitive midtower that you might find appealing if you're in the market for a cost-effective desktop to use for upgrading. If you want the best PC for your dollar, you can spend just a bit more on another system and get much faster performance.
Power consumption was excellent for a desktop machine, drawing only 36 watts while idle, ramping up to 40W under minor activity, and peaking at 63w under load.
The power friendly Lenovo ThinkCentre M57 Eco offers businesses a low cost solution to a power hungry office environment. It costs pennies a day to operate, and puts out very little heat into the office environment. The small size offers many mounting solutions, including behind a LCD using the optional monitor stand from Lenovo.
We recorded the following Windows Experience Index (WEI) scores: Processor, 5.5; Memory, 4.9; Graphics, 3.1; Gaming graphics, 3.2; and Hard drive, 5.9. While the graphics score is by no means spectacular, this machine is more than adequate to run high-end graphics applications.
Memory performance is good and despite the machine's size, up to 4GB can be installed.
Lots Of External Peripheral Ports
Gateway's SX2801-11e may be the companies least expensive desktop system but it is a system of mixed features. While it does feature unique aspects such as 6GB of memory and an eSATA port which are uncommon for desktops under $500, it uses an older generation Intel processor for less performance and has very limited internal upgrade options compared to many traditional budget desktops. The result is a desktop that works well for some but may not meet the requirements of others. Oct 25 2010.
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