The Bottom Line
- Very Inexpensive
- Wall Mountable
- Compact Design
- Slow Performance Due To Netbook/Nettop Components
- Limited Upgrade Potential
- Keyboard and Mouse Connect Via USB
- Intel Atom N270 Single Core Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 18.4" WXGA (1680x945) Wide LCD Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 950 Integrated Graphics
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g Wireless
- Five USB 2.0, 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 18" x 15" x 8"
- Windows XP Home
Guide Review - Averatec D1130EA1E-1 18.4-inch Nettop All-In-One Desktop PC
1/22/2009 - Averatec's D1130EA1E-1 is one of many new all-in-one PCs coming to the market this year based around the low cost, energy efficient Intel Atom platform. This has been used in netbook laptops but it also making its way into some low cost desktop systems including all-in-one desktops. While the Atom N270 may be incredibly efficient, it is not very powerful in terms of computing power.
In fact, the system is probably only best suited to those who need very basic computer features. The processor is just fine for tasks such as web browsing, email, word processing and spreadsheets. Tasks that demand more computing power and memory such as graphics, video and even multitasking will cause the system to slow down significantly. Some of this can be attributed to the 1GB of memory compared to upwards of 4GB in most new systems. This is part of the requirement for Averatec being able to bundle the Windows XP software with the system.
The system itself is very compact thanks to the limited components. It is designed with a base and monitor on a pivoting swing arm. This allows the system to sit on a desktop or even be mounted up on a wall. Anyone thinking of wall mounting the unit should be aware that the keyboard and mouse are wired USB peripherals that aren't well suited to a wall mount.
The LCD panel on the system has a decent 18.4-inch diagonal measurement but it has an odd resolution. The 1680x945 resolution is a tad bit shorter than the traditional 1680x1050 seen in similar sized screens. This ends up with a 16:9 aspect ratio typical of wide HDTV sources. The integrated GMA 950 graphics are not capable of displaying such video sources though.