The Bottom Line
- Includes 17-inch LCD Monitor
- Relatively Inexpensive
- Small 160GB Hard Drive
- Lacks FireWire Port
- Older AMD Processor
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Dual Core Processor
- 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2
- 160GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+./-RW Dual Layer Burner
- NVIDIA GeForce 6100SE Untegrated Graphics
- 17" Wide Screen LCD Display
- AC'97 Audio
- 10/100 Ethernet
- Six USB 2.0, 15-in-1 Card Reader
- Vista Home Premium
Guide Review - Systemax Ascent 4000 Desktop Personal Computer
5/6/08 - Systemax's Ascent 4000 budget desktop is powered by the budget oriented AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ processor. This is a fairly old processor from AMD and lacks much in terms of processing power compared to other low cost offerings from AMD and Intel. It would have been nice to see Systemax put a higher level of X2 processor in the system for just a slight increase in cost. At least they provide 2GB of memory to let it run Vista smoothly.
Hard drive space is one of the big flaws in the Ascent 4000 desktop. A fairly small 160GB hard drive is included with the system that is roughly half the size of what most companies are offering on their budget desktop systems and frankly is what one would expect for a budget notebook system. They did include a full dual layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CDs and DVD rather than short changing people with a DVD-ROM or combo drive instead. A 15-in-1 card reader lets the system use the most common flash media cards used by digital peripherals.
One area that is a big plus for the Systemax Ascent 4000 is with the graphics. Sure, it uses an integrated graphics processor like many other desktop systems, but Systemax does include a 17-inch wide screen LCD monitor. This is a welcome addition that means one less peripheral purchase for the user in order to complete their desktop system.
Those expecting to use the system for digital video should be warned that the Ascent 4000 lacks a FireWire peripheral port. This prevents the system from interfacing with many of the digital camcorders on the market without the purchase of an additional interface card.