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eMachines ET1831-07 Budget Desktop PC

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eMachines ET1831-07 Budget Desktop PC

eMachines ET1831-07

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The Bottom Line

Apr 22 2010 - eMachines' ET1831-07 may not have the latest and greatest technology in their systems but for many people, they just need something that gets the job done at a reasonable price. With a price tag under $400, it is hard to argue that the system doesn't offer a good value with some nice feature upgrades over previous models. Just be warned that the system isn't very friendly to those looking to make internal upgrades.
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Pros

  • Low Cost
  • Good General Performance And Features

Cons

  • Small Power Supply Prevents Many Graphic Card Upgrades
  • Lacks Digital Video Connector
  • Lots of Trialware

Description

  • Intel Pentium E5400 Dual Core Desktop Processor
  • 4GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
  • 750GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7050 Integrated Graphics
  • 7.1 Audio Support
  • Fast Ethernet
  • Six USB 2.0, VGA, 15-in-1 Card Reader
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, Nero 9 Essentials, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - eMachines ET1831-07 Budget Desktop PC

Apr 22 2010 - eMachines has backed away from their previous white case designs to the more contemporary black design found in their ET1831-07 model. Beyond the color, there hasn't really been much of a change to the exterior of the system but the internals have been upgraded a bit from previous models.

One of the best improvements has been in the processor and memory department. The processor has been upgraded to a Pentium E5400 dual core that gives it a significant boost over the previous E2210 processors. The memory has also been boosted from 3GB to the more standard 4GB amount that helps a bit with multitasking. The memory is still based on the slower DDR2 that puts it at a slight disadvantage to newer DDR3 based desktops. Regardless, the system provides plenty of performance for basic productivity, internet and multimedia applications.

eMachines has typically been fairly skimpy on the size of the hard drives that it uses in its budget systems. With the ET1831-07 they seem to have broken away from that trend by including a decently sized 750GB hard drive. This should provide plenty of space for applications, data and media files for the average user. A dual layer DVD burner is including for playing back and recording CD or DVDs.

Rather than relying on an Intel motherboard with integrated graphics, eMachines uses an NVIDIA based board that includes a GeForce 7050 integrated solution. This is a step up from the traditional integrated graphics but still not something that people would want to use for PC gaming even on a casual basis. It is also disappointing that there is only an analog VGA connector rather a DVI or HDMI connector. There is a PCI-Express graphics slot available for installing a dedicated card but the location of the SATA connectors and a limited 250 watt power supply will limit graphic card choices to the most basic of 3D cards.

eMachines is notorious for preloading a large amount of trialware into their systems and the ET1831-07 is no different in this respect. The only difference now is that the added performance and storage space means that the impact isn't as much to the performance of the system as before. Users are still advised to take the time to remove unwanted applications to remove clutter from the desktop and the hard drive.

With a price tag of just under $400, the eMachines ET1831-07 is still one of the best overall bargains on the market for those looking at a basic desktop computer system. It may not have the latest tech but it will get the job done quite well for many.

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