The Bottom Line
Sep 28 2010 - eMachines EL1352-03 is not going to be winning any performance awards but it certainly is extremely affordable at $400. Performance is more than enough for basic web, productivity and media streaming. The problem is that the system features some older technologies that will have issues at times with higher definition media and there is very little potential for upgrading.
- Runs Very Quiet And Cool
- Only Uses Analog VGA Output
- Limited Upgrade Potential
- Dated Integrated Graphics Core
- AMD Athlon II X2 240 Dual Core Desktop Processor
- 4GB PC3-6400 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer DVD Burner
- NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE Integrated Graphics Processor
- 5.1 Audio With USB Stereo Speakers
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Nine USB 2.0, VGA, 19-in-1 Card Reader
- 14.6" x 10.4" x 3.9"
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - eMachines EL1352-03 Slim Desktop PC
Sep 28 2010 - The eMachines EL1352-03 is one of the company's more expensive slim desktop designs but at $400 is it still very affordable for a desktop PC. It is based around the AMD Athlon II X2 240 dual core desktop processor. This is a relatively low end processor but should do the job just fine for most basic tasks and is certainly much more powerful than many nettops that cost as much or slightly less. It does come with 4GB of DDR3 memory but it runs at a speed that doesn't really give it any benefit over using older DDR2.
For a $400 system, the storage features on the eMachines EL1352-03 are what one would expect. It features a modest 500GB desktop class hard drive that provides it with a decent amount of storage that is greater than what is found in most mini PCs but not as high as some slim designs. A standard desktop class dual layer DVD burner handles all playback and recording of CDs and DVDs. It also comes with a multi-format card reader for the most common types of flash media.
Graphics are certainly an area where the eMachines EL1352-03 is showing its age. It uses a much older generation NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE integrated graphics solution. While this was fairly cutting edge several years ago, it hasn't aged very well. It is fine for doing basic media streaming and web work but it lacks the performance of newer integrated options. It is capable of doing 720p HD video streaming but struggles with 1080p feeds. It also doesn't have the performance for even casual 3D gaming anymore. Sadly, it also only features an analog VGA output which means that some HD video content will be locked out since it has no digital output with HDCP support.
Upgrading the EL1352-03 is also something that is not very easy to be done. While the system does have a PCI-Express graphics slot, the limited space for the slot and the meager power supply will greatly limit the potential graphic cards that can be installed. It only features two memory card slots that are filled and located beneath the optical drive. External expansion is also limited by the six USB ports and lack of ports such as eSATA.
Overall, the system does a decent job at being a basic low cost and small desktop system. Its relative low noise may be useful in some environments but it lacks a number of features to make it really useful for those looking at HD movie streaming or more performance oriented tasks.