eMachines (Acer) announced the availaility of two new small form factor desktops today. Available at retail outlets, the machines are described as “just the size of a dictionary”, oddly enough, and are aimed at very casual computer users.
Acer is pushing the diminutive new line at budget-minded holiday shoppers looking for a PC that can be hidden away in the living or dining rooms, or maybe a studio apartment or dorm. After all, it doesn’t take a lot of power to surf the internet or run Quicken.
The EL series, as mentioned, comes in two different configurations. The EL1200-05w will be available at Wal-Mart stores for $298 and offers the following specifications:
For an extra fifty dollars, you can head over to Best Buy to pick up a second configuration, the EL1210-01e. Running at $349, the 1210-01e comes configured as follows:
Both computers look to be pretty good deals; that’s not surprising, considering that margins on low-end equipment tends to be razor thin for OEMs. It’s nice to see someone offering a modestly-specced small form factor machine without gouging customers on the price. The 1210-01e looks especially appealing as it offers both HDMI and an eSATA port; with Vista Home Premium, you have an instant media center PC for well under $400.