New $300 eMachines desktops are the “just the size of a dictionary”

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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:

  • AMD Athlon 2650e @ 1.5GHz (512KB cache and 800MHz bus)
  • NVIDIA 6150SE integrated graphics
  • 1GB DDR2 memory
  • 160GB SATA II hard drive
  • 18x DVD±R/RW SuperMulti Drive with LabelFlash
  • 14-in-1 card reader
  • Windows XP Home
  • 7 USB 2.0 ports (3 front / 4 rear)

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:

  • AMD Athlon 2650e @ 1.5GHz (512KB cache and 800MHz bus)
  • NVIDIA 8200 integrated graphics
  • 2GB DDR2 memory
  • 320GB SATA II hard drive
  • 18x DVD±R/RW SuperMulti Drive with LabelFlash
  • 14-in-1 card reader
  • Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1
  • 7 USB 2.0 ports (3 front / 4 rear)
  • 1 HDMI port
  • 1 eSATA port

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.

 

Further reading:

eMachines product page

via Engadget

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