"Cnet is Bias"on by webterractive
Pros Somewhat upgradable, Black
Cons No Bluetooth, No N Wireless, Windows only
Summary Cnet are idiots, first of all this computer is at par with regular iMacs, Cnet tested this machine on the over-clocked iMac 3.06Ghz, of course it will seem slower. Bluetooth is something but then again unless you're using a Bluetooth mouse or cell phone there really isn't much need for it. Also Windows itself isn't Bluetooth friendly it never has and never will be. And as for Bluray, well Cnet how many Macs have you tested with Bluray drives? Just like the con on the XPS 1330 is that it only has 3 USB ports which is one better then the Macbook's 2 but thats not a con.
Pros Worked out of the box. Beats Mac by: price, being HDTV already, larger screen, and expandable. Station Guide in the Media Center sizzles, and the remote is better than avarage.
Cons Sound is a bit flat - thankfully its easy to plug in your existing speaker system. The shiny case scratches easily.
Summary Today I checked and one could still get the under $700 price I paid ( and $1.99 Shipping ) when I clicked thru a bargain banner at: http://www.myspace.com/pdxjules
Lowest deal I found was at TD - even lower by using eBillMe - just print their $50 Rebate Form for the $50 incentive. Also select a free anti-virus program before Checkout. (Next time you return you can try Paypal for another discount )
Excellent packaging, and one person can lift it. Easy Tracking and UPS delivery was on schedule even during a winter storm. ebillme staff were friendly.
A screaming deal overall.... half price from what several Retailers had on their shelves this month. Glad I went for it.
If you prefer the Sony - I saw discounts at TD. I reccomend entering the site using a Bargains Banner link,
and Search: All in 1 PC - to compare sizes, prices and features. (I would not opt for a smaller screen, btw)
The Averatec has plugs for sub-woofer as well as regular speakers and headphones. Tested streaming and DVD movies -both were far better on this screen than my friends new 15.4" Notebook. Screen is also adjustable for viewing angles and heights.
Pros Inexpensive (cheap) and good out of the box. Impressive. A joy to use while it lasted.
Cons A PC should last longer than 18 months. An All-in-One should be easier to repair and less costlier than this.
Summary I'm disappointed in this product. I thought this was a reputable maker.
Pros Sleek, shiny 22" LCD
Extremely fast Intel Core 2 Duo processor
Nvidia 8400 graphics- my brother can play all the new games with good settings
2 gigs of ram
Nice DVD Drive
Boots to Windows in 20-30 seconds
Core 2 Duo
Cons The screen can smudge, but you can avoid that by not rubbing your hands all over the nice screen. Other then that, everything else isn't a big deal.
Apparently there is no microphone, but no problem, since I own one.
No caps lock light
Summary My brother received this for Christmas. I personally helped picked it out, and at first I was a little sketchy about an all in one. But, my mom liked it, and for $699 from TigerDirect, it was definitely worth a shot. It arrived in about 3 days, and it looked awesome. I actually didn't get to test it until the 25th, when my brother opened it. Wow, was I impressed! I know a lot about computers, and when when we set the computer up (there was only one cord to plug in), we were ready to go. After the simple matter of setting up an account on Vista, it logged us right on. I immediately loaded Crysis and Fallout 3 on the Averatec to test the 8400 gpu as benchmarks. I was intensly impressed. I was expecting it to run the games on low settings with lots of lag. It proved me wrong. In Fallout 3, I set settings on high, with 2X AA and 2X AF. Just exploring and walking around I was getting 40-50fps. In intense battles I was getting 30fps minimum. Now that's amazing, especially on a mobile gpu. Now of course, Crysis. (In both games I used 1024x768 res). Anyway, in Crysis I set all settings to medium with the exception of shadows and shaders, which were set on low. I set the screen at 1024x768, with no AA. When I played the game, I was suprisingly pleased with the performance. When I was swimming in the greatly detailed water, walking around, or engaging a few Koreans, I was getting a solid 30fps, 35fps highest. In intense battles with explosions I was gettting 21-27fps. Now that's impressive, and the game is extremely playable. By the way, in the two games, I noticed no difference between the native 1680x1050 and the 1024x768 resolution. The lower resolution just made the games run much smoother. The Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 processor helps too. The point is, this computer is not just a "light gaming computer". It is a powerhouse. Now, don't expect it to run all the new games on all high settings, but medium/high, or just medium, or maybe even high with exceptional framerates and quality. I haven't tested games like Half Life 2, CSS , or GarrysMod, but I can almost guarantee you would be able to run those with high settings, AA, and AF. Oh, and it even can run movies great with Windows Media Center. It even came with a cool, slim remote. The computer loads Media Center in the blink of an eye (seriously). The speakers are great, I don't know what everyone else is talking about. My two brothers and I recently watched "Eagle Eye" on the computer, and the quality and sound was excellent. Oh, and about the Imac being better than the Averatec? That's bias and BS. My mom has the best Imac you can get, which is the 3ghz 24" Imac with the 8800GS, and I prefer my brother's Averatec over the Apple. Why? Well, firstoff, the Imac can do almost no gaming, since you have to buy special games for the system itself. I even noticed the Averatec to be faster using Vista than the Apple using OSX, especially on the internet. And hear this, the Apple is directly next to the wireless bridge. The Averatec is much farther away. Now, before you go saying I'm some Microsoft fanboy, the Imac is a great system. Imovie is excellent, and GarageBand is pretty cool as well. I admit that if you compared the Imac running Call of Duty 4 versus the Averatec running Call of Duty 4, the Imac would win. But, you really can't compare the $2,199 Imac to the $699 Averatec, or you shouldn't be able to. Yet you can. And as I've also read in an article, apparently you can even upgrade the video card, which uses a MXM 2 slot, whis means mobile pci express. And even more interesting, apparently it doesn't void the warranty. I would still call Averatec to confirm though just in case, and you probably should'nt replace the gpu unless you know what you're doing, or you are experienced, etc. Still, that's very interesting, and I'm taking a look into that. The cpu also supposedly supports a socket 775, hence the desktop E4600 Core 2 Duo. You also shouldn't replace the cpu unless you know what you're doing. Although, there really is no need for upgrade, the E4600 is an excellent cpu. The screen is great too, with a sleek design and no outcroppings to collect dust. The mouse and keyboard are great, an the mouse has a nice feel to it, being shaped like a rounded square. The keyboard is sleek, and it hides the even thinner Media Center remote. They are both wireless, and have excellent reception. The only con is there are no lights for caps lock or num lock. It really isn't a problem though, you just have to stay away from the caps lock or remember if you pressed. Not really a big deal. Oh, and the wireless adapter works great, and surfing is a breeze. This computer makes Vista run very fast, it boots up faster than my computer with xp, and my computer is a custom built gaming rig, with way better specs. Somehow though, the Averatec smokes my computer in load-up time. The point is, this computer is perfect for surfing the web, movies, even gaming. For $699, it's a great deal.
Pros The product is sleek and stylinsh as advertised. Came up easily. TV tuner works well but that's when things stopped. 22 inch monitor, which is awesome, was shut off via remote control. But it has not been turned on since and I can't find Averatic!
Cons So far nothing to complain about -- unless my LCD has actually burn out after one day. Phone number listed in setup guide is no longer in service. Got on CNET website in one my many attempts to find the company Averatec.
Summary Will refrain further review until I get past present problem. CNET reveiw blastic Averatec support is what got my attention. Presently I have to support that review.
Cannot believe how difficult it has been to locate a computer company!!