Pros Nice processor, 1 GB of Ram, DVD Burner, card ports in the front, Windows Media Center, PCI Express slot
Cons Had to return the first one after it kept crashing as I was trying to use it for the first time...it is requires you to upgrade it right out of the box if you want to take advantage of the Pros.
Summary I use my computer mainly for non-competitive gaming, surfing the web and general office at home stuff.
I am not a power user or anything crazy like that...just an average user. I don't make web pages or create movies.
That being said, this computer was a good deal for me as I needed an upgrade from my old Dell (866 mhz PIII got it in 2000). I wanted something that performs very well but didn't need something wild like an Alien PC.
I went ahead and bought a Radeon X700 vid card and a tv tuner card that was compatible with media center. I also purchased a 19" LCD Monitor and used my current keyboard and optical mouse. I think that with these upgrades I'm very happy with the performance of the system and ended up spending roughly $1,100 on everything at the most. Really good bang for the buck and it performs very with video games and such.
"Excellent Value"on by x_knyght
Pros Value, PCI-E x16, AMD 64, 1gb RAM, 200gb HD
Cons No Firewire, no second CD drive, no driver CD
Summary I've always liked eMachines because of their vaule. You would be hard-pressed to be able to find another manufacture that could give you the same amount of quality equipment for such amazingly low prices. The T6420 is a great entry-level PC and has a lot of room for expansion, which is great for the future. The best thing about this system is that it has a PCI-E x16 slot for the newer graphic cards. The AMD 64 3400+, 1gb RAM and 200gb hard drive space is just the icing on the cake. But there are room for improvement on this PC. I really wish there was a firewire port, that should be standard period. I had to go out and spend some extra money to buy a firewire card. On top of that, there is only one DVD/CD rom drive, where's the second one?? Lastly, emachines hide their drivers in the hard drive, in which you have to copy only after reading the startup guide do you realize that you have to do this. This was a real big problem for me because the first time I bought this computer I immediately reformatted it, so I could partition my drives (I always do this win I get a new computer), so not realizing that I was suppose to burn the drivers on CD or DVD I lost all of it. I email eMachines and they told me they didn't have the drivers for me to download or to mail to me. So I had to go back to CompUSA and exchange it for another, which really ticked me off. So BEWARE and burn the drivers before you format, if you are planning to do that. I thought it was kind of stupid that they didn't give you any hint that you are suppose to do that in Windows XP, but you have to read the startup guide. I mean, I am not a beginner when it comes to computers, why would I need to read the startup guide? But anyways, great computer, once you know all the little gripes about it; you learn to love it after it's all out.
"Good Computer"on by Zipitking
Pros Cheap, 64 Bit, Upgradable, Nice features
Cons No Firewire
Summary For the money its a great computer. eMachines is a fine brand as long as you buy the more expensive ones, like this one. Its a good buy.
Pros computer works fine for the money
Cons you might not receive your rebate
Summary The emachines computers work fine for the money. However, don't count on receiving your emachines rebate. Even though I turned in my rebate info in time, emachines rejected my rebate because they stated I didn't turn it in within the 30 days. I have now been promised my rebate--after complaining to the BBB & FTC--however, it still hasn't come in the mail.
Pros Good initial performance for the price, and what I needed it to do
Cons After some time, I got lagging performance, rebooting when plugging in USB devices and ultimate system failure
Summary I bought this comp from Office Depot a couple of years ago. I use the system mostly to run Photoshop, After Efx, Flash and to do Web stuff. I played a few games on it like the Sims 2 and it worked fine for almost all software other than a few 3D applications. I definitely liked the USB powered speakers that came with it and sometimes use them for my wife's laptop. I only used the Media Center a few times the first year, and one day when I decided to really try it out, it failed and never worked correctly again. More recently I realized that the computer I got didn't even have the correct input/output ports to do any of the things the Media center is supposed to do.
It worked pretty efficiently for a while but over the last few months it has taken a drastic turn for the worse. The fan has been whirring in a scary way and when I plug in my iPod it sometimes completely turns off and reboots.
Ultimately it got stuck in a reboot loop and I needed to restore the system completely. Unfortunately I reformatted first and lost everything, even my audio/video drivers. All in all it was a good computer before the system failures probably the best I had up until now.