Desktops: A Baker's Dozen
A sampling of popular systems OVERALL MANUFACTURER AND MODEL/ CONFIGURATION (PROCESSOR/ RATING PRICE* MEMORY/HARD-DRIVE SIZE) 16.1 HP PAVILION 7285 200 MHz $2,999 32 MB/3.1 GB A very fast Pentium and loads of memory make it our top performer 13.1 GATEWAY 2000 P5-166XL 166 MHz $2,399 16 MB/2.5 GB Full-size tower case makes it a top choice for the expansion-minded 13.1 DELL DIMENSION XPS P166S 166 MHz $2,799 16 MB/1.08 GB Very fast, solid machine, but its disk drive is small 12.2 HP VECTRA 515 MCX 5/166 166 MHz $3,000 16 MB/1.6 GB Easy-to-service design with software bundle targeted for small or home offices 11.4 IBM APTIVA C73 200 MHz $3,358 16 MB/2.56 GB Slow for a 200 but laden with multimedia features, including great MPEG video and 3-D sound 10.8 IBM APTIVA S66 166 MHz $2,998 24 MB/3.2 GB Houses floppy and CD-ROM drives in desktop unit; processor and other electronics in a minitower 10.8 DELL DIMENSION P100T 100 MHz $2,249 16 MB/2.0 GB A very fast video system that transcends this unit's modest specs 9.5 AST ADVANTAGE! 824 133 MHz $1,999 16 MB/1.6 GB Bargain package offers strong Lotus software bundle 9.0 ACER ASPIRE PERSONAL 133 MHz SOLUTION $2,198 16 MB/2.0 GB Available with grey or green cases; provides built-in telephone handset 8.1 NEC READY 9618 (P150) 150 MHz $2,399 16 MB/2.0 GB The multimedia-oriented Ready includes a TV-style remote control 7.1 COMPAQ PRESARIO 4712 166 MHz $2,599 16 MB/2.5 GB Convenience features include a ''sleep'' button and buttons to control the CD player and answering machine NA TOSHIBA INFINIA 7200 200 MHz $3,248 32 MB/2.0 GB PC/home-entertainment hybrid features a TV and FM radio tuner ** APPLE PERFORMA 6400/200 200 MHz $2,660 16 MB/2.4 GB A speedy multimedia workhorse; add a $500 board for video editing * Actual recent selling price, including monitor ** Performance not directly comparable to PCs NA = Not available For more information, see www.maven.businessweek.com DATA: NSTL, A UNIT OF THE MCGRAW-HILL COMPANIES; BUSINESS WEEK
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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