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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



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