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Table: Best Bets For Pc Buyers


Special Report: ANNUAL GUIDE TO COMPUTERS: Desktops

TABLE: Best Bets For PC Buyers

RANK OVERALL RATING MANUFACTURER AND MODEL/PRICE

1 8.77 Dell Computer

Dimension XPS P133c

$3,249 w/ monitor

CONFIGURATION

Minitower, 133-Mhz Pentium, 16MB of memory, 1GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM

COMMENTS

Dell provides strong documentation and preloads Microsoft Office, making it

easy to launch excel and Word

2 7.70 Gateway 2000 P5-120

$3,318 w/ monitor

CONFIGURATION

Desktop, 120-Mhz Pentium, 16MB of memory, 1.6GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM

with a unique three-disk cartridge

COMMENTS

Comes with Microsoft's Bob interface and 51 programs on 9 CDs

3 6.72 Gateway 2000 P5-90

$2,168 w/ monitor

CONFIGURATION

Desktop, 90-Mhz Pentium, 16MB of memory, 730MB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM

COMMENTS

Same as Gateway 2000 P5-120

4 5.90 Compaq Presario

9546

$2,598 w/ monitor

CONFIGURATION

Minitower, 100-Mhz Pentium, 8MB of memory, 1GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM

COMMENTS

Awesome sound and color-coordinated cables make setup simple

5 5.88 Packard Bell

Pentium 100 System

$2,898 w/ monitor

CONFIGURATION

Minitower, 100-Mhz Pentium, 16MB of memory, 1.6GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM

device

COMMENTS

Internet-ready and comes with 40 software titles and a remote-control

6 5.78 Acer Aspire 2125

$2,598 w/ monitor

CONFIGURATION

Minitower, 100 Mhz Pentium, 16MB of memory, 1GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM

COMMENTS

A stylish aerodynamic look, but a plastic wrist rest attached to keyboad was

annoying

7 5.71 Hewlett-Packard Pavilion

$2,600 w/ monitor

CONFIGURATION

Minitower, 90-Mhz Pentium, 16MB of memory, 1.2GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM

COMMENTS

A stylish design and kid-mode security feature to protect important files

8 5.67 IBM Aptiva

$2,649 w/ monitor

CONFIGURATION

Desktop, 100-Mhz Pentium, 8MB of memory, 1GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM

COMMENTS

A small-footprint desktop unit with speakers that produce good sound

9 5.44 Compaq Presario 7170

$1,998 w/ monitor

CONFIGURATION

Desktop, 90-Mhz Pentium, 8MB of memory, 840MB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM

COMMENTS

When you boot up you go into a Presario Plaza, which has tutorials and an area

for kids

10 5.38 Digital Equipment

Starion 910

$2,148 w/ monitor

CONFIGURATION

Minitower, 75-Mhz Pentium, 8MB of memory, 850MB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM

COMMENTS

Strong documentation, and system ports are labeled with symbols that make

attaching peripherals easy

10 5.38 NEC Technologies

Ready 9022

$2,699 w/ monitor

CONFIGURATION

Minitower, 100-Mhz Pentium, 8MB of memory, 1gb hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM

COMMENTS

A handheld remote controls audio and telephone functions. The system ships with

Microsoft's Bob interface and over 20 preloaded software packages

DATA: national software testing laboratories, A DIVISION OF McGRAW-HILL COs.


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