eMachines T3646 Video
The eMachines ET1831-07 isn't much of a video playback device, but in all other respects, this is a solid budget PC. Perhaps the best deal going for its features, it also outperforms other desktops in and above its price range on general computing tasks. We recommend this system to anyone shopping for a low-cost computer.
The eMachines new T5226 desktop is powerful enough to run Windows Vista smoothly; we just wish it offered more-compelling hardware for the money.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a more well-rounded desktop at this price level; the eMachines T3092 deserves a spot on any budget buyer's short list.
At first glance, the eMachines ET1161-07 seems like a decent setup, but a laundry list of subpar components running on 32-bit Windows Vista just can't keep up with other similarly priced systems that give you much faster performance and higher-quality components for just $100 more.
The eMachines ET1161-03 delivers fewer features than its competition at the same price. Stretch your dollar further, and you'll find a desktop PC with significantly better components for only $50 more.
The eMachines T5224 has a sleek new look, runs Windows Vista and delivers respectable budget performance with most of the features you'd want, but we think you can find a better PC for the money if you shop around.
We wouldn't suggest spending less than $500 for a PC. If you can spend a little bit more, you'll find that the eMachines T2958 provides just enough for basic computing demands.
The eMachines T5254 costs less than similar systems from Dell and HP, and it outperforms them (in some cases), and uses less power while doing so. You can't configure it before making a purchase, but eMachines has chosen this system's specs wisely, and with a level of environmental consciousness that make it a very enticing deal.
eMachines ER1402-05 is a strong living-room Nettop among others like it, but it doesn't compete well in the larger picture of living-room entertainment devices like game consoles, media streamers, and video service-equipped Blu-ray players. It's worth a look if you need a desktop of this particular type, but keep shopping if you need a connected living-room media device.
As long as you have no ambitions for this PC performing anything resembling serious work, the eMachines EL1300G-01w will make a fine second or third home system.