InfoHQ Tech Watch Newsletter No. 9 - Review of $499 Desktop Deals July 15, 2003
Welcome to our ninth InfoHQ Tech Watch Newsletter - Review of $499 Desktop Deals. In this newsletter we review the latest $499 desktop deals from Dell and HP.
Last week, both Dell and HP began a $499 Desktop with 17 inch monitor promotion. Thinking this was to good to be true, we decided to do a head to head comparison of their systems to see if these were truly good deals, or if this was just another example of misleading promotions.
Dell's offering was based on a 2.2 GHz Celeron Dimension, while HP's
offering was powered by a 2.2 GHz Pentium 4 processor.
Dell Dimension 2400
The Dell system is a very basic entry level desktop system. It's 2.2 GHz Celeron processor has acceptable speed and the included Intel Extreme Graphics chipset is a nice addition but has slow to mediocre speed in new 3D games. The currently included CD-RW drive is nice to have and so is the free 6 months of AOL service.
However this system does have some drawbacks. I don't like: the fact that an AGP graphics card cannot be added, there is no floppy drive, 128 MB of RAM is just not enough and should be upgraded, and there is no printer included.
If you just want a very basic $499 system that can't be upgraded, and that will put you online for free, then this is the system for you.
Compaq Presario S4000V
Overall I was very surprised by the amount of features this system offers. This is the first Pentium 4 computer bundle I have seen that has sold for $499 after rebates. It's 2.2 GHz Pentium 4 processor is 25%-30% faster than a Celeron, it has a relatively slow graphics chip - but it can be upgraded with an AGP video card, and it even includes a free HP printer.
Of course HP did have to cut some corners to keep the price down. Like
the Dell, you will want to immediately upgrade the 128 MB of system
RAM. You also might want to immediately upgrade to a CD-RW drive for
In conclusion, I think this is a great entry level system, especially if you are willing to spend a little more to upgrade the system memory and to add a CD-RW drive.
Thank you for participating in our InfoHQ Tech Watch Newsletter. Forward it on to any of your friends that may be interested.
Check out the latest prices for computers and software at our sponsor DealTime.
InfoHQ has a very strict anti-spam policy. If you have received this newsletter in error, please use the link below to unsubscribe or contact the InfoHQ Webmaster.