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Basic PC with big LCD

Basic PC with big LCD

Mitac's Atlanta III Series PC is an inexpensive dual-core solution charged with the task of boosting productivity.

Its Pentium D 930 CPU and 1GB of DDR2 RAM makes it a suitable machine for multitasking and the supplied 19-inch widescreen monitor allows for two application windows to sit side by side.

Don't expect too much raw power out of this machine though. Its slow pace reflects its integrated Intel graphics chip, which uses system RAM to process graphics data. Luckily, the machine does have a PCI Express graphics slot so a better graphics card can be installed if you feel you need more speed or want to play some taxing 3-D games. The rest of the system configuration is fairly standard: it comes with a double-layer DVD burner and a 160GB Serial ATA II hard drive. The hard drive capacity is perhaps a little low for a machine in this price range - we would have liked at least 200GB.

Physically, the components reside in a deceptively roomy ATX tower case, the front panel of which is reminiscent of late '90s Compaq machines. It looks good, has front-loading USB ports and easy access to a memory card reader. On the inside, there are eight total drive bays, four memory slots, the aforementioned PCI Express slot, as well as two PCI slots for expansion. The CPU is cooled by a stock Intel heatsink, which is fed cool air from a side-mounted duct.

Verdict: This is a decent and solidly built machine for everyday tasks. The large 19-inch LCD monitor sacrifices a discrete graphics card and a slightly larger hard drive to keep the cost down, but it is worth it.


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