PCs UNDER $1,000

March 1998

PCs UNDER $1,000

Budget-minded technology for business

If you're still working on the dinosaur computer from 1983 or have yet to make the technological plunge at all, it might be time for you to consider a trip to the computer store.

CNET, an on-line computer magazine, recently reviewed 12 PCs that will be lenient on your bank account. Computers costing less than $1,000 now make up 40% of computer retail sales in the U.S., the site reports. Systems that offer the most for the money:

  • Acer Aspire 1240, $999. The price includes a 15-in. monitor, 2 GB hard drive and beginner tutorial software. Reviewers say the system is slow (equivalent to a 166-MHz, non-MMX Pentium processor), but its 256K external cache adds zip. The reviewers also cited easy setup and good support and service. Drawbacks include few available ports for ancillary equipment. Contact www.acer.com or (408) 432-6200.
  • CyberMax Family Max C1 PR166, $1,199. Though higher than the $1,000 ceiling, the package includes a 15-in. monitor, 2.5 GB Western Digital hard drive, 16X CD-ROM drive and STB Nitro 3D Graphics card for multimedia effects. The 33.6-kbps modem offers voice mail, speaker phone and simultaneous voice and data transmission. Software includes Corel's Wordperfect Suite 7, Intuit Quicken SE and a package of CDs. Speed is considered average (equivalent to a 166-MHz Pentium processor with MMX, but at a much lower price). Contact www.cybmax.com or (800) 345-8939.
  • Maximus Magna Media-A, $999. Reviewers were amazed at the price of this PC, which they recommend for business use. The package includes 32MB of RAM, a 2.4 GB IBM hard drive, 166-MHz MMX Pentium processor, 12XCD-ROM drive, 14-in. monitor and accompanying Lotus Smart Suite office software. The computer scored second place in CNET's performance ratings among the 12 evaluated PCs. For more information on the PCs reviewed by CNET, see www.computers.com.

    - by Stacey King

    Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.


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