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Review of "IBM NetVista M42 "

published 07/12/2003 | dobieg
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I'm a miserable old git. I'm ashamed to say it's been a **** very **** long time since I reviewed my "trusts", have sought to rectify this by going through every review I've written in the past couple of years, if you feel hard-done-by, drop me a note.
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Pro Bread and butter, bog standard box, predictable and easy to deploy
Cons Not the lowest price for specification
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"Perfectly competent corporate desktop"

You might expect a lot from the company who rightly claimed to be the inventor of the 'personal computer' - and in sense, you'd be right, but only to a point.

It's all a question of exactly what you want from a personal computer.

The hint is in the company name; International Business Machines, and if that's not quite strong enough, the strapline 'Machines for business' should really ram it home.

This will be a first for me - an 'average' rating - there's nothing wrong with the kit that a couple of hundred off the asking price wouldn't sort!

This PC is mainly aimed at the sort of market where a couple of hundred quid doesn't matter a great deal!

Ciao's new product format outlines the technical specifications on the product 'front page' - so there's little point in me going through this in any particular detail, except to suggest it's a system based around a single motherboard with 'integrated everything' you could want for a standard desktop unit.

The particular model I use is built in a 'standard desktop' format - or to put it rather less politely, a big flat horizontal slab upon which you rest your monitor.

The box comes in the somewhat austere corporate box, at one time, they tried to sex the look up by describing it as 'stealth black' nine out of ten for trying, two out of ten for looks - actually, I'll revise that to a six, as I don't mind plastic and tin looking like plastic and tin, and I hate silver paint for the sake of it!

Mine came with a CD-Rom (not a DVD) and a 3.5" floppy drive.

- it surprises me that floppies still come as standard, I can't remember the last time I used one, 1.4Mb doesn't get you very far these days (I downloaded the ethernet driver for this system a couple of days ago and found it took up 15Mb)

Of course, it's what's inside that counts, and that's why, in a business context, this unit starts to score points.

The motherboard comes in a predictable bog-standard ATX format - and sports 3 PCI and one AGP graphics slot - not that you'd need them!

Onboard are all the usual goodies; sound, graphics, network (10/100 BPS ethernet) etc, an internal speaker provides what could be described as 'adequate' output, however this barely caters for much more than windows sounds, and the odd commentary from digital radio - I wouldn't bin your multimedia speakers quite yet!

Some concession to progress has been made, however, by placing two of the six USB ports on the front panel, so you don't have to pull everything out in order to plug in your digital camera.

I was, however, a disappointed to notice that the sound jacks were still located round the back. Still - the CD rom has an earphone socket, and a volume control, which is an increasingly rare commodity these days.

The 2.53GHz Intel P4 chip and 133MHz memory bus provides quite respectable performance, although by current standards is tending towards the mediocre.

The 40Gb 7200rpm hard disk drive is reasonable enough, and whilst not exactly designed for high-end data serving, matches the rest of the system specification pretty well.

The list price for such a system is around the thousand dollars mark - or around £700 in Sterling - that includes an operating system but no bundled software or monitor.

The standard onboard video is strictly designed for supporting a standard business applications, any attempt to use high-end video games will almost universally result in disappointment, but at least you have the option to put in an AGP card at a later stage (some of the hardware options allow for an ATI Radion card, or nVidia GeForce4 Ti 4200 128MB (VGA & TV & DVI-D) 4X AGP
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Build quality is a tad better than we have come to expect from IBM of late; practical, quite nicely engineered, but again, the description of 'adequate' springs to mind.

They have obviously taken a leaf or two from the competition, virtually all of the internal components can be exchanged without having to revert to tools - the IBM standard has been retained, anything marked blue implies that it's for removing (In Compaq, it's green)

Depending on the model you buy, it comes with Windows XP Professional, or Windows/2000
Where IBM scores is in the cost of 'total system ownership' - because it comes as a fully integrated 'stand alone' unit it all hangs together rather nicely, and you don't expect any surprises.

It supports IBM's own system management software, all of which is designed to assist deployment in an enterprise (big business) environment.

Now, if you were the manager of several thousand desktop PCs, and you wanted to sleep at nights, which system would you want to deploy; the latest whizz-bang kit, with countless variations and flavours, each of which required individual setting up, or an anonymous 'bread and butter' machine which did it's job day in, day out (I rest my case)

In summary, well up to office tasks, but of limited interest to home users, but nonetheless well built, and will give many years faithful service.

My previous comparisons between IBM kit in general and Volvo remain unchallenged, it's capable, even a little sporty on occasions, but above all safe.

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  • unnameable published 08/12/2003
    re-rated. A friend of mine works for IBM in Greenock and has a nice nickname for them... Infernally Bad Machines (although I think it's a tad unfair!)
  • SarahP published 07/12/2003
    where do they put the air bags? :oP
  • SueMagee published 07/12/2003
    They're generally quality kit and usually worth the money I've found.
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Product Information : IBM NetVista M42

Manufacturer's product description

The NetVista M series is designed for users who want maximum performance features, including Intel processors, high-speed hard disk drives, upgradeable graphics and longer image stability for easier deployments. IBM's superior migration and manageability tools and services help businesses of all sizes save time and money, help reduce the risk of errors and loss of data, and help users stay productive. Toolless cover removal, toolless PCI slots and internal bays that flip up and allow components to slide in on rails help make upgrades easier and repairs faster. If you require a desktop that emphasizes security, power, and ease of management, the IBM NetVista M series is a clear choice. NetVista M series desktops smoothly move your enterprise to the next stable platform with Intel processors and the widest range of supported operating systems in the NetVista family for a better experience. The NetVista M42 Pentium 4 systems make it easy to manage the migration to the next generation of stable, performance-based systems. These systems feature a suite of solutions to help reduce the overall cost of PC hardware ownership. This ensures more stable software and operating system transitions.

Product Details

Product Description: IBM NetVista M42 8305 - P4 2.4 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8303 - P4 2 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8303 - P4 2.4 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8303 - P4 2.26 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8303 - P4 1.8 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8303 - P4 2.66 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8303 - P4 2.8 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8301 - P4 2.4 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8301 - P4 2.26 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8301 - P4 2 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8301 - P4 1.8 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8307 - P4 1.8 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8306 - P4 2.53 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8304 - P4 2.4 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8304 - P4 2.66 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8307 - P4 3.06 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8307 - P4 2.66 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8307 - P4 2.4 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8305 - P4 3.06 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8307 - P4 2 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8305 - P4 2.8 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8307 - P4 2.8 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8305 - P4 2.66 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8307 - P4 2.26 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8305 - P4 2.53 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8307 - P4 2.53 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8305 - P4 2.26 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8305 - P4 2 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8305 - P4 1.8 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB, IBM NetVista M42 8303 - P4 2.53 GHz - 256 MB - 40 GB

Type: PC

Form Factor: Desktop, Small desktop, Tower, Mini desktop

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, French / Belgium, Greece, Italian / Italy, German / Germany, Spanish / Spain, English / United Kingdom, Ireland, Finnish / Finland, French / France, Swedish / Sweden, English / Europe, English / Belgium, Polish / Poland, Portugal, English / Belgium, Luxembourg, French / Switzerland, German / Switzerland, English / Egypt, English / Portugal, English / Poland, English / Norway, English / United States, Austria, Norwegian / Norway, Dutch / Netherlands, Danish / Denmark, Netherlands, Greek / Greece

Processor: 1 x Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 1 x Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz, 1 x Intel Pentium 4 2.26 GHz, 1 x Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz, 1 x Intel Pentium 4 2.66 GHz, 1 x Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz, 1 x Intel Pentium 4 2.53 GHz, 1 x Intel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz

Processor Socket: Socket 478

Cache Memory: 512 KB L2 Cache - Advanced Transfer Cache, 512 KB L2 Cache, 256 KB L2 Cache - Advanced Transfer Cache, L2 Cache

Cache Per Processor: 512 KB, 256 KB

RAM: 256 MB (installed) / 2 GB (max) - DDR SDRAM - 266 MHz - PC2100, 256 MB (installed) / 1 GB (max) - DDR SDRAM - 266 MHz - PC2100, 256 MB (installed) / 1 GB (max) - DDR SDRAM - non-ECC - 266 MHz - PC2100

Storage Controller: IDE ( ATA-100 ) - PCI, IDE ( ATA-100 )

Floppy Drive: 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy

Hard Drive: 1 x 40 GB - ATA-100

Optical Storage: CD-ROM, DVD-ROM

Graphics Controller: AGP - Intel Extreme Graphics Shared Video Memory (UMA), AGP 4x - Intel Extreme Graphics Shared Video Memory (UMA), Intel Extreme Graphics Shared Video Memory (UMA)

Audio Output: Integrated - stereo, Integrated - Intel 845G - PCI - stereo, Integrated - PCI - stereo, Integrated, Integrated - Intel 845G - stereo, Integrated - Intel 845G - PCI - stereo - 16-bit

Networking: 10Mb LAN, 100Mb LAN

Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz ), AC 120/230 V, ( 50/60 Hz )

OS Provided: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Dimensions (WxDxH): 42.5 cm x 41.4 cm x 14 cm, 36 cm x 41.2 cm x 10.4 cm, 31 cm x 33.8 cm x 11 cm, 19.1 cm x 40.6 cm x 41.3 cm, 19 cm x 39.9 cm x 41.5 cm, 42.5 cm x 42.5 cm x 14 cm, 42.4 cm x 42.4 cm x 14 cm, 31 cm x 34.3 cm x 11 cm

Weight: 11.4 kg, 9.1 kg, 10 kg, 7.7 kg, 10.2 kg, 8.1 kg, 13.4 kg, 12 kg

Manufacturer Selling Program: TopSeller, Global Models Plus

Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified

Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty

Video Memory: DDR SDRAM

General

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Type: PC

Recommended Use: Small business, corporate business

Product Form Factor: Desktop, Small desktop, Tower, Mini desktop

Built-in Devices: Speaker

Colour: Stealth black

Localisation: English / United Kingdom, French / Belgium, Greece, Italian / Italy, German / Germany, Spanish / Spain, English / United Kingdom, Ireland, Finnish / Finland, French / France, Swedish / Sweden, English / Europe, English / Belgium, Polish / Poland, Portugal, English / Belgium, Luxembourg, French / Switzerland, German / Switzerland, English / Egypt, English / Portugal, English / Poland, English / Norway, English / United States, Austria, Norwegian / Norway, Dutch / Netherlands, Danish / Denmark, Netherlands, Greek / Greece

Processor / Chipset

CPU: Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz, Intel Pentium 4 2.26 GHz, Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz, Intel Pentium 4 2.66 GHz, Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz, Intel Pentium 4 2.53 GHz, Intel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz

CPU Qty: 1

Max CPU Qty: 1

CPU Socket: Socket 478

Chipset Type: Intel 845G

Front Side Bus: 533 MHz, 400 MHz

CPU Upgradability: Upgradeable, Not upgradeable

Cache Memory

Installed Size: L2 Cache - 512 KB Advanced Transfer Cache, L2 Cache - 512 KB, L2 Cache - 256 KB Advanced Transfer Cache, L2 Cache

Cache Per Processor: 512 KB, 256 KB

RAM

Installed Size: 256 MB / 2 GB (max), 256 MB / 1 GB (max)

Technology: DDR SDRAM, DDR SDRAM - non-ECC

Memory Speed: 266 MHz

Memory Specification Compliance: PC2100

Form Factor: DIMM 184-PIN

Features: Unbuffered

Upgrade Rule: Max 512 MB module

Hard Drive

Type: HDD

Capacity: 1 x 40 GB

Interface Type: ATA-100

Spindle Speed: 7200 rpm

Storage Controller

Type: 1 x IDE - integrated - PCI, 1 x IDE - integrated

Controller Interface Type: ATA-100

Channel Qty: 2

Floppy Drive

Type: 3.5" 1.44 MB floppy

Optical Storage

Type: CD-ROM - IDE, DVD-ROM - IDE

Read Speed: 48x, 48x (CD) / 16x (DVD), 16x

Media Load Type: Tray

Monitor

Monitor Type: None

Graphics Controller

Type: Integrated

Interface Type: AGP, AGP 4x

Graphics Processor: Intel Extreme Graphics Shared Video Memory (UMA)

Video Interfaces: VGA

Supported Display Graphics: VGA (640x480), XGA (1024x768), SVGA (800x600), SXGA (1280x1024), UXGA (1600x1200), QXGA (2048x1536), 1152x864, 1920x1440

Video Memory: DDR SDRAM

Audio Output

Type: Integrated

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Compliant Standards: AC '97, SoundMAX with SPX

Signal Processor: Intel 845G

Max Sampling Rate: 48 kHz

Speakers: 1 x mixed channel

Input Device

Type: Mouse, keyboard

Networking

Type: Integrated

Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet

Remote Management Protocol: DMI 2.3, DMI 2.0, DMI 2.1, DMI

Features: Wake on LAN (WOL), Wake on LAN (WoL), ACPI support, ACPI support, ACPI support, wake on LAN (WOL)

Interface (Bus) Type: PCI

Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u

Expansion / Connectivity

Bays: 1 (total) / 0 (free) x external 3.5" x 1/3H ¦ 1 (total) / 0 (free) x internal 3.5" x 1/3H ¦ 2 (total) / 1 (free) x external 5.25" x 1/2H

Slots: 3 (total) / 3 (free) x PCI - full-length, full-height ¦ 1 (total) / 1 (free) x AGP 4x - full-length, full-height ¦ 1 (total) / 0 (free) x CPU ¦ 2 (total) / 1 (free) x DIMM 184-pin

Interfaces: 1 x microphone ¦ 1 x audio line-out ¦ 1 x audio line-in ¦ 1 x VGA ¦ 1 x LAN ¦ 1 x PS/2 mouse ¦ 1 x PS/2 keyboard ¦ 1 x parallel ¦ 2 x serial ¦ 6 x USB 2.0

Miscellaneous

Features: Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), power-on password, diskette I/O control, hard drive I/O control, parallel port I/O control, serial port I/O control, U-Bolt anchoring, boot sequence control

Compliant Standards: ACPI, APM, FCC Class B certified, CISPR 22 Class B, DEMKO, EN 60950, NEMKO, SEMKO, TUV S

Manufacturer Selling Program: TopSeller, Global Models Plus

Power

Device Type: Power supply

Nominal Voltage: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz ), AC 120/230 V, ( 50/60 Hz )

Power Provided: 185 Watt, 160 Watt, 125 Watt

Compliant Standards: UL 1950, CSA, UL 1950, EN 60950, UL 1950, EN 60950, CSA, UL 1950

Operating System / Software

OS Provided: Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Professional

OS Certified: Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, IBM OS/2 Warp 4.0 or later, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Software: Drivers & Utilities, Adobe Acrobat Reader, PC Doctor, IBM Update Connector, IBM Access Support, Norton AntiVirus 2002, IBM Director Agent, ThinkVantage Rapid Restore PC

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 3 years warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 3 years - on-site, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 3 years - on-site - response time: 1 day, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 3 years, Limited warranty - 3 years, Limited warranty - parts and labour - 3 years - on-site - response time: 2 days

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 42.5 cm, 36 cm, 31 cm, 19.1 cm, 19 cm, 42.4 cm

Depth: 41.4 cm, 41.2 cm, 33.8 cm, 40.6 cm, 39.9 cm, 42.5 cm, 42.4 cm, 34.3 cm

Height: 14 cm, 10.4 cm, 11 cm, 41.3 cm, 41.5 cm

Weight: 11.4 kg, 9.1 kg, 10 kg, 7.7 kg, 10.2 kg, 8.1 kg, 13.4 kg, 12 kg

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 10 °C, 5 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 35 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 8 - 80%

Sound Emission: 34 dB, 35 dB, 32 dB, 33 dB, 36 dB, 30 dB

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