Advantages Available on the high street. Lot of free software
Disadvantages Very hard to upgrade. No actual OS disc
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On the whole I have been pleased with Packard Bell, but having said that I would not but another.
I have a PB Club 40, purchased in October 1998. It has a Cyrix M II 300mhz processor, with onboard sound and graphics card and a 56K modem. It had 32mb ram, this has been upgraded by myself to 60mb.
I was pleased with the purchase price at the time (£599) and got the usual package you can expect from Dixon's. Some games, MS Works, Win 98 and MS Money.
I have never had a problem as such but basically some things have made me decide to never have another Packard.
The PB comes with a lot of preinstalled software, which is not uninstallable. This is bad as I am forced to keep certain items on my machine.
I have got around this by borrowing the win 98 cd from a friend and doing a format/install.
The PB comes with master cd and boot disc, which simply puts all the original software back on the hard drive. There was no option to have just the operating system.
So all in all I have been fairly happy with the machine, but the lack of an actual win98 cd did not please me, nor the fact that the sound and graphics cards are on the motherboard, therefore un-upgradable.I was pleased with the machine as a whole and it surfs the net very well for me, but having become much more knowledgable recently about pc's I would buy online and have a pc made to my own spec in the future.
I am glad I have not had issues like some other ciao members have with this manufacturer.Recommended only for beginners to computers, and for those whose most convenient pc reseller is PC World or Dixons. These two are the only ones who sell PB machines in the UK.
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