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With a few upgrades it could be great

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27.08.2010 (28.08.2010)

Advantages:
Build Quality, Reliability, Price

Disadvantages:
Speed, Performance, Speakers, Mouse

Recommendable Yes:

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Speed

Design

Manufacturer Support

Ease of use

Value For Money

ReliabilityExcellent

Memory / capacityPoor

Range of Extra FeaturesSatisfactory

Instruction manualVery useful

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The eMachines 3230 is a budget system. I've owned it for a few years now. In this review I'll tell you the good and the bad about it.

The 3230 is very well built and reliable. The price makes it very attractive as well. It includes a copy of Windows XP Home Edition which was typical at the time I bought it. The manual is very well written and includes plenty of tips and advice on opening and using your PC. This computer comes pre-installed with a few basic programs like Microsoft Works, Microsoft Money and all the standard Windows XP programs (Internet Explorer, Notepad, Paint etc.) which are great for getting started with, all you'll need is a decent Anti-Virus.

Unfortunately this PC will need a few upgrades to make it brilliant. The Intel Pentium 4 Processor is pretty fast but the measly 256MB of RAM is a little low and this machine could really do with something towards the 512MB mark. The supplied speakers are awful and sound really tinny and sharp. The mouse included feels like you're using a slug for a mouse.

To conclude the 3230 is ok out of the box but with a bit more RAM, a new mouse and some decent speakers the eMachines 3230 would make a great budget system.
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ElizabethAnne18 27.08.2010 17:24

Have to agree with the comment below

donf18 27.08.2010 14:36

What processor has it, what software is preinstalled, you really haven't told us anything.

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Manufacturer Emachines
System / Hard Drive Capacity 80 GB
Processor / Type Intel Pentium 4
RAM / Installed Size 256 MB
Processor / Clock Speed 2.80 GHz
System / Type Tower

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This review of Emachines 3230 has been rated:

"somewhat helpful" by (33%):

  1. TheHairyGodmother

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  1. ElizabethAnne18
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