Having had a few different types of computers, I've decided to stick with what I like best, the eMachine.
I bought my last eMachine at a local store back in 2002 and had nothing but good times with it. You know as well as I do computers and technology changes day to day so I had to give up on my old computer and purchase another one.
In Feb 2008, I broke down and purchased another eMachine. This one was an eMachine W3611 with Vista, and an Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz. I didn't know if I was ready for Vista yet so I purchased a copy of XP with it, that was a waste of money.
The W3611 and Vista were made for each other. I really like the version of Vista on my computer it's Vista Home Basic. It's really easy to use if you're familiar with Windows. The only thing was this computer didn't come with enough memory to run Vista so I had to purchase more; I ended up with 2GB.
I do have to say I like the Pentium 4 as well. In my last eMachine I had the AMD Atholon. I chose the AMD processor over the Intel because I had heard better things about them, now I'm not sure if there is any difference, both processors are great.
After playing with the computer for awhile I decided I needed to hook it up to the home network, you think that might be a hard task. Not with this baby! The computer will walk you through setting up and securing you home network. The instructions are easy to follow.
My W3611 also came with the DVDR+- drive that I have yet to burn a DVD on. I have tons of home videos that I should burn to a disk; I just haven't wanted to take the time. The one thing I didn't like about this drive is the way it opens. You have to push really hard or in the right place to get it to eject, and you can forget pushing the button to insert it. I do like the fact that the face plate lays down and the drive ejects. It also has all the slots for the different types of memory cards on the front. That was one of the selling points for me. I have a digital camera as well as a video camera that uses these cards, and with the slots in the front all I have to do is take them out of the cameras and put them in the computer. Once I insert them the downloading software pops up and in no time I have all the pictures on the computer.
The video card and the sound card are also a big plus for me. While I'm sure any gamer would want to upgrade the video card, it works fine for me. The picture is clear and the color is great. The sound care that came on the computer is a Sigma Tel High Definition Audio CODEC. The sound is awesome in my opinion.
Overall the computer is a great one for small/home business or for family and kids to work on. I would recommend this eMachine to anyone.