It seems like every PC manufacturer and their monkey’s uncle is making a netbook nowadays, but netbook desktops – or rather PCs powered by netbook processors are just starting to make their way in to the retail space. The attractive Averatec D1130EA1E-1 was the first all-in-one netbook/ desktop to make it on to U.S. shores. With a price tag around just $500, a sleek glossy black design with a widescreen 18.4″ LCD, a 160GB hard drive, a DVD/CD burner, and a capable feature-set – the Averatec D1130EA1E-1 is already formidable competition.
The Averatec D1130EA1E-1 is covered in a shiny black finish with a slim silver metallic plate accenting the front of the base. The design is sleek, modern, minimalist, and makes it look a lot more expensive than it is. Unfortunately the Averatec D1130EA1E-1 picks up fingerprints and dust easily. A cleaning cloth is included in the box to help keep things clean.
Although not quite as portable as a laptop, the Averatec D1130EA1E-1 can easily be moved around the house. The display folds down flat against the base so that you can even stuff it in to a drawer or on to a shelf if you have to.
The front panel of the base has controls like volume, mute, turn off LCD, and brightness level controls. The left side of the base is where the DVD/CD burner is located, the right side of the base is where the media card reader is situated and Averatec D1130EA1E-1 and the back side contains the Averatec D1130EA1E-1 ports. Overall, everything is pretty conveniently located and ports are a lot less frustrating to access than on a regular desktop tower.
The 18.4″ widescreen display screen on the Averatec D1130EA1E-1 is bright and clear with pretty good viewing angles. It’s got a fine screen resolution of 1680×945.
Keyboard and Mouse:
The Averatec Averatec D1130EA1E-1 comes with a wired keyboard, wired mouse and a mouse pad. The keyboard is comfy and very notebook-like in style tactile feel. The mouse is not ergonomic but is still comfortable to use. It’s kind of a bummer that the included peripherals are wired and not wireless, since the system is just so sleek and minimalist, but being that this is a budget system we guess that you cant ask for everything.
Multimedia / Audio:
Audio is pretty powerful considering speakers are built in to its base. Additionally you can plug in your own speakers or headphones. The Averatec D1130EA1E-1 has also got a DVD player/ CD-burner. Playing back DVDs on the Averatec D1130EA1E-1 was pleasant as DVDs plaid back without a hitch. The Averatec D1130EA1E-1 also comes with a built-in mic for and a convenient media card reader.
The system comes running with Windows XP Home with service pack 3 and preloaded with I.E. 6 – not 7/ So you’ll want to install 7 on your own. A recovery disc with Windows is also included in the box.
The Averatec D1130EA1E-1 comes with almost no bloatware except a 90 day trial of Norton Antivirus -which is actually a good thing, as it might encourage people to protect their system. However we uninstalled Norton antivirus right away and installed Norton Internet Security. For those looking to go down the budget rode they can download Free firewall software like Comodo, and antivirus software like Avast or AVG. We however, prefer the latest version of Norton’s for its low impact on system performance, which you’ll especially appreciate if you’re not going to be upgrading the ram from 1GB to 2GB. Adobe Reader 8 also comes preinstalled along with a user guide pdf located right on the desktop.
The system also comes with Cyberlink DVD suite including PowerDVD which plays DVDs, Power2go for burning discs and Cyberlink youcam for adding neat web cam special effects like snow or optical distortions, taking snapshots, and capturing webcam videos. Youcam also lets you upload web cam recordings directly to youtube. On a related note, the web camera works well its images come out bright and clear.
Performance is on par with what you would expect from a netbook with the currently pretty standard 1.6ghz Atom processor. I was able to play back video without a hitch, surf the net with multiple windows open, and work on office documents. You can even multitask pretty well without the system slowing down. However, if you are a heavy multi-tasker we do recommend adding another 1GB of ram.
The Averatec D1130EA1E-1 came up with a score of 120 3DMarks in 3DMark06, so as you would expect with a netbook – you wont be doing any heavy or even moderately heavy gaming with it.
Wireless pickup is also very good on the Averatec D1130EA1E-1. The Averatec D1130EA1E-1 picked up tons of networks my other computers never have.
MSI, Shuttle PCs, and Asus all have netbook desktops in the works, most of which are sporting touchsreen displays which is definitely neat. However the tendency across the board so far is that all of these all-in-ones have just a 15-16″ display. On the other hand the Averatec All-in-one Averatec D1130EA1E-1 has a generous 18.4″ display which is not a touchscreen. Although having a touchscreen is cool, I personally would rather opt for the extra screen real estate that the Averatec has.
Another unique aspect about the Averatec D1130EA1E-1’s design compared to other competing all-in-ones is that other all-in-ones pack the whole computer and components on to the back of the display, yet the Averatec D1130EA1E-1 packs the actual computer components in to the base.
Who is this for? Anyone who doesn’t require tons of performance, and who just wants to surf the web, play back some video and do basic tasks – but they don’t want to be constrained to a tiny netbook with its 10″ screen. This is the perfect Mother’s Day gift for me, since I’m sure that my mother will love the Averatec D1130EA1E-1 form factor and big and bright display. And for her purposes the Averatec packs in everything she needs without taking up too much space and cluttering up her desk area with too much cables.
Likewise, the Averatec D1130EA1E-1 would be great for a first computer for the not so tech savvy grandparent. We also think it would do great in a reception area where space is at a premium and aesthetics are important- and not always is it necessary to spend $1000+ just because an iMac is pretty and fits in well with the decor. Alternatively this could make a great kitchen PC which you can easily move out of the way when needed. This could also be a great computer for kids and we imagine that it would do well in classroom environments and libraries too.
Considering Averatec is known more for their laptops, they have done a really good job with this all-in-one desktop. The system is well rounded, beautifully designed, has decent performance, and best of all – it has an enticing price point. Overall, Averatec has a winning product on their hands, so we cant figure out why they don’t have this being pushed out to other big retailers like Best Buy and Staples. You can however find it on Buy.com, Walmart, Sam’s Club retail stores, and Tiger Direct. THE MSRP is $599, but it’s going for $499-$550 on average. And currently you can snatch one up from Amazon/Tigerdirect for just $449.99 which makes the Averatec D1130EA1E-1 really sweet to purchase at that price.
Affordable price tag, slick minimalist design, excellent display, good performance
Attracts dust and fingerprints – but hardly a deal breaker, competing models are on their way out