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 High-Performance Desktops with '8-in-1 Media Reader'by eMachines
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Message Text: eMachines announced its holiday line-up of PC products, including two redesigned PCs offering a premium multimedia experience, two flat-panel LCD monitors, and an upgraded version of its 54g(TM) wireless widescreen notebook PC.

Featuring an elegant new look and enhanced multimedia performance at affordable prices, the eMachines T2825 offers DVD and CD-RW drives for $619 while the T2865 offers multi-format (+/-) DVD-RW for compatibility with either standard at $719. Both desktop PCs feature:

-'8-in-1 Media Reader' for optimum flexibility in downloading digital audio and video from a wide range of new media devices such as MP3 players and digital cameras as well as from other computers
-NVIDIA® GeForce4(TM) MX graphics
-AMD Athlon(TM) 2800+ XP processor
-Six-channel audio and premium keyboard with "shortcuts" to key features
-Attractive new chassis with resilient black powder coating and metallic silver front panel
-Metal-stamped "e" logo power button with blue LED "halo"

eMachines is also introducing 15-inch E15T and 17-inch E17T flat-panel LCD monitors starting at $299 (the E17T monitor is available in November). The M5312, eMachines' high-speed wireless widescreen notebook optimized for DVD viewing, refreshes the previous model with additional hard drive storage for $1,249.

The 8-in-1 media reader on the front panel of the T2825 and T2865 PCs offers compatibility with all major digital storage technology, including Secure Digital, Smart Media, Compact Flash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Micro Drive, Multimedia Card media, and USB 2.0 mini-flash drives.

eMachines' entry-level PC, the T2542 priced at $399 after $50 mail-in rebate, includes CD-RW for CD "burning," as well as 256MB DDR memory for the first time at this price point. For $479 after $50 mail-in rebate, consumers can step up to the T2682 which includes an Intel® Celeron® 2.60 GHz processor, double the hard drive storage at 80GB, and CDRW and DVD drives. Both systems incorporate the new Intel Extreme(TM) graphics chip set (Intel 845 GV), providing users up to 20-percent performance gains with 3D games and other graphics-intensive applications over previous models at these price points.

The E15T and E17T flat-panel LCD monitors combine acute pixel pitch ratios (0.29mm for 15-inch E15T; 0.26 for 17-inch E17T) with vibrant screen resolution rates (1024x768 for E15T; 1280x1024 for E17T). Both LCD monitor models include a single power and video cable that reduces cable clutter on and under the desktop. eMachines' new displays deliver rich, saturated colors with crisp images to enjoy DVD movies, Web surfing and gaming. The E15T is available for $299 after $100 mail-in rebate while the E17T will be available for $399 after $100 mail-in rebate.

eMachines' M5312 wireless widescreen notebook incorporates the 54g wireless local area network (WLAN) chipset from Broadcom, extending the data transmission rate of the 802.11b wireless standard from 11 megabits per second (Mbps) to 54 Mbps while maintaining compatibility with the 40-million 802.11b devices on the market.

Similar to the widescreen TV format, the M5312's 15.4-inch LCD display features a 16:10 aspect ratio and displays up to 30 percent more DVD viewing area than a standard 15-inch notebook screen. The system also features an AMD Athlon2400+ processor, 60GB hard drive, and a 1394 FireWire port for high-speed connection to computer peripherals such as digital cameras and printers.

eMachines supports all of its PCs and monitors through a comprehensive Customer Care program comprised of one-year free parts, labor and technical support with several service options, including an End-User Replaceable Parts Program, five-day depot repair, and nationwide authorized service centers.

On-site service is also available to customers purchasing two- or three-year extended service plans. The two-year plan costs $99 and the three-year plan costs $139 when purchased by the customer within 90 days of the PC purchase.

In addition, a pro-active service tool called BigFix® is available at no charge on every eMachines system. With the customer's permission, BigFix identifies and sends 'Fixlet' messages offering upgrades to enhance the performance or capabilities of the customer's specific PC configuration. For instance, eMachines users who have activated the BigFix application are offered Microsoft® XP operating system updates to prevent damage from the latest worm or virus, or a new video driver to support the latest computer games.

eMachines' PC line-up features the Microsoft Windows® XP Home operating system, Microsoft Works 6.0 or 7.0, Microsoft Money 2003 or 2004, Encarta Online, Adobe® Acrobat® Reader(TM), Power DVD, Microsoft Media Player, Real Player, Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, CompuServe, MSN, three-month AOL membership and Roxio Easy CD Creator Basic Edition on the high-end T2865 model.

Norton AntiVirus 2003 comes pre-installed on all eMachines PCs, providing protection from all previously released computer viruses. After three months, users can choose to subscribe to anti-virus updates from Symantec for protection from future viruses.

Desktop PCs specifications:

T2542

Processor: Intel Celeron 2.5 GHz (with Intel 845 GV chipset)
Memory: 256 MB DDR
Hard Drive: 40 GB
Optical Drive: 48x CD-RW
Graphics: Intel Extreme 3D
Price: $399 after $50 mail-in rebate

T2682

Processor: Intel Celeron 2.60 GHz (with Intel 845 GV chipset)
Memory: 256 MB DDR
Hard Drive: 80 GB
Optical Drives: 48x CD-RW and 16x DVD
Graphics: Intel Extreme 3D
Price: $479 after $50 mail-in rebate

T2825

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2800+ with Quantispeed architecture
Memory: 512 MB 333Mhz DDR
Hard Drive: 120 GB
Optical Drives: 48x CD-RW and 16x DVD
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
System Chipset: NVIDIA nForce2(TM)
Audio: nForce Six-Channel Audio
8-in-1 Media Reader
Available AGP 8x Slot
Price: $619

T2865

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2800+ with Quantispeed architecture
Memory: 512 MB 333Mhz DDR
Hard Drive: 160 GB
Optical Drives: Multi-format (+/-) DVD-RW; CD-ROM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce4 MX
System Chipset: NVIDIA nForce2
Audio: nForce Six-Channel Audio
8-in-1 Media Reader
Available AGP 8x Slot
Price: $719

Wireless Widescreen Notebook PC specifications:

M5312

Processor: Mobile AMD XP-M Athlon 2400+ with Quantispeed architecture
Memory: 512 MB DDR
Hard Drive: 60 GB
Optical Drive(s): CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
Graphics: ATI Radeon 320M (with 64MB shared memory)
Network: Integrated 54 Mb 802.11g Wireless LAN; 10/100Mbps built-in Ethernet
Weight: 6.5 pounds
Dimensions: 1.36 x 14 x 10 inches
Ports: Three USB 2.0 ports, IEEE 1394 Firewire, parallel port, S-Video Out, microphone, headphone, Type II PCMCIA slot, 56K V.92 fax/modem
Price: $1,249

LCD Monitors specifications:

E15T

Resolution: 1024x768
Pixel Dimension: 0.297mm
LCD Display Color: 262,144
Input Connector: 15 Pin D-Sub single power/video cable
Price: $299 after $100 mail-in rebate

E17T

Resolution: 1280x1024
Pixel Dimension: 0.264mm
LCD Display Color: 16.7M
Input Connector: 15 Pin D-Sub with single power/video cable
Price: $399 after $100 mail-in rebate
 
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