Representatives from the Acer/Gateway/eMachines collective mentioned to us last week how surprised they'd been by the popularity of the eMachines EL1209 slim-tower desktops. We imagine they have similar hopes for the new eMachines EL1300G announced Tuesday.
Available exclusively at Wal-Mart, the EL1300G comes in two flavors. The EL1300G-01w goes for $298, which gets you a standalone PC with Windows Vista Home Basic, a low-power AMD Athlon 2650e CPU, 2GB of RAM, a DVD burner, and a 160GB hard drive. The $398 EL1300G-02w comes with a 20-inch LCD, and is otherwise identical to the 01w except for Windows XP Home Edition, and only 1GB of RAM.
Each system also comes with a wired mouse and keyboard, as well as a set of 2.0 USB speakers.
eMachines keeps the prices down by keeping things simple, so you won't even find a DVI video port on these models, much less an HDMI output. That gives the EL1300 series less living room appeal than other slim-tower and small form factor desktops, like the much-admired Acer Aspire X1700. And while we have yet to test an Athlon 2650e-based system, by all accounts it has a similar power profile to Intel's Atom CPU so favored in nettops, but with significantly faster performance. We're eager to get our hands on an EL1300G to find out for ourselves.