eMachines Clings to Relevance, Launches Svelte Home Entertainment Rig

Paul Lilly

Believe it or not, eMachines is still pumping out PCs, only these bear little resemblance to the ultra-budget (read: low quality) rigs of yesteryear. These days, eMachines answers to a bigger vendor, having been scooped up by Gateway in 2004, which in turn was acquired by Acer in 2007. All this maneuvering has put eMachines in a better position to release low-cost PCs without cutting as many corners as before, and that seems to be the case with the new Mini-e ER1402.

With a sleek and glossy black diamond shaped profile and the size, weight, and thickness of a book, the new Mini-e might stand out in your home theater, but not as an eyesore as an eMachines once would.

"Today’s cost-conscious consumer will find style, features and affordability come together beautifully in the low-cost eMachines Mini-e," said Steve Smith, senior business manager, consumer desktops for eMachines. "It’s an inconspicuous, streamlined computing solution for any room of the home where consumers want to enjoy movies, photos, music and other online entertainment."

While we're smitten with the exterior, the interior is more of what we'd expect from an eMachines. This wasn't built to replace your gaming machine, and instead meshes low-cost, yet serviceable components into a respectable HTPC. Inside and around the Mini-e you'll find an AMD Athlon NEO processor, Nvidia GeForce 9300 graphics, 2GB of memory, 160GB hard drive, memory card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, four USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a mounting kit for slapping the whole thing to the back of you television.

The new Mini-e is available now for $300.

Image Credit: eMachines

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