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Acer Veriton M460
If there's one thing everyone in an office is interested in it is office acquisitions. Be it the basics like pens and paper, niceties such as fridges, microwaves, toasters and chairs that don't induce Total Spinal Spasmodic Painful Muscle Failure Disorder, or extravagances such as a foot massager that features tea and coffee making facilities, everyone has an opinion about what they want and need.
Moreover, though most get lumped with whatever PC they're given, the smart people get the ear of the head of IT and make a few suggestions as to what would be best. After all, who wants to develop tunnel vision because they spend eight hours a day staring at a 14 inch 4:3 monitor? Thus, if you happen to be that smart person or even the person in charge of IT purchasing, it's time to sit up and take notice because Acer's latest Veriton M460 PC is meant for you.
Available in two configurations, it's the quad-core based system (MPN: PS.M46E3.U01) that we're looking at today. At its centre is an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, which features four cores each running at 2.4GHz, with 8MB L2 Cache and a 1,066MHz front side bus. This is supported by 2GBs worth of 667MHz DDR2, with a 320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD providing the storage and a 256MB nVidia 8500 GT for graphics.
For a business PC this is a very well specified machine, with Gigabit Ethernet, an 8x DVD+/-RW optical drive and 7-in-1 memory card reader rounding off the essential features quite amply. Indeed, given this specification it's probably worth thinking about what you actually need, because in many respects this machine represents more performance than the Average Joe office worker really needs. No, this is for the heavier users who need a machine that'll run seamlessly whatever the circumstances and not fall over the moment something fails.
If this version is a little hot for your requirement Acer does produce another version, which is nonetheless very capable. This comes with an Intel Core 2 Duo E4500, a dual-core chip that runs at a perfectly sprightly 2.2GHz. It also sacrifices some storage space, using a 160GB drive, while also resorting to an integrated Intel X3100, 1GB RAM and XP Professional. Otherwise it's more or less the same system, but it'll cost in the region of £320 - over £200 less than the quad-core system.