Thread: New Emachines any good?
March 17th, 2003, 06:43 PM #1
New Emachines any good?
Ok, the current batch of Emachines are AMD 2.4's, they come with 256ram, 60gig HD, cdrw, dvd rom, 17inch monitor and color printer. All for 650.00 (Best Buy after MIR)
My boss wants one for his house, what do you think?
Are they as good as Compaq?, HP?, Dell etc?
I remember the first batch had trouble with the PSU, but have they matured?
March 17th, 2003, 06:55 PM #2
Tri-gem was the original name of the company. They came out about 4-5 years ago with a rock-bottom priced PC and nearly all of them were defective. They closed up shop for a while and then reopened as EMachine. It was a much better product, but still cheaply made. The specialized in budget PCs. I have heard little of their newer lines, but with their customer care record and record of building machines as cheaply as possible, I would not recommend them to anyone, except those who use computers VERY lightly (like my mom who has Cel 533 Emachine for email).
If I were going to buy, I would look at companies in this order:
Overall, I would recommend a home-built PC, though.
March 17th, 2003, 07:05 PM #3
woooo yeah, home built all the way. If ya help him build it, he may even give you a special suprise (no not sexual favors, you know what i mean)
From experience, e-machine=pos . A friend of mine had one, it would always be breaking down
March 17th, 2003, 07:11 PM #4
e-machines are now and always have been pieces of crap...friend had one about a year ago (new) and after it kept crapping out on him, he had me gut it and rebuild him a new system...the only thing I actually kept from the original emachine was the processor (pentium III) and the hard drive...everything else was proprietary crap or just a waste of energy. I say offer to build him a new rig, he will be a lot happier and that's always a good thing (your boss happy with you).
March 18th, 2003, 01:18 AM #5
Another vote against eMachines.
They are the worst possible proprietary rigs you can get.
We have a bunch of them at work, and as the school's only tech, they are a constant thorn in my side. Even the cheapest HPs we have are 10x better.
If he doesn't want to build a system from scratch, go with ANYTHING but an eMachine.
March 18th, 2003, 01:30 AM #6
I think they are junk too but most people look at price and do not really care what is in the machine itself. More general education is needed gor the public/Everyone looks for a purpose in life. Some of us never find it.
March 18th, 2003, 01:38 AM #7
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OK Guys....who has used one that is new out of the box in the last 3 months??
My sister just bought one for Christmas...it is working just fine, and believe me, if anyone can screw up a computer, it's her........between myself and my BIL, we have fixed it for her no less than 8 times.....
But, I want to make this clear...she does NOT know how to use a PC, and she is always messing something up....I hope she fries it!!!!!!!!
I have use it many times since she got it, and my BIL and I both think it's a pretty good PC, for the price, you can't go wrong, they are much better than they were in the past!!
Comes with windows XP loaded...good OS.
March 18th, 2003, 02:08 AM #8
The main problem they had was a small p/s but they were better than the low end HP machines. Yes they use Trigem boards but so do many of the major manufacturers. Most of the internal components are Samsung. The ones I've been inside had Samsung HD, cd-rom, ram, floppy drive. If you're not going to use it for a gaming rig or video editing etc they are ok. I see them at Best Buy for $400 - box, monitor, printer etc. For mom or sis they're fine.
March 18th, 2003, 01:19 PM #9
I know most of these rants are from the older units, I believe they used Celerons. But I see now that they have AMD's, a vast inprovement. Do the new ones still suffer from the same probs as the old?
All the Emachine forums I have found are dated early 2002, I can't seem to find anything about recent machines.
I agree the early ones were pos, but I kind of figured they had matured with age.
The use on this one will be to replace a Compaq 5190 (400mhz Celeron) and would be used for Photoshop,Illustrator, Freehand, emails (AOL, Yuck) and making data and audio cd's. Don't forget it is a AMD 2400xp.
P.S. Only 1 semi good report and the rest bad. It doesn't look good.
March 18th, 2003, 01:48 PM #10
you say that this is going to be used for photoshop, illustrator, etc...what are the other specs of the proposed system (other than the processor?) To run these programs, especially photoshop, you need lots of good, fast ram (1 gig minimum for serious use), a fast hard drive (preferrably two or three for scratch disk), and a fast processor (dullie would be even better)
March 18th, 2003, 02:18 PM #11
This new machine's reliability is not known yet. There have been few reports, good or bad. The systems they have put out in the past have had all been full of problems, without exception. If you want to chance it, then buy an eMachine. I would highly recommend against it, if she is going to be doing anything important though. You can get rock bottom Dell's that will have better tech support and better reliability.
Any system she buys, regardless of brand name is going to have problems if she wreaks havoc via software.
March 18th, 2003, 02:31 PM #12
I aggree with the huge ram for these progs, but most of the time they are only opened to check a document prior to emailing. I believe the sys Best Buy is offering is: 2.4 AMD, 256 ram (i would hope DDR), 60gig hd, CDR-W, DVD rom, more than likely onboard graphics, 17 in monitor and a color printer, all for 650 after mir's.
true about current sys's. My boss (male) bascily squeaks when he walks, if you know what I mean, so he want a good CHEAP sys.
God now's I've tried to lead him the correct way, but it all comes down to the mighty $$$.
March 18th, 2003, 02:39 PM #13
as long as it's not being used for actual content creation or editing, and is just for proofing images, etc then it should be "okay", but there is no way I would even think about running that setup for a graphic or image workstation...I would just walk away laughing
It would work, just very slowly.
As far as daveleau's comments, I agree...no real telling about the quality until it breaks down...sometimes other things are more important than money, such as quality and reliability.
March 18th, 2003, 08:12 PM #14
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I have got an emachin on january 8th for my friend. it works very well, and she has had no problems.
They are cheap (price wise) but I saw nothing wrong with the parts. Remember most people are not going to be overclocking etc.
If you don't want a emachine and don't want to home build:
you can reach me from my site:
March 18th, 2003, 08:13 PM #15
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March 18th, 2003, 10:05 PM #16
Oooor. you can try reading the rules
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March 18th, 2003, 10:13 PM #17
March 18th, 2003, 10:22 PM #18
I think Dunbar has an emachine - ask him what he thinks about it. If I'm remembering this correctly, I think he's had pretty good luck with his. He's an intelligent guy that'll give you a fair assessement of what he thinks of the computer.
I know my Dad's emachine get gets used approx 3hrs a day 5 days a week and has done really well for him for the last 3 years. Granted I've never taken the cover off of it to see what's really inside but thankfully I haven't had to.Where's Lunch?
March 18th, 2003, 10:37 PM #19Originally posted by Blazer06
[B]If you don't want a emachine and don't want to home build:
March 18th, 2003, 11:55 PM #20
a warranty is only as good as the company that stands behind it...
Very good point. I give the IBM Netvista's a really high mark though.. For a no-frills machine it does the job really well. I'm impressed with them.Where's Lunch?
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