The best desktop on a budget is the eMachines Et166 ET1161-01

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When my father and step-mother recently went to buy a new computer, they called and asked me what the best deal for their dollar was. They know what I do for work and trusted that the advice of a Bright Hub writer wouldn’t do them wrong. I told them, without hesitation, that they should quickly make their way to a box store and purchase the eMachines Et166 ET1161-01 Desktop with 17" Widescreen LCD Monitor & Photo Printer.

At under $500, the eMachines Et166 ET1161-01 Desktop with 17" Widescreen LCD Monitor & Photo Printer is a complete package: there is no need to purchase extra accessories as a keyboard, mouse, printer, and LCD monitor come standard.

The computer includes:

  • an AMD Athlon™ Single-Core Processor LE-1600
  • 1GB DDR2 of memory
  • a 160GB hard drive
  • a double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with Labelflash support
  • a NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE graphic card
  • 15-in-1 media reader
  • and Windows Vista Home Basic with SP1 (although most box stores will upgrade your computer to Windows Vista Home Premium for under $150)

And comes with:

  • 17" widescreen flat-panel LCD monitor with ultrafast 8 ms response time
  • adjustable-tilt display stand
  • antiglare screen treatment
  • the monitor can also be wall-mountable with optional kit that is not included

The package also features:

  • A Compact Canon PIXMA photo printer
  • with FINE print head technology
  • and auto fix function for improved image quality

The eMachines Et166 ET1161-01 is a wonderful choice for students or home users who want to surf the web, download music, or share photographs. The computer is ready to use as is and, as the computer comes with Windows Vista Home Basic, there are no extraneous programs to install. Just plug it into a power source, hook up the monitor, keyboard, and printer to the computer, and you’re good to go.

(And yes, my parents did purchase this machine and are very, very happy with their choice.)