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Slim Package, Good Performance

By Tom Mainelli Willing to pay a little more for a PC that will save office space, run quietly, and pack plenty of power? If so, a SleekLine 1400 from PC Power & Cooling may belong on (or under) your desk.

Packaged in an impressively thin case (15.5 inches wide, 17 inches deep, and 1.75 inches tall), the SleekLine 1400 uses Intel's server-oriented 1.4-GHz Pentium III chip with a 512KB L2 cache (P4- and Celeron-based systems are not available). More efficient and cooler than a Pentium 4, this chip put up strong performance numbers, helping the shipping unit we tested to notch a 109 on our PC WorldBench 4 tests. That beats the average score of 107 posted by four comparable 2-GHz P4 PCs also running Windows XP Professional.

Toss in a quiet power supply, a 100GB hard drive, built-in ethernet, a notebook-size 24X CD-ROM drive (which you may upgrade yourself or through the company to a CD-RW or DVD-ROM drive), and a 15-inch NEC LCD, and you have a powerful, sharp-looking PC for $1999. With an optional $40 mounting bracket, it looks even better--if you want to tuck it away for space.

Of course, you could spend less on a comparable tower system from a major vendor that would offer better documentation, more software (the SleekLine 1400 ships with only Win XP and a monitoring utility), stronger video (the 1400 uses the Intel 815E integrated graphics chip set and doesn't provide an AGP slot), and an easier upgrade path.

That said, inside the SleekLine 1400 you'll find a well-designed interior with room for installing more SDRAM memory, a second standard-size hard drive, and even a low-rise PCI card (using a right-angle adapter). So, if a little space and quiet mean more to you than having Intel's latest processor in your PC, consider this pizza-box-shaped delight. From the April 2002 issue of PC World magazine

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