RANK    OVERALL RATING          MANUFACTURER AND MODEL/PRICE
      
       1      8.77                    Dell Computer
                                      Dimension XPS P133c
                                      $3,249 w/ monitor
      CONFIGURATION
      Minitower, 133-Mhz Pentium, 16MB of memory, 1GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM
      
      COMMENTS
      Dell provides strong documentation and preloads Microsoft Office, making it 
      easy to launch excel and Word
      
       2      7.70                    Gateway 2000 P5-120
                                      $3,318 w/ monitor
      CONFIGURATION
      Desktop, 120-Mhz Pentium, 16MB of memory, 1.6GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM 
      with a unique three-disk cartridge
      
      COMMENTS
      Comes with Microsoft's Bob interface and 51 programs on 9 CDs
      
       3      6.72                    Gateway 2000 P5-90
                                      $2,168 w/ monitor
      CONFIGURATION
      Desktop, 90-Mhz Pentium, 16MB of memory, 730MB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM
      
      COMMENTS
      Same as Gateway 2000 P5-120
      
       4      5.90                    Compaq Presario
                                      9546
                                      $2,598 w/ monitor
      CONFIGURATION
      Minitower, 100-Mhz Pentium, 8MB of memory, 1GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM
      
      COMMENTS
      Awesome sound and color-coordinated cables make setup simple
      
       5      5.88                    Packard Bell
                                      Pentium 100 System
                                      $2,898 w/ monitor
      CONFIGURATION
      Minitower, 100-Mhz Pentium, 16MB of memory, 1.6GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM 
      device
      
      COMMENTS
      Internet-ready and comes with 40 software titles and a remote-control
      
       6      5.78                     Acer Aspire 2125
                                       $2,598 w/ monitor
      CONFIGURATION
      Minitower, 100 Mhz Pentium, 16MB of memory, 1GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM
      
      COMMENTS
      A stylish aerodynamic look, but a plastic wrist rest attached to keyboad was 
      annoying
      
       7      5.71                    Hewlett-Packard Pavilion
                                      $2,600 w/ monitor
      CONFIGURATION
      Minitower, 90-Mhz Pentium, 16MB of memory, 1.2GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM
      
      COMMENTS
      A stylish design and kid-mode security feature to protect important files
      
       8      5.67                    IBM Aptiva
                                      $2,649 w/ monitor
      CONFIGURATION
      Desktop, 100-Mhz Pentium, 8MB of memory, 1GB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM
      
      COMMENTS
      A small-footprint desktop unit with speakers that produce good sound
      
       9      5.44                    Compaq Presario 7170
                                      $1,998 w/ monitor
      CONFIGURATION
      Desktop, 90-Mhz Pentium, 8MB of memory, 840MB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM
      
      COMMENTS
      When you boot up you go into a Presario Plaza, which has tutorials and an area 
      for kids
      
      10      5.38                    Digital Equipment
                                      Starion 910
                                      $2,148 w/ monitor
      CONFIGURATION
      Minitower, 75-Mhz Pentium, 8MB of memory, 850MB hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM
      
      COMMENTS
      Strong documentation, and system ports are labeled with symbols that make 
      attaching peripherals easy
      
      10      5.38                    NEC Technologies
                                      Ready 9022
                                      $2,699 w/ monitor
      CONFIGURATION
      Minitower, 100-Mhz Pentium, 8MB of memory, 1gb hard disk, quad-speed CD-ROM
      
      COMMENTS
      A handheld remote controls audio and telephone functions. The system ships with 
      Microsoft's Bob interface and over 20 preloaded software packages
      
      DATA: national software testing laboratories, A DIVISION OF McGRAW-HILL COs.
      
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