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eMachines ET1850 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £300
inc VAT

It may be basic, but this cheap PC is excellent value for basic tasks and it's very well made, too


2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E7500, 3GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

At £300, eMachine’s ET1850 is definitely a budget system. EMachines is the low-cost sister brand to the more well-known Acer, but we’ve been often been pleased to find that there’s little to choose between them in terms of build quality.

The ET1850 occupies a tower case which, although a little flimsy and very plain-looking inside, doesn’t make much noise; not least of all because the only noise-making component is the CPU fan. The case has three internal 3½in bays – one occupied by a 500GB hard disk. Two external-facing bays are also present, but they’re permanently wired into the fascia of the PC, where you’ll find an extremely versatile memory card reader and a couple of extra USB ports. Only one of two 5¼in bays is occupied by a DVD drive, leaving room for another disc drive if you require one.

eMachines ET1850 side off

ET1850’s motherboard and processor combination is modest, with a budget Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 processor and an own-brand motherboard which uses Intel’s G41 chipset. Its test scores were predictably low – the system’s overall score was just 31; about the same as a budget laptop. Nonetheless, if you just need a PC to get you online and run typical desktop applications, you’re unlikely to need much processing power, so this isn’t a major issue for an entry-level machine.

Graphics are provided by an on-board Intel GMA X4500. Unusually even for on-board graphics, there’s only a VGA output, but you can still output a maximum resolution of 1,920×1,080. On-board graphics are fine for desktop applications and watching DVDs, but the PC failed all of our 3D gaming tests. If you want to upgrade to something a bit more capable, there’s a free PCI-E x16 slot, but the 250W power supply has neither the connectors nor the available power for anything but the most entry-level of graphics cards.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo E7500
Processor external bus 266MHz (1,066MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplier x11
Processor clock speed 2.93GHz
Processor socket LGA775
Memory 3
Memory type PC3-10666
Maximum memory 4GB
Motherboard eMachines ET1850
Motherboard chipset Intel G41


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case mini tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 2 (2)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 2
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate ST3500418AS
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 500GB


Graphics card(s) Intel GMA X4500
Graphics/video ports VGA


Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs 5.1 line out, stereo line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards SD, SDHC, CF, Memory Stick PRO Duo, MMC, RS-MMC, Microdrive, microSD, Memory Stick Micro (M2), xD
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Screen model none
Native resolution N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Keyboard eMachines KB0511
Mouse Logitech M-SBF96


Software included Nero 9
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option burn own restore disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £300

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