I installed a new computer for a customer yesterday that turned out to be the easiest setup I’ve done in quite a few years (with the exception of Apple setups). He bought the computer, ZT Affinity, from OfficeMax’s web site for $399. It comes with 1 GB RAM, 320 GB Hard drive, fast processor (albeit the previous generation Pentium D), Windows XP Professional, built-in memory card reader, keyboard, optical mouse, a one year warranty, and NOTHING else.
As impressive as the price is for the specs of this machine, I was most impressed with the nothing else part.
This machine was the fastest computer I’ve seen in years…literally. In the past year, I setup some $2000 plus Dell computers with the latest in hardware, and they didn’t boot or perform like this $400 computer.
I installed AVG Anti-virus, Windows Defender, Foxit Reader, his copy of Microsoft Office ’97, setup his printer (minimum install of course), configured his email and imported his address book and left his home in just over an hour. Typically, I’m just about finished taking all the trial ware and other garbage off a new machine in that amount of time.
He was surprised that I made such a big deal about the speed of this machine, but it was a pleasant surprise in today’s environment of bloated software and slow performing machines. He promised to keep me informed on how well this computer keeps performing for him, and of course I will pass that information on to you.