SAN FRANCISCO (06/23/2000) - Dell Computer Corp. dominates the chart this month, thanks to quick performance, easy setup, and great reliability and service. Dell's new Dimension XPS B866r and Dimension L500cx cap the power and budget charts, respectively, while the holdover Dimension XPS T600r continues to rule the midrange chart. Neither newcomer could be called bargain priced, however--particularly the B866r, which lands just south of $3000. New systems that missed the chart include Axis Systems' $1599 Terra AXB, an inexpensive PC that lacks support for beginners, and Polywell's $2650 Poly 800K-7 900 AMD, which performed very well on our tests and produced fast, smooth game play but doesn't offer enhancements we would expect at its price.
The CyberMax Inc. ValueMax 700 gets a new $1149 price, qualifying it for the budget chart. This fast performer is now a great deal, despite its lackluster monitor. On the midrange chart, the discontinuation of the Micron Electronic Corp. Millennia Max 533 opens the door for the Acer Ltd. Aspire 6422 to snag the fifth spot. At $1599, the novice-friendly Aspire 6422 has reasonable performance and clear setup instructions. Though not well equipped for expansion, it makes a good choice for people who want a basic home-office PC that's easy to get up and running.
Kirk Steers is a contributing editor for PC World.