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The Asus Essentio CG5270-BP004 is a midgrade desktop released in mid 2009 as a direct competitor to the HP Pavilion P6230y.

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Pros

minimalist yet stylish aesthetic

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affordable price

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open PCIe expansion slot for adding in a more powerful video card

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powerful components - Core 2 Quad CPU, 8GB of memory, 1TB storage disk

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comes with Windows 7

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eSATA interface for fast external storage

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great value - high quality components, upgradable design, low cost

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DVI, VGA and most importantly an HDMI video output

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Cons

Intel GMA graphics - despite being a powerhouse it is limited to 2D applications only, the worst of the worst for 3D rendering

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no internal WiFi

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Asus is new to the desktop game, their customer support is extremely lacking compared to well-established American based system manufacturers

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The Asus Essentio CG5270-BP004 is a midgrade desktop released in mid 2009 as a direct competitor to the HP Pavilion P6230y. It features an Intel Core 2 Quad processor cited as outperforming HP’s AMD chip in most tests. Included also with the base model is 8GB of DDR2 RAM, a 1TB SATA hard-disc drive, and an integrated graphics card. There is plenty of room available though for also adding along a dedicated graphics card; included also are two PCI and one PCI Express slot. Like its HP competitor, the CG5270-BP004 sports a plethora of port hookups, including USB, DVI, FireWire, and SP/DIF. However, the Asus model adds long an eSATA interface, but trades away it’s peers built-in WiFi for Gigabit LAN instead.

Features
  • Midgrade Desktop
  • Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
  • DDR2 RAM
  • SATA HDD
  • Integrated Graphics
  • Dedicated Audio
  • VGA/DVI Display Interfaces
  • eSATA Expansion Options
  • Gigabit LAN (NO WI-FI)
Specifications
  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 (2.5GHz)
  • Memory: 8GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM (Up to 24GB)
  • Graphics: Intel GMA X500
  • HDD: 1TB SATA, 7200rpm (3TB Max)
  • Optical: Dual-Layer DVD (BD Optional)
  • Networking: 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • Card Reader: Multi-in-1
  • Audio: Azalia 8-Channel
  • Ports: eSATA, VGA, DVI, 1394a, S/PDIF, USB
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