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Xi Computer 1000K Mtower SP Athlon 1GHz
Xi Computer 1000K Mtower SP Athlon 1GHz

    
•  Price as tested: $2,499
•  Price is list/street/direct?: Direct
•  Processor model: AMD Athlon
•  Processor clock speed: 1000 MHz
•  RAM included: 128MB
•  Hard disk capacity: 30GB
•  Monitor diagonal size: 19 in.
•  Editors' Rating (10 is best): 8.4
     
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From Computer Shopper / October 18, 2000, By Bill O'Brien

The orange acrylic fascia of the Xi 1000K Mtower SP makes this $2,499-direct system a visual standout, but that's not the only reason to take notice of it. This 1GHz Athlon system provides some solid performance numbers, charging through Business Winstone 99 with a score barely 4 percent behind the 1.1GHz Athlon systems. Its other benchmark scores are equally impressive, and its gaming tools aren't too shabby, either.

The Xi also has the distinction of bundling the only force-feedback joystick of the group. It's a hefty beast from Guillemot that will keep you blasting away with a multitude of programmable buttons. Added immersion comes courtesy of Altec Lansing's ADA880 five-piece digital speaker system, which makes you feel like you're in the game, not just playing it. These speakers also work incredibly well with DVDs and audio CDs. The 19-inch Optiquest Q95 monitor is almost flat, providing good color and crisp images that are essentially free of distortion along the edges.

Pros 
Pros
Reasonable price
Good benchmark performance
Force-feedback joystick
Three usable PCI slots

Xi provides toll-free, round-the-clock technical support. The system is covered by a three-year parts-and-labor warranty, and you can either send it back for repairs -- in which case, Xi pays shipping both ways -- or have the replacement parts sent to you and do the repair yourself. An optional extended onsite contract is also available.

We found the Xi 1000K Mtower SP to be just about right for the games people play.

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This review first appeared in the October 2000 ZDNet Computer Shopper

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