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WinLab Reviews
Recommended List

Every month we test, evaluate and compare hundreds of products. Here are the best of the best: the WINDOWS Magazine Recommended List, in a handy pull-out section.

We update the list each month with new hardware and software, so you know what we recommend now. Products are listed as long as they are the best in their category.

The list tells you why we think each product is the best, and has pricing and vendor information. You can also visit Winfo Online, at http://www.winmag.com/winfo/, where you can link to the vendor's product site. The list also includes the date of our original review, which you can read at our Web site.

To find out what products we'd buy or recommend to a friend, check out these six pages. If it's on the list, you can buy it with confidence!

DESKTOP SYSTEMS -- 200MHz Pentium Pro

Micron Millennia Pro2 400Plus

800-730-0931

Two CPUs produce the fastest performance for apps that can use them properly. (12/96)

$4,449

Two 200MHz Pentium Pros, 64MB RAM, 512KB pipeline-burst cache, 2GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

Micron Millennia Pro Plus

800-730-0931

Blazing speed and components like a SCSI hard drive and a Jaz drive make this our pick. (10/96)

$4,000

200MHz Pentium Pro, 64MB EDO RAM, 512KB pipeline-burst cache, 2GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

Dell OptiPlex GXPro

800-388-8542

Mind-boggling power today with the growth potential to meet tomorrow's needs. (7/96)

$3,910

200MHz Pentium Pro, 32MB EDO RAM, 256KB on-chip cache, 3GB IDE HD, 8X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

Compaq Deskpro 6000/6200

800-345-1518

The latest design available for a high-end corporate desktop. (12/96)

$3,275

200MHz Pentium Pro, 32MB RAM, 2.15GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, no monitor

AST Bravo MS-T 6200

800-876-4278

One of the fastest Pentium Pro machines you can get at this price. (11/96)

$3,196

200MHz Pentium Pro, 32MB EDO RAM, 256KB on-chip cache, 2.5GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 15" monitor

Pionex Elite Pentium Pro

800-357-6203

A great choice for SOHO users seeking high performance at a low price. (12/96)

$2,999

200MHz Pentium Pro, 32MB EDO RAM, 256KB cache, 2.5GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

Dell Dimension XPS Pro200n

800-388-8542

The most powerful sub-$3,000 system ever; its Pentium Pro CPU is a steal at this price. (11/96)

$2,949

200MHz Pentium Pro, 32MB EDO RAM, 256KB on-chip cache, 2GB SCSI HD, 12X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

HP Vectra VA 6/200 MT

415-857-1501

One of the best NT Workstation choices. (11/96)

$2,595

200MHz Pentium Pro, 32MB EDO RAM, 256KB level 2 cache, 1.28GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, no monitor

200MHz PENTIUM (OR EQUIVALENT)

IBM PC 350

800-426-2968

A top performer with IBM's Wake-on-LAN capability. (12/96)

$4,132

200MHz Pentium, 32MB RAM, 512KB pipeline-burst cache, 3.2GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

Dell OptiPlex GXi MMX -- BETA

800-388-8542

Top performance on Intel's MMX benchmarks. (2/97)

$3,671

200MHz MMX Pentium, 32MB EDO RAM, 256KB cache, 2.1GB HD, 12X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

Micron P200 Millennia MXE -- BETA

800-730-0931

Scored highest overall in our MMX system review. (2/97)

$2,857

200MHz MMX Pentium, 32MB EDO RAM, 512KB cache, 2GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

Dell OptiPlex Gs+

800-388-8542

A DMI-compatible Pentium system, aimed at the office and with room to grow. (12/96)

$2,749

200MHz Pentium, 32MB EDO RAM, 512KB cache, 2.1GB HD, 17" monitor

HP Pavilion 7285

810-357-1219

Pentium 200 performance and high-end features in a tower case. (1/97)

$2,399

200MHz Pentium, 32MB RAM, 256KB cache, 3.1GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, no monitor

Toshiba Infinia 7200

800-334-3445

The best of the new breed of consumer "computertainment" systems. (1/97)

$2,199

200MHz Pentium, 32MB RAM, 3GB HD, 8X CD-ROM drive, no monitor

Micro Express 686/P200+

714-852-1400

An unbeatable price for top performance, with a Cyrix chip that runs like a Pentium. (10/96)

$2,150

200MHz 6x86, 16MB RAM, 256KB cache, 2GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

Compaq Deskpro 2000/5200

800-345-1518

A top-performing system for the office, combining serviceability and features. (11/96)

$2,099

200MHz Pentium, 32MB EDO RAM, 256KB cache, 1.0GB HD, no CD-ROM, no monitor

Dell Dimension P200v

800-388-8542

A Pentium under $2,000, with top performance and scads of extra-cost options. (11/96)

$1,999

200MHz Pentium, 16MB SDRAM, 256KB cache, 2.1GB HD, 12X CD-ROM, 15" Trinitron monitor

133MHz-180MHz

Gateway 2000 G6-180 FPC

605-232-2023

Pro power despite the Windows 95 OS (rather than NT); great for SOHO users. (12/96)

$2,479

180MHz Pentium Pro, 32MB EDO RAM, 256KB on-chip cache, 2.5GB HD, 12X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

Robotech Cobra XLT/2 P166

801-565-0645

Excellent documentation, easy to upgrade and plenty of expansion room. (3/96)

$2,299

166MHz Pentium, 16MB EDO RAM, 256KB pipeline-burst cache, 1.2GB HD, 6X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

AST Advantage 9310

800-876-4278

Scanner, 33.6Kbps telephony modem and support software; good for a home office. (12/96)

$2,199

166MHz Pentium, 24MB EDO RAM, 2.5GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, no monitor

Micro Express PCI/166

714-852-1400

A speedy system at a low price for those who don't need an extensive software bundle. (7/96)

$1,699

166MHz Pentium, 16MB RAM, 512KB cache, 1.2GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 15" monitor

Micro Express 686/P166+

714-852-1400

Matches or beats a Pentium 166 on our macro tests; high performance at a low price. (7/96)

$1,549

166MHz Cyrix 6x86, 16MB RAM, 512KB cache, 1.2GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 15" monitor

Quantex QP5/150 SM-

800-632-5022

An awe-inspiring feature set and an unintimidating price for multimedia computing. (5/96)

$2,149

150MHz Pentium, 24MB EDO RAM, 512KB pipeline-burst cache, 2.5GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

Micron P150 Millennia

800-730-0931

Super performance for a machine at this price. (2/96)

$1,649

150MHz Pentium, 16MB EDO RAM, 512KB cache, 1.6GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 15" monitor

Gateway 2000 P5-133 FPC

605-232-2023

An outstanding home system: performance, bundled software and room to grow. (2/96)

$1,899

133MHz Pentium, 16MB SDRAM, 256KB pipeline-burst cache, 2.5GB HD, 12X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

Tangent MediaGem 5133/95

415-342-9380

This system is excellent for multimedia applications. (4/96)

$1,795

133MHz Pentium, 16MB RAM, 512KB secondary cache, 1.2GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

Compaq Deskpro 4000/5133

800-345-1518

A solid office system if you don't require top speed. (12/96)

$1,749

133MHz Pentium, 16MB RAM, 256KB cache, 1GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, no monitor

120 MHz AND LOWER

Quantex QP5/120 SM-

800-632-5022

A top choice in systems for performance and reliability at a good price. (2/96)

$1,899

120MHz Pentium, 16MB EDO RAM, 512KB pipeline-burst cache, 2GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 17" monitor

Gateway 2000 P5-120

605-232-2023

A bare-bones system-performance without the frills should please purists. (2/96)

$1,564

120MHz Pentium, 16MB SDRAM, 256KB pipeline-burst cache, 1GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 15" monitor

Quantex QP5/100 M-

800-632-5022

Good performance and capability; for those who already have business software. (2/96)

$1,599

100MHz Pentium, 16MB EDO RAM, 512KB cache, 1.6GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 15" monitor

AMS InfoGOLD P100

408-945-2296

Our top pick in December '95, and still a smart pick for dollar-conscious consumers. (12/95)

$1,299

100MHz Pentium, 16MB RAM, 256KB pipeline-burst cache, 1.7GB HD, 8X CD-ROM, 15" monitor


Windows Magazine, February 1997, page 183.

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