Sony PlayStation 2, Intel Pentium 4 Processor, and Intel D915GAV Desktop Board At A Glance

At A Glance: Sony PlayStation 2

Outputs: Proprietary video/analog audio "Multi" output (1), digital optical output (1)
Inputs: Controller ports (2), USB (2), Memory card slots (2), Ethernet (1), Phone line (1)
Compatible Disc Formats: PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games, CD, DVD, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW
(H x W x D, inches): 1.1 x 9.6 x 6
Weight (pounds): 2
Available Finishes: Charcoal Black
Included: Proprietary composite video/analog stereo A/V Multi cable, DualShock 2 controller, AC power adapter
Price: $150


Sony PlayStation 2

Build Quality: 84
Still a class act, but the hinged disc lid is not nearly as elegant as a motorized drawer

Value: 95
Consider it DVD-plus-video-games or vice versa; either way it's a steal

Features: 87
Greater compatibility and ease of use, yet room for improvement (read: PS3)

Performance: 90
PS2 games are still a killer ride, and DVDs look spiffy, too

Ergonomics: 88
Lots of access in very little space, but top-loading demands open space above

Overall Rating: 90

This one is a no-brainer: The new PS2 is an outstanding value that incorporates the best of what has come before while shrinking it down to a sexy new form factor that even a eunuch could get excited about.

General Information
PlayStation 2 (SCPH-70011/12), $150
Sony Computer Entertainment America,
(800) 345-7669,

At A Glance: Sony PlayStation 2, Intel Pentium 4 Processor, and Intel D915GAV Desktop Board

Intel D915GAV Desktop Board
Outputs: VGA, 5.1 analog audio (via 3 minijacks), parallel
Inputs: USB 2.0 (4), serial (1), PS/2 (1 mouse, 1 keyboard), broadband Internet

General Information
Pentium 4 3.6GHz Processor supporting HT Technology, $637
D915GAV Desktop Board, $125
Intel, (800) 538-3373
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Maxtor, (800) 2-MAXTOR