updated 09:50 am EDT, Wed June 27, 2007
MPC June 2007 PCs
MPC has just refreshed three of its core models, adding speed as well as a few key features. Most distinctive in the group is the pictured ClientPro 434 all-in-one: the thin profile PC receives an upgrade to Intel's 3-series chipset and is now one of the fastest systems of its kind, getting up to a 2.66GHz desktop Core 2 Duo as well as GMA X3000 video in the system's stock form. Pros and others who may need physical security also get access to a Smart Card reader, while home users still have access to extras such as a TV tuner. A base model loaded with Vista Home Basic starts at $1,893 with a 1.6GHz Pentium dual-core, 512MB of memory, an 80GB hard disk, and a 17-inch screen. Custom orders can outfit the PC with usual upgrades plus either a 17-inch touchscreen or a 19-inch widescreen.
The company's TransPort T2500 has also made the leap to newer Intel technology, using the Santa Rosa platform to boost CPUs with an 800MHz bus, a 4GB memory ceiling, and standard 802.11n; the 15.4-inch widescreen is also media-focused with a minimum of a GeForce 8400M GS for graphics and an HDMI output for creating an ad hoc media center through a TV. A fingerprint reader is also built-in for security regardless of whether the system is at home or work. MPC pushes speed over storage in the beginning model, which starts at $2,079 with a 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo and 1GB of memory but only a 40GB hard drive. Both CPU and storage are upgradable, and custom models can also be outfitted with a GeForce 8600M GT for faster 3D or HD video decoding.
In its last update, the firm has also updated its simpler ClientPro 175 desktop. All systems get a greener, more efficient power supply as well as the same 3-series Intel platform from the 434, which also brings in faster GMA X3000 video. The entry $809 system includes Vista Home Basic and only a 3.06 GHz Celeron D but steps up to a 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo; it also brings a no-frills 80GB hard drive and 512MB of memory that can similarly be upgraded through custom orders.