Velocity Micro Vector Z25 Review

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If you're willing to spend more than $500 on a desktop PC, an expert Velocity Micro Vector Z25 review suggests this desktop is worth the investment. The system is easy to customize -- Velocity Micro being primarily an agile online vendor -- and after testing by PC Mag with an upgraded (Nvidia) graphics card, the Vector Z25 review concludes that its graphics performance is impressive. This model earns the review site's Editor's Choice award for mid-priced desktops on the strength of its prowess on day-to-day tasks, photo editing, and 3D gaming. The Velocity Micro Vector Z25 earns additional points for eschewing extra bloatware, a scourge on many entry-level PCs.

The Vector Z25 (starting at $799) is based on a speedy Intel Core i5 CPU and runs Windows 8 (a free upgrade to Windows 8.1 is now available), although it can be ordered with Windows 7. The base configuration features integrated graphics, but buyers can kick it up a notch or so by opting for a dedicated video card for as little as $90. This mid-level desktop includes a fast, 1TB hard drive and 8GB of RAM, with space to expand both. For connections, the Vector Z25 boasts four USB 3.0 ports, three USB 2.0 ports, and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port. Unlike many entry-level desktops, this higher-priced model does not come with a mouse and keyboard.

Budget desktops certainly fulfill an important need in many homes, but not everyone wants to use a bare-bones system as their primary computer. Consumers who prefer a desktop with significant power won't find what they're looking for in the budget category, and that's where midrange systems like the Velocity Micro Vector Z25 step in. These PCs are pricier than those on our list, but that doesn't mean there aren't good values to be found. The Vector Z25 is one of the better deals around -- a powerful PC that can be configured to suit individual requirements without costing a small fortune.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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