December sales charts highlight the growing popularity of media PCs...

Christmas gifts rule in the charts

The Christmas sales results are really a reflection of the festive period and the growing trend for buying consumer electronics as presents. While many of the featured products are the entry level or lower cost items that we’ve come to expect, they are joined by some surprising new entries, like Apple’s iMac and Acer’s Aspire Revo set-top box.

The top selling desktop is the Acer X1301, an entry level PC that carries four gigabytes of RAM and a terabyte of storage memory. However, the lower end processor and GPU mean that the system will probably be best suited for internet use, and media streaming and storage.

The seasonal entry of Acer’s Aspire Revo represents a new direction for PC’s like the X1301, as it is a dedicated media device. Based on Nvidia’s Ion platform and coupled with Intel’s Atom mini-processor, this device was developed to aid media streaming and was designed to be hooked up to an HD TV. Although it suffers from a lack of optical drive, the price point of around £250 makes it an attractive proposition for Christmas.

The iMac also makes an entry in to our Christmas sales charts after Apple has apparently resolved most of the screen issues that were reported from late 2009. The iMac is a new entry for the Christmas period, probably because although the system retails at around £1,500, the device is likely to have been on a lot of people’s Christmas lists due to its good processing power, RAM capacity, graphics capabilities, storage and, naturally, its brand.

1. Acer X1301
2. Acer X3812
3. Acer Aspire Revo
4. Apple iMac
5. Compaq 5226

1. Acer Aspire AS5738
2. HP DV6
3. Dell Inspiron 1545
4. Acer 5532
5. Acer 5536

Graphic Cards
1. PNY GeForce 9600GT
2. PNY XLR8 GeForce GTS 250
3. PNY GeForce 9800 GT
4. ATI Sapphire HD4650
5. 5. Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT

1. Logitech V150
2. Microsoft Compact Optical Mouse 500
3. IT Works MW01
4. Microsoft Intellimouse
5. Logitech V450 Nano

1. Logitech LX710
2. Logitech EX110
3. Microsoft Wireless Desktop 1000
4. Microsoft 2000 Comfort Curve
5. Microsoft Wired 500

Anti-Virus Software
1. Norton 360
2. Norton Internet Security
3. Kaspersky 3-user Internet Security 2010
4. AVG Internet Security 8.5
5. McAfee Total Protection

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