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PC Specialist Cosmos II HD review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £599
inc VAT

A super powerful graphics chip and a fast processor make this one of the most powerful laptops you'll find for £600

It’s rare to see a powerful graphics card in a general-purpose laptop, but the PC Specialist Cosmos II HD manages to combine a 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 750M chip with a highly capable Core i3 processor for just £600.

PC Specialist Cosmos II HD

It tore through our Dirt Showdown test, producing a silky smooth average of 57.5fps on High quality at a 1,280×720 resolution. This makes it a highly capable gaming laptop for those on a budget, and it can comfortably handle games at its native 1,920×1,080 resolution as well. We managed 38.6fps on High quality at Full HD and 50.8fps on Medium graphics settings, so you should be able to play most 3D games without having to compromise too much on graphical fidelity.

This is hugely impressive for a £600 laptop, but the graphics chip may struggle with more demanding 3D games. We were only able to get a stuttering 15.4fps in Crysis 3 on Low quality at 1,920×1,080, but we managed a smoother 20.2fps on High quality at 1,280×720. This isn’t quite fast enough to play games at high-quality settings, but it’s still a lot better than most other laptops at this price can manage.

PC Specialist Cosmos II HD

The Cosmos II HD has plenty of processing power at its disposal as well. Our review sample came with a 2.4GHz Intel Core i3-4000M processor and 8GB of RAM. The M suffix means it’s not constrained by the ultra-low energy consumption of Intel’s more common U series of processors, so it’s able to draw on a lot more power for intensive media tasks. This was shown by its hugely impressive score of 47 overall in our multimedia benchmarks, which is the same score we got from the Core i5-based Scan 3XS Graphite LH145. This makes it one of the most powerful Core i3 laptops we’ve tested in recent months, so it should have plenty of speed to tackle multiple applications at once as well as those that require multi-threading.

The keyboard isn’t best suited to typing long text documents, as we found its keys could be a little spongy at times. This caused us to miss out the occasional letter while typing, which led to more mistakes than usual. Admittedly, the keyboard gave a lot more tactile feedback than other Clevo (the manufacturer of the case) keyboards we’ve tested in the past, and our accuracy was fine as long as we remembered to hit each key firmly while typing at speed.

PC Specialist Cosmos II HD

We liked its large touchpad as well. Its smooth surface produced just the right amount of friction when using multi-touch gestures and Windows 8 shortcuts and the dedicated buttons were another welcome addition.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i3-4000M
Processor clock speed2.4GHz
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory16GB
SoundVIA HD Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad


Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,920×1,080
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce GT 750M
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory2,048MB


Total storage capacity1,000GB
Optical drive typenone

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsN/A
Supported memory cardsSD, SDHC, SDXC, MiniSD, MMC, RSMMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other portseSATA


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 8.1
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedN/A
Optional extrasN/A

Buying Information

Warrantythree years RTB (one year parts, three years labour)

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