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Mesh Nero 9850HD review

Alan Lu
18 Mar 2009
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Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
499
inc VAT

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Specifications

2.5GHz AMD Phenom X4 9850, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

Mesh's Nero 9850HD is one of the best £500 PCs here thanks to some great hardware and excellent upgrade potential.

It did astonishingly well in most of our benchmark tests and was particularly effective at video transcoding and in our multitasking Productivity test, where it outclassed most of the £650 and £800 PCs.

This is thanks to the great combination of AMD's quad-core Phenom X4 9850 processor, an Asus M2N68-VM motherboard and 4GB of RAM. The M2N68-VM can take up to 8GB of RAM and supports AMD's new Phenom II processors, which gives it plenty of scope for future upgrades. Its onboard graphics processor is HD ready, so you'll be able to play high-definition movies if you install a Blu-ray drive. It has an HDMI output as well as the usual DVI and VGA ports. Noise from the tough mini tower case is an inoffensive low-frequency hum.

The Nero 9850HD has by far the best - and biggest - monitor in the £500 group: a 22in widescreen Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS. With a native resolution of 1,920x1,080, this monitor is ideal if you want to play games or watch or edit HD movies. Image quality is great with even backlighting, although colours are a little undersaturated and it isn't the brightest 22in display we've seen.

The system's only weak area is that it lacks a dedicated graphics card. This means you'll need to spend extra to buy a PCI Express graphics card if you want to play 3D games. The integrated graphics caused the Nero to come bottom of the entire group in the PCMark Vantage Memories test.

If you added a Molex-to-PCI-E power adaptor and a decent graphics card, such as Sapphire's £84 Radeon HD 4830 the Nero 9850HD could easily outperform many of the £650 and £800 PCs here. If you've no interest in gaming, the high-resolution monitor makes this a great multimedia and home entertainment PC. If you want to play games without upgrading, Eclipse's Matrix i74n96GS is a better choice.

Basic Specifications

Rating*****
ProcessorAMD Phenom X4 9850
Processor external bus200MHz (1GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplierx12.5
Processor clock speed2.5GHz
Processor socketAM2+
Level 1 cache4x 128KB
Level 2 cache4x 512KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory8GB
MotherboardAsus M2N68-VM
Motherboard chipsetNvidia GeForce 7050PV
Power consumption standby5W
Power consumption idle88W
Power consumption active162W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)3/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/1
Wired network ports10/100/1000
Wireless networking supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports1
Free memory slots2
Free 3.5in drive bays1

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung HD502IJ
InterfaceSATA/300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)integrated Nvidia GeForce 7050PV
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundVT1708B High Definition Audio
Sound outputs7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsCF, SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, SmartMedia, xD
Optical drive modelTSST SH-S223F
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size22 in
Screen modelIiyama ProLite E2208HDS
Native resolution1,920x1,080
Response time5ms
Screen inputsDVI, VGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardLogitech Internet 350 Keyboard
MouseLogitech M-UAE96

Software

Software includedMicrosoft Works 8.5, CyberLink Video Editing Suite
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£499
Detailswww.meshcomputers.com

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