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Advent AIO-200 review

Alan Lu
18 Mar 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
850
inc VAT and delivery

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Specifications

2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200, 2.000000 RAM, 22in 1,680x1,050 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

Advent's AIO-200 is unique this month as it's the only all-in-one PC on test.

Designed to save space, it looks like a black version of Apple's iMac, but it's noticeably thicker so you can't tilt it with one hand. As we'd expect, there are no PCI slots or spare drive bays. You can fit an extra 2GB of RAM, but accessing the memory compartment is awkward. The hard disk isn't designed to be replaced, so if you want more storage, you'll have to connect an external hard disk to one of the six USB ports. The AIO-200 is very quiet, though, and its one-year warranty provides onsite service.

Unlike any all-in-one PC we've seen, the AIO-200 has a quad-core processor, Intel's Core 2 Quad Q8200. It has only 2GB of RAM, though, whereas most of the PCs here have 4GB. This meant it was slower than the competition in our application benchmarks, coming near the bottom of the table. The Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS graphics chip isn't up to playing the latest 3D games, as its single-digit results in our games tests show.

Instead you can entertain yourself by using the built-in TV tuner, which can record one analogue or digital broadcast at a time. The remote control slots into the cordless keyboard when not in use. Thankfully the receiver for the remote is built into the AIO-200's case, rather than occupying a USB port.

We were disappointed by the poor image quality of the integrated 22in widescreen display. Colours looked washed out and the glossy finish is highly reflective. Images have a blue tint and the backlight is uneven. Viewing angles are also fairly narrow, so images won't look their best unless you view them straight on. You could add a better-quality second display using the DVI port.

Advent's AIO-200 is attractive if you want a quad-core PC in a cramped space, but only if you don't mind a below-par screen. If you don't need the quad-core processor and can live without an integrated TV tuner, Sony's Vaio VGC-JS1E/S has a much better screen but costs £225 less.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q8200
Processor external bus333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx7
Processor clock speed2.33GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache4x 32KB
Level 2 cache4,096KB (cores one and two 2,048KB shared, cores three and four 2,048KB shared)
Memory2.000000
Memory typePC2-5300
Maximum memory4GB
Motherboard chipsetIntel G35
Power consumption standby3W
Power consumption idle79W
Power consumption active100W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11a/b/g
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Caseall-in-one
PCI-E x1 slots (free)0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)0 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports0
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung SpinPoint F1 HD502IJ
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)256MB Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS
Graphics/video portsDVI

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputsstereo line out, 3.5mm mini jack optical S/PDIF
Speakersintegrated

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Optical drive modelTSST TS-T633A
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Viewable size22 in
Native resolution1,680x1,050
Screen inputsN/A

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardAdvent TGK-7000R Wireless Keyboard
MouseAdvent TGM-6000R Wireless Mouse

Software

Software includedCyberLink Power2Go 5.50.3321a, Microsoft Works 9
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionrestore partition

Buying Information

Warrantyone year onsite
Price£850
Supplierhttp://www.pcworld.co.uk
Detailswww.advent.co.uk

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