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Mesh Matrix II 925 HD review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 650
inc VAT

It's not the most powerful PC here, but its well-rounded specification makes it a versatile PC for the whole family.

Specifications

2.8GHz AMD Phenom II X4 925, 4.000000 RAM, 22in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Mesh Computers

Mesh’s Matrix II 925 HD isn’t the fastest PC £650 can buy, but it’s a well-rounded system.

The lack of processing power comes from the choice of a 2.8GHz Phenom II X4 925, which can’t compete with the Intel Core i5 processors in similarly priced PCs. However, Mesh has realised that few people need the power of a Core i5, and has instead used the money saved to install a few more useful components.

One is the huge 1TB hard disk, which should cater for all your storage needs. Next is the great 22in Iiyama E2208HDS monitor. It’s one of our favourite budget monitors, with accurate if slightly pale colours that retain their intensity from most viewing angles. Its full HD resolution is a perfect match for the Matrix II’s Blu-ray drive for watching HD movies. It’s easy to connect surround-sound speakers, too. The Radeon HD 4850 graphics card lacks the power to satisfy serious gamers, but is beefy enough to play the latest games at reasonable quality levels. The comfortable keyboard and mouse are reliable wired models from Logitech.

The Matrix’s compact microATX case reduces fan noise to a soft hum. It doesn’t take up much space, either. There isn’t much room for upgrades, but the Asus M2N68-VM motherboard provides just about everything you’ll need, including eight-channel audio and an eSATA port. The only notable omission is FireWire. The graphics card blocks the only PCI-E x1 slot, but doesn’t get in the way of the SATA ports. Cables are all neatly routed and there are two free PCI slots. The motherboard has two free memory slots, which can be used to upgrade from 4GB to a total of 8GB of RAM.

Unless you really need the extra grunt of a Core i5 processor, this is a great buy for £650. It even comes with 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium installed. The Matrix II 925 HD wins our Best Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor AMD Phenom II X4 925
Processor external bus 200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x14
Processor clock speed 2.8GHz
Processor socket AM3
Level 1 cache 4x 128KB
Level 2 cache 4x 512KB
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC2-6400
Maximum memory 8GB
Motherboard Asus M2N68-VM
Motherboard chipset Nvidia GeForce 7050/nForce 630a
Power consumption standby 4W
Power consumption idle 92W
Power consumption active 207W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/1
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none
Other ports VGA, DVI, HDMI

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 1
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Samsung HD103UJ
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 1,000GB
Spindle speed 7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s) 1GB ATI Radeon HD 4850
Graphics/video ports HDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

Sound VT1708B High Definition Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, stereo out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model HL-DT-ST CH08LS10
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM

Display

Viewable size 22 in
Screen model Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Response time 2ms
Screen inputs DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard Logitech Deluxe 250 Keyboard
Mouse Logitech M-UAE96

Software

Software included Microsoft Works 8.5, Cyberlink Video Editing Suite
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £650
Details www.meshcomputers.com

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