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PC Nextday Zoostorm Advanced Premium PC review

Alan Lu
31 Dec 2009
PC Nextday Zoostorm Advanced Premium PC
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
399
inc VAT

A decent budget computer, PC Nextday's Zoostorm Advanced Premium PC is quick enough for most jobs. However, faster PCs are available for the same money.

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Specifications

2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300, 4.000000 RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

PC Nextday's Zoostorm has an attractive glossy black front panel, but the rest of the PC looks rather plain. It's also a little noisy, so you'll probably want to stow it under your desk out of sight anyway. A basic Genius keyboard and optical mouse are included. The mouse works well enough, but the keyboard feels too spongy to use for anything other than writing short documents and emails.

The Zoostorm is equipped with a 2.5GHz Core 2 Quad Q8300 processor and 4GB of RAM which sped through our Windows application benchmarks. The Nvidia GeForce 8400GS graphics card isn't up to playing the latest 3D games, though. At least it doesn't share system memory as an integrated graphics chip does, however.

The 8400GS is not only slow, it's also just large enough to block the PCI Express x1 expansion slot. There are still two spare PCI slots for adding internal peripherals, though. There's also space for adding four more internal hard disks and a second optical drive, but the motherboard has only two SATA ports, so you'll need a SATA PCI card if you want to fill your PC with lots of internal storage. The 255W power supply will be a concern if you want to add lots of internal upgrades. You won't need to add a memory card reader, as one is already present.

The Zoostorm is already fitted with its maximum amount of RAM, 4GB. This should be enough for most tasks, but other PCs can accommodate as much as 8GB or even 16GB for especially memory-intensive applications.

PC Nextday's Zoostorm isn't powerful enough for gaming, but it's quick enough for more serious work. However, its real problem is that the competition is so good and you can buy better-specified computers for the same amount of money.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q8300
Processor external bus333MHz (1,333MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx7.5
Processor clock speed2.5GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache4x 32KB
Level 2 cache2x 2,048KB
Memory4.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory4GB
MotherboardFoxconn G31MX-K
Motherboard chipsetIntel G31
Power consumption standby2W
Power consumption idle53W
Power consumption active75W

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 supportnone
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemidi tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free)1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports2
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays4

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Samsung EcoGreen F2 HD502HI 500GB
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity500GB
Spindle speed5,400rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)512MB Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS
Graphics/video portsHDMI, DVI, VGA

Sound

SoundRealtek ALC662
Sound outputs5.1 line out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, MMCplus, Memory Stick Pro/Duo, MicroDrive, xD
Optical drive modelTSST SH-S223B
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Display

Screen modelN/A
Native resolutionN/A
Response timeN/A
Screen inputsN/A

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardGenius KB-06XE
MouseGenius Netscroll 120

Software

Software includednone
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£399
Supplierhttp://www.pcnextday.co.uk
Detailswww.pcnextday.co.uk

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