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Mesh Inspire XM2 review

Mesh Inspire XM2
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £350
inc VAT

If you buy the Iiyama monitor as part of the bundle, this isn't a bad PC. However, on its own, it's a little underpowered and the low-wattage power supply limits upgrade potential.


3GHz AMD Athlon II X4 640, 2GB RAM, 22in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Mesh has opted for an AMD processor to power the Inspire XM2, but the Athlon II X4 640 isn’t one of the fastest models. It scored 92 overall, which is sufficiently powerful for office work and web browsing, but not much more powerful than PCs fitted with dual-core Athlon II X2 555 processors. This is mainly due to the fact that it lacks a level 3 cache, compared to the older chip’s 6MB of L3 cache.

It may not have the fastest processor, but the Inspire XM2 does have a massive 1TB hard disk. You could fit over 230 DVD-quality films on this disk, so it should be more than ample for most people. If you wanted to add more storage, there are four free SATA headers on the motherboard. However the main disk is mounted vertically, and there are only three bays left: two 3 1/2in bays for hard disks and a single 5 1/4in bay for an optical drive.

An integrated ATI graphics chipset provides enough power to decode HD video, but it can’t handle 3D games. While the vertically hard disk may help with air circulation inside the case, it also limits your choice of graphics card, should you wish to add one at a later date. While there’s just enough room to fit a card in, it’ll make the process more difficult. You’ll also have to upgrade the 300W power supply, as this probably won’t be powerful enough to handle a decent dedicated graphics card.

There are also two standard PCI slots and a single PCI-E x1 slot, so there’s plenty of room to add expansion cards such as TV tuners, sound cards or extra ports. The latter may be a good idea if you plan on buying a fast new USB3 external disk, as the Inspire XM2 doesn’t support this standard. Two USB ports are mounted on the front, while another six are on the rear panel. An integrated audio chipset provides a full set of 7.1 outputs, and you also get an optical S/PDIF output.

Mesh Inspire XM2

Mesh can also supply an Iiyama ProLite E2209HDS-B monitor to complete the package. Including this, the Inspire XM2 costs £113 more, but if you don’t have an existing monitor the E2209HDS is a great choice. It has vibrant colours and decent contrast although the backlight is slightly darker than its rivals’.

Although the processor isn’t as fast as a Core i3, which can also be had at this price, Mesh’s warranty is worth noting. Unlike most, which last just one year, the Inspire XM2’s warranty lasts for two, and if the PC breaks down in the first three months, Mesh will collect and return it so you don’t have to pay carriage. The OP3 Mars has an even better warranty, though, and is a better PC, too.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor AMD Athlon II X4 640
Processor external bus 200MHz (2GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x15
Processor clock speed 3GHz
Processor socket AM3
Memory 2
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 8GB
Motherboard Asus M4A78LT-M LE
Motherboard chipset AMD 760G


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support N/A

Internal Expansion

Case tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (1)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 3
Free 3.5in drive bays 2

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Samsung SpinPoint F3 (HD103SJ)
Interface SATA II
Total storage capacity 1,000GB


Graphics card(s) ATI Radeon HD 3000
Graphics/video ports VGA, DVI, HDMI


Sound VIA HD Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 22 in
Screen model Iiyama ProLite E2209HDS
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs VGA, DVI

Other Hardware

Keyboard Cherry KU-0556
Mouse Cherry M-5400


Software included none
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB (three months collect and return, third year labour-only)
Price £350

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