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Dino PC Jurassic 2500 review

Barry de la Rosa
23 Jun 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
550
inc VAT

A great 24in monitor, fast processor, 1TB hard disk, Blu-ray drive and expansion-friendly case make the Jurassic 2500 a great all-round package

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Specifications

3.3GHz Intel Core i5-2500, 8GB RAM, 24in 1,920x1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Dino PC's Jurassic 2500 may look rather plain, but the large case has plenty of room for expansion. There's already an Intel Core i5-2500 processor with 8GB of RAM, plus a 1TB hard disk and a Blu-ray drive. You also get an excellent BenQ 24in monitor with a 1,920x1,080 resolution.

Given this specification, we weren't too disappointed to find no dedicated graphics card, and if games aren't a priority, you'll appreciate that Dino PC has sensibly used the money saved on a decent monitor. If you want to upgrade later, the Jurassic 2500 has enough room for long AMD cards, and the 500W power supply should have enough headroom for the extra power draw. You'd be well advised to add a couple of fans to the front and rear panels as well, as the only fan is the one that cools the CPU.

Dino PC Jurassic 2500 Inside

This isn't an oversight, as the Core i5-2500 can't be overclocked and only draws 94W at peak power, so heat build-up isn't an issue. A score of 101 overall in our benchmarks is exactly what we'd expect and the 8GB of RAM means you'll be able to work with larger files, such as HD video.

Dino PC Jurassic 2500 Back

The integrated graphics processor isn't up to much, and failed most of our gaming benchmarks. It's powerful enough to play Full HD video with ease - handy as there's a Blu-ray drive. The PC has DVI and VGA outputs, but there's no DVI cable in the box. You'll also have to install the Blu-ray playback software from the bundled disc before you can watch any movies.

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