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CCL Little Devil review

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Price when reviewed : £550
inc VAT

CCL's Little Devil is a cute alternative to the ponderous black boxes we're used to seeing but the tiny case won't take many upgrades and the 22in monitor is uninspiring


3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400, 8GB RAM, 22in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

CCL’s budget PC is named after the case in which it’s housed. It’s a bright red, brushed aluminium Lian-Li mini PC case, and it’s good-looking and well-built. Despite its tiny size, it has an Intel Core i5-2400 CPU, a generous 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk. It’s bundled with a stylish 22in LED-backlit Acer monitor.

CCL Little Devil

When you open the Little Devil’s case, you can hardly see the motherboard as it’s obscured by the power supply. There are only two memory slots, but most people won’t need to upgrade. There aren’t any free drive bays, but there’s a single PCI-E x16 slot and some room available for a graphics card. You’ll have to be very careful which card you buy, however: most modern cards are far too long to fit, and the position of the hard disk means it’d have to be quite a thin card too, so double-width cards are out of the question, and cards with large fans may prove troublesome.

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For this reason, gamers won’t find the Little Devil at all tempting, but if you just want to watch the odd movie, the Core i5’s integrated Intel HD graphics chip is capable of decoding HD content. You can output both audio and video via one of the HDMI ports, and you also have a choice of VGA for analogue video, a full set of 7.1 analogue audio outputs as well as both optical and coaxial S/PDIF ports.

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Further expansion is provided by two USB ports on the front panel and six on the rear, two of which support the faster USB3 standard. Unfortunately the budget Cherry keyboard and mouse set take up two ports. You could instead opt for a wireless set that use just one USB receiver, but the supplied set are reasonable. We found the keyboard a bit spongy and the mouse too light.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-2400
Processor external bus 100MHz (Sandy Bridge DMI)
Processor multiplier x31
Processor clock speed 3.1GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 8
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3-B3
Motherboard chipset Intel H67 Express


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

Internal Expansion

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

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Hitachi DeskStar (HDS721010CLA)
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,000GB


Graphics card(s) Intel HD Graphics 2000
Graphics/video ports VGA, 2x HDMI


Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, coaxial S/PDIF 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 Acer S221HQLbd
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 one year RTB (first 30 days collect and return)
Price £550

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