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Palicomp Phoenix i5 Laser review

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Price when reviewed : £550
inc VAT

We can't recommend buying the Phoenix i5 Laser with its poor 22in monitor, but the PC on its own is great value - as long as you don't want to play games


4.6GHz Intel Core i5-2500K, 4GB RAM, 22in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Palicomp’s Phoenix i5 Laser has a fairly boring Cooler Master Elite case that we’ve seen many times before. However, it’s what’s inside that counts. Fortunately, there’s an Intel Core i5-2500K processor, overclocked to a blistering 4.6GHz. The overall score in our benchmarks of 132 makes this one of the fastest PCs we’ve seen – not bad going for a £550 PC. Along with 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk, the Phoenix i5 Laser can able to handle any application you care to throw at it.

Palicomp Phoenix i5 Laser Inside

To keep things cool, Palicomp has fitted a massive CPU heatsink and fan, along with a case fan at the rear and one behind the front panel to keep air flowing through the case. As a result, the Laser makes a bit more noise than PCs with a standard Intel cooler and no other fans, but it’s a low hum and not annoying.

Palicomp Phoenix i5 Laser Side

While it’s not designed to play games – the i5-2500K’s integrated graphics chip barely managed to run our Dirt 3 test – the Laser has plenty of room inside the case for upgrades, with a multitude of drive bays and room for six expansion cards. If you move the hard disk to a different caddy, there’s room for even the longest of today’s graphics cards. The only issue is that the 450W power supply may not be able to handle the most power-hungry cards.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-2500K
Processor external bus 100MHz (Sandy Bridge DMI)
Processor multiplier x46
Processor clock speed 4.6GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 4
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Asrock Z68 Pro3
Motherboard chipset Intel Z68


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 none

Internal Expansion

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

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Western Digital Caviar Green (WD10EARS)
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,000GB


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


Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakers Logitech S220 2.1

Removable Drives

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


Viewable size 22 in
Screen model AOC F22+
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs VGA, DVI

Other Hardware

Keyboard Labtec Media Wireless Desktop 800
Mouse Labtec Media Wireless Desktop 800


Software included CyberLink PowerDVD 9 BD
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £550

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