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Dino PC Banji 3450 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 799
inc VAT

Windows 8 is ideal for media centre systems but this one is poorly built and has little storage

Specifications

3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450, 8GB RAM, 23.6in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 8

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The processor is a 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-3450. It’s a quad-core Ivy Bridge processor, but, unlike the Core i5-3570K chip that’s almost ubiquitous in PCs at this price, it has a locked multiplier so is tricky to overclock. However, it still did reasonably well in our benchmark tests with a score of 103.

At the front of the case are two USB2 ports alongside the eSATA port and obligatory 3.5mm mic and headphone ports. At the back are another six USB2 ports, two USB3 ports, a PS/2 port, three 3.5mm outputs for 5.1 analogue audio, an optical S/PDIF output for digital audio and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

Dino PC Banji 3450

Dino PC has included an Asus VS247H monitor, which is a 23.6in widescreen LCD with a matte screen, even lighting and pleasingly natural colours. Also included is a Trust eLight Full HD Webcam, which captures full HD video so you can make Skype video calls from the comfort of your sofa.

Although the idea of a compact Windows 8 PC is essentially a good one and the Banji 3450 does the job in terms of processor power, we weren’t too happy with the build quality of this system and its comparatively small hard disk, and it’s not much good for gaming. With its existing specification, the Banji 3450 doesn’t quite work as either a media centre PC or a compact PC alternative to a games console.

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Basic Specifications

Rating **
Processor Intel Core i5-3450
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x31
Processor clock speed 3.1GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-10666
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Asus P8H77-I
Motherboard chipset Intel H77

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/8
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 1/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case mini-ITX
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 0 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 3
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Toshiba MQ01ABD050
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 500GB

Graphics

Graphics card(s) 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6570
Graphics/video ports DVI, HDMI

Sound

Sound VIA HD Audio
Sound outputs 5.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out, line out, mic in
Speakers none

Removable Drives

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

Display

Viewable size 23.6 in
Screen model Asus VS247H
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs HDMI, DVI, VGA

Other Hardware

Keyboard Logitech K120
Mouse Logitech B110

Software

Software included none
Operating system Windows 8
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB (three years labour, two years parts)
Price £799
Details www.dinopc.com

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