Chillblast Fusion AIO Ultima review

Chillblast Fusion AIO Ultima

The Chillblast Fusion AIO Ultima all-in-one PC costs £1,199 inc VAT and will be available from 5 September 2013. See: more reviews of all-in-one PCs.

It may be constructed from off-the-shelf components, but the Fusion AIO Ultima is a huge step forward from Chillblast's previous forays into the all-in-one world.

Chillblast doesn't have the scale of operation required to custom-design a device that looks anything like as polished as an iMac. But the AIO Ultima is considerably better-looking and more solidly-constructed than any previous Chillblast model.

Some self-assembly is required. The stand must be fixed to the base with four small bolts and then manually attached to the screen with yet another bolt. Once assembled, it does feel a little more industrial than a custom-designed system, but it's really not bad at all.

One disadvantage is that most of the connecting ports (including HDMI and USB 3.0) are rather hard to reach, pointing downwards from the rear of the device and partially blocked by the stand. Thankfully, the card reader and audio jacks are placed more conveniently at the left-hand side, along with a pair of USB 2.0 ports.

On the right, we find a Blu-ray combo drive and a handy pair of brightness control buttons along with the power switch. See also Group test: what's the best all-in-one PC?

Chillblast Fusion AIO Ultima: powerful components

Inside Chillblast has fitted some very powerful components, including a 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-3770S power-saving processor, a 120GB mSATA solid-state drive, a 1TB Seagate Momentus hybrid drive and 16GB of memory. This combination allows the Fusion AIO Ultima to race ahead of even Apple's iMac in Windows benchmarks, achieving a blistering PCMark 7 score of 5195 points.

Graphics performance is however considerably less impressive as the system relies only on the Core i7's integrated HD Graphics 4000 processor. This delivers only around one-eighth of the iMac's speed when attempting to play games.

The system's 21.5in display is rather more compact than all-in-one PC competition, but still supports 10-point multi-touch and has a full-HD 1920x1080 pixel resolution. Its IPS panel delivers significantly better viewing angles and image quality than other all-in-one such as the budget Medion Akoyo P2002, but can't match the colour fidelity of top models like Apple's iMac or the Dell XPS 2720.

 Chillblast Fusion AIO Ultima

Chillblast Fusion AIO Ultima: Specs

  • 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-3770S (4 cores / 8 threads) 3.9GHz Turbo Boost
  • 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • 1TB Seagate Momentus XT HDD/SDD Hybrid & Intel 525 120GB mSATA SSD
  • Gigabyte GA-H77TN, Intel H77 chipset
  • 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
  • 21.5in (1920x1080) IPS display, 10 touch points
  • Tilt, height adjust, VESA mountable
  • Integrated Intel HD graphics 4000
  • on-board HD audio
  • 2 x 5W speakers
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n, Bluetooth
  • HDMI (in/out), DisplayPort, Line in/out, headphone
  • Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000
  • Blu-ray Combo Drive
  • Windows 8
  • Webcam
  • 9kg
  • 338x541x61mm
  • 2 years collect and return
  • 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-3770S (4 cores / 8 threads) 3.9GHz Turbo Boost
  • 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • 1TB Seagate Momentus XT HDD/SDD Hybrid & Intel 525 120GB mSATA SSD
  • Gigabyte GA-H77TN, Intel H77 chipset
  • 4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
  • 21.5in (1920x1080) IPS display, 10 touch points
  • Tilt, height adjust, VESA mountable
  • Integrated Intel HD graphics 4000
  • on-board HD audio
  • 2 x 5W speakers
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n, Bluetooth
  • HDMI (in/out), DisplayPort, Line in/out, headphone
  • Microsoft Wireless Desktop 3000
  • Blu-ray Combo Drive
  • Windows 8
  • Webcam
  • 9kg
  • 338x541x61mm
  • 2 years collect and return

OUR VERDICT

This space-saving all-in-one PC delivers excellent application performance, but lacks a discrete graphics chip for gaming. It's not as attractive as most and requires some self-assembly, but offers good features and value for money.

Find the best price