Being assembled from off-the-shelf components, the Fusion Flex AIO from Chillblast represents a radically different approach to the ground-up design employed by Apple, Asus, HP, MSI, Lenovo and the rest. See all all-in-one PCs reviews.

Assembled using a Top Tech "Top 215W" barebones touch-screen based unit it exudes a distinctly do-it-yourself feel, dominated by plastic and with an obvious emphasis on low cost rather than classic design. See also: Group test: what's the best all-in-one PC?

Taking a look at the underside, we found a standard motherboard back plate into which video and USB cables had been connected which then disappeared back into the case to drive the display and ten-point touch interface.

This also means that most of the connectors including audio, ethernet and the pair of USB 3.0 ports are tucked away. Extra USB 2.0 ports are provided at the side of the case, as is a memory-card reader, a Blu-ray reader and a row of buttons for the display.

This DIY approach gives Chillblast the freedom to install standard PC components, creating a truly customised system. These include a Wi-Fi card with two rather large antennae and a Freeview TV tuner – the only one here to support two channels simultaneously.

Processing power comes from a quad-core Intel Core i5-3450 chip, which delivers reasonably speedy performance although in absolute terms its score of 161 points from WorldBench 6 is a little lower than most of the competition.

The biggest performance drift arises because the Chillblast Fusion Flex AIO has no discrete graphics, relying on the graphics capabilities of the Intel CPU. That results in half the performance of much of the competition. Many users will have no need for a graphics card as this has no trouble handing HD multimedia or even low-level gaming.

Chillblast Fusion Flex AIO: Specs

  • 3.1 - 3.5 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5-3450
  • Asus P8H61-M LE/USB3 Intel H61
  • 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
  • 2TB SATA 3 HDD
  • 22in 1920 x 1080, TN panel, touchscreen (10 points)
  • integrated Intel HD 4000
  • On board Intel HD Audio
  • Blu-ray reader/DVD writer
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi
  • 6 x USB 2.0, 3 x USB 3.0, VGA out
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 550x405x135mm
  • 9kg
  • Dual Freeview TV tuner, remote control
  • 2 years collect and return
  • 3.1 - 3.5 GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5-3450
  • Asus P8H61-M LE/USB3 Intel H61
  • 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
  • 2TB SATA 3 HDD
  • 22in 1920 x 1080, TN panel, touchscreen (10 points)
  • integrated Intel HD 4000
  • On board Intel HD Audio
  • Blu-ray reader/DVD writer
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi
  • 6 x USB 2.0, 3 x USB 3.0, VGA out
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 550x405x135mm
  • 9kg
  • Dual Freeview TV tuner, remote control
  • 2 years collect and return

OUR VERDICT

It's certainly not pretty, but the Chillblast Fusion Flex AIO's use of off-the-shelf components makes maintenance and upgrades easier while keeping costs down. Gamers will bemoan the lack of graphics card, but most users won’t miss it at all. The ten-point touchscreen and dual-Freeview tuners are a welcome bonus.

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