With 8GB of memory installed, Dino PC’s Plutosaur 2500 has double the RAM of any of the competition. As such, it delivered the fastest score in our WorldBench 6 speed test with 160 points. However, in other areas the PC falls short of its rivals.

As we’ve mentioned previously, the standard i5-2500 chip has slower integrated graphics than the ‘K’ version. Framerates in the five-year-old game Fear didn’t highlight a huge difference in performance, but the Dino PC Plutosaur 2500's lack of pace was more noticeable in our intensive Crysis test.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Atom
  2. Arbico eXcel i5255 Pro
  3. Eclipse Matrix i525z68
  4. Dino PC Plutosaur 2500
  5. Chillblast Fusion Summit

Dino PC has provided the lowest-spec motherboard on test. It lacks 6Gbps SATA and HDMI, and the Plutosaur 2500 is the only PC here not to include USB 3.0 ports.

The 21.5in 2236SWA has a more traditional design than the other AOC monitors in the group. It incorporates a handy USB 2.0 port, which could be used to hook up a webcam or other device at desk height. But like the Eclipse’s F22s+, the Dino PC Plutosaur 2500's display has only a VGA (analogue) connection. Image quality will suffer as a result.

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Unlike Arbico and Eclipse, Dino PC has squeezed a pair of external speakers into the Plutosaur 2500's budget. This could be important for first-time buyers of a budget system.

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