Eclipse’s Voyager i525H61 is much like any other sub-£500 PC we’ve reviewed here: its 3.3GHz Intel Core i5-2500K delivers good application performance and adequate graphics power for an excellent multimedia experience and low-level gaming.

A standard 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive are fitted to the popular Asus P8H61-M LE/USB3 motherboard. This board features Intel’s budget H61 chipset and USB 3.0 support, but not the SATA 6Gbps interface to optimise the Eclipse Voyager i525H61's Seagate hard drive. This 7,200rpm model still works fine with the slower 3Gbps interface, though.

Application performance in our tests was in line with our expectations. The Eclipse Voyager i525H61 scored 154 points in WorldBench 6, putting it just a single point ahead of the overclockable Palicomp. The Chillblast scored higher in WorldBench 6 by doubling up on its DDR3 memory.

The Eclipse Voyager i525H61 is the only machine in this chart to turn its back on the AOC F22+ in favour of a 21.6in HKC 2219A. This display is marginally larger and features built-in speakers. Although Eclipse hasn’t followed the competition’s suit and improved sound quality by bundling an external set, it’s still louder than that of Arbico’s mute eXcel.

The Eclipse Voyager i525H61 is housed in a black EZCool N800D case. It’s relatively compact and tidy-looking, with spring-loaded flaps that conceal a pair of front-facing USB ports and audio jacks. It feels very plasticky, though, and lacks the build quality found in some competing cases.

Budget PC chart ranking

  1. 1. Chillblast Fusion Neutron
    2. CyberPower Ultra Triton
    3. Palicomp Phoenix i5 Sonar Extreme
    4. Eclipse Voyager i525H61
    5. Arbico eXcel i5-2533LE

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