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There's a lot about the E6400 that's right. But the lack of any stand-out components makes it one of the weaker £750 Vista PCs overall. The first problem is that, in its raw unmodified state, the E6400 processor isn't quite fast enough to keep up with the E6600s many £750 Vista PCs sport. To give Mesh its due, the Vistra is only a few points behind the Arbico CD7950XL, despite the latter coming with a mighty E6600. It's the paltry 1GB of DDR RAM that really leaves the Mesh trailing the likes of the Chillblast and Zoostorm PCs.

The graphics card is a 7900 GS and, while this card may offer decent firepower for a modest price tag, it lacks the clout to compete with the 7950 GT included with the Arbico. However, the Mesh generally fares well against Vista PCs with better memory configurations.

The Mesh's 19in Asus is quite a nice flat-panel, and is a significant improvement over the Yuraku used by the Arbico. You also get a rather good DVD writer, and the onboard sound is given extra resonance by the Creative Inspire T6100 speakers.

Mesh E6400 Vistra PC: Specs

  • 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
  • 1GB DDR RAM
  • 250GB serial ATA
  • 19in Asus VW192S flat-panel
  • nVidia GeForce 7900 GS
  • 16x/18x/18x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R) 8x/8x (-R DL/+R DL) 8x/8x/12x (-RW/+RW/-RAM)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium, Microsoft Works 8.5, CyberLink Video Editing Suite, flash memory drive
  • 1-year onsite, 2-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 5 score 117
  • 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
  • 1GB DDR RAM
  • 250GB serial ATA
  • 19in Asus VW192S flat-panel
  • nVidia GeForce 7900 GS
  • 16x/18x/18x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R) 8x/8x (-R DL/+R DL) 8x/8x/12x (-RW/+RW/-RAM)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium, Microsoft Works 8.5, CyberLink Video Editing Suite, flash memory drive
  • 1-year onsite, 2-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 5 score 117

OUR VERDICT

All in all, this is a very reasonable PC with good general Vista performance. However, it just needed that extra spark to send it into the very top tier of Vista PCs.

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