Big names such as Mesh don’t produce many PCs in the sub-£500 range, so the Elite Value PCA comes as a pleasant surprise.


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  2. Eclipse Max i935N79-VSTA
  3. Arbico CD9600XL
  4. Mesh Elite Value PCA
  5. Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC

Fourth place

Big names such as Mesh don’t produce many PCs in the sub-£500 range, so the Elite Value PCA comes as a pleasant surprise.

Look through the PCs section on eBay and you’ll find any number of establishments offering to build a hot little number for a few hundred quid. The problem is that a significant number of these tiny firms will be extinct 12 months from now. Those who want rather more peace of mind will be interested in the Elite Value.

Not that it’s an amazing machine for the money. The 2.8GHz Intel Pentium D isn’t a stunning processor – only the similarly equipped Zoostorm notched up a lower score in our new WorldBench 6 real-world speed suite – and the onboard graphics leave something to be desired.

The Mesh-badged GNR screen isn’t the most colourful monitor we’ve seen, but the colour palette is solid and the text legible. The DVD writer is impressive, while the
hard drive is the largest in the chart. Add a healthy bundle of software, and this is a PC that offers plenty. You’re paying a little extra for Mesh’s name, but this is generally a very solid system.


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