With an Intel Core i5-2400 processor running at 3.1GHz, the Dino PC Plutosaur 2400 is one of the faster PCs on offer at this price. It comes with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive as standard and is constructed inside a EZCool N750D case finished in black with metal-like plastic trim. A hinged flap conceals a pair of front-facing USB ports and audio in/out jacks.

Inside the Dino PC Plutosaur 2400, a Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2P motherboard uses Intel's low-cost H61 chipset – an entirely appropriate choice for this sort of system. It includes only two memory slots, so if you want to upgrade later you'll have to discard your installed chips in favour of bigger ones. There's plenty of room to work inside the case, but although Dino PC has made some attempt to lash up the internal cables, the resulting bundle of wires as left partially blocking the air flow to the processor cooler. See also: What's the best budget PC?

The Dino PC Plutosaur 2400's power supply is also noisy, making the PC considerably louder than either the Braebo or Eclipse systems we reviewed at the same time.

Dino PC has gone for a Logitech MK120 keyboard and mouse combo, which we quite like despite its obvious low-cost construction. It's much better than some of the ultra-cheap models we often see thrown in.

In its favour, the Dino PC Plutosaur 2400 comes with a nice display. The Asus VE228T is a 22in screen with an LED backlight and superior image quality to the F22+ favoured by Chillblast and CyberPower. Overall it's a pretty good deal, but it does mean sacrificing a little in terms of core specification in order to get the better monitor.

The Dino PC Plutosaur 2400 will be available no later than January 5 2012.

Dino PC Plutosaur 2400: Specs

  • Intel Core i5 2400
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2P
  • 22in Asus VE228T
  • Onboard Samsung SH-S222AB/BEBE
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • EZCool N750D
  • 500GB serial ATA
  • 0.248
  • HD2000
  • 1W Built-in to Monitor
  • LibreOffice V.3
  • Logitech K120 Keyboard
  • Logitech B110 Mouse
  • Intel Core i5 2400
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2P
  • 22in Asus VE228T
  • Onboard Samsung SH-S222AB/BEBE
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • EZCool N750D
  • 500GB serial ATA
  • 0.248
  • HD2000
  • 1W Built-in to Monitor
  • LibreOffice V.3
  • Logitech K120 Keyboard
  • Logitech B110 Mouse

OUR VERDICT

The Dino PC Plutosaur 2400 is a serious contender with sensible middle-of-the-road components and good performance. Its Asus VE228T monitor is among the best on offer.

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