Eclipse eBiz Precision i322H61

Eclipse has taken a very well-balanced approach to the design of the eBiz Precision i322H61. The temptation to chase benchmark scores has been wisely resisted – a modest Intel Core i3-3220 dual-core processor powers the system, and this is really all any office user will need outside of specialist applications. See Group test: What's the best business PC?

Savings on the processor have allowed the £570 budget to stretch to a 120GB Crucial V4 SSD which complements a 1TB hard disk for fast booting and snappy operation. The SSD makes a huge difference to overall performance and the PCMark 7 score reflected this. See all PC reviews.

An over-generous helping of 16GB of memory provides plenty of scope for multiple applications to run concurrently; cutting this to 8GB would have brought the price closer to the £549 systems offered elsewhere.

The PC comes with a Microsoft Wired Desktop 400 keyboard and mouse combo which is specifically designed for business, featuring an ambidextrous mouse and spill-resistant housing.

Internally, the eBiz Precision i322H61 uses a basic Asus P8H61-MX USB3 motherboard which lacks some of the management features of B75 Express-based boards and although the system case looks professional from the outside, the internals are messy due to a lack of cable management.

A budget 24in Edge 10 monitor is included, which may seem to add value-for-money to the system, but can’t match the quality of the Asus or Iiyama models offered by CyberPower or Chillblast. You may not care about this, but we would expect tsuch cost-cutting to reflect in the final price. Also disappointing is Eclipse’s standard one-year return-to-base warranty, the worst this group has to offer.

Eclipse eBiz Precision i322H61: Specs

  • Processor: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-3220
  • CPU Cooler: Stock Intel cooler
  • Installed memory: 16Gb DDR3 1333MHz
  • Storage: 120GB Crucial V4, 1Tb Seagate Barracuda
  • Power supply: 500W Generic
  • Motherboard: Asus P8H61-MX/USB3
  • External USB ports: 3x USB 3.0, 5x USB 2.0
  • Display: 23.6in, Edge10 EF240A, 1920x1080, TN, VGA,DVI
  • Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 2500
  • Sound: Onboard
  • Speakers: In monitor
  • Networking: : Ethernet
  • Audio outputs: Line out, headphone
  • Audio inputs: Line in, mic
  • Video outputs: 1xDVI, 1xD-sub
  • Keyboard & Mouse: Microsoft Wired Optical Desktop 400
  • Optical drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD-RW
  • Operating system: Windows 8 Pro
  • System weight: 4Kg
  • Processor: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-3220
  • CPU Cooler: Stock Intel cooler
  • Installed memory: 16Gb DDR3 1333MHz
  • Storage: 120GB Crucial V4, 1Tb Seagate Barracuda
  • Power supply: 500W Generic
  • Motherboard: Asus P8H61-MX/USB3
  • External USB ports: 3x USB 3.0, 5x USB 2.0
  • Display: 23.6in, Edge10 EF240A, 1920x1080, TN, VGA,DVI
  • Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 2500
  • Sound: Onboard
  • Speakers: In monitor
  • Networking: : Ethernet
  • Audio outputs: Line out, headphone
  • Audio inputs: Line in, mic
  • Video outputs: 1xDVI, 1xD-sub
  • Keyboard & Mouse: Microsoft Wired Optical Desktop 400
  • Optical drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD-RW
  • Operating system: Windows 8 Pro
  • System weight: 4Kg

OUR VERDICT

The choice of lower-performance processor, coupled with a fast SSD shows some clever thinking and wise distribution of the available budget; but then 16GB of installed memory is unnecessarily extravagant when a better motherboard or monitor could have been supplied instead. The system is too expensive for what is offers.

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