If any of the PCs we tested in March looked as though it might struggle to satisfy the demands of Vista, it's the Evesham Solar GSI. With a specifications list that falls short in almost every respect, the Evesham isn't really in the same class as the other Vista PCs we've included here.

The Chillblast Fusion Vista 6300 OCTV 2.1GHz PC was the only other we tested to use the E6300 version of the Intel Core 2 Duo. But without that PC's careful overclocking, the Solar struggled for pace - its WorldBench speed score is a massive 15 points slower than the fastest £750 Vista PC we saw, from Zoostorm. But it's not just the speed of the processor that's at fault. Having only 1GB of DDR RAM was another failing, while the graphics card is driven by the GeForce 7600 LE chip - this doesn't get close to the GeForce 7900 GS, let alone the 7950 GT.

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Evesham Solar GSI: Specs

  • 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
  • 1GB DDR RAM
  • 320GB serial ATA
  • 19in Cibox C1905 flat-panel
  • nVidia GeForce 7600 LE
  • 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, Sonic DVD Media Suite, BullGuard Antivirus Suite 7.0
  • 2-year onsite, 1-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 5 score 112
  • 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
  • 1GB DDR RAM
  • 320GB serial ATA
  • 19in Cibox C1905 flat-panel
  • nVidia GeForce 7600 LE
  • 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, Sonic DVD Media Suite, BullGuard Antivirus Suite 7.0
  • 2-year onsite, 1-year return-to-base warranty
  • WorldBench 5 score 112

OUR VERDICT

It's not all bad. The 19in Cibox screen is quite decent, and the onboard sound is aided by the pleasing 2.1 Creative I-Trigue 3220 speakers. And none of the other PCs we tested at this price point could better the 320GB hard drive. Sadly, the Solar is too far off the pace and lacks any outstanding features that might compensate for its lack of heft.

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