Mesh Elite 4670 - PCA review

Mesh Elite 4670 - PCA review

Being built into another Zalman Z3 Plus system case, you could easily mistake this Mesh system for either of the PCs from Chillblast or Wired2Fire. But inside are significant differences so here's our Mesh Elite 4670 review See also: What's the best family PC?

The name is a big clue that this PC features an Intel Core i5-4670 processor. This 3.4 GHz quad core chip delivers performance in spades and would be the perfect choice for the more demanding user, were it not for the new Core i5-4690 which because available just too late to be included in most of the PCs in this group test. See all PC reviews.

Even so, the Elite 4670 offers more speed than most families will use, especially when combined with 16 GB of memory and a 120 GB SSD. Big storage is covered by a capacious 2 TB SATA hard disk which offers double the typical 1 TB of room for all your family’s digital 'stuff'. A DVD writer is provided for films and backups and input is via a Logitech MK270 wireless keyboard and mouse combo.

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This is also a good PC for the family that likes gaming. An nVidia GeForce GTX 750Ti graphics card is installed which places the full range of PC gaming titles within reach and at good quality settings. Gamers will also like the fast blur-free response time of the 24in Iiyama E2483HS monitor which is a fraction larger than the 23in IPS monitors found elsewhere. It unfortunately can’t match them on picture quality.

At £799, the Mesh Elite 470 – PCA is the same price as Chillblast's Fusion Pharaoh, and although it offers double the storage space, we feel it falls behind in all other areas, from performance to peripherals. Mesh's warranty offers a free collect-and-return service for just the first three months; Chillblast and Quiet PC both offer this service for a full two years.

Mesh Elite 4670 - PCA: Specs

  • Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz (4 cores/ 4 Threads)
  • Standard Intel Cooler
  • 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • 2TB SATA III HDD, 120GB SATA III SSD
  • 500W FSP Quiet Power Supply - FSP500-50ARN
  • MSI B85M-E45 motherboard
  • 4x USB 3.0, 8x USB2.0
  • 24in Iiyama E2483HS-B1 1920x1080, TN, VGA/DVI-D/HDMI
  • 2GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 750Ti Gaming OC Twin Frozr
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • 1 x 3 in 1 audio jack
  • 1 x 3 in 1 audio jack
  • 2xDVI, 1x HDMI, 1x Dport
  • Zalman Z3 Plus case
  • Logitech MK270 (wireless combo) mouse and keyboard
  • 24x DVD Writer (read/write CD & DVD)
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1
  • Free Life time telephone Hardware support
  • 2 Years Parts, 3 Years Labour, 3 Months Free Collect & Return warranty
  • Intel Core i5-4670 3.4GHz (4 cores/ 4 Threads)
  • Standard Intel Cooler
  • 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
  • 2TB SATA III HDD, 120GB SATA III SSD
  • 500W FSP Quiet Power Supply - FSP500-50ARN
  • MSI B85M-E45 motherboard
  • 4x USB 3.0, 8x USB2.0
  • 24in Iiyama E2483HS-B1 1920x1080, TN, VGA/DVI-D/HDMI
  • 2GB Nvidia Geforce GTX 750Ti Gaming OC Twin Frozr
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • 1 x 3 in 1 audio jack
  • 1 x 3 in 1 audio jack
  • 2xDVI, 1x HDMI, 1x Dport
  • Zalman Z3 Plus case
  • Logitech MK270 (wireless combo) mouse and keyboard
  • 24x DVD Writer (read/write CD & DVD)
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1
  • Free Life time telephone Hardware support
  • 2 Years Parts, 3 Years Labour, 3 Months Free Collect & Return warranty

OUR VERDICT

The Mesh Elite 4670 – PCA is a strong performer in a category where we don't need to be really that bothered about performance. It's reasonably priced and flexible enough to be put to just about any use, including gaming, but we feel it's outclassed by Chillblast's Fusion Pharaoh at the same price. And that's assuming you'd want to spend that much on either of them in the first place.