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PC Specialist Apollo 4850 Pro review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PC Specialist

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Once again, PC Specialist has produced a PC that looks and feels considerably more expensive than it really is.

Once again, PC Specialist has produced a PC that looks and feels considerably more expensive than it really is. The PC Specialist Apollo 4850 Pro's Trigon case is pleasingly solid, visually appealing and complimented by the 22in Edge 10 monitor.

Although the PC Specialist Apollo 4850 Pro also uses one of the new E8600 chips, its Worldbench 6 score was disappointing at 121 points. It’s by no means a slow system, but we expected more.

Like the Arbico and CyberPower, the PC Specialist Apollo 4850 Pro features a 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card to provide adequate power for casual gaming.

The PC Specialist Apollo 4850 Pro comes with a standard 500GB hard drive and 2.1-channel speakers, and you’ve no right to expect any more from a PC at this price. Nevertheless, we’d have liked to see a plug-in sound card and a more powerful motherboard included in the spec.

Chart ranking: £501-£750 desktop PCs

  1. Zoostorm 62-4409
  2. Arbico Elite 8685 RDX
  3. PC Specialist Apollo 4850 Pro
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity GT

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PC Specialist Apollo 4850 Pro Expert Verdict »

3.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8600
Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit (choose XP or 64bit Vista at no extra cost)
4GB DDR2 RAM
500GB SATA
Asus P5K SE/EPU
8 x USB 2.0
22in Edge10 HW223 (0.28mm pixel pitch
1,680x1,050)
512MB PCI Express Gainward ATI Radeon HD 4850 (games scores: Crysis = 55fps
Fear = 170fps)
onboard Realtek ALC1200
2 x Creative Inspire T3100
subwoofer
20x/20x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
Microsoft Office 2007 (trial)
Nero
CyberLink PowerDVD
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 121
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

The PC Specialist Apollo 4850 Pro is a good-looking and well-made system with solid gaming performance. It’s let down slightly by general office performance, but remains a desirable system for the money.

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