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Packard Bell iMedia A3317 review

£399 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Packard Bell

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Packard Bell’s iMedia A3317 is a compact, tidy-looking PC. It’s also clearly an entry-level system.

Packard Bell's iMedia A3317 is a compact, tidy-looking PC that ships with a custom-design tool-free case. But it's clearly an entry-level system - its WorldBench 6 performance falls a long way behind the competition, while it's the only PC here to rely on integrated graphics. This renders it quite useless for any form of 3D gaming.

There's very little room for expansion inside the Packard Bell iMedia A3317's case, although a pair of memory slots and one 16x PCI Express slot are free. If you decide to upgrade, bear in mind the limitations of the tiny 250W power supply.

The Packard Bell iMedia A3317's 19in LG monitor is a good-looking model with an expensive-looking finish, but it lacks a digital connection. Image quality suffers as a result.

For all its flaws, however, the Packard Bell iMedia A3317 is deserving of a second glance. For one thing, this machine costs £100 less than any other PC in our charts; for another, it comes stuffed full of software utilities. While this won't suit all users - some may even consider it ‘bloatware' - it can offer the inexperienced the hand-holding they need. Applications include extensive automated setup and updating and recovery software.

Our Packard Bell iMedia A3317 review sample was fitted with a 2.2GHz Phenom X3 8550, and Packard Bell claims this is the current specification. But official specs still list a slower 2.1GHz AMD Phenom X3 8450 CPU. We suggest you check this with the firm before purchase.


Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (July issue)

  1. Arbico CD 8467 XL
  2. Chillblast Comet
  3. Eclipse Aspire i84a465
  4. CyberPower Gamer Infinity 600
  5. Packard Bell iMedia A3317

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Packard Bell iMedia A3317 Expert Verdict »
Packard Bell iMedia 3317 Scores 8.4 out of 10 based on 41 reviews
2.2GHz AMD Phenom X3 8550
Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit
3GB DDR2 RAM
320GB SATA
Packard Bell GL100 motherboard
6 x USB 2.0
250W FSP PSU
19in LG W1941S flat-panel monitor (0.29mm pixel pitch
1,366x768)
256MB ATI Radeon HD 2100 integrated graphics (games scores: Crysis (Low/High) = 4fps/fail
Fear = 2fps)
onboard Realtek ALC888/1200 sound card
speakers built into monitor
max DVD speeds: 16x/16x/8x/8x/6x/8x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-ROM)
software bundle
one-year onsite warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 88
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

It's specifications are somewhat down on the other systems in the chart, but so too is the Packard Bell iMedia A3317's price tag - this machine costs £100 less than any of the competition. It also comes with a selection of software preinstalled that's ideal for novice users.

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