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Arbico CD6560 GT budget PC

£500 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Arbico CD6560 GT almost snatched the Recommended award from Eclipse's Ultimate A60N86GT, with the two machines closely matched on WorldBench 6 performance.

The Arbico CD6560 GT almost snatched the Recommended award from Eclipse's Ultimate A60N86GT, with the two machines closely matched on WorldBench 6 performance. But we marginally prefer the Eclipse Ultimate A60N86GT, partly because of the power of its Athlon processor and its superior complement of memory - it's one of only two PCs here to come with 2GB of DDR RAM. It should therefore have little trouble coping with general tasks in Windows Vista.

But the Arbico CD6560 GT has plenty to offer, including some tempting components. The Arbico CD6560 GT's case may be fairly uninspiring to look at, but we like the look of the Arbico CD6560 GT's 19in Hannspree XM New York screen - we wouldn't describe it as the height of sophistication, but it's pleasantly unusual. The image quality is up to scratch as well, while the widescreen capabilities impressed us.

The Arbico CD6560 GT's 8600 GT graphics card is a pretty popular choice in this month's sub-£500 PCs chart - and with good reason. The Arbico CD6560 GT's hard drive is relatively capacious, while the DVD writer is another decent component. The onboard sound certainly isn't sizzling, but it's pretty much the same setup as that supplied with the Best Buy Eclipse Elite i675n86gt, so we can't be too hard on the Arbico CD6560 GT here.

Verdict

The Arbico CD6560 GT's software bundle is nice and the Hannspree flat-panel is an eye-catcher. Otherwise, the Arbico CD6560 GT has a line-up of worthy but less than showstopping components.

Budget PCs chart ranking as of Nov 07 issue


  1. Eclipse Elite i675n86gt
  2. Eclipse Ultimate A60N86GT - last month 1
  3. Arbico CD6560 GT
  4. PC Specialist Apollo Home GT
  5. CyberPower £500 PCA Machine - last month 3

Arbico CD6560 GT Expert Verdict »

2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6550
Windows Vista Home Premium
1GB DDR RAM
250GB serial ATA
ASRock ConRoe 1333-D667 motherboard
6 x USB ports
19in Hannspree XM flat-panel (0.283mm picel pitch, 1,440x900 maximum resolution at 75Hz)
256MB PCI Express XFX nVidia GeForce 8600 GT
onboard ALC888 sound
speakers built into flat-panel
maximum DVD speeds: 16x/18x/18x/8x/8x/6x/8x/12x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM)
1-year RTB warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 90
bundles Ahead Nero 7.0, CyberLink PowerDVD
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Arbico CD6560 GT's software bundle is nice and the Hannspree flat-panel is an eye-catcher. Otherwise, the Arbico CD6560 GT has a line-up of worthy but less than showstopping components.

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