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Zoostorm 4-4428 budget desktop PC review

£749 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PCNextDay

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

Zoostorm has built a reputation as a company that can pack a PC with a dizzying array of components within a tight budget. The mid-price Zoostorm 4-4428 has a fantastic processor – although its other components are less outstanding.

Zoostorm has built a reputation as a company that can pack a PC with a dizzying array of components within a tight budget. The mid-price Zoostorm 4-4428 has a fantastic processor – although its other components are less outstanding.

The Zoostorm 4-4428’s Penryn E8500 chip certainly merits a special mention. That its performance isn’t quite as glittering here as in the Arbico CD8500 XL is very much down to the choice of RAM. The Zoostorm 4-4428 comes with just 2GB of DDR RAM and it’s DDR2-667 rather than the faster DDR2-800 RAM. It says plenty for the quality of the E8500 that the Zoostorm 4-4428 racks up 117 WorldBench points with this lesser complement of memory.

And RAM isn’t the only area where rival machines have the edge. The Zoostorm 4-4428's 250GB hard drive will be ample for most needs, but it’s surpassed by the 320GB and 400GB units found in several of the other PCs. The screen is a relatively small 19in model, like the Arbico CD8500 XL’s Hanspree, but lacks the colour quality of that screen. The Zoostorm 4-4428's 8800 GT is a good graphics card, but is a common inclusion in this chart. Much the same could be said of the Samsung DVD writer, while the Zoostorm 4-4428's sound system is average.

Budget PCs chart ranking (April issue)


  1. Arbico CD8500 XL
  2. CyberPower Gamer Infinity Silent Edition
  3. Eclipse Crucial Supreme n685n88GTS-0C
  4. Chillblast Fusion Gladiator - last month 1
  5. Zoostorm 4-4428

Verdict

Despite a number of solid components and an excellent processor, the Zoostorm 4-4428 struggles to make a case for itself.

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Zoostorm 4-4428 Expert Verdict »
3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR2-667 RAM
250GB SATA
ECS G33T-M2
7 x USB
19in AMW X1910WDS (0.285mm pixel pitch, 1,440x900 max resolution @75Hz)
512MB PCI Express Inno3D nVidia GeForce 8800 GT
onboard Realtek HD
speakers built into flat-panel
20x20x/12x/12x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
flash memory drive
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 117
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Despite a number of solid components and an excellent processor, the Zoostorm 4-4428 struggles to make a case for itself.

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