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Mesh Elite Storm HD power desktop PC review

£1199

Manufacturer: Mesh

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

Mesh has created a great all-rounder: the Elite Storm HD excels in the office and, while it’s clearly a fast gaming system, it’s also the only PC here that’s ready for high-definition (HD) entertainment.

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Mesh has created a great all-rounder: the Elite Storm HD excels in the office and, while it’s clearly a fast gaming system, it’s also the only PC here that’s ready for high-definition (HD) entertainment.

Mesh has plumped for an Iiyama PLE2403WS-B1 display. At 24in, the Mesh Elite Storm HD has the largest flat-panel on offer in this chart. With a massive 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution, this monitor will form part of an excellent multimedia system, add excitement to games and boost productivity.

Powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo E8500, the Mesh Elite Storm HD delivers excellent performance with a WorldBench 6 real-world speed score of 120. Its pair of 512MB 8800 GT graphics cards provide very good gaming speeds, too.

What truly sets the Mesh Elite Storm HDC apart from the competition, though, is its Pioneer Blu-ray drive (which is also capable of burning DVDs, albeit at a slower rate than dedicated DVD writers). The bundled Cyberlink Blu-ray software and set of Creative Inspire speakers give you all you need to enjoy HD movies at full 1,080p resolution.

The Mesh Elite Storm HD is also fitted with the obligatory 4GB of RAM – but this system suffers from the limitations of the 32bit edition of Vista, leaving only 2.75GB of memory available for use and a large portion of RAM wasted.

With the Mesh Elite Storm HD’s inclusion of a Creative X-Fi ExtremeGamer sound card, there’s no room for any further expansion cards; there are no free RAM slots either, although the case has plenty of space for hard-drive expansion or the addition of a second, faster DVD burner.

Chart ranking: Power desktop PCs (June 08 issue)


  1. Mesh Elite Storm HD
  2. Arbico HD8570 X2
  3. CyberPower Gamer Infinity Crossfire GT
  4. Chillblast Fusion Firestorm
  5. PC Specialist E840GT SLI

Verdict

The Mesh Elite Storm HD is expensive compared to the competition, but it can’t be beaten as a top-notch multimedia system. It’s also an excellent performer for gaming and in an office environment.

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Mesh Elite Storm HD Expert Verdict »

3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Windows Vista Home Premium
4GB DDR RAM
500GB SATA
Asus P5N-E SLI
7 x USB
24in Iiyama PLE2403WS-B1 (0.27mm pixel pitch, 1,920x1,200 maximum resolution @ 75Hz)
2 x 512MB PCI Express Leadtek nVidia GeForce 8800 GT
Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
5 x Creative Inspire A500
subwoofer
max DVD speeds: 5x/12x/12x/4x/4x/6x/6x/5x/12x (BD-ROM
DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
CyberLink Blu-ray software
Microsoft Works 8.5
Pioneer BD-ROM
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 120
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The Mesh Elite Storm HD is expensive compared to the competition, but it can’t be beaten as a top-notch multimedia system. It’s also an excellent performer for gaming and in an office environment.

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