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Mesh Elite HD24 power desktop PC review

£899 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Mesh

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Using the 3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 chip gives the Mesh Elite HD24 a slight disadvantage against systems based on the faster E8500, as its WorldBench figures show. But this vendor recognises there’s more to a satisfying computing experience than raw speed.

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Mesh is known for taking an unusual approach to system design. Using the 3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 chip gives the Mesh Elite HD24 a slight disadvantage against systems based on the faster E8500, as its WorldBench figures show. But this vendor recognises there’s more to a satisfying computing experience than raw speed.

The Mesh Elite HD24 comes with a huge 24in monitor, the Iiyama ProLite E24D 3WS. Those extra inches make a big difference: not only is the display larger, but you also get considerably more pixels to play with, thanks to its 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution. That’s enough to play full 1,080p high-definition (HD) films. The system also includes a Blu-ray reader – this doubles as a DVD writer, although burn speeds are quite low – and CyberLink’s Blu-ray software.

The Mesh Elite HD24's audio setup is also impressive, with Creative’s Inspire A500 surround speakers providing 5.1 home-cinema audio.

Unfortunately, Mesh has had to make compromises to include these multimedia capabilities – and the Mesh Elite HD24's processor is just the start. The GeForce 9600 GT graphics card, for instance, can deliver a satisfying gaming experience, but it’s at the low end of what serious gamers would consider. A 24in monitor demands serious graphics power if you’re going to take advantage of those extra pixels while gaming.

The Mesh Elite HD24's motherboard is SLI-capable, however, so you could simply add a second 9600 GT.

Verdict

If you’re after top performance, the Mesh Elite HD24 isn’t for you, but it’s the only system here capable of playing Blu-ray films in full 1,080p HD. And that display is extremely tempting.

Power desktop PCs chart ranking (July 08 issue)


  1. CyberPower Infinity Crossfire HD
  2. Arbico CD9800 PRO
  3. Mesh Elite HD24
  4. Chillblast Fusion Viper
  5. PC Specialist Fusion 9850 X2

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Mesh Elite HD24 Expert Verdict »
3GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Windows Vista Home Premium
4GB DDR2 RAM
500GB SATA
Asus P5N-E SLI
7 x USB
24in Iiyama ProLite E24D 3WS (0.27mm pixel pitch, 1,920x1,200 native resolution)
512MB PCI Express Leadtek nVidia GeForce 9600 GT
Creative CA20K1 X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity
5 x Creative Inspire A500
subwoofer
5x BD-ROM
12x/12x/4x/4x/6x/6x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW)
Microsoft Works
CyberLink Blu-ray software
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 117
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 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

If you’re after top performance, the Mesh Elite HD24 isn’t for you, but it’s the only system here capable of playing Blu-ray films in full 1,080p HD. And that display is extremely tempting.

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