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Palicomp Excalibur Ballistix E85-4670-19 review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Palicomp

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Palicomp's Excalibur Ballistix E85-4670-19 delivers enough power to breeze through day-to-day computing tasks without a hitch.

Palicomp's Excalibur Ballistix E85-4670-19 uses Intel's tried-and-trusted Core 2 Duo E8500 to equal our Best Buy machine's 128-point WorldBench 6 performance. It delivers enough power to breeze through day-to-day computing tasks without a hitch.

Gaming performance is less exemplary, however, and a 512MB HD 4670 graphics card is no competition for the Mesh's 1GB HD 4870. While it's quite capable of playing 3D games, the Palicomp Excalibur Ballistix E85-4670-19 can deliver only half the gaming performance of the Mesh when pushed with the latest titles.

The Palicomp Excalibur Ballistix E85-4670-19's 500GB hard drive and 4GB of DDR2 RAM are in line with the other systems in the chart. Its 19in budget display, meanwhile, offers a decent resolution and the useful inclusion of a digital connector.

The Excalibur is housed in a very tidy-looking case with a full-height front door panel. Finished in silver, this conceals the DVD drive and external drive bays. USB ports are conveniently located at the Palicomp Excalibur Ballistix E85-4670-19's side.

Inside, the Palicomp Excalibur Ballistix E85-4670-19's compact motherboard leaves little room for expansion. Both memory slots are filled and one of the rear chassis slots is taken up by a USB riser.

The Palicomp Excalibur Ballistix E85-4670-19's one-year return-to-base warranty is reasonable but bettered elsewhere.

Chart ranking: Budget desktop PCs (Nov 09 issue)

  1. Mesh Matrix II 550BE PCA
  2. Palicomp Excalibur Ballistix E85-4670-19
  3. Arbico CD 8570 XL
  4. Eclipse Pearl i84R483
  5. Chillblast Fusion Horizon

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Palicomp Excalibur Ballistix E85-4670-19 Expert Verdict »

3.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E8500
Windows Vista Home Premium 32bit (choose Vista 64bit at no extra cost)
ASRock G31M-S motherboard
8 x USB 2.0
500W WinPower PSU
19in Hanton H-350WDB (0.29mm pixel pitch
512MB PCI Express HIS ATI Radeon HD 4670 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 42/12fps
Fear = 95fps)
onboard Realtek ALC662 sound
speakers built into monitor
max DVD speeds: 24x/24x/12x/16x/6x/8x/12x/16x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW/-RAM/-ROM)
one-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 128
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Overall, Palicomp’s Excalibur Ballistix E85-4670-19 is a well-built system with a spacious case and good, understated looks. It performs very well in productivity applications, but suffers from below-average gaming performance.

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