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Arbico i576 HD review

£750 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

With similar specifications to our Best Buy PC, externally the compact Arbico i576 HD looks very different.

With similar specifications to our Best Buy PC, externally the compact Arbico i576 HD looks very different.

This Arbico i576 HD is very similar to our Best Buy Chillblast in its specification, featuring a 2.8GHz Intel Core i5-760 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, the same motherboard and similar graphics cards. Externally, this desktop PC looks very different, however.

The EZCool MA 661 case seen here is a far more compact design. It features a pair of internal 5.25in drive bays, rather than the usual four, and has less space inside. Internal access is very cramped – a problem only if you intend to upgrade the Arbico i576 HD PC.

Performance-wise, the Arbico i576 HD desktop PC is decidedly average, with three other systems beating its WorldBench 6 score of 135 points. Its gaming results were better, and the Arbico even beat the Chillblast, thanks to a slightly faster version of the HD 6850.

SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 are supported, and the Arbico i576 HD desktop PC comes with a Blu-ray drive and 23.6in full-HD monitor. The display is decent enough at this price, but no external speakers are provided and those built into the screen aren’t really good enough for enjoying Blu-ray movies.

Budget PCs chart ranking

  1. Chillblast Fusion Corona
  2. CyberPower Infinity Achilles
  3. Palicomp Core i5 Blast 760-24 6870
  4. Eclipse Starburst i576r687
  5. Arbico i576 HD

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Arbico i576 HD Expert Verdict »

2.8GHz Intel Core i5-760
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (choose Windows 7 32bit
XP or Vista at no extra cost)
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
Asus P7H55-M/USB3 motherboard
500W Cooler Master PSU
23.6in HKC 2249A (0.27mm pixel pitch
1GB Powercolor ATI Radeon HD 6850 (games scores: Crysis [High/Very High] = 72/35fps
Stalker: Call of Pripyat [Medium/Ultra] = 138/73fps)
onboard sound
speakers built into monitor
12x/8x/8x/8x/8x (BD-ROM/-R/-R DL/-RE/-ROM DL)
16x/16x/8x/8x/6x/8x (DVD-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW)
two-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 6 score: 135
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Arbico’s i576 HD is a pleasantly compact PC with a well-balanced feature set that makes it suitable for a variety of uses. Better performance is available elsewhere, however, and the cramped internals may make you feel like you’re getting less for your money than with the competition.

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