Eclipse’s Explorer i525H67 PC has a very similar specification to our Best Buy Arbico eXcel i5250 MX, which centres around a 3.33GHz Intel Core i5-2500 CPU. Once again, we see 4GB of system memory, a 1TB hard drive and AOC’s 21.5in F22+ display – a good match for Eclipse’s glossy black EZCool N-800D system case.
A large circular power switch with an eye-catching chrome-effect surround is fitted to the front, helping you to ignore the Eclipse Explorer i525H67 system case’s plasticky finish.
The Eclipse Explorer i525H67 looks good, provided that you don’t touch it – but touch it you will if you want to access the USB and audio jacks concealed behind a hinged flap. It’s a neat solution, but an inexperienced user might never find them.
The Eclipse Explorer i525H67's H67-chipset-based motherboard is more expensive than the Arbico’s. Another Asus model, this board offers a good feature set but lacks premium features. Like the Arbico’s board it offers just two memory slots, but trumps it with SATA 6Gbps and Intel Rapid Storage Technology support, plus a few extra expansion slots and S/PDIF digital audio.
In our tests, the Eclipse Explorer i525H67 PC performed very well; it was a single point behind the Arbico in WorldBench 6. In games, its integrated graphics did slightly better, scoring 17fps in Fear against the Best Buy’s 16fps.
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