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Eclipse Explorer i525H67 review

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Eclipse

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Eclipse’s Explorer i525H67 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.

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.

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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.

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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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Eclipse Explorer i525H67 Expert Verdict »
3.3GHz Intel Core i5-2500
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
4GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA
6 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
ASRock H67M B3 motherboard
500W PSU
21.5in AOC F22+ monitor (0.25mm pixel pitch, 1920x1080)
Intel GMA HD 2000 (Fear: 17fps)
onboard sound
22x/22x/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: 158
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Two very similar desktop PCs sit in our top two rankings: the Eclipse Explorer i525H67 has the better motherboard; the other supplies external speakers. With little between the two in performance, we’re swayed by the Arbico’s speaker set and longer two-year warranty.

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