We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
PCs Reviews
15,512 Reviews

Arbico eXcel i5256 VX review

£649 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Arbico

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

Arbico’s eXcel i5256 VX is a powerful yet practical home PC for the budget conscious.

Arbico’s eXcel i5256 VX is a powerful yet practical home PC for the budget conscious. At £649, the eXcel i5256 VX costs considerably less than all but Braebo’s gamer-friendly Ares but is able to perform as fast as the most expensive systems when running general office and multimedia applications.

The 3.3GHz Intel Core i5-2500K processor used here is the same as that chosen by Chillblast and Eclipse, so general application performance is similar across all three systems as shown by the Arbico’s WorldBench 6 score of 172 points.

This PC isn’t aimed at gamers and as such comes without a discrete graphics card, relying instead on the graphics capabilities built into the Intel CPU. This is adequate performance for multi-media use and should perform well at video encoding and HD playback. You can also play games, provided you keep the quality and resolution settings down. If you have some interest in gaming you’ll either have to spend considerably more and buy yourself a graphics card, or sacrifice some application performance and go for system featuring AMD APU such as Braebo’s Ares.

A 1-terabyte hard drive and 8GB of DDR3 memory are the perfect specifications at this price and generally supplied by all vendors unless you ask for more.

All components are connected to an Asus P8Z68-v LX RTL motherboard, featuring Intel’s powerful Z68 chipset which supports overclocking and the Core i5’s built-in graphics. It’s a slightly inferior version of the board to the model supplied by Chillblast and Eclipse and omits a pair of internal USB 3.0 ports.

The 23.6in AOC 2436Vwa display looks smart and complements the black Gigabyte system case which incorporates a hand card reader.

The Sumvision wired USB keyboard and mouse are cheap-feeling components, the keyboard especially a lightweight model that won’t stay put on the desk. A set of Logitech stereo speakers is provided, but without subwoofer. This is also the only system without Blu-ray support.

Arbico eXcel i5256 VX Expert Verdict »
WorkBench 6 score: 172
INTEL CORE I5 2500K processor
3.30GHz processor speed
Standard Intel cooler
8GB DDR3 RAM
1TB SATA HDD
ASUS P8Z68-V LX RTL motherboard
4x USB 2.0 ports, 2x USB 3.0 ports
23.6in AOC 2436Vwa display, 1920x1080 resolution
Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics card
Integrated 7.1 sound card with Logitech S120 2.0 Speakers
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (XP or 32-bit at same price) OS
Internal card reader
Wireless network card
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The eXcel i5256 VX is a competent low-cost home PC for those who want to concentrate on work rather than play. Application performance is excellent, there’s a useful built-in card reader, while wireless networking comes as standard. It won’t play challenging games, and the lack of Blu-ray drive and basic speakers undermine its multimedia potential.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Chillblast Fusion Hotrod review

    Chillblast Fusion Hotrod

    Chillblast has added an Radeon HD 6870 graphics card with 1GB memory which delivers a huge boost in gaming performance

  • Braebo Ares review

    Braebo Ares

    Least expensive of all our home PCs this month, Braebo’s Ares makes its presence felt like a Sherman tank crashing through your living room.

  • Arbico i5357 eXcel review

    Arbico i5357 eXcel

    The Arbico i5357 eXcel is a decent family PC with good performance, however it is slightly expensive compared to similar rival PCs. Read our full review to find out more.

  • Chillblast Fusion Orb review

    Chillblast Fusion Orb

    The Chillblast Fusion Orb delivers plenty of performance across the board whether you use it for applications or gaming. It comes with by a nice monitor, a card reader, a webcam and Wi-Fi making it a decent PC for its price. Read our full review to find out more.

  • Arbico eXcel i5255 Pro review

    Arbico eXcel i5255 Pro

    The diminutive eXcel i5255 Pro desktop PC from Arbico performs well and incorporates some great features.


IDG UK Sites

Google Fit vs Apple Health Kit: What's the difference?

IDG UK Sites

How to join Apple's OS X Beta Seed Program: Get OS X Yosemite on your Mac before public release

IDG UK Sites

Introducing generation tech

IDG UK Sites

This animated film reveals the importance of designing for everyone