Arbico takes a sensible, measured approach to this system producing a smart, reasonably balanced office PC.
Gigabyte’s compact, sleek and yet business-like GZ-M1 system case houses a PC based on Intel’s dual-core Core i3 2100 processor running at 3.1GHz. It delivers solid performance exceeding that of any AMD-based system on offer here.
Inside, there seems to be considerably more cabling than is strictly necessary due to some excessive lengths being used, although Arbico has carefully fixed these to the bottom of the case with adhesive clips and cable-ties. There are no tool-free drive bays, but accessibility remains relatively easy.
The basic Intel processor cooler has been replaced with a more powerful Xigmatech Apache model, although we’re not expecting it to be put to use for overclocking. It’s relatively quiet, but hasn’t resulted in a PC that’s quieter overall than those from either Braebo or Eclipse, the latter using the standard Intel cooler. It is however, a little quieter in operation than the noisy Dino and Cyberpower PCs.
Only two memory slots are included and both are filled with the supplied 4GB of memory, so if you envisage an upgrade, be prepared to replace the existing chips.
The supplied Sumvision keyboard and mouse combo are decidedly cheap-feeling peripherals and best avoided.
If your business involves the use of digital cameras, you’ll appreciate the inclusion of a multi-format card reader which also adds an extra front-facing USB port, bringing the total up to three.
To maximise customer choice, no monitor is included with this system. Arbico’s own offerings would add around £65 for an 18.5in screen or £90 for the inescapable AOC F22+ found on two other PCs this month. Even taking this additional cost into consideration, Arbico’s PC costs less to buy than all but Braebo’s AMD-based Athena. Aside from the Windows 7 Home Premium OS, no other software is included.