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PC Specialist MPC-2100 review

£539 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PC Specialist

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The PC Specialist MPC-2100's performance is more than adequate and feels very speedy thanks to that 120GB SSD. It is however a little pricey compared to the competition.

This tiny small form-factor PC will take up less space on your desk. The modest In-Win BM643 case is custom-fitted with an equally tiny 160W power supply, engineered to meet the requirements of such a small PC. In our tests, the MPC-2100 drew 22W when idle and just 55W when going full-tilt – CyberPower’s Essential 3000 requires this amount to just sit there idle. See also Group test: What's the best budget PC?

Of course, with a dual-core 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120 installed, ‘full-tilt’ isn’t quite as speedy as some of the competition here. However, with a WorldBench 6 score of 154 points it’s faster than any of the quad-core AMD-based PCs, and even Eclipse’s 3.1GHz Intel system. Visit Group test: What's the mid-range desktop PC?

The PC crams in 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB SATA hard disk, plus you get a 120GB Intel 300-series SSD which greatly improves responsiveness in conjunction with the Intel DH67CF motherboard.

Like all of our review systems this PC comes with a built-in DVD±RW drive, but the slimline version designed to fit into this case is only one-third the speed of the usual 24x models. There is a multi-format card reader included. For its size, the MPC-2100 certainly does come feature-packed.

As you might expect, no graphics card is included so you’ll have to make do with the simple Intel HD Graphics 2000 processor built into the Core i5 CPU. In the unlikely event that you need more than this, there is a 16x PCI-Express slot on the motherboard – although space is exceedingly tight.

Windows 7 Professional is included, along with Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition. Go to Group test: What's the best office PC?

PC Specialist MPC-2100 Expert Verdict »

Processor: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120 (dual core)
Storage: 120GB Intel 330 SSD, 1TB Seagate 7,200rpm SATA 6Gbps
Power supply: 160W Power Man
Motherboard: Intel DH67CF
CPU cooler: Standard cooler
USB: 7x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
Graphics card: Integrated Intel HD Graphics 2000
Speakers: none
Optical drive: 8x Sony DVD ± RW
Operating system: Windows 7 Professional 64bit
Bundled software: Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
Case: In-Win BM643
Keyboard and mouse: Logitech K200 (wired)
Extra features: Small form factor case, Multi-format card reader
WorldBench 6 score: 154
MediaEspresso time: 3min 28s
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 8 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The MPC-2100 is a mini powerhouse. It’s small enough to be portable and because it sits on your desk rather than under it, your optical drive, card reader and USB ports are always within reach. Performance is more than adequate and feels even speedier thanks to that 120GB SSD. It is however a little pricey compared to the competition.

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