Chillblast’s Fusion Flex 18 AIO stands out from the crowd in a number of ways – and not all of them good.
On the plus side is the £649 price tag which places it a clear £450 pounds less expensive than the Apple iMac. Somewhat less appealing are the build quality and crude design which, although far from terrible, are an obvious give-away that you haven’t broken the bank in purchasing this PC.
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We’re not saying the construction is anything less that solid, but a proliferation of lumpy black plastic lends it a generic look which won’t be winning any admiring glances.
It also comes with an off-the-shelf Logitech MK260 wireless keyboard and mouse combo which some people mayl find easier to use than the usual custom-designed slimline models, but there’s no continuity of design between this PC and its peripherals.
The Chillblast Fusion Flex 18 AIO is also the smallest system, screen-wise at least, featuring a diminutive 18.5in ten-point touchscreen display with a cramped 1366 by 768-pixel resolution.
Built in to the top of the screen is a 0.9Mp webcam and microphone, and a pair of USB 2.0 ports are provided at either side. For USB 3.0 connection you must go to the rear.
No optical drive has been included in this system, and that’s the closest it comes to emulating the iMac experience. Chillblast provides all its software on a USB flashdrive.
Its dual-core 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-3200 processor delivers reasonable performance, this system certainly feels much snappier to use than Acer’s 5600U, but features Intel’s basic HD Graphics 2500 graphics controller which is slower than the Intel HD Graphics 4000 in the Toshiba LX830-12W.
The limited screen resolution does mitigate against the low graphics power somewhat, as it’s less taxing on the GPU. Our tests were carried out at 1920 x 1080 pixels though to ensure a level comparison with the performance of other systems.
The slower graphics processor not only gives poor gaming performance but lower PCMark 7 scores too, 2970 points, as this benchmark uses GPU processing in certain tasks.