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Chillblast Fusion Flex 18 AIO review

£649 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Chillblast

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

The Chillblast Fusion Flex 18 AIO is a cheap way to get an all-in-one PC, but it comes at a price.

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.

Chillblast Fusion Flex 18 AIO Expert Verdict »

3.3GHz Intel Core i3-3220 (2 cores/4 threads)
18.5in (1366 x 768) IPS touchscreen
Windows 8 64-bit
8GB DDR3 1333MHzl
640GB Toshiba HDD
2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0
Intel HD Graphics 2500
Realtek HD audio
stereo speakers, 2x 5W amp
2x gigabit ethernet
1x line out, 1 x headphone, HDMI Audio line in
HDMI Audio, HDMI out
serial port
Logitech MK260 Wireless keyboard and mouse
Chillblast family PC software pack (optional)
468 x 364 x 57 mm
  • Build Quality: We give this item 6 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 6 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 6 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The Chillblast Fusion Flex 18 AIO PC is a reasonably low-cost option which serves as an entry-level system. However, its small, low-resolution display makes is too cramped for serious work and won’t show HD content fully. Its generic looks are unappealing when compared to other designs.

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