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Evesham Knockout

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Evesham

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

By the time you read this the name of Evesham's World Cup-themed PC could have an all-too-poignant meaning, especially for England fans.

By the time you read this the name of Evesham's World Cup-themed PC could have an all-too-poignant meaning, especially for England fans. However, at the time of writing we at PC Advisor are still full of positive vibes about the national team's chances of winning the trophy – even those among us who suffered the heartbreak of being West Ham/Arsenal/Leeds United fans at the end of this season…

There's something rather predictable about companies hitching a marketing lift on the World Cup bandwagon, but Evesham has put a bit of thought into the way its product relates to the footballing jamboree.

The monitor is a 19in widescreen model – ViewSonic's VA1912w – and the operating system is Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition. There's a dual TV-tuner card and a 250GB hard drive, so you can watch and store a lot of football. Should you witness a classic game, you can burn it to DVD using the Sony DW-6120A writer.

But the World Cup doesn't last very long, especially when you're English, so Evesham has ensured the Knockout has strong specifications to live on long after the tournament is over. A dual-core Athlon X2 3800+ running at 2GHz provides the processing power, which helped it to a WorldBench processing-speed score of 103. The 256MB GeForce 7600 GS produces playable frame rates in our Doom3 and Halo tests. And there's room for upgrades, including space to add additional RAM.

Click here to read about Evesham's change in ownership.

Evesham Knockout Expert Verdict »

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+
Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition
250GB hard drive
16x/16x/16x/8x/8x/6x/8x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW), 48x/48x/24x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW) drive
19in ViewSonic VA1912w TFT flat-panel
256MB nVidia GeForce 7600 GS
Creative I-Trigue 3220 2.1
Microsoft Works 8.0
BullGuard Internet Security
2-year onsite, 1-year return-to-base warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 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
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

The Knockout is a good all-round multimedia PC for only a grand. However, Evesham's chosen form factor seems rather traditional, given that the system could replace many living-room appliances.

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