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Evesham Solar Creation GT

£1,399 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Evesham

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

There's very little wrong with the Solar Creation, but it's outdone in most areas by the other £1,001+ Vista PCs we reviewed.

This review appears as part of the comprehensive roundup of Vista PCs in the April 07 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents. Click here to read our general Vista PC buying advice.

Evesham will always draw praise for the excellent quality of its aftersales support, but this particular offering doesn't quite match the value for money and technical specs of the Arbico CD1950EX and the Mesh E6700. There's very little wrong with the Solar Creation, but it's outdone in most areas by other £1,001+ Vista PCs.

While we're pleased to see the Creation coming with 2GB of DDR RAM, we're slightly disappointed Evesham didn't match its rivals and kit out the Creation with an E6700 version of the Intel Core 2 Duo. This E6600-powered PC is no slouch, but it consistently scored mediocre marks across our speed benchmarks.

Matters aren't helped by the graphics card. Three months ago, the GeForce 7950 GT ranked as one of the best cards available. But with nVidia unleashing a brand-new range of chips, the 7950 now finds itself slipping away from the top. Indeed, in games tests, both the Mesh E6700 X-Treme PCA and the Arbico CD1950EX were significantly faster.

The Iiyama E2200WS flat-panel is undoubtedly impressive. Its 22in viewing area paves the way for a glorious resolution of 1,680x1,050. However, image quality is adequate, but really no more than that. For vivid colours and sharp text, you’ll get far more by opting for Sony or even Belinea flat-panels.

Full marks to the resounding audio system, while the pair of 320GB hard drives offer an amazing amount of storage space. The software bundle is also quite a nice addition.

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

Evesham Solar Creation GT Expert Verdict »

2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
2 x 320GB serial ATA
22in Iiyama E2200WS flat-panel
nVidia GeForce 7950 GT
16x/18x/18x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R) 8x/8x (-R DL/+R DL) 8x/8x/12x (-RW/+RW/-RAM)
Windows Vista Home Premium, Microsoft Works 8.5, Sonic DVD Media Suite, BullGuard Antivirus Suite 7.0
2-year onsite, 1-year return-to-base warranty
WorldBench 5 score 141
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

Ultimately, this PC's hardware line-up isn't strong enough to make it a contender for top honours.

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