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Sub-£500 PCs chart: Mesh Elite Value PCA

£499 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Mesh

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Big names such as Mesh don’t produce many PCs in the sub-£500 range, so the Elite Value PCA comes as a pleasant surprise.

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Big names such as Mesh don’t produce many PCs in the sub-£500 range, so the Elite Value PCA comes as a pleasant surprise.


  1. Arbico CD6420XL
  2. Eclipse Max i935N79-VSTA
  3. Arbico CD9600XL
  4. Mesh Elite Value PCA
  5. Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC

Fourth place

Big names such as Mesh don’t produce many PCs in the sub-£500 range, so the Elite Value PCA comes as a pleasant surprise.

Look through the PCs section on eBay and you’ll find any number of establishments offering to build a hot little number for a few hundred quid. The problem is that a significant number of these tiny firms will be extinct 12 months from now. Those who want rather more peace of mind will be interested in the Elite Value.

Not that it’s an amazing machine for the money. The 2.8GHz Intel Pentium D isn’t a stunning processor – only the similarly equipped Zoostorm notched up a lower score in our new WorldBench 6 real-world speed suite – and the onboard graphics leave something to be desired.

The Mesh-badged GNR screen isn’t the most colourful monitor we’ve seen, but the colour palette is solid and the text legible. The DVD writer is impressive, while the
hard drive is the largest in the chart. Add a healthy bundle of software, and this is a PC that offers plenty. You’re paying a little extra for Mesh’s name, but this is generally a very solid system.

Mesh Elite Value PCA Expert Verdict »

2.8GHz Intel Pentium D
Windows Vista Home Premium
1GB DDR RAM
320GB serial ATA
Asus P5B-TMX/S motherboard
7 USB ports
19in Mesh TS902W flat-panel, 0.285mm pixel pitch, 1,440x900 maximum resolution
256MB onboard Intel 946GZ, PCI Express
onboard Realtek High Definition sound card
maximum DVD speeds 16x/18x/18x (DVD -ROM/-R/+R) 8x/8x (-R DL/+R DL) 6x/8x/12x (-RW/+RW/-RAM)
includes Microsoft Works 8.5, CyberLink Video Editing Suite
flash memory drive
1-year onsite, 2-year RTB warranty
WorldBench 6 score 66
  • 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 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

This is a PC that offers plenty. You’re paying a little extra for Mesh’s name, but this is generally a very solid system.

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