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Sub-£500 PCs chart: Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC

£449 inc VAT

Manufacturer: PCNextDay

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Zoostorm 2-3305 impressed us when it first appeared, because it was the first machine that proved you could run Vista without spending lavishly on a PC. Subsequent releases have demonstrated more elegant solutions to the problem of Vista on a budget, but this is still a respectable machine for the money.

The Zoostorm 2-3305 impressed us when it first appeared, because it was the first machine that proved you could run Vista without spending lavishly on a PC. Subsequent releases have demonstrated more elegant solutions to the problem of Vista on a budget, but this is still a respectable machine for the money.


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

Fifth place

The Pentium D processor – deployed in three of this month’s Top Five PCs – lacks basic speed in its 2.8GHz form. Indeed, our new WorldBench 6 benchmarks rate it as the slowest of the PCs in the chart.

But the Zoostorm performs better elsewhere. The AOC LM765 is a competent flat-panel, packing decent image quality. The 1GB of DDR RAM is the standard in this chart and the 7600 GS graphics card is also a popular choice – only the 7900 GS-equipped Eclipse can do better. The onboard sound and two-piece speakers are the best in the Top Five. The DVD writer isn’t particularly impressive, however.

Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC Expert Verdict »

There are currently no technical specifications recorded for this product.

  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 7 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

We once loved the Zoostorm, for it proved that the prospect of Vista was possible on a budget. Today it struggles to keep up with some of the other bargains on the market, but it still has some decent components.

There are currently no price comparisons for this product.
  • Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC

    Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC

    The run-up to its launch saw all sorts of protests about the price of Windows Vista. But with Vista Home Premium costing £200 in the UK, why not pay an extra £300 and get a PC thrown in?

  • Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC budget PC

    Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC budget PC

    Ringing the tills at just £449, the Zoostorm 2-3305 Versatile PC budget PC offers an even more appetising price tag than many of its budget-friendly rivals.

  • Sub-£500 PCs chart: Mesh Elite Value PCA

    Sub-£500 PCs chart: Mesh Elite Value PCA

    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.

  • Sub-£500 PCs chart: Arbico CD6420XL

    Sub-£500 PCs chart: Arbico CD6420XL

    Sub-£500 PCs tend not to be blessed with extraordinary speed, but the Arbico CD6420XL has nothing to be ashamed of.

  • Sub-£500 PCs chart: Arbico CD9600XL

    Sub-£500 PCs chart: Arbico CD9600XL

    This time last year, AMD's Athlon processors lay at the heart of almost every PC we championed, yet Intel has now achieved total dominance. Well, almost total. For the Arbico CD9600XL is waving a somewhat tattered flag bearing the name of AMD's 2.5GHz Athlon 64 X2 4800+ chip. Does this mark an upturn in AMD's fortunes? Probably not.


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