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£751-£1,000 PCs chart: Evesham Solar Storm

£999 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Evesham

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

It doesn't have any features that stand up and whack you across the head, but the Evesham Solar Storm is well put together. It seems to have carefully followed the £751-£1,000 PC blueprint for success.

It doesn't have any features that stand up and whack you across the head, but the Evesham Solar Storm is well put together. It seems to have carefully followed the £751-£1,000 PC blueprint for success.


  1. Chillblast Fusion Raider 6600
  2. Mesh Elite GTS Media
  3. Evesham Solar Storm
  4. CyberPower Infinity 860
  5. Zoostorm 4-6405 Advanced PC

Third place

The Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 is a capable processor that produces a nice turn of pace, even beating the CyberPower E6700. It wasn't quite able to match the carefully tailored Chillblast PC (left), however. The Solar's 2GB of PC2-5300 DDR RAM acts as a nice complement - performance clearly isn't a problem here.

The 320GB hard drive isn't as large as the storage found on some PCs in this category, although this should be more than enough space for most users.

The graphics sub-system isn't the most exhilarating we've seen, with the 19in GNR TS902W flat-panel offering a solid but fairly uninspired image. Add the 320MB version of the GeForce 8800 GTS graphics card and you have a PC that's proficient but lacking in the visual fireworks you get from the Chillblast.

The sound system is a significant plus point, though. It can't match the 5.1-channel speakers of the Mesh, but you can still expect high-calibre sonics from this machine. The software bundle is also decent, with BullGuard Security Suite a nice addition. This is one of Evesham's best recent PCs. With slightly better graphics, it might well have picked up a Recommended award.

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Evesham Solar Storm Expert Verdict »

2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
Windows Vista Home Premium
2GB DDR RAM
320GB serial ATA
Foxconn P9657AA motherboard
6 USB ports
19in GNR TS902W flat-panel, 0.285mm pixel pitch, 1,440x900 maximum resolution
320MB nVidia GeForce 8800 GTS, PCI Express
Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer sound card
2 x Creative I-Trigue 3200 speakers
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, Roxio DVD Media Creator, Bullguard Security Suite
1-year onsite, 2-year RTB warranty
WorldBench 6 score 103
  • 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 sound system is a significant plus point, though. It can't match the 5.1-channel speakers of the Mesh, but you can still expect high-calibre sonics from this machine. The software bundle is also decent, with BullGuard Security Suite a nice addition. This is one of Evesham's best recent PCs. With slightly better graphics, it might well have picked up a Recommended award.

  • £751-£1,000 PCs chart: Mesh Elite GTS Media

    £751-£1,000 PCs chart: Mesh Elite GTS Media

    For plenty of PC buyers, screen size is everything. Such customers will be drawn to the Mesh Elite, whose 22in Mirai model is about as large as displays get at this price point.

  • £751-£1,000 PCs chart: Chillblast Fusion Raider 6600

    £751-£1,000 PCs chart: Chillblast Fusion Raider 6600

    Rather controversially, Chillblast has in the past used overclocking to boost its machines' performance scores, but the Fusion Raider 6600 resorts to no such tricks. Yet it still manages to achieve the highest benchmark figures in the £751-£1,000 PCs chart.

  • £751-£1,000 PCs chart: CyberPower Infinity 860

    £751-£1,000 PCs chart: CyberPower Infinity 860

    The CyberPower Infinity 860 struggles to keep up with the leaders in this category despite housing the quickest CPU (central processing unit) in the Top Five – the Intel Core 2 Duo E6700.

  • £751-£1,000 PCs chart: Zoostorm 4-6405 Advanced PC

    £751-£1,000 PCs chart: Zoostorm 4-6405 Advanced PC

    This new entry from Zoostorm doesn’t quite top the chart but, in fairness, there wasn’t a great deal to choose between the Top Five. The 4-6405 will certainly have its admirers – not least those who are swayed by a 22in display, a mighty size at this price point.

  • Evesham Solar power PC

    Evesham Solar power PC

    It's a sign of how quickly prices are falling that many PCs at this price point now feature Quad core processors - rarities just a few months ago. As such, the Evesham Solar, armed as it is with a mere Duo E6600, finds itself seriously short on ammunition.


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