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Group test: What's the best office PC?

We put six of the best office PCs to the test.

Arbico FX4130 Office PCArbico FX4130 Office PC

  • Rating: Rated 6 out of 10
  • Reviewed on: 10 May 12
  • RRP: £500 inc. VAT

Quiet and capable, the FX4130 delivers adequate performance for office work and is constructed with sound-damping materials which keep disturbances to a minimum. Windows 7 Professional is included in the price, but you can pay less elsewhere and get a better specification coupled with considerably faster performance, if you should need it. You’ll also need to factor in the cost of a separate monitor.


 

Chillblast Fusion ObsidianChillblast Fusion Obsidian

  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10
  • Reviewed on: 10 May 12
  • RRP: £549 inc. VAT

The Fusion Obsidian combines a long-term favourite budget motherboard with the latest Ivy Bridge processor from Intel allowing the PC to achieve superb performance at an excellent price. It comes with an excellent Asus display; a large, fast 1TB hard drive and tamper-proof locking nuts to keep the components secure. It may well be faster than you need, but at this price there’s no reason not to buy.


 

CyberPower Essential 3000CyberPower Essential 3000

  • Rating: Rated 6 out of 10
  • Reviewed on: 10 May 12
  • RRP: £799 inc. VAT

At first glance this system seems outrageously expensive, but it includes a copy of Microsoft Office and also comes with Windows 7 Professional and a 23.6in monitor. Attempts at soundproofing are unsuccessful than Arbico’s, but overall performance is higher – while still being a good deal slower than Intel-based systems.


 

Eclipse eBiz i321r755Eclipse eBiz i321r755

  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10
  • Reviewed on: 10 May 12
  • RRP: £599 inc. VAT

The unique dual-monitor configuration of the eBiz i321r755 could be a boost to productivity, although we’d recommend something better than these budget monitors. It may be a dual-core system, but its performance when running general office tasks is more than adequate.


 

Palicomp Phoenix FlashPalicomp Phoenix Flash

  • Rating: Rated 7 out of 10
  • Reviewed on: 11 May 12
  • RRP: £399 inc. VAT

The Palicomp Phoenix Flash has a powerful specification for the price, but omits a monitor, decent keyboard and Windows 7 Professional.


 

Chillblast Fusion PalominoPC Specialist MPC-2100

  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10
  • Reviewed on: 11 May 12
  • RRP: £539 inc. VAT

The PC Specialist MPC-2100 is a mini powerhouse. It’s small enough to be portable and because it sits on your desk rather than under it, your optical drive, card reader and USB ports are always within reach. Performance is more than adequate and feels even speedier thanks to that 120GB SSD. It is however a little pricey compared to the competition.

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