Advantages Cheap Cheap Cheap
Disadvantages Hard-disk on the smallish side
Time was when buying a new PC would leave very little change from a thousand pounds for even the most basic of systems, but with mass production of components and increased competition from retailers PC prices have tumbled to such an extent that an adequate system can be purchased for just a few hundred pounds. This is where the Packard Bell 3051 iMedia comes in; a friend of mine was looking for a new PC and despite my protestations had decided that PC World was the shop to get his custom. A look around the various models on display unearthed what seemed to be a veritable bargain - the above mentioned system for just £310. Some questioning of a shop assistant revealed that this price did not include a monitor but since the friend in question had purchased a TFT monitor not four months ago this was ideal as far as he was concerned. So £310 and half an hour later we were setting about the task of unpacking and installing the new PC to see exactly what £310 bought by way of a new computer system.◄What’s in the box? ►
Well I’ve already mentioned that a monitor is not included but what you do get is a nice looking silver and black tower with separate DVD and CD-RW drives and the mandatory – but seldom used – floppy drive. The 102 key keyboard is also silver and black as is the two button scroll mouse and the twin speakers. Power leads and cables are of course all present as are instructions for both the PC system and the Windows XP homeoperating system which is preinstalled. A quick start guide simple tells you to plug in the corresponding coloured cables to the same coloured sockets which makes setup pretty well idiot proof, indeed these two particular idiots had the computer up and running in little more than ten minutes. Finally, some bundled software is supplied on CD as well as a Packard Bell recovery DVD Rom should things go wrong and the factory default setup needs to be returned to.◄A look at the components in more detail►
◄The Processor►The 3051 is powered by an Intel Celeron 2.6 GHz Processor with 128 kb cache memory which is a budget processor from Intel aimed to counteract the success of AMD`s Duron chip. The Intel Celeron is also very much the poor relation to Intels Pentium 4 series and as you would expect does not perform as well as its bigger sibling. For those of a technical bent the 2.6 GHz Celeron has 400MHz "Quad-Pumped" Front Side Bus and L2 cache to 256KB. In benchmark tests I have seen on the internet the 2.6 Celeron performs adequately but not remarkably with a speed for image processing and graphic rendering around two thirds that of a comparable AMD Athlon or Pentium 4 processor. I feel it is fair to say that if you are looking for a lightning fast PC setup then this processor and therefore the 3051 PC is not for you, but with Celeron Processors costing roughly half the price of AMD`s Athlon or Intels Pentium 4 processors the Celeron was really the only realistic option to keep the price of the whole system low.
◄The Hard disk►The 3051 comes with a 40GB Hard disk running at 7200rpm which is enough for most peoples everyday needs, but only just.
|Memory / capacity|
|Range of Extra Features|
Attention, this is the first review from this author
Instead of giving a negative rating, consider:
Help this member by giving your advice
Report fraud (for example plagiarism) or other issue with the review to the Ciao support team
Add your comment