With the summer over and the kids going back to school, you might well be thinking it’s time to update your old dusty family PC in the corner, so what should you look for in a PC that can run all the latest office software letting the kids get on with their homework in half the time without spending a fortune. In my opinion it maybe best to opt for the Packard Bell iMedia 2215 for under £300 – it’s cheap but does it give you enough bang for your pound? Lets find out.
This Packard Bell comes in an all out black style, with the exception of the stickers, power button and headphone connections, this would look the business in an office set-up and with a 20″ TFT screen included in the price this gives you a huge screen to play with so all those icons will fit on you desktop with ease.
The mouse and keyboard is the standard affair and will work perfectly well, you may have to buy yourself an optional wrist rest however to save yourself the agony of stiff wrist syndrome, but that’s a personal preference.
Under the bonnet
This computer while not the most powerful PC on the market will be absolutely fine for all those everyday office tasks and even give the kids a powerful PC to do their projects/assignments on. With a Celeron Dual Core E1200 processor running at 1.6 this is perfectly adequate for Word etc, and with 1GB of RAM these applications should run like a dream.
Storage wise this computer comes with a nicely average 160GB of hard drive space – again plenty for office documents as well as more than a few hundred MP3 files. For all those backups you will need to make this computer comes with a Multi-Format Dual Layer DVD Re-Writer so there is no longer any excuse for those kids of yours not being able to make a CD or even a DVD disc of their latest project/assignment for their teachers to view, or even for them to take into school with them to put on their own personal computer space.
Extra curriculum wise this computer might just be able to handle the less demanding of games that are out on the market (such as WOW) thanks to its internal nVidia GeForce 7050 as this card meets the basic of computer gaming needs.
The Gaj-It Verdict
We Say: While not the best gaming machine out on the market by far, this computer should be perfectly fine for the family PC allowing you to run office applications as well as the everyday duties of a family PC, with a good price tag to boot.
- Celeron Dual Core E1200 1.6Ghz
- 1024 MB
- 160 GB
- Multi-Format Dual Layer DVD Re-Writer
- nVidia GeForce 7050
- USB Ports: 4
- PCI Solts: 2
- Sound Card: Onboard
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