Rated 4 out of 5 by 3
Rated 4 out of 5 by Glyn001 Basic looks but cracking performance at a good price
For a Home/Office PC I think this is very good value for the level of performance it provides. I did though add a mid-range graphics card and a 250GB Samsung Evo 850 SSD for the system disc so can not really comment on how well it works as delivered.
Style wise the case looks a bit dated but this is not really a problem if you are going to hide it under a desk. The case provides plenty of room to get at everything and there is space to add more drives. Removing the blanking panel from an expansion port was a bit of a challenge as they are formed as part of the case and have to be snapped off which requires some care with the motherboard installed. I was also not terribly happy with the motherboard I/O shield. It seemed to be stood away from the motherboard and interfered a little with the external connectors. This though is not really an issue for a system that not going to get moved around.
The motherboard, being an H81 is entry level for its series but has 4 sata ports (2 3Gb/s & 2 6GB/s) so as built has one of each of these free. There is a PCIe x16 slot for a graphics card and 3 PCIe x1 slots although you would probably loose one of these with a modern wide graphics card. It also has 2 RAM slots one which is free allowing a possible expansion to a maximum of 16GB.
The 500W PSU is nice and has an additional sata power cable and an extra 4-way cable for another optical drive. The cables are though a bit short and will not reach the bottom of the case where the case documentation suggests you can fit an SSD without an adaptor.
The USB recovery key is a very nice touch. I found it worked really well to install the OS onto the SSD. Much easier and faster than trying to clone it off the supplied HDD. It was also very nice to find none of the rubbish you get installed on commercial factory built systems.
The optical drive is very basic but works fine.
The build quality is very good with all the cables nicely laid out and tied down.
The cream on cake is the i7 processor which provides fantastic performance for a machine at this level.
So while it looks a bit basic it does though provide excellent performance and a reasonable expansion capability and I think is very good value for its intended, home/office target.
24 December 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Howard Scan H20i Pre-built PC
I ordered this PC to use for photo editing. When I opened it I was disappointed to see the lack of facilities to expand the storage. I decided that would back up the OS but could not; nor could I burn a photo to a CD. I was told the reason for this was that I had a trial version of Windows but I suspected a faulty DVD drive. After experiencing a slow response from Scan about this I decided to return it and was eventually refunded in full.
I now have a similar spec PC with an SSD and 1TB of storage running Widows 8.1 which I built around my old case, HDD's and power supply for a similar cost and it does everything I want.
08 May 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by EmptyB Good PC
Very Quiet. Well built basic case, all wiring tidy.
Limited a little on SATA ports, but plenty of PCI-e to expand that.
I bought this as a replacement to my HTPC, as am very pleased. HDMI is very good at playing all the differentmovie file types.
Added a SSD and rebuilt the OS onto it. Now boots very fast into logon. Can't believe the low temp and low noise of the system. Good Value as a startup HTPC - Gaming Centre (Good for Stream etc..)
19 April 2015