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Good: The processor and cooling system.
Bad: The price, and everything else.
Comment: Check out what you can buy on Cyberpower systems for the same price. You will never look at Dell or Alienware again.
Good: Huge beast of a PC, loads of raw power and looks it
Bad: No games can use it! PC applications cant quad core
Comment: What a beast, unpacking this is Geek heaven, there is something about a gloss black behemoth that just is Geek sex. Sadly though the first thing you want to do is use it and feel the power, but finding anything that stretches this beast is impossible, so living with it us ultimately futile and disapointing, perhaps the best analogy is being given a Porsche and having no driving license... having 200fps in your game makes you king, but you cant frag with fps.. what I need is skill.. damn you Dell...lol
Good: Design & simplistic size is enough to make you wet your pants & hand over your wallet
Bad: Hugely expensive, temperamental to crashing constantly, built like a Dell (i.e. badly)
Comment: Let me get one thing straight early on, I like this computer (or should I say nuclear powered, kick boxing Black Mamba); in fact I so badly wanted to come and describe it as phenominal. But it just isnt.....I feel disappointed.
The H2C looks incredible, night or day. Its larger then most cars, has a specification that at least on paper causes its competitors to simply curl up in a corner and weep uncontrollably; and consumes more electricity than most major South American cities. Dell have definitely pushed out all the stops with this creation, allowing frame rates, rendering times & multiprocessing to break new records. The XPS range can finally enter into the Direct X 10, Quad-Core, MacPro world all us gamers demand.
BUT (and its a big one) H2C still fails to meet expectations let alone surpass them with a system of this price! Firstly, its built like a Dell..i.e. badly; with poor quality wiring, disk drives made from the cheapest of Chinese plastics and general fittings not up to par. Secondly, is the systems instability. I have had it for over 3 months now and I have lost count of the number of restarts, shutdowns, CTRL+ALT+DELETES I have done. Games shutdown unexpectally & BLUE SCREENS with graphics driver errors are a common sight.
But probably the biggest upset has been its performance. Yes with the Half Life's, Battlefield's and even Oblivion's of the gaming world, it has no problems. FSX is a different story with jittery frame rates at max resolution, slow responses. Playing Test Drive Unlimited is near impossible with STOP START part of the experience.
I am going on a bit but unlike other 'review' sites, I am tell the perspective of a real world user. Dont get me wrong, the H2C is a hysterically fast computer be it for video editing, current gen gaming & multiple program use. However I always thought it would be faster, free of problems......my mistake.
With Vista arriving asap and the impending launch of Direct X10 games, I hope this £6000 machine will start to impress...justify its price......even though simular power is available for 1/2 if u DIY!
Conclusion: A beautiful, fast, some may say dangerous machine only reserved for a select few. Yet with its dependance on the awful XP OS & slightly nubb real world gaming performance.....thinking twice about becoming an XPSer has become a real possibility.
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