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01:06 – Hardware overview
02:20 – Interior, expandability for both memory (RAM) and hard drive
05:00 – YouTube and web streaming video
06:28 – Octane benchmark
07:08 – Microsoft Word and Office
07:38 – Minecraft and gaming
08:59 – High bit rate Blu-Ray MKV video
09:24 – Conclusion and final thoughts
This one performs about where other low-end PCs perform but has the advantage of coming with a terabyte of storage that can be expanded. It also has the ability to expand its memory capacity to 8 gigabytes for better multi-tasking. It also features a DVD reader / burner.
It will very adequately run Office applications like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. It’s also a capable web browsing machine and will do well with web-based applications like Google docs and others. What it’s not good for is high end (or even mid-range) gaming, so an Xbox One or PS4 will deliver much better gaming performance for about the same price.
The case is large compared to mini-PCs but much smaller as compared to more powerful desktops. This is the type of form factor typically seen as a corporate workstation machine. It’s not fanless but relatively quiet. The hard drive on mine is definitely a bit noisier than I’ve been used to lately given how many machines use solid state disks these days.
In my performance tests it lines up well against other machines running with the same or similar processors. It suffers a little bit due to its spinning hard drive, but it’s easy enough to swap that drive out for a faster solid state disk. My advice is to go with the slightly faster i3 version which will deliver performance more in line with what one would expect from a desktop workstation.
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