Zoostorm One review

17 Jun 2009

An unfussy desktop system, and decent value if media and gaming aren't a priority.

Price when reviewed: 
759(£759 inc VAT)
4

Do not adjust your set: the Zoostorm One is indeed another rebadged Eurocom L390T Uno, just like the Novatech Solo. While the two offerings are based on the same chassis, they're far from identical - for a start, you'll notice the Zoostorm's price is rather lower. The L390T isn't without its limitations, but they're easier to forgive for £100 cheaper.

Zoostorm has improved the specs too: the Zoostorm One has double the Solo's 160GB hard disk, and the RAM is increased to 2GB. That latter change gives Vista a significant boost: in our 2D benchmarks, where the 1GB Novatech languished with a score of 0.82, the Zoostorm One scored 1.05.

More RAM also improved gaming performance, with the One achieving almost twice the frame rate of the Novatech in our 3D benchmarks. Of course, with Intel GMA X4500 graphics that's a rise from 0.9fps to a still-pathetic 1.8fps in our medium Crysis test.

Where Novatech opts for a Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse, Zoostorm sticks with a wired set, leaving you with more cables to deal with and one fewer free USB port. The aluminium Hiper keyboard has a pleasing coldness and solidity to it, but with a spongy action.

The One also comes with a slightly less advanced Realtek wireless chipset, which only supports protocols up to 802.11g,while the Novatech's Intel chipset is fully draft-n capable. And, lastly, Zoostorm ships its systems with a 64-bit edition of Vista.

Beyond which the Zoostorm One is practically the same as the Novatech. That means it too has an array of connectors, a low 49W power drain, a usable if hardly stunning 19in screen and rather underwhelming speakers. The One's extra RAM certainly doesn't magically transform it into a stupendous media PC.

But as a compact desktop system it's a lot more flexible than the Atom-based PCs, more powerful than the Novatech, and more affordable than the likes of the Dell or Sony. It isn't a master of any trade, but as a simple all-in-one PC it's not bad for the price.

Details

Price ex VAT £660
Price inc VAT £759
Overall rating 4
Performance 4
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity 320
RAM capacity 2.00GB
Screen size 19.0in

Processor

CPU family Intel Core 2 Duo
CPU nominal frequency 2.26GHz
CPU overclocked frequency N/A

Motherboard

Motherboard chipset Intel GM45
Conventional PCI slots free 0
Conventional PCI slots total 0
PCI-E x16 slots free 0
PCI-E x16 slots total 0
PCI-E x8 slots free 0
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots free 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots free 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 0
Internal SATA connectors 0
Internal SAS connectors 0
Internal PATA connectors 0
Internal floppy connectors 0
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec

Memory

Memory type DDR2

Graphics card

Multiple SLI/CrossFire cards? no
3D performance setting Low
Graphics chipset Intel GMA X4500
Graphics card RAM 96MB
DVI-I outputs 0
HDMI outputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
DisplayPort outputs 0
Number of graphics cards N/A

Hard disk

Hard disk Western Digital Scorpio Blue
Capacity 320GB
Hard disk usable capacity 298GB
Internal disk interface SATA/300
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Cache size 8MB
Hard disk 2 make and model N/A
Hard disk 2 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 formatted capacity N/A
Hard disk 2 spindle speed N/A
Hard disk 2 cache size N/A
Hard disk 3 make and model N/A
Hard disk 3 nominal capacity N/A
Hard disk 4 make and model N/A
Hard disk 4 nominal capacity N/A

Drives

Optical drive Optiarc AD-7560S
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Optical disk 2 make and model N/A
Optical disk 3 make and model N/A

Monitor

Resolution screen horizontal 1,440
Resolution screen vertical 900
Resolution 1440 x 900
DVI inputs 0
HDMI inputs 0
VGA inputs 0
DisplayPort inputs 0

Additional Peripherals

Speaker type Stereo
Peripherals V90/92 modem

Case

Case format All-in-one

Free drive bays

Free front panel 5.25in bays 0

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream) 5
FireWire ports 1
eSATA ports 1
PS/2 mouse port no
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Modem yes
3.5mm audio jacks 6

Front ports

Front panel memory card reader yes

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboard 104-key wired Hiper, wired, optical two-button Microsoft with wheel mouse

Operating system and software

OS family Windows Vista
Recovery method Recovery partition
Software supplied None

Noise and power

Idle power consumption 49W
Peak power consumption 60W

Performance tests

Overall application benchmark score 1.05
3D performance (crysis) low settings 5fps
3D performance setting Low