Skip to navigation

RM Desktop 311 review

RM Desktop 311


A high-performance desktop PC built to tackle anything a school can throw at it

Review Date: 18 Feb 2012

Reviewed By: George Cole

Price when reviewed: £499 (£599 inc VAT)

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

Features & Design
5 stars out of 6

Value for Money
4 stars out of 6

6 stars out of 6

PCPRO Recommended

The RM Desktop 311 is a high-performance PC with a fair bit of power under its bonnet, including a 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 CPU and 8GB of RAM. In other words, it’s ideal for processor-intensive activities such as video editing or audio, although its 160GB hard disk isn’t especially generous.

Like all RM products, this PC is designed for the classroom and comes with a metal, graffiti-resistant case. It feels rugged, and can be used in both horizontal and vertical configurations. However, it’s hefty, so you’ll need quite a bit of desk space to accommodate it – and at 9kg, you won’t want to shift it around too often either.

RM Desktop 311

Our review sample came with Windows 7 Professional preinstalled, plus a full-sized keyboard, mouse and mouse mat – all of impressive quality. The front of the PC is designed so that almost everything you’ll ever need is close to hand, including headphone and microphone ports, two USB 2 ports, a FireWire port, DVD writer and 15-in-1 memory card reader. The result is that pupils can connect an array of devices to this PC including digital cameras, camcorders, music players and USB-controlled robots without ever needing to touch the back of the PC.

The rear of the Desktop 311 PC has a good selection of ports, too, including four USB 2, two USB 3, two eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort and line-out and microphone audio sockets. However, while there are two DVI ports (Type I and D), there’s no VGA, which could be an issue if you’re using a legacy monitor. Luckily, RM has thought of this and includes a DVI-to-VGA adapter.

In operation, the Desktop 311 runs smoothly and quietly; it will run pretty much anything you throw at it with ease. The benchmark score of 0.93 is the best in this group. The only thing missing is 3D graphics capability: the Core i5 has a built-in GPU, but it can’t match the performance of a dedicated graphics chip, or even the GPU built into AMD’s A8 series APUs. If 3D matters, you may want to look elsewhere; otherwise, this is an excellent classroom PC that’s built to last.

Author: George Cole

Subscribe to PC Pro magazine. We'll give you 3 issues for £1 plus a free gift - click here
Be the first to comment this article

You need to Login or Register to comment.


Latest Category Reviews
Apple iMac with Retina 5K display review

Apple iMac with Retina 5K display

Category: Desktop PCs
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £1,999
Asus Chromebox M031U review

Asus Chromebox M031U

Category: Desktop PCs
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £205
Scan 3XS GW-HT20 review

Scan 3XS GW-HT20

Category: Desktop PCs
Rating: 5 out of 6
Price: £2,699
Acer Aspire ZC-606 review

Acer Aspire ZC-606

Category: Desktop PCs
Rating: 3 out of 6
Price: £319
Acer Aspire U5-620 review

Acer Aspire U5-620

Category: Desktop PCs
Rating: 4 out of 6
Price: £1,025
Compare reviews: Desktop PCs


Most Commented Reviews
Latest News Stories Subscribe to our RSS Feeds
Latest Blog Posts Subscribe to our RSS Feeds
Latest Features


Sponsored Links


Your email:

Your password:

remember me


Hitwise Top 10 Website 2010

PCPro-Computing in the Real World Printed from

Register to receive our regular email newsletter at

The newsletter contains links to our latest PC news, product reviews, features and how-to guides, plus special offers and competitions.