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Evesham Prestige VP Plus
Evesham Technology is one of the oldest PC manufacturers in the UK and has a reputation for both well-built products and good after-sales service. It may not be the cheapest source for a business PCs, but over the years many customers have returned to Evesham to renew their aging systems.
The model supplied for review is built into a low-profile desktop case, narrower than a typical desktop but about the same depth. There's room in the front panel for a 5.25in and a 3.5in device, as well as internal space for a 3.5in drive. The microATX motherboard has all the essentials for a medium performance business PC, but don’t expect the graphics potential of a gaming or home entertainment machine.
Evesham supplies a 17-inch Cibox LCD monitor with a native resolution of 1,280 by 1,024. It has a sharply-focused screen with more than adequate colour reproduction and simple controls under the lower lip of its bezel. There's tilt adjustment but nothing for height or rotation. The keyboard and mouse are both from Logitech.
As far as ports go there are seven USB2.0 ones - two at the front and five at the rear - as well as three FireWire ports (one front and two rear). Front-mounted line-out and microphone sockets and a legacy parallel port complete what is otherwise a pretty unremarkable array by today’s standards.
The Prestige VP Plus model name covers a range of PCs, as this is a customisable marque which can be tailored to your own specification on the Evesham site. The review version is based on an Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 processor, which runs its twin cores at 2.13GHz and shares 2MB of level 2 cache between them.
This restriction in the cache level will cost the processor up to 10 per cent in flat-out performance, compared with its 4MB-cache siblings. With typical business applications, though, you won't notice this kind of performance difference and the E6400 processor is considerably cheaper than its better-endowed companion. It produced a PCMark05 score of 4,369, a very respectable result for a business PC.
The processor is coupled to a full gigabyte of main memory - plenty to run Vista Business and typical applications such as the supplied copy of Works 8.5. Likewise, Intel’s GMA3000 on-board graphics chip is good enough for the majority of business applications but it’ll struggle with the latest 3D games.