Sadly there are very few positive points about the AVPC and the benchmarks don’t improve things either. It’s far behind the Xperian in all of the benchmarks bar the hard drive performance in PCMark 2002. The integrated graphics resulted in a 3DMark 2001 score of 638 which means that even quite old games will be unplayable on the AVPC. The Sysmark 2002 scores are acceptable, but again so much behind those of the Xperian that there seems to be more too it than just a slower CPU. It seems like the VIA chipset hasn’t done the AVPC any favours and the integrated graphics have made it even worse.
There is however one redeeming feature and that is the relatively low asking price of £999 inc VAT, which is a lot less than the Xperian, even though it has come down in price since our review. But overall it is very hard to recommend the AVPC on its merits unless you know that you will never play any games on it and you’re not too bothered about the size of the screen.
Close, but not close enough. The AVPC is the poor man’s version of the Xperian and I find it very hard to recommend unless you’re looking for a very basic media PC and don’t mind the relatively small screen