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Mesh G92 Pulse Pro
While it's no secret computing power has moved on so much in recent years that most people can get away with using a notebook for their everyday tasks like web browsing, checking email and watching video, there's still a damn good reason to think about going the desktop route, and that's money, or more specifically, the small amount of it that you have to spend.
As we've proved recently, gaming notebooks are genuinely capable of keeping up with most of today's latest games - Crysis notwithstanding - and, with quad-core and super fast dual-core processors soon to arrive on notebooks, even highly intensive workstation applications are able to run satisfactorily. However, while all this power is available, it comes at some pretty extreme costs - £2 000 anybody? So, if you fancy sampling some of the latest and greatest PC games without breaking the bank, still the best place to look is the humble desktop. Of which, the Mesh G92 Pulse Pro, is a prime example.
Mesh has a long history of producing well specified, cheap and cheerful desktops and notebooks and the G92 is no exception. On paper, it packs in a perfect balance of components that means you should never be left wanting in any one area, whether it be gaming, video editing, or simply having enough hard drive space to store all your music and photos. And, with our review sample coming in at a whisker short of £800, it offers incredible value to boot.
As we've come to expect from smaller system builders, the case, and in particular the design thereof, is a generic re-branded off-the-shelf job. Made from thin sheet steel painted in a dull, speckled, eggshell black and with a decidedly underwhelming plastic fascia, it isn't going to set any hearts alight and certainly won't be attracting fans of high design. All that thin metal doesn't help acoustics either, and the clicking of the hard drive and whirring of fans was quite audible when sat close by.
Compare this to something like the new HP range, which at least seem to have had a cursory once over by a designer with some talent, and you can't help but feel a little disappointed. However, considering the price of the Mesh system, almost all must be forgiven. Also, special mention must be made for the power switch, which is incorporated into the Mesh logo on the front. It's a nice hefty affair that lets you know for sure when its been pressed. As the saying goes, "there's nothing worse than a wobbly button", or something to that effect.