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Mesh Matrix II 955BE Hush review

Ardjuna Seghers



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Mesh PCs have a pretty good track record here at TrustedReviews, with all the systems we've looked at recently (such as the Mesh Xtreme GTX300) winning themselves Recommended Awards through sheer value for money. And at a mere £799 (£823.45 including delivery) for a system sporting a Black Edition AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE CPU, 4GB of RAM, a Radeon 4870, Blu-ray drive and Full HD 22in monitor to get the best from them, the Matrix II 955BE Hush looks like it might do it again. The only thing that's missing is a decent set of speakers, unless you're planning on putting up with the monitor's poor inbuilt efforts, which we really wouldn't recommend.

Starting off with the least interesting bit, the peripherals are the same ones that Mesh has been bundling with its desktops as far back as the G92 Pulse Pro in 2007. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, as at least this Logitech branded set is better than a lot of the junk that often comes with PCs. For one thing, both the mouse and keyboard - or rather, their wireless dongle - are USB. For another their matte black finish actually looks okay, and apparently an optical sensor on the mouse is something to be grateful for since only recently we had a PC in that came with a ball-mouse!

Despite this, the peripherals are only the best of a bad bunch: the keyboard isn't exactly pleasant to hold extended typing sessions on, with noisy keys and uncertain feedback. The ambidextrous mouse is likewise not the most comfortable shape around, though its buttons work well - as does its four-way notched scroll-wheel. The dongle, finally, is large and clunky: a far cry from the sleek little efforts on more modern sets such as Microsoft's Wireless Desktop 3000.

Mesh's choice of monitor is slightly more inspired, with the award-winning Iiyama ProLite E2208HDS making for a competent choice. Admittedly a lot has changed since we reviewed it and it would now score lower, but it's still a fairly decent TN-panel screen and about the best you can expect for the Matrix II's price.

It's certainly not lacking in resolution, sporting a Full HD badge in a film-friendly 16:9 aspect ratio to let you make the most of the computer's Blu-ray drive. Style isn't this Iiyama's strongest point, but nevertheless its glossy black bezel and blue power LED match the Mesh's piano-black case with its blue front lighting quite nicely.

As is usual with cheap TN monitors the E2208HDS doesn't offer much in terms of adjustability, and also hooking up a console might pose a problem as this monitor doesn't have an HDMI connection - for that you need to move up to one of the 24in models Mesh offers with its PCs, a £60 upgrade.

In terms of image quality, again it's about what you would expect. There's slight backlight bleed, the monitor has trouble handling subtle shadow detail and darker shades tend to have a slight colour tint to them, but it will still gives you a decent experience if you're not particularly picky. If you'd like a little more detail on its looks, build and performance, please see the full review.

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Martin Daler

August 21, 2009, 12:20 pm

whatever its general merit, this system touts one particular "unique selling point" up front - hush. It fails in this regard. What is Mesh trying to achieve here?


August 21, 2009, 2:34 pm

@Martin Daler:

To be fair, Mesh shows every effort at trying to make this system as quiet as possible without resorting to expensive water-cooling - just the choice of this specific HIS (a company usually known for its silent products) video card was apparently unfortunate.

Also keep in mind that the video card in our PC MAY have been a particularly noisy sample, but even if this is not the case there's always the option of upgrading to a higher model for very little money, which would suit the fast CPU better anyway.


August 21, 2009, 7:24 pm

Well, no matter what you opinion of the pc you have to admire they way Mesh have weathered the market storms over the years. Seeing as my previous supplier Evesham went to the wall like many others have and will in a cut throat market...


August 23, 2009, 3:51 pm


Read TR Reader (and on the web forums) comments on their experience as MESH customers – see earlier TR reviews and stories on Mesh Computers. Buy MESH PCs at your peril.

@Chocoa :“...you have to admire they way Mesh have weathered the market storms over the years.” Well there is a sucker born every day or MESH Computers Ltd snaring some unsuspecting sole.

I would only wish MESH PCs upon MESH staff and their families.

John 32

August 26, 2009, 7:03 pm

@ Enigma,

Thanks for a very informative comment, you've brought a lot to the discussion.

If you search any manufacturer you will always find sob/scare/woe stories from upset consumers.

My point is that you have not pur forward a constructive argument, moreover, you sound like an upset child who is just complaining loudly.

As for your response to Chocoa, seems quite vindictive against Mesh.

Basically, either put forward some evidence or a valid point or don't bother posting as you have added nothing.


August 27, 2009, 5:33 pm

@John who the hell are you tell TR readers whether they can or can not post comments? I presume of Mesh Computers Ltd?

@John you vitriol suggests you are rattled. After all an intelligent person wouldn't waste time commenting on insignificant comment(s) or be rattled by them.

Also an intelligent person doesn't repeat what can be referred to elsewhere – as I did. A quick Google of “Mesh Computers complaints” soon reveals plenty. Thus I wouldn't be surprised if before long someone doesn't set up a website/forum “MESS Computers Ltd” akin to “NTHell” for the former NTL cable service provider.

To please @John here's something intelligent and useful:

I would suggest those who have an issue with their purchases consider the following:

1.Keep a log (dates/time/names/what was said, etc) of all your dealings right from the first call.

2.Seek advice from Citizens Advice Bureau. Better still contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06

3.See if your credit card company can get you a refund. They have specialist working on such issues.

4.If you have household insurance see if your policy has legal cover. Thus you may be able to get legal advice and/or possibly Legal Representation.

5.Likewise if you are a member of an organisation like a Trade Union check if they provide legal cover and if you can get Legal Representation.

6.Consider WARNING your fellow consumers by sharing your experience.


Company's never seem to learn as these examples show:

"Apple tried to silence owner of exploding iPod with gagging order" (http://technology.timesonline.... – TimesOnline 3rd August 2009;

"'Exploding' iPhones investigated" on BBCi News(http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/tec..., 26th August 2009; and

"United Breaks Guitars" on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Feel the power of the Consumer @John.

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