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Mesh Xtreme GTX300 review

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Mesh is a stalwart of the computer industry, having been around for over 30 years. High time then to review another system by the company, in this case its a Phenom-based Xtreme GTX300 Gaming and Entertainment system. This is not just a PC either, but includes a keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers.

Even among desktops, which are already threatened by notebooks, it's probably fair to say that all-in-one systems are becoming ever rarer. A large percentage of consumers who still buy desktops are enthusiasts, who will usually want to combine their own monitor and other bits with any PC. But of course there are others for whom a complete setup without further hassle is ideal - so let's see if the GTX300 is worth considering.

It must be said that aesthetically, Mesh has put together a very attractive package, with black and silver as the main colour scheme. For a monitor, you get the decent Iiyama ProLite E2207WS 22in LCD, which we've already reviewed.

Unfortunately, though it holds up in the looks department, it does have disappointing contrast, so despite wide viewing angles it's not ideal for entertainment or gaming. We'd recommend upgrading to one of the Iiyama 24in displays Mesh offers if you can spare the extra £100, especially since this will also give you a Full HD resolution to go with the GTX300's Blu-ray drive. Yep, this machine comes with an LG lightScribe drive that can handle Blu-ray and the sadly deceased HD-DVD format in addition to writing DVDs.

Of course, a system with this kind of entertainment potential requires surround sound, and we've a budget-friendly but by no means budget-sounding offering in the Creative Inspire T6100s. This analogue-only 5.1 system is as basic as it gets; it doesn't do any fancy tricks, but is solid and well-constructed. The plastic satellites are about the size of the average hand, and nicely curved with a silver ring around the speaker mesh offsetting the glossy black finish. They can be either wall-mounted by just hanging them from a screw, or placed on a desk or shelf with the small stands provided.

Cabling is hard-wired into the satellites, which makes it very difficult to replace if the cables break but is common for cheaper systems, as are the non-gold-plated phono plugs at the end. The subwoofer only has inputs for the speakers, one of which is a special cable carrying both power and audio to the front-right speaker, which doubles as a control module. It features a volume control, headphone jack and a nice blue power LED, which incidentally matches the PC's one very nicely.

The T6100 connects to the computer via a cable that's hard-wired into the sub and terminates at the other end with three 3.5mm jacks. Connecting them to the GTX300 is child's play as both the cable's jack plugs and the sound card's sockets are colour-coded to match. The only potentially major negative is the cables for the front and centre satellites are really short.

When it gets to sound quality, the separate tweeters and mid-range drivers make for a fairly accomplished performance. Bass is especially strong, which is always a good thing in games and action movies. Midrange also comes across with surprising clarity and verve. Best of all, the T6100s manage room-filling volumes without too much distortion, meaning they'll be more than adequate in a bedroom or study.

ilovethemonkeyhead

November 18, 2008, 12:10 pm

half the parts, and the case are already what i've built for myself at home :o





the only problem with the case is that an under the desk placement makes it difficult to use my usb ports because of trhat big bit of retractable wood that comes out with the keyboard, for the mouse to sit on.

Matthew Bunton

November 19, 2008, 6:38 pm

I just hope that people check out the wealth of information available on Mesh's poor customer service before deciding upon purchasing anything from them.





Please don't review too many of their products. I really hope that Trusted Reviews is not going to go the same way as PC Pro did. I stopped using that site as all they considered was the price and Mesh always seem to be at the top of their recommended PC lists regardless of all the negative mail they received about Mesh.

eric 1

December 29, 2008, 3:02 am

i agree with the above comments. 2 years ago I bought a mesh pc based on a PC pro review. The machine was delayed, did not work when it arived. My wife spend days at home waiting for drivers to appear to collect and deliver the machine. Plus countless hours phoning for non existent support. The machine has had constant driver problems and blue screens all the time. Mesh support is non existent and they even refuse to tell you where to bring back machines to be repaired in depsartation i have ended up taking it to PC World to be fixed ( although it has an extended warrantee. The latest, I bought an xbox a to use as a widnows media extender but then found out that as the machine was supplied with windows media 2002 edition and not the updgraded 2005 version, media extender options on the xbox will not work unless I go out and buy an upgrade to windows vista. Mesh is not interetsed in my problems. I will have to simply go out and spend more money on a new machine ( Apple Imac??)

MarkB

January 11, 2009, 4:02 am

Just to add a little bit of balance to these comments here - I've been running a Mesh Computer for the past 2 years now and it hasn't missed a beat. Ordered it off the back of a mag review. As far as I can remember I had no issues ordering the machine, and I've been happily recommending them to my mates ever since...

Incognito

March 7, 2009, 6:27 pm

The irony of the title of this website. Surely every review of a MESH computer should either have significant points deducted for appalling customer service or a dedicated gauge of 1-10 for this area? Although to be fair, MESH don't do customer service so there'd be no point.





I am one of the latest victims who ordered from MESH before finding for every one happy customer, there's 50+ very unhappy customers. I ordered six weeks ago -thankfully on credit card- and it hasn't arrived yet. They took the money (𨂌) immediately and said the ETA was 14 days. There's a 'tracking' system on their website which from the minute you order will state "In Process" - it remains the same to this very day on my order.





I won't bother asking for a refund as I know they won't give it up without a fight - so I'm going to instruct my bank to recover the money for me. Has anybody ever had to do this before? I've never had to deal with such a bad company!

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