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Mesh Xtreme GTX300 - Mesh Xtreme GTX300

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers

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Summary

Our Score:

8

Mesh's machine also comes with a very basic keyboard and mouse courtesy of Logitech. Unfortunately there's little that's deluxe about the matte black Deluxe 660 Cordless Desktop. The ambidextrous three-button mouse isn't very comfortable in the hand, though it does have a good four-way scroll wheel with the notched scrolling that most gamers will want.

The keyboard is likewise sparse, with just three media keys and a dedicated Function key turning F1 through F4 into pause/play and volume controls. Key feedback is okay, but the keys themselves are full-height and not very comfortable. They're also very noisy, thanks in part to the whole keyboard rattling when you type. Overall then, it's not exactly what a gamer will want (or anyone, for that matter - Ed.). Like the speakers and monitor, your peripherals ideally have a far longer life expectancy than the rest of your PC, so this is another area where it's worth spending extra to, for instance, get the G11 Gaming Keyboard and MX mouse options Mesh has available.

As if to make up for our misgivings about the keyboard and mouse, the rest of the included bundle is generally rather good. There is a large full-colour sheet which includes set-up instructions on one side, and detailed labels and layouts of connectivity on the other. Though it is a bit unfortunate that none of the three pictured connectivity charts matched the GTX300, the ports will be the same and it's still a nice touch for those who are new to computers. There's also a comprehensive manual that provides detailed information on the warranty and other aspects of the setup. It is out of date, in so much as some of the models it refers to are no longer available but most of the information is still relevant and useful. Finally, all the cables, adapters, CDs and manuals, from the components used in the PC, are provided, including those of the motherboard and video card.

Getting onto the PC itself, it's a beautiful beast housed as it is in a CoolerMaster CM690 chassis. CoolerMaster cases always represent a high level of build quality, and the CM690 is no exception. The whole thing is very solidly build yet is simply and almost elegantly styled, which is always a good combination.

Mesh (the material, not the company) adorns the front, making up the covers for five 5.25in drive bays, and slopes unbroken to continue along the top of the case. It is offset from the rest of the case, which is finished in smooth matte paint, by thin chrome strips. The matching chrome power and reset buttons are very unusual, in that they are set into the curved section where side meets front, and need to be pressed sideways rather than inwards as you'd expect. They can be a bit awkward to reach, especially when the PC is kept on the floor, and being on a corner they are potentially exposed to accidental activation. However, the buttons are quite stiff so this shouldn't be too much of a worry.

Between the buttons are large LEDs, coloured blue for power and red for hard drive activity. There is also a nice (if you like that sort of thing) blue glow visible through the front mesh from a 120mm fan. The bottom of the case has very broad rubberised plastic feet that ensure your PC won't be slipping anywhere very fast.

Usually, easy-access ports like USB are found at a chassis' front, but with the CM690 these have been placed at the top. Whether this is a good thing really depends on where you place the machine; if you tend to have it underneath your desk this will be really handy, but not if you like having your PC beside your monitor. The selection is excellent, though, including twin USBs, headphone and microphone jacks, FireWire and e-SATA.

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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