You also get a Hauppauge WinTV Go TV tuner card, which is pretty much as basic as you can go. It is capable of recording TV programs to the hard drive, but as it only has mono sound, don’t expect great quality. It is supplied with PVR software, but this relies on the CPU to do all of the work. You might notice that this card is not present in the internal picture of the Inspire 4007, but I was assured by Systemax that it will be included in customer systems. There is of course also a standard 56k V.90 modem fitted.
Internally the system is reasonably tidy, but the big lump of cables in the middle is going to make it nigh on impossible to upgrade the system. There is also a strong possibility that you could damage the cables when you have to cut the cable ties holding them together.
There is a matching Logitech keyboard and mouse, but the silver and black finish just doesn’t quite look right, although this is obviously subjective.
The software bundle consists of Ability Office 2003, PowerDVD 5, PowerProducer 2.0 DE, PowerDirector Pro 2.55 DE, PowerVCR II 3.0 and B’s Recorder Gold. So the question here has to be, where are the games?
For a PC targeted at gaming it comes as quite a surprise not to find any games in the box. I suppose the reason for this is that it’s up to the user to buy the games they want to play, but it still seems a little stingy.
Unfortunately the price is pretty high considering the specification at £1,499 inc VAT. This is compounded by the fact that you can buy the Mesh Matrix64 3200+ Extreme for only £27 more. The Mesh does however have a slower graphics card, but personally I would suffer this and have the much better TFT display. It’s true that some gamers prefer a CRT monitor to a TFT, but the CTX monitor that Systemax has bundled just isn’t good enough to support that argument.
The Inspire 4007 is fast enough in the benchmarks, but it is not as fast as the Mesh Matrix64 3200+ Extreme in Sysmark 2002 or PCMark 2002. The 3D benchmarks came out better though due to the faster FX5950 based graphics card.
An overpriced system that has missed its target market by a mile, a better monitor would make up for a lot of this, as would a decent game bundle. As things stand, the Systemax Inspire 4007 is overpriced for what you’re getting.