Now we’ve seen a lot of lifestyle PCs over the last 18 months but there is still room for improvement and Evesham may just have managed that with its latest attempt.
Housed in a black case with brushed aluminium front, the ‘e-box3’ is billed as “the PC that lives under the TV”. Now pushing to one side the surreal Borrowers image this conjures for some reason in my mind, this is a tag Evesham’s new PC looks worthy of living up to. For a start it measures just 430 x 288 x 98mm so it is barely any larger than a standard DVD player and what’s more its attractive form factor doesn’t come at a cost to the specifications.
AMD Athlon 64 X2 processors are the other of the day here and Evesham will happily provide one up to the 4800+, likewise hard drives are available to a maximum of 400GB which will be handy considering it is equipped with a Hybrid digital/analogue TV tuner. Windows Media Center is the obvious choice of OS here and the supplied remote is eerily similar to the one that comes with Sky+.
A three year warranty is provided as standard and with a basic specification (Athlon 64 3000+, 160GB HDD, Radeon Xpress 200 graphics, DVD writer, Works 8, Roxio Easy Media Creator 7, Windows Media Center) totalling only £699 including VAT it has the scope to scale from budget buyers all the way up to multimedia fan boys.
The e-box3 goes on sale immediately, just try and keep Pod, Arriety and Homily’s thieving mitts away. Borrowers like hell, they never gave anything back!