Evesham has allowed the buyer to choose what type of sound system they want with the Axis 64 Dominator – you can go for either a set of 6.1-channel Creative surround speakers, or a set of 2.1-channel Altec Lansing speakers. Personally I prefer a good set of 2.1-channel speakers, because few PC users have the room to set up a surround system around their desk. The beauty of being given the option though, is that if you do have the space and the inclination, you can go for the surround setup, but if you don’t you can get a more tidy and compact stereo configuration.
There’s nothing in the way of software included, other than the pre-loaded copy of Windows XP Home, and the final feature is the three-year warranty – the first two years are on-site with the third return to base.
Performance wise, the Axis performed very well. Obviously it can’t compete with machines using cutting edge components, but on the whole it will handle pretty much anything you throw at it. Even the most brutal games of the moment couldn’t trip up this little machine. Running Far Cry with the quality settings on Very High, turned in a score of 61fps at 1,280 x 1,024, while Doom3 set at High quality managed a score of 65fps at 1,280 x 1,024. Of course both of those benchmarks were run without anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering, but the results are, nonetheless, very impressive.
So, Evesham has built a very solid PC, with high-end but not cutting edge components. But it’s the price that’s the most impressive part of this package. At £1,299 including VAT, the Axis 64 Dominator is an absolute bargain for anyone wanting a machine that will play the latest games, but won’t bankrupt them in the process. Yes, you could buy a machine with faster components, but as far as the price/performance ratio goes, Evesham has got it just about perfect.
The Axis 64 Dominator is a superb PC bundle at a truly amazing price. The build quality is solid and the components are first rate, but it’s the price that belies belief. If you’ve been holding out for a new PC to play the latest 3D games, it’s time to put your money on the table.