A set of 2.1 speakers made by Logitech complement the system well. The sub woofer gives films and games a gutsy feel and the compact design means they’ll fit on the smallest of desks without too many problems. They come with a wired remote that lets you control volume and power, and also has sockets for a microphone and headphones, which is rather convenient. The satellites and remote are a bit lightweight and would probably need a spot of Blutac to make them stay put and the overall set is fairly cheaply made but they should last you a while. In terms of volume, they’d struggle to fill a room but for close quarters listening they are surprisingly good.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen the same keyboard and mouse set come with our review PCs. This Logitech set is as basic as they come and it will really only serve to get you by. Of particular annoyance about this set is the fact they require batteries but don’t come with a charger or docking facility so you have to keep a supply of spares to hand at all times. As we’ve said many a time before, if you use your computer with any regularity, you’d do very well to invest in a decent keyboard and mouse.
The monitor that shipped with our review PC is made by GNR. If you haven’t heard of them before, join the club. They appear to be a rebrand of one of the large Chinese manufacturers but we were unable to determine which one it was before publication. The actual screen is a 22inch widescreen with a resolution of 1,680 x 1,050 and inputs for DVI and VGA. It has a tilt facility but lacks any other form of ergonomic adjustment.
Picture quality is OK, though colours are rather washed out when in default mode. Adjusting things a bit I was able to get some more life out the picture and I’d say it was satisfactory by the end. Likewise viewing angles were decent with the no colour shift and only a fluctuation in lightness as you move to the extremes of vision. If you value colour accuracy or spend a significant amount of time in front of your PC, I’d consider getting a better option from the likes of NEC, BenQ, or Samsung. Though, in all honesty most 22inch monitors use 6-bit panels and all of them are a bit dodgy, so in fact I’d go for a 20-inch model with the same resolution or take the step up to 24inches.