With the current trend for scaled back, “just for browsing” netbooks and nettops on the market it’s almost alien to see high spec PCs these days. But, whilst the average consumer is looking for less from their PC, the ever-expanding gaming market is still hungry for more, demanding increasingly powerful rigs to run the latest titles.
It’s this market that Packard Bell is looking to reach with their latest desktop offering. The iPower X3.0 has impressive specs with the choice of a Core i5 or i7 processor, up to a mammoth 3TB of storage space and either AMD DirectX 11 or Nvidia DirectX 10 graphics cards. There’s also embedded high-definition audio with multi-channel surround sound which delivers true-to-life sound effects to add to the gaming experience.
But it’s not all about performance and whilst the specs are impressive Packard Bell also scores highly in the looks stakes. The new system turns heads with it’s street-racer inspired design with black coasting, suave red lighting and graphitti-like logo. Functionality is also at the forefront. The Packard Bell iPower X3.0 is equipped with front-mounted buttons and ports to easily access and use key features. All the most important I/O ports and key function buttons are even slanted toward you like a race car control panel for maximum usability. Add the top storage tray providing 2 additional USB ports plus ample space for cameras, smart phones, mp3 players, etc. and all connections to peripheral devices are extremely fast and easy to access. Packard Bell have even made it easy to adapt the machine and thanks to tool-less expansion bays it’s easy to move and swap hard drives.
It’s a lovely looking machine and whilst it may not be every hardcore gamer’s cup of tea, at just £899.99 it’s certainly amongst the more affordable gaming rigs on the market.