I too found this review hard to take seriously: this is a quite extraordinary price for the hardware you get. Compare this with PC Pro's of Tranquil PC's MMC-12 - which you can read here: http://goo.gl/ILmZk
PC Pro was very positive about this box, although they regarded it as expensive. Note that the Tranquil is completely passive, with no fans, and the custom built aluminium chassis acting as a heat sink.
And yet it's three _thousand_ pounds cheaper.
What Hi Fi's review does seem one of the most easy going and un-critical I've read, especially considering the extraordinary price.
Nice box, but I'm struggling to see any more than £700 worth of components and software in it, what's it made out of?
For £2500-£3000 you can piece together a PC with an overclocked i7 6 core, top end sound card, top end graphics card, Windows 7 Ultimate booting of an SSD in super quick time, Power DVD11 for 24fps playback or 23.976fps for US Blu Ray and usually 25fps UK, a Pioneer Blu Ray drive, 6TB of hard drive, 24GB DDR3 RAM, Run a VPN for access to US TV services such as HULU and Netflix on top of all the regular UK streaming services and premium HD services, the ability to run Skype through your TV, lossless Blu-Ray Ripping software and put it all in a liquid cooled black brushed aluinium case that's as discrete and unobtrusive as Belgium, so you see, I'm stuggling to see the point in this rather handsom grey box.
As you say, 'you can piece together', just as someone with the right culinary expertise could piece together a gourmet meal with a set of ingredients for rather less than you'd pay for such a meal in a top restaurant.
Or you could let someone else do it for you, and get a product that works straight out of the box with no expertise neeed.
Andrew, I'm starting to see a trend here
I pieced my quote together in around 12 minutes from dropdown boxes on a custom PC site, I have no formal training in putting together a PC, I just select from mulitple dropdown component boxes and click 'Checkout Now' then voila! 72hours later it arrives on my doorstep even with it's own set-up 'techie' should I so wish! make him a cuppa and he'll get straight to work setting up your new toy. It's no harder than ordering a pizza from Domino's online, in fact it's probably easier (I can never decied on toppings).
Seriously, giving 5 stars to a box that calls itself a PC based on asthetics and ease of use when it's hardwear and software content doesn't vouch for even a third of it's price is just ridiculous. With that kind of % mark up it would be like Fiat charging £50,000 for an automatic 500, it's basically a Panda re-dressed for asthetics and easier to drive than a manual, do you think it'd get 5 stars from any reviewer at that price (other than those bias due to advertising revenue) of course not. I'm sure the Evolve Lifestation is a good machine and capable at what it does but not at that price, please look at updating your star rating, hard working individuals part with their money based on your reviews, the least you could do is be objective and share the knowledge I'm sure you and I both share on technological alternatives.
Yes: you make daft, naive points, and I respond to them. And I am not sure you have even the first idea on 'technological alternatives', but thanks for bringing up that hoary old advertising revenue chestnut again. Is that your best shot?
But what the hey – your automotive analogy is nonsensical, and I hope you have a lot to fun with that computer you just specified in 12 minutes.
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