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Mesh Elite Voyager CS review

Mesh Elite Voyager with keyboard, mouse and monitor
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £599
inc VAT, £499 without monitor

The Mesh Voyager CS is a handy compact PC with a good monitor and built-in Wi-Fi, but it's crying out for a better processor


Processor: Dual-core 3.6GHz Intel Core i3-4160, RAM: 8GB, Front USB ports : 2x USB3, Rear USB ports: 4x USB3, 2x USB, Total storage: 120GB SSD, 1TB hard disk, Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 4400, Display: 22in BenQ GW2255, Operating system: Windows 8.1

Mesh’s Elite Voyager CS edition is about as compact as desktop PCs come. It has a smaller footprint than most tower cases so can easily be tucked away on a desk or near a TV, depending on how you plan on using it. It also has built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which is a handy addition for those with slightly awkward home networks.  It’s also pretty short at just 290mm high so the top will be in easy reach if you store paperwork, coffee cups and desk toys on it

The Corsair Obsidian 250D is an expensive case and, while it looks great from the outside, it doesn’t lend itself to particularly tidy PC builds. This is a shame, because there’s a window on the top of the case that allows you to look at the handiwork of the PC builder, but because of a lack of cable gutters and vanity panels, all the cables used in the build are visible and look a bit messy.

The front of the case has two USB3 ports although, slightly annoyingly, they’re mounted upside down. At the rear, the motherboard has four more USB3 ports and a further two USB connectors alongside six 3.5mm audio connectors, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, the aforementioned wireless receivers and an S/PDIF audio connector. There are also three video output ports with DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort all represented.

A side-on view of the Mesh Elite Voyager CS

While it’s not the quietest PC we’ve tested, it’s not particularly noisy and things don’t ramp up at all even when the PC is under load. Handling your processing demands is dual-core 3.6GHz Intel Core i3-4160 processor paired with 8GB of 1866MHz DDR3 RAM. It performed admirably in our benchmarking tests, with a score of 91 in the image-editing test hinting at nippy single-core performance in basic tasks. Scores of 61 and 48 in the video processing and multitasking tests respectively are pleasing, too, although we can’t help but feel that perhaps cheap quad-core chip from AMD could have lead to better overall performance

We had performance issues brought on by the pre-installed BullGuard Security suite. Until we uninstalled it, our review PC was a bit stuttery but, more irritatingly, constantly hamstrung but software that is laughably overzealous in which programs it blocks from accessing the internet. For example, it asked us whether we wanted Internet Explorer to be allowed to access the network – twice. Aside from this, Mesh hasn’t installed any other bloatware on the PC.

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Core specs
ProcessorDual-core 3.6GHz Intel Core i3-4160
Processor socketLGA1150
Memory type1866MHz DDR3
Maximum memory16GB
MotherboardMSI Z79I AC
Motherboard chipsetIntel Z97
Ports and expansion
Front USB ports2x USB3
Rear USB ports4x USB3, 2x USB
Other ports1x PS/2
Networking2x 10/100/1000 Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Case typeMini ITX
Case size HxWxD290x351x277mm
PCI (free)0
PCIe x1 (free)0
PCIe x16 (free)1 (1)
Serial ATA (free)4 (1)
Memory slots (free)2 (0)
Drive bays 2 1/2″ (free)3 (1)
Drive bays 3 1/2″ (free)3 (1)
Drive bays 5 1/4″ (free)1 (0)
Total storage120GB SSD, 1TB hard disk
Memory card readerNone
Optical drive typeDVD RW
Graphics cardIntel HD Graphics 4400
Graphics/video portsDVI, DisplayPort, HDMI
Sound cardIntegrated
Sound card outputs6x 3.5mm audio output, optical S/PDF
Display22in BenQ GW2255
Native resolution1,920×1,080
InputsDVI, VGA
Other hardware
KeyboardMicrosoft Wired Desktop 600 keyboard
MouseMicrosoft Wired Desktop 600 mouse
Operating systemWindows 8.1
Operating system restore optionWindows 8 restore
Buying information
WarrantyOne year collect and return, two years parts cover, lifetime labour
Price including delivery (inc VAT)£599
Price excluding monitor (inc VAT and delivery)£499
Part CodeElite Voyager CS

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