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VeryPC Parkwood II review

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Price when reviewed : £749
inc VAT and delivery


2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400, 2.000000 RAM, N/A display, Windows Vista Home Premium

VeryPC’s Parkwood II is one of the most efficient PCs here.

Its active power consumption of 37W is second only to that of Asus’s Eee Box, even though this is a considerably more powerful PC, with a 2.26GHz Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8400 processor and 2GB of RAM.

Unfortunately, this specification is virtually identical to that of PC Specialist’s Impulse 625, which costs over £100 less, has the same amount of memory and uses the same case, motherboard and processor as the Parkwood II. The Impulse also has a larger 320GB hard disk.

Like the similar PC Specialist and Fujitsu Siemens PCs, which also have AOpen cases, this system uses laptop components, but there’s still some potential to upgrade it. The system has two PCI Express Mini card slots, one of which is occupied by a Draft-N wireless adaptor, while the other is free for anything you want to add. VeryPC offers a selection of optional PCI-E Mini cards, including a TV tuner, that it will fit when you buy your PC. There’s plenty of scope for external upgrades, too, thanks to six USB ports and an eSATA port.

The Parkwood II will fit anywhere, and the case’s glossy black finish wouldn’t look out of place next to the TV in your living room, and it also comes with a DVI-to-HDMI converter and a Media Center remote control.

It’s powerful enough to play high-definition video files with ease, and its optical S/PDIF connection enables you to output digital audio to a surround-sound system. Sadly, without a Blu-ray drive, the Parkwood II isn’t an ideal media system. It compares poorly with Sony’s Vaio VGX-TP3E, which has a larger hard disk, a built-in HDMI output, an Nvidia graphics processor and a TV tuner, although the Vaio much less power-efficient.

The Parkwood II has a good specification and is very small and powerful, while its low power consumption makes it cheap to run. Despite this and the three-year warranty, we expected the most expensive PC in this test to offer a little more to set it apart from the rest of the group.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Processor external bus 266MHz (1,066MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplier x8.5
Processor clock speed 2.26GHz
Processor socket Socket P
Level 1 cache 2x 32KB
Level 2 cache 3,072KB
Memory 2.000000
Memory type DDR2
Maximum memory 4GB
Motherboard AOpen i45GMx-I
Motherboard chipset Intel GM45 Express
Power consumption standby 4W
Power consumption idle 22W
Power consumption active 37W


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/1
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free) none
PCI-E x16 slots (free) none
Free Serial ATA ports 2
Free memory slots 1
Free 3.5in drive bays 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Seagate Momentus ST9250827AS
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 250GB
Spindle speed 5,400rpm


Graphics card(s) Intel GMA X4500HD
Graphics/video ports DVI


Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputs stereo line out, mic in, line in/optical S/PDIF
Speakers none

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards none
Optical drive model Matshita UJ875AS
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Screen model N/A
Native resolution N/A
Response time N/A
Screen inputs N/A

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard none
Mouse none


Software included Kaspersky AntiVirus 2009
Operating system Windows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore option none

Buying Information

Warranty three years RTB
Price £749

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