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Palicomp Phoenix i5 Laser review

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Price when reviewed : £550
inc VAT

We can't recommend buying the Phoenix i5 Laser with its poor 22in monitor, but the PC on its own is great value - as long as you don't want to play games


4.6GHz Intel Core i5-2500K, 4GB RAM, 22in 1,920×1,080 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


There are two free memory slots, which means if you want to add more memory you won’t have to replace the existing modules. The free card slots include two PCI slots and three PCI-E x1 slots, so you can add a variety of expansion cards, such as TV tuners, sound cards or extra ports. Externally, you get a total of eight USB ports, two of which support the faster USB3 standard.

Palicomp Phoenix i5 Laser Back

Palicomp has saved a USB port by including a wireless keyboard and mouse set that has a single USB transceiver. The mouse has a nice rubberised top surface which aids grip, and its batteries give it a bit of weight, but the keyboard isn’t great and the page navigation keys are bunched up to save room. You also get a set of 2.1 speakers from Logitech, which will suffice for YouTube and the odd movie.

Palicomp Phoenix i5 Laser

With a Blu-ray player and HDMI, optical S/PDIF and 7.1 surround audio ports, the Laser can double as a home cinema PC. Unfortunately, it’s paired with an AOC F22+ monitor. This may have a DVI input (and Palicomp includes a DVI cable in the box) but image quality is relatively poor. The backlight is dull and uneven and, as a result, colours lacked punch and the image looked washed-out.

This monitor lets the package down, but the Laser can be bought without the monitor for £485, leaving you with the freedom to choose your own, or use an existing one. As a bundle, it’s not as good value as the Dino PC Jurassic 2500, which is almost as fast and comes with an excellent 24in monitor. If you’re looking for a complete package, the Jurassic is the better choice.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-2500K
Processor external bus 100MHz (Sandy Bridge DMI)
Processor multiplier x46
Processor clock speed 4.6GHz
Processor socket LGA1155
Memory 4
Memory type DDR3
Maximum memory 32GB
Motherboard Asrock Z68 Pro3
Motherboard chipset Intel Z68


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/6
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support none

Internal Expansion

Case tower
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 3 (3)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports 4
Free memory slots 2
Free 3.5in drive bays 4

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Western Digital Caviar Green (WD10EARS)
Interface SATA2
Total storage capacity 1,000GB


Graphics card(s) Intel HD Graphics 3000
Graphics/video ports VGA, DVI, HDMI


Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs 7.1 line out, optical S/PDIF out
Speakers Logitech S220 2.1

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL BD-ROM


Viewable size 22 in
Screen model AOC F22+
Native resolution 1,920×1,080
Screen inputs VGA, DVI

Other Hardware

Keyboard Labtec Media Wireless Desktop 800
Mouse Labtec Media Wireless Desktop 800


Software included CyberLink PowerDVD 9 BD
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £550

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