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Tranquil PC Abel H2 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £726
inc VAT

This attractive, silent mini PC could make a great media centre system, but it’s a little expensive


1.3GHz Intel Core i5-4250U, 8GB RAM, N/A display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


If you want to connect external storage you can use the two USB3 ports at the front or the two at the back. Also at the front is an IR receiver that picks up commands from the supplied media centre remote control and, next to that, a 3.5mm headset port. The back of the Abel H2-5 is home to a glowing blue power button along with mini HDMI and mini DisplayPort graphics outputs. A mini HDMI to HDMI converter is supplied with the PC. Helpfully, the PC supports both wired and wireless network connection with a Gigabit Ethernet port and an integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi adaptor.

Tranquil PC Abel H2

The version we were sent for review comes with a chunky metal bracket that can be used as a VESA mount to put the Abel on the back of a monitor, or as a wall mount. The PC is remarkably attractive, so there’s no particular incentive to hide it away.

This configuration of the Abel H2-5 is a little pricy for a NUC, though, and its 3D gaming performance is a little weaker than we’d like. However, its dual SSDs mean that you get a fair bit of storage that works at a blistering speed. It’s also hands-down the best looking NUC we’ve seen and, although it runs warm, it’s silent and powerful enough to handle demanding tasks. It’s an ideal media centre PC for those who value style as well as substance.

If you’d like a more rounded PC with greater storage capacity and faster gaming performance, however, we recommend the Best Buy winning Scan 3XS NUC N16.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-4250U
Processor external bus 100MHz (DMI)
Processor multiplier x13
Processor clock speed 1.3GHz
Processor socket N/A
Memory 8
Memory type PC3-12800
Maximum memory 16GB
Motherboard Intel D54250WYK


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/2
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n

Internal Expansion

Case mini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free) N/A
PCI-E x16 slots (free) N/A
Free Serial ATA ports 0
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Toshiba THNSNH128GMCT + Kingston SV300S37A120G
Interface SATA3


Graphics card(s) integrated Intel HD Graphics 5000
Graphics/video ports HDMI, mini DisplayPort


Sound Realtek HD Audio
Sound outputs 3.5mm stereo headset port
Speakers none

Removable Drives

Supported memory cards none
Optical drive type(s) none


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

Other Hardware

Keyboard none
Mouse none


Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option Windows disc

Buying Information

Warranty two years RTB
Price £726

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