Zoostorm 7877-0432 Home PC (Intel Core i7-4770 3.40GHz, 8MB Cache, 16GB RAM, 3TB SATA HDD, DVDRW, Windows 8.1)
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- Operating system: Windows 8.1
- Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 (8M cache, 3.40 GHz)
- Hard disk: 3 TB SATA hard drive
- Memory: 16 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
- One-year Return to Base warranty and comes with mouse and keyboard (Black)
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Zoostorm Home PC system will be equally at home, in a study room or at the centre of a demanding family. Designers, music lovers and digital video editors will find this a good value home system for all their creative needs. This desktop PC is ideal for anyone looking for a small, durable system for use at home and it comes with Windows 8. Zoostorm is proud to be one of the fast growing computing brands in the UK. Desktop PCs are all manufactured at UK headquarters with customer service and technical support also based at this location. Zoostorm offers you reliability and affordability.
The Zoostorm Home PC - powered by CPU Intel Core i7-4770 (8 M Cache, 3.40 GHz) is designed for entertainment. Featuring memory slot: 2 x DIMM (1 free) and 16 GB DDR3 1,333 MHz, it includes operating system : Windows 8.1, hard disk: 3 TB SATA hard drive, network interface: 10/100/1000 LAN speed, dimensions: (D x W x H): 400 mm x 180 mm x 360 mm and chipset: Intel H81. You can view your photos and films with Intel HD graphics.
There are numerous connection options with this PC, including a internal expansion 1 x PCI-e x 16 slot, 2 x PCI-e x 1 slots, 6 x Sata ports ( 5 SATA 2/1 SATA 3), interfaces 1 set 5.1 channel audio jacks (3 jacks). You can also connect your USB devices easily, thanks to 2 x PS/2 keyboard/Mouse ports, 6 x USB 2.0 ports, 3 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x RJ45 LAN port, 1 x DVI-D port, 1 x VGA port. It is provided with PSU size 250 Watts.
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On receipt of the PC, I found the DVD bay didn't open consistently. The Zoostorm technical support suggested I attempt to take the PC apart & slide forward the hard drive so that it makes better contact with the control.
I have regular PC speakers but they would play sound. After several calls & emails, I had to download various drivers & install them to get the speakers to work.
After about three weeks of use the hard drive died. When discussing this with a technical support representitive I was accused of damaging the PC. On complaining I did eventually receive an email apology.
I sent the PC back in it's original packaging & received it 'fixed' a few days later with scratches, a dent & a bent chassis.
I then sent the PC back again only to receive it back a few days later again with scratches, a very severe dent, and bent case screws. This time I didn't sign for it.
Zoostorm now have my PC which has been broken for longer than it has worked. Despite the very poor customer experience I've clearly endured, I've been told there will be no financial compensation whatsoever. I may get a game or flash drive as a goodwill gesture!
Also, Zoostorm will never return a call. I must have called them a dozen times by now & spent more than an hour speaking with them on their 0844 number.
** UPDATE **
Zoostorm have sent me a new PC which has been running for over a week & so far everything is perfect.
I'm fairly IT ok at work, but pleased it was very easy to set up. press boot in set up mode. All set up and ready to go.
I've had it about a week now on it every day busy and no worries.
I wouldn't hesitate very pleased customer
This machine is smooth a fast when navigating around Windows 8.1 and is a significant step up from our old PC, even when it was working properly. It is quiet, rarely accessing the hard drive when conducting office tasks or on the web. The graphics seem fast enough to meet our needs and we do not expect any issues with simple image processing. We also noticed that our backed up files transferred back from our external hard drive at 3 times the speed we had backed them up, even though both were just USB2.0.
The case is relatively good looking for a budget PC and is very light for its size. Looking through the vents, it has 2 good size but quiet fans inside (one on the Processor and one in the PSU). The 8GB RAM is in a single slot leaving one free for a future upgrade, something we will do when the price comes down a little. Also, there is more than enough space inside for additional internal drives and a graphics card but as we are not gamers then it may be sometime before we would consider this. The keyboard and mouse are very cheap looking but we just connected up our old ones from the start and this worked just fine.
We had considered replacing the OS with Windows 7 but decided to persevere with Windows 8.1. Set up was very easy, although you must have a Windows Live account to get the most out of it. We made the best use of user accounts and the homegroup feature (I know these appear in 7 too) and had the whole thing set up in just a few hours. There are a few new things to learn, some tasks are not as easy as in Windows 7 but overall I think we will get used to it and even benefit from moving on up. The only issue we have experienced so far is that the keyboard number lock does not come on by default, but we will no doubt find a way around this in time.
There is no storage card reader and nowhere to install one which is an unfortunate omission. We bought a cheap USB3.0 reader but also needed to buy an extension cable as the 2xUSB3.0 ports are on the back. The 2 on the front are USB2.0 but they would have been better at the bottom of the case, in our opinion. There is no HDMI out, although we do not require that just now. The whole thing is fairly large on the desk. For some reason the disk drive button is very hard to operate and you need to hold the case when it is pressed as the machine is so light.
Value for Money:
We bought this on the Boxing Day lightning deals for £379 and this made it excellent value for money. We had compared alternatives from other vendors and £470 to £600 was typical so even the standard Amazon price of £421 is competitive.
In summary, this PC does everything we need of it at an excellent price for the spec. I would highly recommend it for anyone in the market for a simple desktop PC or looking to build a gaming machine with the addition of a couple of extra components.
It doesn't come with any installation / recovery disks, but a printed slip of paper that came with the PC directs you to a website where you can download the manual which in turn advises you to use "Recovery Options" to create your own recovery drive on a USB stick (8GB or more - if you don't happen to have one of those lying around spare you might want to add it to your order). Without doing this you'd have no means of reloading Windows if your hard disk broke; I was slightly disappointed that such a critical process wasn't highlighted better.
OBVIOUSLY NEVER GOING TO PURCHASE A ZOOSTORM AGAIN!!!
(OR EVEN AN ERGO OR ANY MADE BY CMS COMPUTERS, ALLEGEDLY ONE OF THE LARGEST MANUFACTURERS OF COMPUTERS)
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