The fortunes of the quad-core processors continue to wax and wane. For now, the fastest dual-core processors have wrested back the advantage. But there are still plenty of reasons to plump for a quad-core system such as the Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA.

Should the promised flood of multicore applications hit the market, having a processor with four cores could prove a welcome performance advantage. In today’s environment, however, the dual-core E6850-powered Arbico 880 GTX is superior. After all, even with 4GB of DDR RAM, the Q6600 processor of the Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA musters only 111 WorldBench 6 real-world speed points – five below the Best Buy Arbico 880 GTX’s score.

Not that the processor is the Arbico 880 GTX’s only advantage. It also boasts a GeForce 8800 GTX graphics card, which puts the Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA’s 320MB 8800 GTS firmly in the shade. Only the excessively priced Ultra is faster than the GTX, while even the fifth-placed Evesham Solar Flame has a 640MB version of the GTS. If you’re looking for games performance, the Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA isn’t for you.

The Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA's Mirai flat-panel doesn’t offer sparkling image reproduction, but it’s an otherwise decent display with loads of screen space. The Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA's 500GB hard drive is good although, for typical users, the amount of hard drive space won’t be a crucial factor – 320GB or 400GB will generally be enough.

The Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA has some features that make it a good multimedia machine. The Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA's sound system is excellent, producing pounding audio that’ll make its presence felt. You also get a TV card and a flash drive – the former is a particularly nice touch that will allow the Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA to cope with the odd stint as a media centre.

Verdict

A good all-rounder, but the Mesh Elite Q-Express TV PCA lacks the frontline speed needed to beat one Arbico and the price tag to beat the other.