Dino PC Synergy 4430 full review
Dino PC's Synergy 4430 is a decent all-rounder: carefully balancing features, performance and price this PC has features that could make it a good choice for business. See all business PC reviews.
Dino PC also plumps for a new fourth-generation Intel Core processor, easing off a little on performance by selecting a 3.0 GHz Core i5-4430. This quad-core processor still delivers more than required power for office tasks. Take a look at Group test: What's the best office PC?
PCMark 7 recorded a dip in speed, with a score of 3458 points coming in just under that of Aria's Gladiator Logic N200-3220M and its previous-generation Core i3 chip. See our PC Specialist MPC-2100 review.
This is partly due to the Dino PC's lack of a solid-state drive which contributes significantly to the overall subjective and measured performance. See also The 7 best tablets with expandable memory.
Instead, Dino PC has opted for a 1 TB hard disk which provides much more local storage for the user which may be of greater benefit for businesses without network storage.
The system comes with the popular spill-resistant Logitech K120 wired keyboard and B110 mouse and a 23-inch Iiyama ProLite XB2380HS-B1 display. This features full-HD resolution and a high-quality IPS panel, making it easy to read at any angle. A key advantage of this particular model is that it's the business version – a fully height-adjustable stand also pivots into portrait format if desired.
Outwardly very similar to the Arbico HS4670 Pro, Dino PC's Synergy 4430 uses the same CiT Templar case. It has a sober, business-like appearance, although internally it's basic, lacking cable management or tool-free drive bays.
Dino PC's warranty terms are complex, but the supplied SupremeCare package provides three years of cover with the first year also covering the costs of any return carriage. Dino PC has saved costs by installing the consumer version of Windows 7.
Dino PC Synergy 4430: Specs
- Processor: 3.0 GHz Intel Core i5-4430
- CPU Cooler: Intel Stock Cooler
- Installed memory: 8 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
- Storage: 1 TB Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 HDD
- Power supply: Cit 500 W
- Motherboard: Gigabyte H87M-HD3
- External USB ports: 4x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0
- Display: 23in Iiyama ProLite XB2380HS-B1 (1920 x 1080) IPS
- Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 4600
- Sound: Onboard
- Networking: Gigabit ethernet
- Video outputs: 1x D-Sub, 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI
- Case: CiT Templar
- Keyboard & Mouse: Logitech K120 keyboard, Logitech B110 mouse
- Optical drive: Samsung DVD±RW
- Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
- Extra items: None
- Support options Unlimited telephone setup support, UK Based
- Warranty: 3 Year SupremeCare: 2 yrs parts, 3 yrs labour, return to base, carriage free for the first year