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Monday, July 15, 2013

Wired2Fire Wired2 Business Accelerate review: speedy office PC


Wired2Fire’s Business Accelerate certainly lives up to its name and also comes with some unique features. However, it’s also by far the most expensive. See all business PC reviews.

Based on the 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5-4670, the Business Accelerate employs the same quad-core Haswell processor as used in Arbico’s HS4670 Pro. Take a look at Group test: What's the best office PC?

Wired2Fire’s system managed decent PCMark 7 result with a score of 5667 points. This is all very good for graphic design and video editing workstations but for an office PC it simply pushes up the price without delivering any productivity advantage. 

Key to its high benchmark result is the Samsung 840 solid-state drive, also used by Arbico. Once again, this SSD is the only form of storage included but 120 GB capacity is well chosen as it provides adequate space for Windows and locally installed office applications which will run incredibly fast. See also The 7 best tablets with expandable memory.

A wired Gigabyte K6800 keyboard and M6800 mouse are supplied. The former is festooned with unnecessary multimedia hot-keys and features flamboyant styling but its nonetheless comfortable to use.

Rather than providing a single display, Wired2Fire has elected to provide a pair of 21.5-inch monitors. The smaller size makes text somewhat harder to read and the cheaper TN panels reduced colour fidelity and viewing angles. But the effective 3840 x 1080-pixel screen area can give a considerable boost to productivity. It allows you to keep applications full screen on one while having email always readable on another, for example.

These displays retail for around £90 each, so you could also make a cost saving by going for just one, making the Business Accelerate seem rather less expensive after all. The system is backed by a basic two-year return-to-base warranty.

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