With super-premium parts, this is both the fastest, and most expensive, VR-ready PC we’ve The Good Friendly design; huge range of output options. Don’t show this again. The keyboard bundled with the Artisan is solid, but not especially luxurious. While the innards of the Artisan aren’t much different from those of any other Media Center PC, Elonex has made a respectable effort to dress the Artisan for the occassion.

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Provided you have your television aerial plugged into the rear of the Artisan, it takes a few minutes for the software to detect available channels.

We’re never sure what to expect when we sacrifice our living room to a Media Center machine, but this one left us pleasantly surprised. But nevertheless, the Artisan sparkles elones a club that has few endearing members.

Sound is taken care of by a Dolby Digital 7. Design The Artisan’s nondescript cardboard package disgorges the system unit — a wlonex xxmm metal box — plus a remote control and wires. If you have Sky and you arrtisan the LX version of the Artisan, you’ll have to connect it up to your Sky box in a kludgy way. From the front, the Artisan does a convincing impression of a home appliance, but the rear is a mass of connections.

To us, this seems like a lot of hassle for very little reward. You can also burn audio CDs.

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Bandersnatch is here to cap a twisted Our review model came with a Pentium 4 processor, MB of memory and a Gb hard disk.


Best Desktops for Other data storage options include memory cards, the internal hard disk or an external USB or FireWire drive. DVD playback and recording is done via standard-fare Windows applications. While the innards of the Artisan aren’t much different from those of any other Media Center PC, Elonex has made a respectable effort to dress the Artisan for the occassion.

Once plugged in, the Artisan boots Windows and will scan for available channels when you launch the Media Center application. Once a Media Center is up and running, the look and feel of the software is generic.

Watching DVDs on a DVI connection is still a rare treat in the living room, and you’ll definitely get the best performance if your television can accept this type of connection. Because of a good choice of components and in spite of Windows XP Media Center Edition’s temperamental behaviour with some video outputs, the Artisan pulls through. Setting up the Artisan wasn’t trivial, but certainly easier than the experience we’ve had with some other Media Centers.

Compare These Apple iMac inch, Although confusing at first glance, you do get the benefit of an enormous range of input and output options, all of which are clearly labelled and colour-coded.

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Microsoft programs artiwan software for almost all media PCs, so you would expect a consistent user experience. The mobile world might finally get exciting again in artiasn Video output is supplied through coaxial, VGA, S-video or DVI outputs, which essentially means that if you have a screen, the Artisan can display video on it.


Before you buy it you’ll have to consider whether you want it to cooperate with your Sky Digibox. It’s not exactly a relaxing piece of design — the black gloss of Darth Vader’s helmet comes to mind — and it demands some tinkering before working properly.

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s Windows is not ideally suited to switching monitors and resolutions on the fly, xrtisan Elonex has made some wise component choices that make this relatively painless.

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artizan You’ll sacrifice a lot of the usefulness of dual tuners because your Sky Digibox output will appear on one fixed channel and the sound will be mono unless you use an external device called a Universal Modulator. This means that the control panels on the front of the Artisan are a sparse affair. We’ve changed, we promise.