CCL PCPro-003 review

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CCL builds custom PCs for the education sector, and thus gives schools the opportunity to specify a computer that meets both their price and performance needs.

The PCPro-003 is an updated version of the i3-Edu-Mini, and much has improved. For roughly the same amount of money, you now get a PC supplied with one of Intel’s latest processors and a two-year, on-site warranty (the i3-Edu-Mini had a three-year warranty, but on a return-to-base basis). You can purchase the PC without Windows for £310 exc VAT, and save a further £17 if you don’t need the keyboard and mouse.

The CCL’s chassis has a small footprint, measuring 135 x 289 x 240mm (WDH), and so takes up relatively little desktop space. The metal and plastic case feels reassuringly rugged, yet isn’t too heavy to carry around.

CCL PCPro-003

You certainly get the feeling this machine will withstand the rough handling that classroom PCs invariably receive from pupils. A quiet fan system also means the PC creates little noise, even when running processor-hungry activities.

And it can take whatever tasks most classes throw at it. Our test model came with a dual-core 3.1GHz Intel Core i3-2100 processor, and 4GB of RAM; it’s a potent combination. A score of 0.80 in the our benchmarks is a fine result.

This was backed up by our subjective impressions. It offers sharp graphics, crisp audio and smooth video – it’s hard to think of a classroom IT activity the PCPro-003 would have problems with,a and the generous specifications mean it should have a long working life.

The front panel is clean and uncluttered, consisting of a grille cover and a long, thin vertical strip containing the power button, two LEDs, optical disc tray and disc eject button. The eject button on the i3-Edu-Mini was stiff, but we had no such concerns with this machine: the drive tray opens smoothly (but note that it closes manually, which might lead to reliability issues eventually).


Warranty2yr on-site

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity500GB
RAM capacity4.00GB


CPU familyIntel Core i3
CPU nominal frequency3.10GHz


Memory typeDDR3

Graphics card

Graphics chipsetIntel HD Graphics
DVI-I outputs0
HDMI outputs2
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
DisplayPort outputs0


Case formatDesktop
Dimensions135 x 289 x 240mm (WDH)

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)6
eSATA ports1

Mouse & Keyboard

Mouse and keyboardMicrosoft desktop

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

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