Zoostorm 63-5402 Family Package review

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But if the 63-5402 is really going to succeed as a family-centric media machine, then the monitor needs to perform. The included 22in TFT, an AMW X2210WAS, has a native resolution of 1,680 x 1,050, and is relatively bright and sharp. Despite this, it’s a poor choice for watching Blu-ray movies – it only has a VGA input, which won’t support HDCP encryption, and it also can’t show full 1080p video.

it_photo_5787The Mesh Elite Pulse HD, for instance, comes with a monitor capable of HD – the 24in Iiyama PLE2403WS-B1. The Zoostorm may be cheaper on paper, but upgrading to a monitor that can full take advantage of the Blu-ray drive would bring the price in line with that of the superior Mesh.

This may be a relatively cheap package, but too many corners have been cut to make it a good value investment. The quick processor, decent printer and Blu-ray drive exude potential, but they’re let down elsewhere: an inadequate monitor, poor graphics card, mediocre speakers and inferior chassis means that, despite the price, we can’t recommend the Zoostorm.

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