RM Desktop 311 review

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The RM Desktop 311 is a high-performance PC with a fair bit of power under its bonnet, including a 3.1GHz Intel Core i5-2400 CPU and 8GB of RAM. In other words, it’s ideal for processor-intensive activities such as video editing or audio, although its 160GB hard disk isn’t especially generous.

RM Desktop 311 review

Like all RM products, this PC is designed for the classroom and comes with a metal, graffiti-resistant case. It feels rugged, and can be used in both horizontal and vertical configurations. However, it’s hefty, so you’ll need quite a bit of desk space to accommodate it – and at 9kg, you won’t want to shift it around too often either.

RM Desktop 311

Our review sample came with Windows 7 Professional preinstalled, plus a full-sized keyboard, mouse and mouse mat – all of impressive quality. The front of the PC is designed so that almost everything you’ll ever need is close to hand, including headphone and microphone ports, two USB 2 ports, a FireWire port, DVD writer and 15-in-1 memory card reader. The result is that pupils can connect an array of devices to this PC including digital cameras, camcorders, music players and USB-controlled robots without ever needing to touch the back of the PC.

The rear of the Desktop 311 PC has a good selection of ports, too, including four USB 2, two USB 3, two eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort and line-out and microphone audio sockets. However, while there are two DVI ports (Type I and D), there’s no VGA, which could be an issue if you’re using a legacy monitor. Luckily, RM has thought of this and includes a DVI-to-VGA adapter.

In operation, the Desktop 311 runs smoothly and quietly; it will run pretty much anything you throw at it with ease. The benchmark score of 0.93 is the best in this group. The only thing missing is 3D graphics capability: the Core i5 has a built-in GPU, but it can’t match the performance of a dedicated graphics chip, or even the GPU built into AMD’s A8 series APUs. If 3D matters, you may want to look elsewhere; otherwise, this is an excellent classroom PC that’s built to last.


Warranty1yr on-site

Basic specifications

Total hard disk capacity160GB
RAM capacity8.00GB


CPU familyIntel Core i5
CPU nominal frequency3.10GHz


Memory typeDDR3

Graphics card

Graphics chipsetIntel HD Graphics 3000

Hard disk



Optical driveDVD writer


Dimensions359 x 416 x 135mm (WDH)

Rear ports

USB ports (downstream)6

Operating system and software

OS familyWindows 7

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