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Advent Discovery MT1804 review

Low-cost and low-powered - a great price touch PC

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This was a surprising test. We went in to it wanting to hate this machine, but the Advent Discovery MT1804 has a decent touchscreen, a flexible (if slightly wonky) design and a killer price. It completely threw us off our game.

If you're looking for an all-in-one PC, it's definitely one to consider. If we had loads of cash there's no way we'd choose it over an iMac - touchscreen or not - because this doesn't have the power or the luxury screen fidelity of Apple's models, but as a cut-price machine suitable for just about every room of the house, there's no question that it does the trick.

We liked

The hinge, as long as it stays stiff over time, will enable you to position the Discovery MT1804 exactly as you want it, and that's a real selling point. Particularly if you're using this in the kitchen, that flexibility, and the touchscreen, will come in very handy.

It's also able to pump out high-def video, which makes the Discovery MT1804 equally perfect for the bedroom. Its component selection, while not top-class, is hefty enough for the price.

It's not huge, but you're not likely to run out of hard disk space quickly. There's no real graphics performance, but more than enough for office and internet tasks. The option of battery power is nice if you're going to take it from room to room.

Oh, and did we mention the price? We did? Let's do so again. £330, for this package, is just excellent. It really is. Considering that the touchscreen works well, and that it's almost half its original RRP, the Discovery MT1804 is a nicely positioned machine.

We disliked

It's cheap, but it looks cheap too. The peripherals are pretty flimsy and the case design a bit confusing. The Discovery MT1804 lacks USB ports, has a DVD drive which is in an awkward place and facing the wrong way, and a fairly low-res screen.

Basically, if you're looking for a powerhouse, a luxury machine, or even a PC that isn't baffling in its make-up, look elsewhere.