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Maximum PC Staff Oct 24, 2011

Cybernet iOne-H5

At A Glance

HYPERDYNE SYSTEMS

Fairly fast for an all-in-one.

CYBERDYNE SYSTEMS

Loud and clunky-looking.

It's not pretty, but it's gaming ready

Cybernet has been building all-in-one touch-screen PCs for hospital and medical use for years. Given the ambitious specs of the company's new iOne-H5—a 2.93GHz Core i7-870, 8GB of memory, and ATI's Mobility Radeon HD 5730 GPU—we found ourselves wondering if this long-term expertise would translate into an awesome consumer system.

The truth is that performance is pretty much the only hope Cybernet has of winning over would-be buyers. In a category that emphasizes glossy plastic curves and minimalist bezels, the iOne stands in such stark contrast to systems like HP's TouchSmart 610 and Sony's Vaio L Series that we actually felt bad for the little guy.

The antiquated stylings extend to the ports and fans, as well. The system lacks internal Bluetooth and instead comes with a clunky USB sensor for the wireless keyboard and mouse. And the ports are all located underneath the display, which probably makes sense in a medical environment by preventing cable snags, but is really annoying for the rest of us.


Aesthetically, the iOne-H5 looks like it's from the year 2003. Performance, however, is decidedly modern.

We don't mind smaller screen sizes in this category, so we won't penalize Cybernet for the standard 20-inch touch-screen display, which has average screen quality. The rest of the internals are solid, however, with 8GB of RAM, dual Ethernet ports, and a TV tuner kit that permits video-in as well as video-capture. We were surprised to find that Blu-ray isn't even a possibility. But while our review system came bundled with a pokey 5,400rpm 500GB drive, we were pleased to discover that Cybernet allows you to upgrade to a 240GB SSD if you'd like.

When we booted the system, the iOne proved its mettle. In test after test, the spunky little iOne smacked down every other all-in-one that we've tested, with one exception: the similarly equipped Core i7-870 HP TouchSmart 610. Although both have the same processor, the HP dominated in all of our CPU and system-dependent tests. The iOne was close in MainConcept, but Photoshop and ProShow Producer both saw wide performance gaps. Why the diff? We surmise that much of it comes from the HP's 7200rpm drive. The roles were reversed in gaming, though. In our Call of Duty 4 benchmark, the iOne's Radeon HD 5730 propelled Cybernet to a victory margin of 63 percent over the HP's Radeon HD 5570 part. Here the iOne threw off 58.2 frames per second, which not only makes it worthy of light-duty gaming, but it also makes it the fastest graphics performer in the category to date.

Unfortunately, at $1,682, the iOne isn't cheap, especially for an AiO with a 20-inch panel. It's also the noisiest by far. CPU-intensive tests like ProShow Producer, which hammers all four CPU cores, kicked the iOne's fans into high gear, and the resulting decibels sounded like an airplane spinning up its engines on the runway. Not good in an AiO.

Unless you absolutely have to have gaming performance in your all-in-one, you're better off passing on Cybernet in favor of HP's TouchSmart 610, which has recently been updated to a Sandy Bridge CPU. But we have to say this is an encouraging start for an independent system maker.

$1,682, www.cybernetman.com

Specifications
CPU 2.93GHz Core i7-870
GPU
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
RAM 8GB DDR3/1333
HDD500GB 5,400rpm
Screen
20-inch
BENCHMARKS

Zero Point
Origin EON17-S
Proshow Producer (sec) 567 662 (-14%)
MainConcept (sec)
1,109 1,227 (-10%)
Photoshop CS3 (sec) 85
110 (-23%)
Premiere Pro CS3 (sec)
600 600
Call of Duty 4 (fps)
35.8 58.2

Our zero-point AiW is an HP TouchSmart 610 with a 2.93GHz Core i7-870, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5570, 8GB of DDR3/1333, 1TB 7,200rpm HDD, and 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium.

THE VERDICT

Cybernet iOne-H5

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