The Syber Vapor A is the series' lowest priced model at $599. The system is able to run the most demanding games of the day at medium to high settings, as long as you run at the 1080P resolution. However, I'm not sure if I like the concessions CyberPowerPC made to shave $100 off the price of the midrange Vapor I.
The difference between the Vapor A and Vapor I are fairly extreme from a components-for-gamers point of view. The Vapor I doubles the storage capacity, doubles the DRAM density, and also increases the processor clock speed. It's more than just the 400MHz though - we are talking about the difference between Intel clock speeds, lower power consumption, and feature set, and a lower clock speed AMD Athlon X4 with fewer megahertz, and an aging architecture. Without both systems on hand, we can't say if the Vapor I's user experience is better than the Vapor A's though.
Just because I would prefer to use the Vapor I doesn't mean we should deduct points from the Vapor A. CyberPowerPC managed to deliver a true console experience with the help of Steam and other partners. Any of the Vapor products would look right at home under a TV. You get the console gaming experience, and the full range of programs that come with Windows PCs. Do you want to play a Blu-Ray ISO? No problem. Do you want to surf the web? Yeah, you can do that too. You could do your taxes on the Syber Vapor if you wanted too. I haven't seen TurboTax for the PlayStation 4 yet.
Just be careful while using the included mini keyboard device; I don't think the IRS would take "sensitive touchpad" as a legitimate excuse when you accidentally check the box for a deduction you are not eligible for. That's really the only area I can point to in hopes of CyberPowerPC making an improvement. I would call the Mini Remote touchpad / keyboard functional, but not ideal.
The Logitech F710 Game controller included with the system is very good quality. Personally, I have a favorite controller for gaming, which is sold by Thrustmaster. The Logitech unit is actually constructed better, as a console controller should be.
Performance wise, the Vapor A allows you to run games at 1080P resolutions all day long, at console level or higher image quality settings. When it comes down to it, that's what this system is for, and that is what counts.
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United States: The Syber Vapor I SVIB100 Desktop retails for $699.00 at Amazon.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||94%|
|Value for Money||85%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||90%|
The Bottom Line: I'm not sold on the Steam Machine bringing PC gaming to the masses, but if you already like PC gaming and want it on the big screen, the Vapor A is a good way to take it to the living room for not a lot of money.
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