Sep 18, 2014 -
As a habitual penny-pincher, there aren't many systems I think are worth over $2,000. The Bolt II, however, is definitely one of them. The "Best" configuration definitely delivers a machine with both performance and panache. And while it's not as customizable as I might've liked, the generally current components mean there's no real reason to start looking for better parts.
That said, the system's not flawless. I ran into a few issues with some of the ports on the Z97I-Plus motherboard and almost ran myself ragged trying to get the Blu-ray player to, well, play Blu-rays. Thankfully, many of these issues would be covered by Digital Storm's 3-year warranty.
The Digital Storm Bolt II is by no means the most value-packed PC on the market, but liquid-cooled, powerful performance in a stylish, small form factor comes at a premium. This doesn't best the Falcon Northwest Tiki in terms of what's possible in a console-sized system, but does incredibly well to get similar speeds for a fraction of the cost. If you're looking for a pretty pint-sized system that packs the performance of a full-size rig, the Bolt II is almost certainly the droid you've been looking for.