Inexpensive, very sleek looking, small footprint, very easy to set up out of the box, good performance for the money.
Limited expandability, no bundled application software beyond Windows 7 and 2 months of Norton anti-virus.
My mom's 5 year old PC was giving her fits due to malware, and limited performance, and her needs are basically for a nice internet terminal at low cost. Frys was running a great sale on this basic desktop PC, so I got her one. I think that the ... Read full review
My mom's 5 year old PC was giving her fits due to malware, and limited performance, and her needs are basically for a nice internet terminal at low cost. Frys was running a great sale on this basic desktop PC, so I got her one. I think that the basic 2 GB with integrated graphics RAM taking up a part of that is skimpy - so I got her another 2GB, and now she should be good to go for another 5 years.
I was really impressed with how clean Windows 7 is (and I'm certainly historically no fan of MS), and how easy the out of box experience was to set her up and get her running. Her old peripherals (Printer & Cable Modem) both plug-and-played immediately, and setup was a snap. This machine also looks great and runs quite well - It's certainly fast enough for anyone but a serious 3D gamer or a serious Photo or Video publisher. All in all, a very nice baseline PC for anyone who's not a power user, and at only $300 on sale with the additional 2GB upgrade, and the newest OS, it was a very painless purchase, and serious value for the money.
The only gotcha is that some of her existing older Win XP Software (such as Works 2002, PS Elements 5.0) needs upgrading to run on Windows 7, but of course that's not Compaq's issue, it's just a fact of life in the PC world as things move forward. Overall, I'm very impressed with this very little desktop PC for very little money.
I gave it 4* overall on an absolute basis, but on a value basis, I'd have given it 5.
Updated on Nov 7, 2009