Pros looks good; delivered fast. very fast games for 17 days.
Cons everything else. piece of junk.
Summary Customized this with great graphics, 8G of RAM, i7 quad processor, 1.5T hard drive. It worked for 17 days. Endless calls to HP customer service - very polite, but when they say "I have to research that. I'll call you back within 2 hours." you know that you have a problem they can't solve & they never call back. We have had technicians to the house twice - waiting and waiting for them to arrive. They replaced the motherboard the first time, but that didn't help; 2nd trip replace 4G RAM card. Worked great for 1/2 hour and then Windows "got confused" and had to be reinstalled. This process lost all hard drive info, and it could not be restored from backup. Now Windows won't even boot up. Lousy machine; lousy customer service. Very sad. :-( Makes me want to buy a Mac.
Pros Worked well right out of box. Have had for 30 days with no issues.
Cons Wish there were a more USB ports, but not a big deal since am using an external hub.
Summary Recommend it. Prior to this purchhse, had bought Dells for the past 15 years. Decided to switch based on better price for comparable specs and good reputation of HP. Wifi performs well with my 802.11n router. Useful to get Belkin XP/Vista to Windows7 transfer system: made it painless to move files from old computer to this one.
Pros My unit 'very' fast, added 2 base model - 2TB HD (now U can buy 3TB - as of 03/06/2012), 16GB memory, 600W power supply
Cons only thing I didn't care about, when U buy thru HP U have no choice 2 accept Word 2010 with advertisements (I hate advertisements). Bought mine thru Costco but when it was confrig, person added Word 2010 with advertisements (so U have no choice but to upd
Summary Good unit got it for about $200 less than HPshopping.com Costco offers free tech setup and free 2 yr tech support. After that plan 2 buy HP Total Care
"This Machine Rips"on by SV0007
Pros Fast, lots of graphics card options, USB 3.0 ports
Cons Too much bloatware.
Summary The h8xt is a very fast computer and everything works as advertised. Probably the easiest set up I've done in years. It helped that it's networked to another windows 7 machine running an i7 processor too. I chose a mid-level graphics card, 460w power supply upgrade (a 600w upgrade is available too) and have the unit paired to a Dell U2412M IPS monitor running at 1920 x 1280.
The USB 3.0 is a must have IMHO. Glad to see it comes standard. There are two 3.0 ports and I use one periodically to back up to an external HD which is stored offsite. The 3.0 port is roughly 10 times faster than a 2.0 port for data transfer (in my rough approximation). Also opted for a 2nd internal 7200rpm 1tb HD which is being used as a backup drive running ShadowProtect desktop.
Primarily used for business with lots of CPU intensive applications. The machine multi-tasks under heavy load without so much as breaking a sweat. The Beats Audio is software based and works well - the customizable graphics equalizer is really the best feature of Beats and will make even ordinary speakers sound very good.
The case is very slick - it looks like HP took a cue from Gateway's winning FX design here. The ports in front are hidden with a panel that slides down for access. I'm not a gamer, but there are high-end graphics card options if you're into that. The only con so far is lots of bloatware which is easy to get rid of, but probably took me an hour or so.
I considered other vendors, but really liked the customizable options on the h8xt better than the other vendors (including an upgrade to a 256GB SSD if you are so inclined). Highly recommended and a good value. Took off half a star for bloatware, otherwise this is a 5 star machine.