Pros speed,media access,quite user friendly
Cons 2 external hard drive bays(Hp drives)
Summary My 1st HP desktop. Very pleased. Bought at Best Buy (Canada). The experience at Best Buy was not great-but the rig itself is great. I subsequently bought the 160gig pocket media drive, & 500gig media drive for added storage. Interface good, speed, & most of all HP support is VERY GOOD...very happy ( & the 22in monitor w2207h is super as well)
Pros It is fast, tons of room for growth and just does everything!
Cons I wish the tower were a bit physically smaller
Summary I've never owned a desktop PC before just laptops. I was using my wife's laptop and it just got killed by some spyware/virus. So I decided to splurge and get a shiny new desktop. And I haven't looked back ever since. I love it!
For me I think it was a bit of overkill for my uses (email, web surfing, DVD watching, print few pages, scan few pages) - I'm the little old grandma of computing. But I have no regrets. Great box.
Pros Fast, Very Quiet, Wireless Internet, Stable system
Cons Media Card Reader conflicts with Vista. Microsoft says fix is on the way, it's 8mos over due.
Summary I started off with the Pavillion Elite 9040. I thought there was a defective media card reader in it and took it back. I found this model and it wasn't much more, but it had an improved graphics card and more hard drive. However, I found the same issue with the media reader, so after going through two hours with tech support to fix the issue, (including opening it up and disconnecting the media reader and reconnecting it) finally tech support realized it was conflicting with Vista. There is suppose to be a fix coming, but the techy said don't hold my breath. So oh well, I bought an external media reader and moved on.
The rest of this system is amazing! I didn't realize how much noise I was putting up with from the gateways I've always had. This thing is so quiet I can't believe it. The three gigs of memory make Vista run like a dream too. I run CS3 and Nero 8, both memory hogs, at the same time and have no problems at all.
Over-all one of the best desktops in this price range that I've found. Unless your a serious gamer, this PC will handle anything you throw at it.
Pros Its MUCH faster than my old computer eight years ago LOL (laugh out loud) Include card card, slots OK sound card, better video card and OK graphics.
Cons Hate Windows Vista, upgrading to Windows 7 anyways Had problems with media drive bay but i fixed the loose plug No warranty :( Laggy when playing high end games.
Summary I got an old custom built computer and wanted to upgrade RAM but the RAM company bankrupted. Then after eight years I got this computer. It was a big jump from big lag and fast computer. Then after a week or so I upgrade to 6GB of RAM. Windows Vista Home Premium was kind of different to me so I after a while I got used to it. I started testing the video and overclocking it and made no difference. I didn"t want to do so much to it so I put it back. It was because it was still laggy and was a little bit more laggy. One day my media drive definitely didn't work so I opened the tower and found a loose plug and guessed it was the media drive. I put it back where it belonged and turned it on and found out it was loose. Another found I was thinking why my computer was laggy when playing games in 64Bit and 32Bit. So I found out it was my video card. So now I might plan to upgrade my power supply and video card to GeForce 9600GSO and my power supply to 400W since it was the max. Windows Vista is slow so I looked it up in Google and tried making it faster but only was 12.5% faster. Right now I'm using Windows 7 and it was way faster than Vista and better than XP. In conclusion, its worth buying a refurbed computer and is awesome.
Pros This computer has everything. speed, memory, tv tuner, dvr, light scribe CD technology, dvd and a great rubberized docking area for your gadgets on top...
Over all an excellent machine.
Cons Cheap wireless keyboard, and video tuner card problems..at time a bit noisey,
Summary I have had some problems - 1. the wireless keyboard and mouse are basically pieces of junk. I would have much rather had a quality wired keyboard and mouse. or at least just a wired keyboard. The first one i got I had to replace. The keyboard just kept sticking - typing hundreds of letters without me even having my hand on it. it was murder trying ot get a CSR on the "LIve" feed at HP.com support - and when you do get them you know they are talking to 3 other people at the same time which is frustrating when you have to sit three and wait 5 minutes for the response when you only types in an answer to theri question.
They quickly sent me out an entirely new keyboard which arrives in three working days and worked fine. well as fine as it is ever going to. It sporatically misses letters at times and I have already replaced the batteries once in 30 days...THEN i couldnt get the tv tuner to work at all it kept telling me windows could not find a tuner. I sourced the support FAQs and tried everything then did the on line "live" support again... YEs another nightmare waited like 25 minutes till someone responded. again took forever and then had to re-seat the tuner card so i had to contact them again the next day when that didnt work. Ended up they had me try liek 4 differnt things and NOTHING.. they had to send me out a new one. Again it came quickly - about 3 working days. I replaced it and since everything has been fine. so all in all if everything worked the first time this thing would have been outstanding...