Pros Excellent hardware except for the video card
Cons Junk software forced me to reload OS
Summary This is my first non-dell PC. I purchased this PC with an HP vs17 flat panel monitor, an HP PSC1610 all-in-one, and a 160 GB Personal Media Drive. The m7070n offered lots of interesting features at a reasonable price. I especially liked the built-in card reader (which Dell STILL doesn't offer), front-mounted audio and video jacks, and Personal Media Drive port. I was impressed with the quality of the hardware and the arrangement of the cables in the PC. Not bad for a store-bought PC. The PCs fans were a little noisy for the first few days. Since then, they've quieted down. I also had a problem with the lower optical drive door opening whenever I touched the front of the PC case. That also worked itself out on its own. The hard drive (Seagate 250 MB SATA) is noisy but that could be due to the placement inside the case. It resonates loudly. I can hear every little click of the drive. This is where newer Dell PCs really outshine this HP. The Dell drives are extremely quiet. Performance on the HP m7070n is so-so. I thought it would absolutely scream when I looked at the specs. It's fast, but not as fast as I imagined. Forget this PC for high-end gaming. For games like Quake II, Operation Blockade or Atomic Cannon, it's OK though. It's better for video production. No complaints there. Now on to the real problem....the software installed on this PC is a major issue. Half the stuff is demo software and the other half is just junk. Some of it can't be uninstalled because it looks for a "tmp" folder which simply isn't on the hard drive. I finally got so frustrated that I blew away the partition and loaded on MS Windows XP Pro WITHOUT Media Center. (The hardware drivers are on the "RECOVERY" partition. Grab them first and burn them to a CD.) Now I just use "Beyond TV" now with the TV card instead of MS Media Center and it works great. I can record TV shows and burn then to DVD with Nero. Awesome! All in all, I do feel a little regret about not sticking with Dell, but right now, Dell just doesn't have a PC with the same features. HP had some great ideas with this PC, and it does the job. But only time will tell how it will hold up. I also can't help but think that a Dell with the same specs would be incredibly fast as well as quiet, and without all the junk sofware.
Pros Accessories, Hardware & Build Quality
Cons Large Case, Video Card
Summary Purchased two weeks ago and really like this PC. Replaced a 4 yr old HP Pavilion that I liked also. Really like the fact that an iPod dock fits right into the top of the case. The case is rather large however. Can also put a HP R-series camera dock in place of the iPod dock and it does come with the trim for each. The video card (ATI x300) needs work, as all ATI products do. Will look into upgrading as PCI-E cards are more available. Really like the removable personal media drive. Very handy for transferring music files. Integrated 2 HP x5400 media center extenders and those work great with the pc. Highly recommend overall.
Pros Price, Speed, Easy Use, Lots of Software,WIreless
Cons Could Have Been Built With A Little Bit better graphics card
Summary I HAVE OWNED A TOP OF THE LINE DELL AND GATEWAY WICH I BOTH HATED BOTH OF THEM BECUASE OF TOO MANY HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE PROBLEMS. I LOVE MOST OF THE SOFTWARE THAT IT CAME WITH BUT SOME OF IT I UNISTALLED AND PUT MY OWN ON THERE. I BOUGHT THIS BECAUSE OF WORK AND FINISHING UP SOME MORE COLLEGE. IT HAS GREAT SPEAK AND TYPE SOFTWARE WHICH IS AWSOME INSTEAD OF TYPING REPORTS AND WORK DOCUMENTS. THE MEDIA CENTER IS GREAT FROM LIVE TV WITH GREAT PICTURE CLARITY AND MUSIC SOFTWARE THAT IS GREAT TOO. ALSO THE LIGHT SCRIBE DRIVE IS SO GOOD YOU CAN PUT REAL PICTURES ON A CD JUST THE LIKE YOU BUY AT THE STORES. AND I LOVE THE FACT U CAN GET THE EXTERNAL DRIVE YOU CAN LOAD INFORMATION ON IT TAKE WHERE EVER WORK GOES AND PLUG IT INTO ANOTHER COMPUTER. YES THE GRAPHICS CARD ON THE COMPUTER IS GOOD BUT NOT BUY ANY MEANS GREAT BUT FOR ITS INTENDED PURPOSE IT IS VERY GOOD. MY MEDIA CENTER CAME WITH THE MOST BASIC ATI RADON GRAPHICS CARD WHICH IS NOT BAD WOULD HAVE LIKE TO SEEN A BETTER ONE PUT IN FOR THE $1200 PRICE TAG.BUT HEY WHO REALLY NEEDS A $700 GRAPHICS CARD. WHY DO I SAY THAT WITH THE PS3 AND XBOX 360 COMING OUT THEY WILL BE THE ULTIMATE GAMING CONSOULES AND IF YOU LOOK OUT THE PC SOFTWARE FOR GAMES ID DROPPING DRAMITCALY DUE TO THE FACT GAMING SYSTEMS LIKE THE PS3 AND XBOX 360 ARE OUT WITH AWSOME POWER AND GRAPHICS. SO IF YOU ARE BASING BUYING THE COMPUTER ON THE GRAPHICS CARD DON'T. I DO THINK THE COMPUTER IS WORTH THE MONEY. IT COSTED LITTLE OVER $1200 BUT WITH $300 WORTH OF MAIL IN REBATES MAKES THE PRICE DROP.MINE CAME WITH WIRLESS EVERYTHING, AND A 3.6 GHZ PROCESSOR, A 17" LCD MONITOR WHICH I MAY SAY IT AWSOME WHICH IS INCLUDED JUST TO BUY THAT SEPERATE IS AROUND that $299. THANK YOU FOR READIN THIS REVIEW I HOPE IT IS HELPFUL.Updated
JUST LETTING PEOPLE KNOW IT DOES SAY IT DOES NOT COME WITH A MONITOR AND WIRELESS FEATURES ACCORDING TO CNET. BUT I BOUGHT THIS COMPUTER AT COMP USA I ADVISE IF YOU BUY THIS COMPUTER GO TO THAT STORE THEY GIVE ALOT OF REBATES AND THROW IN FREE STUFF LIKE THE 17" LCD AND WIRELESS KEYBOARD AND MOUSE.
"Everything you want"on by kmclue
Pros Quiet, all features most will want
Cons So so video, junk ware
Summary As stated by others, this system comes with a bunch of software junk that can be difficult to uninstall. Once removed, performance increases. TV tuner card is buggy until you install updates from HP. This is a well rounded system and a great value.
"don't buy hp"on by ANDYMCEVOY1
Pros liked out of box, everything great
Cons system died, tech support had me spend 90 min taking parts out, sent for warranty repair. came back NOT FIXED. they changed 1 memory chip. returned with 2 cards just flopping in case hanging on by wires.
Summary now an hour later, i'm on hold again. waiting for another tech to tell me how they are going to fix, AGAIN!!!
NEVER WILL I BUY HP AGAIN. i will tell everyone i see in store and anyone who will listen to buy something else.