Pros So easy to use! Windows media center is awesome. I have my computer hooked up to television as well as the radio. Has all the bells and whistles you could ask for.
Cons No cons so far that I can think of other than that the actual CPU is somewhat heavy which isn't a big deal since you won't be moving it around much.
Summary I love this computer so far!! I just hooked it up and everything worked! I have been through a ton of computers and normally there is at least SOMETHING that doesn't go smoothly. Software that is included is great, had to purchase my own speakers, but I would have done that anyways. If anyone is looking into purchasing a system with Media Center and Pentium D, I HIGHLY recommend this computer!
Pros fast, lots of space , tons of fetures, sleek looks, etc.
Cons only two things, mine didn't come with a spot to connect it to my tv so I can use my tv as a monitor which is one of the reasons I bought it . other reason listed in opinion.
Summary I felt it is a good computer I've had a few glitches here and there the modem broke I guess after 3 days it wasn't anyones fault I guess and I called about it so they mailed me a new one and I installed it myself. Overall though pretty decent. i purchased my computer at Office Depot for around $1000 and it came with a mail in rebate for 250 which I have yet to get.
Pros Plays nice with all my stuff
Cons None that I can think of
Summary For around 1000 bucks this is a deal you cannot beat. A fairly fast processor, a respecatable amount of RAM, and a big hard drive. Even better is that this thing is made to interact with a stereo, a TV, and/or a cable box. I have this hooked into my Plasma TV, cable box, and my stereo. We can surf the net, watch TV, listen to MP3's, play DVD's, display videos or pictures without getting up from the couch.
If you want to do high powered games, I'm not sure this is the machine for you, but I haven't run anything that demanding on it yet. Just a real nice product.
Pros 19-inch LCD, nice and fast,, good buy, great support!
Cons Remote issue
Summary Bought the $1,499 Costco bundle (m7167c-B) and it includes a wireless mouse/keyboard, plus that awesome LCD.
I had been thinking small-form-factor (Shuttle) to replace my 3-year-old PC, but instead went just as big if not bigger than my old box. So far, I'm quite impressed.
Only issue - the Media Center remote doesn't work. HP online 24-hour live tech chat has been awesome in trying to solve the problem-have not done the last step, they sent me an entirely different IR receiver than what's bundled, and I fear the keyboard/mouse might have issues if I swap them out.
But this thing actually comes with a full set of manuals - in paper! Wow, what a concept! And the bundled software isn't too bad, not as overboard as I feared. Still deciding if Norton is worth the hassle (it has frequent indigestion checking mail within Outlook '03).
First PC "cover boy" (Nov. Computer Shopper, plus PC Mag best buy) I've owned since my ol' Tandy 1000 20 years ago!
Pros nothing pro
Cons nothing con
Summary After a few years the cooling fan on the proc. may get loud. If you look inside at the cooling fan mounted on the processors heat exchanger, there may be a thick accumulation of dust under the fan; between the fan and the heat exchanger. The fan is complaining that it can't adequately cool the processor. Don't wait too long to clean it or you'll lose the power supply. Unplug the pwoer cord, wait until the LED on the back of the power supply goes out. Open the left side of the cabinet. remove the four screws holding the cooling fan to the processors heat exchanger and vacuum out all the dust packed on to the heat exchangers blades. Put it all back together and when you power up, you'll find the unit running much quieter, as if it were new. As I said, don't wait too long (as I did) until the power supply dies.