Pros SIZE, PRICE, LOW POWER CONSUMPTION
Cons INTEGRATED SOUND CARD, NO WIRELESS N
Summary HP IS ON A BALL. THIS WAS THE FIRST PC I COULD CONVINE MY WIFE TO PUT IN THE LIVING ROOM. THE SLIMLINE SMALL SIZE HAS ITS PERKS. MOST NOTABLY I KILL THREE BIRDS WITH ONE STONE TO MY LCD TVS WITH THE HDMI TAKINGCARE OF THE HD/DVD BLU-RAY AND THE PC. BELIEVE ME THIS WAS A LIFESAVER. I SPENT MONTHS WAITING FOR A PC WITH +3 HDMI PORTS, WHEN I FINALLY GET ONE HP GIVES ME THIS. THE SMALLER MOTHERBOARD CHIPSET REQUIRES LESS POWER COMSUMPTION SO MUCH SO I REPLACED THE OTHER TWO TITANS FROM MY LIVING ROOM AND BEDROOM AND REPLACED THEM WITH FOUR SLIMLINES THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE.
SOMETHING TO CONSIDER ALSO IF YOUR IN THE MARKET FOR A HOMESERVER OR ALREADY HAVE ONE. DON'T BOTHER SO MUCH WITH THE LARGER HARD DRIVES YOU'LL END UP OUTSOURCING THAT DUTY ANYWAY. ALSO, LIKE IN MY CASE IF YOUR PUTTING ONE IN THE KIDS ROOM THERE'S NO NEED FOR WIRELESS CAPABILITIES OR THE HD DRIVE WHICH MEANS YOU CAN SCALE BACK THE VIDEO CARD SIZE.THE SWEET PART ABOUT IT ITS ALL OPTIONAL. MY CONS IS THE SOUND CARD HD PICTURE OUTPUT NEEDS HD AUDIO OUTPUT. MINOR SIDE EFFECT THOUGH. WHAT WAS SO HARD ABOUT WIRELESS N HP???? ALSO SOME HDMI COMPATABILITY ISSUES WERE UPGRADED WHEN I INTRODUCED MY PC TO MY NETWORK. MY SAMSUNG FAILED INITIALLY BUT WORKS FINE AFTER THE UPGRADE.
"Outstanding Value"on by tdc36
Pros Big Bang for the Buck
Cons Not sure... Windows Vista possibly
Summary Purcjhhsed a custom-built from HP online a couple of weeks ago. Got the AMD X2 4600+ with 2GB memory and NVIDIA 8400 GS 256 MB video card. So far I am very pleased. It is extremely zippy and comes in a small attractive box. I am not much of a gamer, but do enjoy playing one every now and then. I have been playing Call of Duty 4 on this system and it plays it just fine (except when the fire fighting and explosions get extremely heavy it slows down a bit). Highly recommend this system for the novice, everyday user.
Pros Great Living Room System
Cons Needs a good Graphics card & 2 Gigs of Memory
Summary followed the links within the article and from within HP's own website and the price for this computer "minimally configured" is not $499 it is $749. The Blueray Superdrive is an extra $300 any way you slice it.
Pros Smaller, good graphics card, good options, looks nice
Cons Getting used to Vista but not hard
Summary A great machine for the value.
Buttons and options easy to access in the front. It looks as sleek as it runs.
I am getting used to Vista, runs super smooth, but some things have moved around a bit, so am annoyed a little but not much.
I dont know what else to add to this machine that I cant with a USB connection. Maybe the graphics card could be uped a little?
Pros Compact size for home theater.
Cons Very hot system, Questionable TV compatibility
Summary The cnet reviewer was right on target about compatibility issues with some TVs. I just wanted to alert you that HP Support and I have not been able to make this computer work through the HDMI/DVI ports to a Sony XBR5 TV. HP Support (who didn't seem to have a clue) sent a new video card which made no difference. I've completed all the available driver updates and verified that the HDMI and DVI ports are functional using a LCD monitor. Changing the computer resolution settings makes no difference. My next step is to take it to the local HP service center for evaluation.