Pros Small size Price and Features
Cons Getting use to Vista
Summary This was a replacement for an aging Dell Dimension XPS R450 that I have had for 10 years.
I looked at other compact PC's but I settled on the HP since it was the best price of any of the compact PC's I looked at. I settled on the following configuration: Model s3400z - AMD 4400 Dual Core X2 2.3 Ghz, 4 Gig DDR2-800Mhz Ram, 256M ATI RADEON HD 3450 DVI Video Card, Wireless LAN Card...etc
Purchased from HP direct (Best price I could find and they included FREE Shipping).
I would recommend this PC to anyone who needs a solid Personal and Work (Home Office) computer. It's small size (about 1/3 the size of my Dell) is great and it's built like a tank.
A great all around home and home office pc.
Pros fast and great blu-ray picture
Cons The key board and mouse is very delicate
Summary great system for the money
"One Year, Then Crash"on by jwwnj
Pros Compact, Versatile, Excellent Features for the Price
Cons Motherboard problems, RAM problems, worst customer support of any company that I have ever encountered
Summary I would highly recommend looking at a different machine and company. This rig died after 14 months, and trying to revive it with HP's help has proved beyond to be horrendous. It took me 4 calls until I could find a decent tech support rep to walk through diagnostics, only to find out that the motherboard was dead. Sent it in, got it replaced for free, got it back,....RAM problems. All RAM must be replaced. Maybe this computer concept is okay, but this is a shoddy product. And if you doubt me, search around a little for these issues on HP slimline cases; they are common, the company must know they exist, and you can avoid it all by going another route. I will return to Dell or Apple for our next desktop, and this is the last HP product that I will ever buy.
Pros Great size for using this machine in your entertainment system. Integrated wireless. Blueray. Finally a PC that belongs on the entertainment shelf.
Cons Only one tuner and no room for internal expansion. Runs a little hot but has not caused a problem. HDMI takes some massage to get it working, and there is no instruction on why it doesn't work out of the box.
Summary I have been looking for a machine like this for a long time. There are those that will say you can build one for less money and more features.....the problem is that not all of us have the time or the hardware knowledge to make sure that every component we are putting together will even work when it is all said and done.
HDMI will not work out of the box. You need to connect a DVI monitor cable to the TV in order to get HDMI to work. It took me a while to figure out that the computer was using the HDMI interface as a second monitor. When you have DVI and HDMI both connected, go into display settings and set the HDMI monitor as the primary. i leave the DVI cable plugged in. If you have PC problems, sometimes the computer will reset to using DVI as the primary monitor. I also had to update the driver and software for the NIVDIA video card in order to get HDMI to view in full screen.
I added a hauppauge hvr-950 external tv tuner to the machine so that I have two tuners. That is the main reason HP missed it on this unit. Who wants something like this with only one tuner? The hauppauge 950 offers marginal picture quality on my Bravia 32 in screen. I think I will look for another unit. Although I wonder how good it can get since I have to use an external tuner. When it is all said and done, I would like someone to show me anything better for the money in an HTPC that you don't have to build yourself.
Pros The size is great...can't say there are any other pros.
Cons After 2 weeks I've done system recovery twice. DVD player works when it feels like it, some software doesn't work, try to upgrade get error message. Cannot download critical HP updates, can't do any HP updates. So many error messages I've lost count.
Summary Right out of the box the computer seemed great. As soon as I updated software etc. as recommended, I started having problems with it hanging, not shutting down, not starting up. Programs can't find the DVD recorder.Type too fast and gibberish comes out. What gives?? I've been in contact with HP for 2 weeks and issues are still not resolved. Should a BRAND NEW computer have any issues at all??? . I hv aaas owned l compuuand hve NVR haad too Oh look! typed too fast!!! I have always purchased Dell computers for myself and family members. Never have I had the problems encountered with the HP. Obviously from the CNET and customer reviews there is a large discrepancy with the consistancy of this product. I will get my money back, this is unacceptable. Lesson learned!!