Pros WIFE FRIENDLY, COST, HD COMBO DRIVE
Cons NO WIRELESS N
Summary my last review of the other model
HP Pavilion Slimline s3200t received a 9 from me. with cons of sound card problems and the wireless n omission. this model on the other hand would've gotten better from me but i cant give it a 10. WIRELESS N IS A MUST HAVE NOWADAYS. yes you can buy it seperate but you should'nt have to. also, the cnet reviewers were correct with the hdmi compatability issues. this is my 11th test of the hp slimline models and this is the first model to work on my Samsung lcd tester right out the box. to be frank:
buy this if- you need a living room pc.
"Not quit there yet."on by SinjinH
Pros HDMI output on video card. Small form factor.
Cons No Wireless N. No gigabit lan. Runs very hot.
Summary For a system that claims to be a full entertainment system it sure is missing a few things. In order to stream video you need bandwidth, 10/100 just doesn't cut it. Also the blue-ray player seems to have trouble with DRM protected discs. It plays HD DVD without a problem. It also runs very hot, probably the small form factor. There are plenty of things that are nice about the system too. One of which is the video card which is the first one I've been able to scale to my 70" HDTV.
Pros Small and function well
Cons nothing found just yet
Summary This computer's meets my everyday functions as a mom. I use photoshop CS3 to edit my child's pictures and it runs very well editing 12mp image, plus the video editing too(use Premiere Element).
I especially love the multimedia function of this computer(with TV tuner built-in). I can watch DVD, TV, listen to music and don't have to use mouse, and I LOVE the remote control and the TV & movie guide! It helps a lot when I am holding a baby.
So far, so good, very smooth, no problem!
We paid $650 at Fry's. (close out deal, brand new in the box, low price is b/c of HP had newer model came out.)
Pros cheapest pile of dysfunctional hardware ever made
Cons I bought it
Summary I just purchased this machine for $975 from electronic extreme. I attempted to play a Blu-Ray disc for the first time last night and the drive can not read it. The HDMI output only works after the machine has been powered up through DVI. The HP customer service reps have been totally clueless in trying to help me.
This is the most disappointing product I have ever purchsed.
Pros Sometimes it works well enough to actually get by.
Cons It's an HP and HP does not care about quality or the consumer.
Summary Do yourself a favor and don't by an HP. If you ignore this sound advice and buy one anyway, don't waste your money on a service contract. HP service contracts are worthless. HP customer support people and case managers are VERY busy people- too busy to return calls. Buy an HP and my guess is unless you are far more fortunate than I, it won't take you long to figure out why they are so busy.
On July 11, 2007, I paid about $3,000 for a Pavilion set up. The keyboard and mouse were unresponsive or froze up all the time. The sleep and wake modes never worked and EVERY time you tried to use them, the computer froze up - even when it went to sleep on its own. They never fixed the problem and blamed it on Microsoft Vista. I paid for 2 years of Norton - after six months Norton service expired and HP still has not given me the rest of the time I paid for. I spent way too many hours on the phone trying to get things resolved - probably over 40 hours. Finally, they offered to buy back the machine. After about a month wait, I called the case manager to find out the status of the buy back, but the case manager would not return my calls for over two months. In the meantime I managed to talk to three other "customer service" types including and home office ombudsman. All three assured me that the buy back had been approved and it was only a matter of processing time before I got my mailing labels so I could send back the computer and get a refund - so I bought a Dell. Yesterday, 4-16-08 they called and told me that they would not buy back the computer.