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Pros: Picture good. Sound better than most. Cables included: VGA, DVI-HDMI, and an HDMI-USB cable that powers my Chromecast.
Cons: noneREAD FULL REVIEW
Cons: The receptacles are so tight, you have to push with a lot of force to insert plugs. Even when you do force plugs in, they are so shallow that there is a gap between the surfaces of the plug and the receptacle, exposing the prongs.
Other Thoughts: First and last time I fall for the "cyber monday" deals.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: At $499, lots of bang for your buck
Cons: Needs a lot of time and effort to set up
Other Thoughts: Since HP's latest tower computers have gone very proprietary and incompatible with third party components for upgrades or repairs, I figured I might as well save some space with the smaller case. The box is nicely put together and runs very quietly.
W7 on the SSD seems aimed at professionals who just need a starting point to configure their workstation. Initial updates takes many hours to download and install over 700 MB of updates. There are tips and tricks on the net on how to speed this up, but I just let it run overnight and do its thing. After updates the performance index for video (Aero) performance jumped from 5.4 to 6.9.
Lots of HP software included. They made the "Security Client" very hard to uninstall. Removing all drive letters except "C:" finally did it.
If you want to do a fresh W7 install, make sure you have PS/2 mouse and keyboard available.
A cable runs from a connector on the wireless card, labeled "Bluetooth", to a port on the mobo labeled "SD RDR", this may cause some confusion.