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Pros: Very capable, good feature set, 8GB ram. Bloatware was easily uninstalled. Capable of driving 2 1920x1200 monitors out of the box. Discrete graphics rather than integrated graphics.
Cons: Ships with some bloatware, doesn't come with an HDMI-DVI dongle.
Overall Review: Using in an office setting, so the remote is not being used but it seems like it would be a nice feature for a home theater setup (if you don't mind having a tower up front with the rest of your equipment). Had to upgrade the OS to Win 7 Pro, "upgrade anytime" worked flawlessly and fast.
Pros: Fantastic, easy to use, solid, reliable. Incredibly powerful. An added bonus Adobe Photoshop works even better in the Windows 7 environment and when Adobe moves up to 64 bit, which will be soon, we're ready. In addition all of the other programs we use in our photographic business: ProSelect, Corel Draw and Microsoft Office work great. The built in CD/DVD burner is the "Light Scribe", we had previously used an external Light Scribe and loved it.
Cons: The computer came with the video card we wanted to run dual monitors, however that function was turned off when the machine was assembled, so it would not boot. Once the second monitor was turned off set-up was easy. Fortunately our local Windows computer expert immediately recognized the problem and stopped us from returning the computer. Previously when we called HP Tech support, even the supervisor advised we returned the computer and did not know it was their people who disabled the second monitor on the video card during manufacture. They blamed NewEgg, who had nothing to do with the computers set-up.
Overall Review: We've been using custom built Windows and Unix computers in our studio for decades. This is the first time we've purchased a pre-assembled work station. This is the way to go, even our Windows consultant agrees. We hesitated on the purchase because of some questionable reviews. Fortunately we listened to our local tech and are ecstatic with this purchase. If we had the cash we'd purchase a second one right now. We will later.
Pros: Quiet, Good media center PC
Cons: Poor tech support from HP, crapware
Overall Review: Updating my review on 01/10/10. HP tech support concluded that it was a hardware problem with the graphics card. I posted the problem on Eggxpert.com forum and was lucky enough to find someone very familiar with this issue (Thanks Scorrpio!). The problem ended up being a missing realtek driver without which sound over HDMI simply would not work in this configuration. It is still puzzling how these boxes leave the warehouse with essential drivers missing. Even more puszzling is how HP support staff has no clue. In early use, the machine looks like it will meet my needs as a media center PC (with sound :)).
Pros: Fast processor, nice setup. Good for beginner, not good enough for intermediate to expert.
Cons: Graphics card, Blu-ray didnt work out of the box. After 10 mins of use it said the raid controller was unplugged. Yet I had not done anything for that to happen.
Overall Review: I liked it for the first week, then realized I needed more power to upgrade to a better graphics card.
Cons: HDMI sound didn't work, Too much HP crapware, Tech support is LAME!!!
Overall Review: Should have put together the HTPC box myself, but was running short on time in life (2 kids blah, blah..). So I went to Newegg looked for good HTPC and thought I will try the HP. Plug-in and go, right? HDMI sound didn't work out of the box - remeber, this is sold as an ideal media center PC. Well, 2 days of 5 hours each with tech support and surfing for prroblem resolution under my belt, I realize I should have never bought this supposedly brand name machine. Tried phone support, got hung up on twice, then tried online chat (can you believe online chat folks can not RDP into your machine? Only the phone guys can!!), and phone again. Talked to three different people - two that clearly had no clue (one even asked me to connect VGA in addition to DVI to the same TV). I am now waiting for the floor supervisor to get back to me in 48 hours. I will update this review when that happens. For now, I have a box that has no HDMI sound. Newegg rocks as usually, HP sucks!
Cons: no sound from hdmi,5 hours on phone,help no good.returned unit back to store.2nd time hp was not good to me ,no more hp
Overall Review: none
Pros: It is very quiet. The fans are nearly off when it is at idle and while I do not play processor crunching games, it stayed quiet while converting an HD video file using nearly 100% of two cores and 25% of the other two. I used a small DTV rabbit ears and it works great with the tuner. Currently I have it hooked up to a massive 55" HD TV but today I'm looking on Newegg for an actual monitor. I used it with a 720P flatscreen and then my 1080P Sony and it did not fit well on the 720. I also wanted this one for the blu ray drive. While it is read only and I have yet to play with it, it was an important feature. Oodles of power but that is compared to my 3 yr old Mac.
Cons: Graphics card is not adequate for any high intensity games. Haven't opened it up to see how easy it would be to replace. My main game is Everquest 2 and it runs that easily.
Overall Review: This is my first PC in years because I'm tired of dual booting a Mac to play Everquest 2. It was the best deal I could find with all of the options I was looking for. I'm still an OSX guy and find Windows 7 quite annoying. Maybe I'm just getting used to it.
Pros: Nice remote and price
Cons: Poor Blu-ray drive with buggy software that can't play most blu-ray's.
REALLY BAD customer service.
glitches with any modification to basic color scheme
Answer to most problems: Tech support says software you've installed is causing the problem and to do a complete restore, that should fix it....
Overall Review: Keep your money, this computer isn't a good deal.
And why does every Indian tech rep suggest that you extend your warranty when he can't fix anything after 4hrs....