I WISH I could have spec'd the nicer video card they offer WITH the i5 processor, but the system did not allow it. (It was either the better processor with on-board graphics, or the i3 processor with the external graphics.) I expect the limitation is due to the power supply.I am a noise fiend; can't stand loud computers. Thankfully, this computer is nice and quiet. Other than at startup, the fan never revs up. It sits at idle, and is audible, but not distracting or annoying--even sitting next to me on the desk.What can I say about performance? It does all I need it to and then some. I do light photo editing, MS Office work, streaming HD video. It handles all that no problem. In fact, it does them all at the same time without breaking a sweat.
Overall, a good purchase. The missing star for "Features" is because I couldn't spec a nicer processor AND video card. I strongly encourage this purchase.
User Review #2
on February 21st, 2012
Good product but wasn't easy
The next one came and I couldn't get on internet again. They said it is my Westell modem model 327W, I have Verizon DSL. They said there is a problem w/ wired usage of this modem. I called Verizon and of course no problem w/ my modem. So I returned this one too and asked for a PC with wireless LAN added.
The third one worked and I got on the internet easily. So if there is a problem w/ wired connections to Westell modem(s) HP should let people know in advance or add the wireless LAN as a package. This one makes a bit of noise as another commentator mentioned below which you have to move a bit, other than that it's pretty good.
User Review #1
on February 16th, 2012
at 4:45 AM CST
My fourth HP desktop
Unfortunately it does not suit my purposes and had to be returned. I got the Radeon card upgrade because I wanted a slightly beefier card in the PC to run dual displays. Although the specs for that card on the manufacturer's site (ATI) say it does support this, this particular version DOES NOT.HP really should make that more clear. HP even included instructions (vague ones) in the box for hooking up two monitors! The card has one DVI port and one HDMI port. The expansion slots are all half height and the VGA port which is typically included on Radeons is missing. Worse, the pin header on the card where a VGA connector could be added was missing.
I would like to compliment HP on their return process. It was fast and painless.