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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great desktop for productivity and light gaming

    Posted
    Mike
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    The setup of this desktop is very straightforward, after you get through your basic Windows 10 setup, you can hop right in and play some older AAA titles (I tested on GTA V, Civ V, and COD: Black Ops II). Being a budget gaming desktop with no dedicated GPU, be aware that your frame rate target will probably be 30FPS at 1080P. I did some light testing on the titles listed above (as I own them already and it was very convenient). GTA V: medium everything, 1080P and consistently 30 FPS in high action sequences but slower scenes were a clean 60, very little jitter, minimal lag. Civilization V: everything set to the highest possible settings, 1080P (no real FPS as it's turn based strategy), played a save that has over 360 turns on a very large map with no issues at all! Worked perfectly! Black Ops 2: 1080P, 45-50 FPS consistently (single, multi, and zombies), no lag, works great! There is plenty of room for a lower end graphics card but, be aware you may need to upgrade the power supply with some of the mid-range cards as it is only 180W. By no means is this a serious, hardcore gaming powerhouse but, if you want to casually play a first person or RPG (newer or old) you won't be disappointed! The casing is clean and largely unassuming but the textured front panel gives it a nice distinction from older desktops. Keyboard and mouse are fairly basic, I'm using them to write up this review and they're not bad. I did use them in an attempt at playing Black Ops 2 with a keyboard and mouse, they were decently responsive... I'm just not very good at that game. The machine has a good selection of ports, I really appreciate the USB-C on the front for connecting things such as: phones, GoPros (or other cameras), or directly to my laptop. There are also 2 USB-A 3.1 ports on the front, accompanied by a full size SD reader and a headphone out! Very convenient so you don't have to reach around the back to get at the 6 addition USB-A ports (4 3.1 and 2 2.0). The wifi is okay for browsing or having the desktop above the desk or in the open but, as I found out with my setup, even if the desktop is only feet away from the router under a desk, there is a chance for it to severely slow down (hard wiring is what I did and would recommend). I was pretty surprised to discover this unit has built in BlueTooth 4.2, very convenient for wireless headsets, mice, and keyboards! Overall, I would definitely recommend this desktop to someone like myself who is looking for a machine that can dabble in Photoshop Premier, play decently demanding games at good frame rates and great resolutions, a lot of on-board storage for those projects, and have the ability to flawlessly handle 20+ browser windows open, 2 screens, 4 or more spreadsheets, Netflix, and a few Word documents open. Great machine for the price and very easy to use!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent value in a basic desktop

    Posted
    Kris1973
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The HP Pavilion 590-p0044 is a nicely designed desktop computer with one caveat when it comes to expansion which is understandable at this price point. The AMD Ryzen5-2400G processor is speedy and fully capable of handling just about any basic processing need on par with mid-range i3 and i5 Intel chips. Browser, office suite and any general computing needs will, of course, zip through with flying colors. I was even able to do some light gaming (Minecraft at 1920x1080-30-60fps), Photoshop and a few surprisingly complex 3D renders with impressive speed. If you're a hardcore gamer, you're probably not even reading the reviews on this desktop but for everyday work and play this configuration will get it done. The 12GB of RAM is a comfortable amount and will get you through a lot of multitasking right up to and including running one or two reasonably sized virtual machines if that's your thing. Addition of a graphics card in the x16 PCIe slot (also includes a x1 PCIe slot - see photo) would be a nice upgrade for gaming and graphics work but be careful as the 180W power supply that comes with this desktop will need an upgrade to power it. I'm a little spoiled by modern laptops with SSD storage. The relative speed of an SSD makes the 1TB HDD in this desktop seem a little sluggish (another easy upgrade). The drive also makes a bit of noise but honestly very little. I only notice because I'm so used to the silence of the SSD in my laptop. The tradeoff of being tied to your desk with a desktop is easy upgradeability and a lot more ports. This desktop is practically covered with the latter including an SD card reader, 6 USB 3.1 ports (2 front and 4 back), 2 USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, audio, ethernet in the back and even a USB-C port in the front. You shouldn't run out of places to plug things in. The included keyboard and mouse were also a nice surprise for me. They're not very flashy and the mouse is basic with the two standard buttons and a scroll wheel, but they have a surprisingly nice feel. Overall, this is a solid and attractive desktop computer (I like the subtle geometric design on the front) at a good price point that will power through just about anything the average user could throw at it. It also presents good possibilities for upgrade to handle more strenuous workflows or gaming if you're also willing to shell out for an upgraded power supply. My 6-year-old daughter also wants me to tell you that she thinks "it's pretty cool", so there's that too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Family Computer and Light Gaming

    Posted
    bzm3j81
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    I was looking for another PC for my kids. I have been reading that the Ryzen CPUs really jumped AMD's performance so I decided to give this HP Pavilion 590-p0044 a try. This HP Pavilion comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 2400G CPU with on board AMD Radeon RX Vega 11 graphics, 12 Gigs of RAM, and a 1 TB Spinning hard drive. In the past, I have had glossy cases which is OK, but I appreciated the subtle embossed front of this case which hides smudges much better. I was very pleased with the inclusion of a USB-C port on the front. In terms of speed, the Ryzen 5 2400G performs well. In Single Core and Quad Core tests, it is on par or single percentage points better against an i5-7400. However, where the i5-7400 only has 4 cores with no hyperthreading, the Ryzen 5 2400G has the equivalent of 4 cores with hyperthreading. So running multithreaded applications is where the Ryzen 5 2400G pulls away from the i5-7400 and gives you something like 60% more processing power. For Graphics power the Ryzen 5 2400G has the AMD Radeon RX Vega 11 built in. While it is not a gaming powerhouse, it does well for light graphics. It certainly leaves the onboard Intel HD Graphics on the equivalent i5 CPU in the dust. I would place the RX Vega 11 just past an Nvidia GT 1030 and well below an Nvidia GTX 1050. But when you consider this RX Vega 11 is built in without having to shell out an extra $100-130 for a discrete video card, you're really getting a great bargain. Included with the PC is a keyboard, mouse and power cord. The power cord is nothing special. The keyboard is a full size keyboard with very little extra space, perfect for someone who wants a full size keyboard but very little desk space. Unfortunately, the mouse is disappointing. I feel they were trying to mimic some design elements of the Apple Magic Mouse, but made the edges a little too sharp. Nothing that would slice open your hand, but just uncomfortable. I believe that HP paired a 1 TB spinning hard drive with this machine to keep final costs low and provide decent storage space. But I would recommend getting a Solid State Drive to properly feed performance of the CPU and memory. I bought a 480 GB SSD hard drive separately to install. Upon opening the case, I discovered the Optical drive was not secured to the drive cage. This is good and bad. Good to allow me a little wiggle room, bad that it caused the optical drive cover to pop off (but the cover snapped back on like nothing happened). The motherboard has one additional SATA port and a power cable neatly tucked to the drive cage. To properly install the SSD with 4 screws, you need to move the existing hard drive to the "B" bay and install the SSD to tha "A" bay. I was able to find an orientation to keep the hard drive in "A" bay and the SSD in "B" bay with only 2 screws, which I think is just enough. After migrating the OS to the SSD, the performance of the system is dramatically better. The motherboard does have an M.2 slot for SSD, but I still get 2.5" SATA drives to give me greater compatibility across my systems. It also has a PciE x1 and x16 port for further expansion. I think the HP Pavilion 590-p0044 system is a great choice for a family computer for typical office work and light gaming. I would recommend replacing the included mouse for something more comfortable and replacing the included hard drive with an SSD to get better performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Everyday use Compact Desktop PC

    Posted
    Xtant
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    I recieved my HP Pavillion 590-p0044 a couple of weeks ago and opened the box and was surprised at the compact size of this tower pc. With an AMD Ryzen 5 2400G Processor, AMD Radeon Vega 11 Graphics, 12gb DDR4 SDRAM, 1TB hdd, DVD-Writer, Wireless LAN, and Bluetooth. There are 2 usb type 3, 1 usb type C, sd card reader, headphone jack, DVD/CD drive and power button on the front of the tower. I like that the power button has a light built into it and that it doesn't have a huge light bar like my older HP tower has. But would have liked if there was still a status light. The back of the tower has the microphone and audio connections along with an hdmi, vga, 2 usb, 4 usb type 3, ethernet and the power plug. There are also 4 accessory bays for expansion. I have another HP Pavillion P9 tower and this HP Pavillion 590 is about 2 1/2 inches shorter and 5 inches shallower but only a 1/4 inch narrower. The smaller size is good and I like that the width is about the same as this should help keep it running cooler then the older slimline towers. So far the 590 fans don't make much noise at all with my basic everyday use like internet, some simple pc games as well as watching movies.Even a McAfee scan didn't cause any issues. But I haven't really pushed the tower hard with any real pc games. File transfer from a portable external hdd via usb 3 connection was as fast as expected. Had 10 tabs open in EDGE while playing a Movie and RAM usage was around 75% with no lagging or any other issues. I use a 24" Insignia tv as my monitor as it saves some space with built in speakers and well the ability to use it as a TV. I had some setup issues that were more likely caused by the tv or hdmi cable? But the tv would show a 640x480 resolution and I could not change it in Win10 settings. After unplugging the tv and powering back on it would go to the correct 1980x1020 resolution. The included keyboard is of a compact design but with full size key layout with a nicely sized numeric key pad. The mouse has a nice low profile with a overall size that is comfortable to use. Although they are usb wired. Start up was fairly smooth with the typical Win10 updating that thankfully was not very long. McAfee LiveSafe (trial) is included and so far doesn't seem to cause any issues with performance. Dropbox is included with an offer of 1 year of 25gb of space if your new to Dropbox. If your looking for a compact Tower PC for everyday use with really good specs and room to grow the HP Pavillion Desktop 590-p0044 is a great option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for most users

    Posted
    Denny
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was originally going to wait to post my review, but I'm loving this desktop so much that I feel I'm ready to speak my mind on it. I got it on sale, but I would pay full price for it anyway. It's going to be a little slow when you first boot it up. This is typical of most Microsoft products, because it's in the process of updating itself. I let it install everything it needed to as I went through and uninstalled all the bloatware that I knew I would never use. This doesn't come with much that you can't uninstall, which is good. I also went through all of my settings and tweaked things to minimize the amount of programs that would be operating in the background. I recommend everyone do this in order to quicken and personalize their experience. After doing all of that, I found this desktop to be really fast and responsive. I'm one of those annoying people that always has fifty tabs and windows open at the same time. I like to multi-task. I do a lot of research projects for school and work that require me to have multiple documents and videos open at the same time. I am constantly saving large files for these purposes and I need a lot of processing power, because I'm also a little impatient. This is a lot faster than my previous Apple product and I'm glad I made the switch. I've even had games open while I browsed the Internet, used Discord, was downloading another game, and experienced no lag whatsoever. It doesn't have a flashy graphics card or anything, but I'm still able to play popular titles with ease. You can look up how this system handles dozens of games on YouTube. I can play on high/HD settings and the tower doesn't get hot or need to turn the fan on at all. I will say, however, this isn't for serious gamers that play intensive games, but I don't think people looking for that kind of power will be interested in this product anyhow. The keyboard and mouse are wired, which kind of sucks. I kept the keyboard, because I'm in the minority and actually like it. It makes me feel like I'm typing on a typewriter, lol. The mouse could definitely be better. No biggie, though. These items are cheap to replace if you so wish. The tower is also very quiet. My MacBook was way louder than this. Overall, I think it's a great product for many people. Do you need something for general use, like emails, browsing, and videos? This would work for that. Do you want something you can store a lot on? This could work for that too. Do you like to do multiple things at once without experiencing any lag? Do you like to play some lighter games, or don't mind not playing on Ultra settings? This could work for that, too. I'm really happy with this. If you can find it on sale, it would be an even better deal, too. Just remember that if you really want to optimize your experience, you should definitely look through the settings and personalize everything. Running too many things in the background unbeknownst to you that you don't even use could dampen your experience. It makes a big difference with every product that you use!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for the money

    Posted
    Capshroud
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I’ve only had this computer a few days, but I’ve been using, modifying and fixing PC’s since the days of DOS, so I have a few thoughts. The build is solid, and it’s nicely featured. The nine USB ports including 6 USB 3.1 and a USB C should handle all your device connections. It includes a gigabit wired LAN, WIFI with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac capability and Bluetooth 4.2. Not all computers in this price range include AC wireless and Bluetooth. For video there is a single HDMI port and a VGA. If you want dual monitors, one will need to be connected as a VGA. The front has 3 USB ports, a card reader for all flavors of SD, headphone jack, CD/DVD reader/burner, and of course the power button. The top is flat with no ports or switches. The audio IO jacks are the typical microphone, line in and speaker. It does support Dolby 5.1. Even though it has a Ryzen 5 processor, this computer is really not built for heavy gaming. It uses AMD’s on-board VEGA graphics, and for business and light gaming it’s more than adequate. With a 180w power supply, it doesn’t seen a good candidate for an upgrade to a high power, discrete graphics card. Also, to accommodate the small form factor, the interior isn’t laid out for easy expansion and access. There is an open M.2 slot, so if you want more than the 1TB 7200 rpm HD, that might be an easy way to add a SSD. There is a open SATA port on the motherboard and one spare power connection, so a standard 2 ½” SSD would probably fit. The 12GB of memory is shared with the graphics sub-system and uses both memory slots, so additional memory would mean removing one or both DDR-4 UDIMMS. It will support up to 32GB, but those DIMMS get pricey. I’ve been using a 2560 x 1440 monitor, and it looks great. AMD’s drivers allow for a lot of tweaking if you’re into that. However, I haven’t tried any high frame rate games. From what I know about the VEGA graphics, it will do a decent job at HD, but UHD would push it. I have used Photoshop and Sketchup Pro, and they both ran well. All of the Office Suite programs performed well. This a good home or small office PC. It can handle light gaming, but I wouldn’t buy it for a serious gamer. My home desktop is a 5-6 year old Dell XPS with I7, 8GB, 7200 rpm HD and dedicated graphics. The speed feels comparable. My HP Spectre x360 laptop with I7, 16GB and a SSD blows it away, but it also cost three times as much. This PC is lot of power for the money especially if you catch it on sale. Like: Lots of connectivity. Good WIFI and LAN. Very quiet operation. Small form will fit into small place. Supports high resolution and wide format monitors. Dislikes: Only one HDMI. Hard to add or expand. If you’re going to use it all day, a better keyboard and mouse would be worthwhile.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great mid-range computer with plenty of power

    Posted
    BravoMan
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    The HP Pavilion 590-P0044 is a great desktop for families looking to buy a shared computer or for those looking for a mid-range computer that can tackle multitasking and allow for some light gaming or use of semi-intensive multimedia applications. This review will cover my overall experience with the HP Pavilion 590-P0044 and the included accessories. The first thing that surprised me about this desktop was when I unboxed it. If I didn’t know any better, it felt like I was holding onto a laptop or something similar in weight. This desktop is super lightweight, very easy to handle and maneuver from the box, over to your desk. Initial setup at the desk was straightforward, but for those that are using a monitor with a DVI cable will need to find a different cable or an adapter for your monitor/cable as the video outputs available on this desktop are VGA and HDMI. Not sure if this only applies to HP desktops that come with a keyboard now a days, but the design of the keyboard is a bit off and unexpected. The keys on the keyboard feel like they belong on a laptop instead of a full sized keyboard. Ended up using a different keyboard because I found myself having a bit of a hard time adjusting to this keyboard, but it is nice to have a backup keyboard just in case. The mouse on the other hand feels just right when using it with the computer. After finishing the Windows setup, we were able to hit the ground running and start using the Internet or install the application we needed on the computer. The computer has a built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapter which can allow you to connect the computer via Wi-Fi and use wireless devices via Bluetooth. The Wi-Fi adapter is capable of connecting to the older 2.4 GHz band or the newer and faster 5.0 GHz band for those that have a compatible 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi router. The HP Pavilion 590-P0044 has plenty of ports for your various computer peripherals/accessories. A total of 6 USB 3.1 ports (2 front and 4 back), 2 USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, audio, Ethernet in the back and even a USB-C port in the front to connect newer devices like your Samsung smartphone or other devices that uses a USB-C port. Because of the hardware that this computer has available, like the 12GB of DDR4 RAM and the quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 2400G processor, I’m able to have numerous Google Chrome tabs/windows open, multiple Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files open, as well as listen to music or watch a video/movie on a secondary monitor at the same time. With the integrated AMD Radeon RX Vega 11 GPU, I’m able to play a variety of games such as Grand Theft Auto V, Warframe, Fortnite with varying degrees of quality between each game. Considering this is an integrated GPU, I was quite impressed and happy with that fact that I can play games on this computer without having to go out and buy a dedicated GPU.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Tries hard but falls short

    Posted
    Crasher
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    The Hp Pavilion 5 series comes in and leaves much to still be desired in the way of design and function. The Hp 5 series is a 1 TB 12gb set up that doesn't really leave much to the imagination. I don't want to dive a whole lot on to the specs and set up as all that info is found right here on Best Buy's site. However what i do want to focus on is what exactly Hp is trying to accomplish and if this is something you should pick up on or pass on. First off out of the box you get the tower, keyboard and mouse. Nothing too exciting about the way the desktop is designed or lights up. At first glance it looks like your run of the mill set up. The mouse is garbage and immediately opted out for my wireless gaming mouse. The keyboard is a basic wired keyboard with no outstanding features in the way of gaming. It seems to me that Hp tried to make this a entry level gaming device but the keyboard is lack luster and offers no mechanical keys. Lets back up and talk about some the basic functions first. You have one hdmi port (sad) and Bluetooth and wireless connectivity to your internet. Bluetooth connectivity allowed for a strong connection to my wireless mouse and headset with no drops which was very nice. Connection to my wireless internet was pretty decent too considering the router is in the basement about 20 feet away however i have a pretty powerful router. You get set up with windows 10 in about a matter of minutes. There are enough programs to do your basic office and home task however don't expect to put together any powerful power point presentations as this was not the main design. The 1 TB is nice and after taking apart the cover it seems there is room to upgrade to more space if you need it. However Hp is using the AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics card so i think 1 TB should do just fine seeing as how this is not a very powerful set up in the way of gaming. You most likely won't be playing too many newer games with ease unless you tone down the graphics to improve frame rate but i'll get to that in a bit. I don't want to waste anymore time so lets just dive right in to what Hp was shooting for with this, which seems to be a entry level gaming device that can also accomplish basic home and office task. The gaming set up is very sub-par and leaves very little room to the imagination. I say this because the current graphics card falls very short in so many ways. The AMD Radeon Vega would be more comparable to Nvidia's GT 1030 in my opinion. The GT 1030 is barely an entry level set up if you can even call it that. There are many more powerful set ups out there but what really gets me is if you wish to upgrade your rig your going to have to drop more cash as the power supply allows for only a limited upgrade. No big deal but just goes to show you how limitied this gaming house really is out of the box. Lets talk gaming so we can get a better understanding of what i mean. If your playing older games on steam or wherever you won't have a problem and you can max out your graphics. For example i was playing Myth and Age of Empires at 1080p with good rates of 40fps. With a wired connection of course, everything ran smooth and i saw no streaking or lag. Lets jump in to some newer games now. Call of duty struggled bad for me. At full settings and 1080p my rate dropped down to 20fps. During high action sequences i started to get some blur and lag on my screen. I had to tone it down(WAY DOWN) before it started to improve. Okay i get it Call of Duty is kind of a high paced cinematic game, so lets try Fortnite. In my opinion (and this is just my opinion) i don't think Fortnite is that beautiful in the way of graphics so i wanted to see how the PC could hold up. NOPE! Still struggled during the fast pace action with frame rates ranging between 15 -20. Here's the bottom line. I have seen Hp personally put out some really good entry level systems out there around this price point that blow this set up out the water. Im really trying to understand what exactly they were trying to accomplish with this. If your a hard core gamer then you don't need to read this review to know this not for you at all. But if your a casual gamer who's looking for a desktop that will allow you for some nice down time after you get done with work and you don't plan on any upgrades ever, then ya this may be a nice set up for you. The lack luster draw of the graphics power house and the ability to do very limited upgrades is a very big draw back for me on this unit as a gaming device. I personally would rather game on laptops as they put out more power than this. But if i am going to to be stationary and game with my desktop it needs to offer alot room for advancement in the way of upgrades. As for me i would pass on this device.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Back from Mac

    Posted
    Mirvana
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I’ve been a Mac user for the past 7-8 years and was satisfied. I don’t game and I’m not a heavy computer user and found the ease of use of Macs appealing for my family. However, over the last few years, we’ve dealt with several issues with our iMac desktop. These are unusual issues and not indicative of Apple’s quality (which, in my opinion, is still top notch) but more of outside issues that kept affecting our computer. Enter PC in 2018. My last experience with owning a new PC was probably 10 years ago or more. I was pleasantly surprised to find that PCs have moved away from the 300 “free” programs and useless games, fluff software, trial this, trial that and have become much more of a turn-key product. There were only a handful of pre-installed programs that I got rid of and it didn’t take hours to track them all down and delete them. As far as the actual performance goes, this PC has performed flawlessly for my needs. Light computing and occasional media are easily handled by this PC. I especially like the ability to use my 50” 4K Vizio TV as a monitor and this computer does support a 4K image along with 4:4:4 full RGB color (8-bit). The images are honestly incredible. I will add that the PC did recommend a Windows update one day which it began when I shutdown the computer the night after getting it. When I went back to it the next day it was still stuck on the update progress screen at 9%. I did have to do a manual shutdown (hold the power button) for it to shut off. After that it finished the update fine and I’ve had no issues since. So far, I’m in love again with PCs. Especially now that I’ve seen how the PC side of the aisle has caught up in several ways to Apple in ease of use, user friendliness, and intuitive controls. I will update this review should any issues arise.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Economical multimedia pc

    Posted
    allib
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    I would guess that if you're looking at this pc you are not the serious gamer who is looking for a dedicated graphics card, solid state drive and more powerful power supply. I think this desktop pc is one to be considered for those looking for an economical, multimedia pc. It will be a great option for family members looking to surf the web, watch Neflix, perform personal finance tasks or some gaming options that are not requiring heavy graphics capabilities. Booting up the desktop for the first time seemed to take a bit longer than I expected. After that, it was the typical Windows 10 setup process. There is one step that asks the user if they want to set up a PIN for logging in and this is optional even though the "skip" button is not readily on this step. This desktop contains apps such as HP Recovery Manager, HP Support Assistant, HP Games Powered by WildTangent, Netflix, McAfee LiveSafe (30 days trial), and more. One will find plenty of ports available in the front and rear of the desktop that include 9 usb (6 usb 3.1), full size SD, a single hdmi and Bluetooth 4.2 to support wireless accessories. A wired keyboard and mouse are included with the pc which are functional, but one could upgrade for a minimal cost. This desktop is a good option for those looking for family, business or light gaming pc. It provides a good AMD Ryzen 5 2400G processor with built in AMD Radeon Vega graphics. Storage will be more than ample with a 1TB hard drive and it also still provides the convenience of a dvd/cd burner. Weigh all of these options at an economical price against other models that may have dedicated graphics or a solid state drive. This HP desktop is a fairly compact pc with an appealing matte black, diamond faced front design which should serve the typical computer user well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid home theater PC; mediocre gaming PC

    Posted
    TechEnthusiast
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    Pros: Compact case Comes with HDMI USB Type-C port Ample RAM Optical (DVD) drive Cons: Mediocre gaming performance Seemingly no microphone (even though the computer kept encouraging me to talk to it during setup). I haven't used an AMD machine since the early 2000s. I've been hearing great things about Ryzen, and I was very eager to try this computer for myself. All in all, I found this to be a very solid computer. Not exceptional, but not half bad either. Setup went fairly smoothly. It was a fairly typical Windows 10 setup. I did find it a little odd that the computer kept prompting that I could speak my responses to it when it seemingly doesn't have a mic. I was two inches away from the tower and screaming my lungs out, and I got no reaction whatsoever. Aside from that, setup was uneventful. Word of advice for anyone getting this machine: Run Windows Update right away and let it run without interruption for a day or two. My tower was apparently boxed up before the last big Windows update (the Spring / Fall / Creator's / "?" thing). The computer ran as slow as molasses the first two days I had it because of all the updates downloading in the background. I finally just let the computer run overnight without interruption, and it was like night and day the next morning. Performance improved significantly. This computer handles basic media very well. Netflix, Hulu, local video, Spotify, . . . etc. all play very well. Video games, were a little more "eh." I tried playing my current MMORPG of choice at the highest settings, and the computer couldn't keep up. I had stuttering, dropped frame rates, and general instability. Dropping the graphics settings to medium and/or low seems to have fixed the issue. It should be noted that this tower doesn't have a dedicated graphics card. Adding one would probably improve the game performance immensely. If you're looking for a computer to hook up to your TV for streaming media, word processing, and light photo editing; then this is an excellent choice. If you're looking for a gaming beast, then you should probably look elsewhere unless you're willing to invest in a graphics card too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another amazing HP computer for home or office

    Posted
    stevefromtheburbs
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    Nothing from HP is ever a disappointment. This is no exception. This HP Pavilion desktop computer is a great home PC that has great specs at a decent price point. The Ryzen 5 series processor is a great choice for this one. Setting it up was only a matter of minutes. (Of course windows updates take awhile to finish) The included keyboard and mouse are good quality, and the PC came loaded with Windows 10 without a lot of the “bloatware” you’ll find from other manufacturers. After finishing the updates, I was pleasantly surprised with how fast this PC ran. Despite not having an SSD, the large included hard drive has more than enough room for any programs, media, and documents plus it is also fairly quick. The system overall runs quite well. It’s not going to be your best bet for a gaming PC, but for the role of a family PC or in a business/work environment, it really does shine as a great pick. It has more than enough CPU power, RAM (12GB), and hard drive space (1TB) than most users will ever need. The size of the PC is also attractive, with it being small enough to fit on a desk without taking up the entire desk. It comes preloaded with an antivirus program and different free trials of various software, all of which are great for someone looking to just pick up a simple PC. Overall I’m very pleased with this new Pavilion release and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a good quality PC with “no frills” that won’t break the bank despite being a very strong performer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for general use but...

    Posted
    Andyj
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    Upon receiving this computer and unboxing it, I did what I normally do and had a look inside the case. What I found was a fairly propriety motherboard, a non-oem CPU cooler, and only 1 extra SATA port and power connector for an additional drive. Contrary to other reviews, it is possible to fit a 3.5" HDD in this computer as an additional drive. So let's start with the basics: CPU: The Ryzen 2400G is a fairly responsive and speedy quad-core CPU. While it is true that all AMD Ryzen CPUs are unlocked, this is not a computer I would try to push it with a mini-tower case and inadequate cooling for overclocking. That being said, the CPU is nearly toe-to-toe with my i7-6700k in terms of performance at stock speeds. Graphics: While AMD has been making "APUs" for a while, this is one of the first Ryzen CPUs that AMD has released with graphics capabilities. It uses what is called Vega 11, which is inline with AMD's latest beefier GPUs. This can handle older titles and some newer games that don't exceed the specifications of this computer. Video playback is smooth and flawless. Storage: While this computer comes with a 1TB HDD, light to moderate users should have ample capacity with this drive. If not, this HP has a plethora of USB 3.0 Type-A and even a Type-C ports for attaching external storage. This may not be a well known fact, but Windows 10 does not natively play DVDs. HP has included software to do so. This is nice, as it saves money from having to buy an additional program. Overall: This computer is more than adequate for web browsing, video playing, and some light to moderate gaming. It has quite a bit more RAM than you would see standard in a Desktop computer of this caliber, 12GB (1GB is used for graphics). I would dare say you can run Photoshop on it (I played around with it on this computer). Don't expect this computer to be more than it is. However, it's a more than capable Desktop for most software (and some games) that you can throw at it. Just don't expect to run a VR setu.p from it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ryzen to the top

    Posted
    Diego
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    Hello everyone, I received my HP Pavilion Desktop with a bit of skepticism , however its AMD Ryzen 5 processor has handled any task I've thrown at it with no issues. Recommended: yes. Actually, in my short experience with this PC , I would say this computer is perfect for any scenario requiring fast reliable equipment; thus making this system a great option for everyday tasks in a household. In fact, I was mostly interested in a machine that could perform as a sort of central hub at home; something that could be used by any member of my family while allowing me to manage all my house expenses at the same time. Another task assigned to this machine is to keep all the shared data in my home network like videos, pictures, documents organized and ready for use anytime. The most interesting surprise in this PC is how the integrated Vega graphics handle games. Honestly, I didn't consider gaming as an option at first; but I gladly found that graphics performance is quite incredible on this computer. Tried a myriad of games on it and all of them worked flawlessly. Still not a replacement for a high end gaming rig; but for a central multimedia and household hub, this HP desktop adds light gaming as a viable option for entertainment. Once again, I think this PC is great for the price and specs and I would recommend it for anyone needing a powerful, fast, and reliable machine for regular tasks at home. The AMD Ryzen processor is very capable while the graphics performance is impressive for this type of computer. Thanks for reading.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good non gaming desktop

    Posted
    BradleyFl
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    HP - Pavilion Desktop - AMD Ryzen 5-Series - 12GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive. This desktop is above average for it’s price point. It is clean and sleek with good port selection on the front face. The Good. Plenty of ram, HDD space, Processing power, and ports. Front ports are, full size SD card slot, Headset jack, 2 USB 3, 1 USB C, and a DVD drive. Rear ports are 2 USB 2, 4 USB 3, Ethernet jack, VGA, HDMI, Speaker out, Line in, Mic in. It supports full AC Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth and has a great network connection at full speed. It’s price point puts it right on target. The Ryzen 5 2400G chip supports HD video although it reports as a 15DD GPU. No other assignments to the name. I expected it to show as a RX Vega 8 but just shows 15DD. No issue with that, it did full scale 3D without issues. The Not So Good. The power button is almost recessed in the front face. It is hard to press because of it being set so far back, however it does light up when pressed. It has no HDD light, why are manufactures removing this light? It’s full use of the speed of the processor is limited by the HDD. Replacing the HDD with a SSD would really improve the performance of the machine. The power supply is small (wattage and size) for what it is and a standard power supply will not fit. This makes upgrades difficult. The case is wide enough for a standard DVD drive, however they opt for a laptop DVD drive. This makes loading a DVD harder than it should be. I’m willing to look past this because almost all manufactures are starting to do this. The Bad. None really to speak of. It performed as expected it should at this price point. Bottom line. Although I am not an AMD fan I would say this is a good machine for most all of your everyday uses. It’s not a gaming machine, but at half the cost of a gaming machine what should you expect. I would recommend this to a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good But Not Great

    Posted
    KansasMeddlingMom
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    So, keep in mind that if you need lightening speed as a hard core gamer or maybe a coder, this is probably not the computer for you. For instance, I noticed that its boot up speed is not really fast, but the preloaded McAfee anti-virus may have something to do with this. It can be uninstalled and the use of Windows may be better. However, if you are using this in the day to day business of life for light gaming, internet, email, small business, research and homework then everything is all good. I am a desktop user in my office and my home office and enjoy using a computer in this way since you can attach a nice big monitor or multiple monitors. I love that this HP model has kept some of the oldie but goodie desktop favorites: the internal DVD/CD- rom player (drive), and multiple USB and various-sized SD Card reader ports on the front of the machine for ease and comfort of the user. Also, this is a slim line version of a desktop and is so easy to put under or even on top of a desk or work surface. Not so great was the inclusion of the wired mouse and keyboard. Now I know that was not part of the deal, but really HP who uses wired anymore when wireless is so much easier, kind of a waste since I noticed most reviewers immediately replaced those items. More pros- only 5 to 10 minutes to set up with the quick setup guide that was included.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good For General Computer Purposes

    Posted
    tripplesix
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    The desktop computer is what it is. I consider this a basic model computer compared to what I would buy for me. But it is fine if you just want a computer for general purposes - MS Office, internet, email, DVDs, YouTube. I do not game so I can't judge on that. The computer is light; easy to lift/move. The button is very slim, so make sure who ever gets this desktop can see/locate it. The entire slim power button illuminates when on (just a white light). The computer takes about 9.5 seconds to load up and bring you to the home screen. For me, that is long. But for a regular user, it is fine. I am used to SSDs, which boot up faster. When you power on for the first time, Cortana talks you through the setup; you can turn off her voice if you want. Note: during the setup process, it asks you to setup a pin but tells you that you don't have to do so. However, there is no button to decline. You have to hit "Create Pin" first; then it will take you to a screen where you can hit "Cancel;" then it will take you to a screen where on the bottom left, it says "Do This Later." << This is not an HP thing. I am just giving you the note in case you need it. I connected this to my 1080p tv and it looked good on it. You can get to the AMD Settings by right clicking; and I believe it is the first option. I had to use "HDMI Scaling" to scale properly for my TV. You can also set for Gaming, Video, Display and System. The keyboard is blah. It has a slight delay when you type. The mouse is basic but just fine. YouTube looked good on it. It plays DVDs just fine, and uses CyberLink Power Media Player. I found the DVD drive to be loud. The computer itself is quiet though. I gave 3 starts because it is average. But for a general or basic user, it will get the job done. My recommendations to others depends on who I am recommending to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good value, not easiest to upgrade

    Posted
    IgorStl

    I was looking for something to replace my ailing all in one Windows Pc (great specks but problems with cooling). Looked at different places, different PCs and ended up with this one. Normally I get Intel based but AMD seems good too and configuration (RAM, ports, etc.) seems pretty attractive. I cloned my old PC hard drive on a new Samsung SSD and started my new PC set up with replacing hard drive with this SSD right away. It was a bit difficult to do as there were no good instructions for this model and I unscrewed too many screws, more than needed for sure. Took sliding side cover off (one fat screw), then unscrewed black panel on the right side under that cover, unplugged cables from hard drive and CD drive and pulled hard disk off. Tip :don't need to take off front panel as some HP guides suggest. It has no case and conversion case for 2.5 to 3.5 for SSD I got was useless, you don't need one. Instead you need small screws (I used ones that came with the conversion case) to bolt SSD to that black panel, pulled longer (second) hd connecter. There are two and original one was too short to connect to the side as original drive connected at the bottom of that cage. Make sure you mark all the connectors before you pulled them off CD and Hard drive as they look similar but won't connect into wrong places. I spent about 15 min trying to plug a wrong one, almost thought my SSD is not compatible:) At the end it all connected, and after I finished straggling with the small screws (tip: use magnet screwdriver), put internal panel back, and then main back panel I only had to turn power on. Maybe it's just me only but I had a hard time to find that power button. It's marked with tiny (for 50+ man) icon, narrow vertical button at the top. I always wonder why those buttons often designed in a way like they try to hide them?! Anyway, after it was powered PC quickly went on, configuration was updated, SSD loaded with my original data brought all my stuff right back and, after connecting to wifi, quickly opened up my home screen. It's not a bad PC, but upgrades are not as straightforward as with Dell machines I dealt before. But with 12 GB of RAM and such it's a good deal for under 500 bucks..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ehh...Alright Disposable Computer

    Posted
    Fred
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    I had high hopes for this desktop tower but alas, they were quickly dashed by sluggish performance and a lack of expansion. I have had Pavilion desktop towers in the past so the first thing I did was to open up the case and take a good look at the motherboard as well as case. I am no means a computer expert but work with a fair bit of higher end towers for scientific data acquisition and processing. Thus, I recognize the importance and having some capabilities of expansion in order to prevent some measure of future-proofing for awhile to keep the system relevant. This tower comes standard with 1 TB hard drive and has one expansion slot, but unfortunately it is a 2.5in slot (laptop hard drive). With the ample space they could allowed any size drive to be installed, especially as memory of standard drives is cheap and so you could expand much beyond the space of the laptop drives at a lower price point. The mother board also has only one free SATA port and no further front access for another disc drive meaning your only real expansion option is another HD. Though 12 GB of Ram seems like a lot, most applications will quickly use up large portions of that. There are no other slots so you are effectively capped with how much memory can be added. It comes standard with a VGA port and quite surprisingly, a HDMI port. The motherboard has two PCI-E expansion ports (x1 and x16) which should allow some flexibility in graphics cards addition for gaming. In terms of performance, it is hard to have a good metric as the desktop I am replacing is one I built that was running off of Windows Vista. Though the processor of this Pavilion benchmarks at 4 time my old computer, the gains in performance have appeared minimal. This is likely owing to Windows 10 being a resource hog and requiring more memory and processing power. Overall, this system presents itself as an entry level computer that is likely perfect for an individual or family who is more focused on surfing the internet or doing basic computing projects, not likely for anyone that is really interested in gaming. It comes with a large amount of bloat-ware and at the listing price point, is better avoided as the value just isn't there.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Another poor showing from HP

    Posted
    mibeal
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    Short answer skip this unless all you want to do is waste time trying to browse the web or check email. This was shipped very late from the factory to my house first strike. Comes with a standard basic usb keyboard and mouse, nothing fancy very basic. Tower is fully assembled along with power cord. First boot was pretty slow on the included 1tb hdd. I can't believe they still make systems with these slow mechanical drives for the boot drive. First thing I did was put in a m2 WD 500gb SSD. (No m2 screw included). If you planning on doing the same you will need to remove the hdd rack to get to the slot which was annoying but only about 10 min of work. Note you will need a computer tool set the screws were of the hex variety, likely to detour ppl like me who like to tinker with things. Ok so everything is up and running and I want to migrate my hdd to my ssd for a nice smooth copy, easy right? Wrong the hdd has physical file errors according to windows. After banging my head against the wall for about 30 min trying to make the copy I decide to just reformat and go from scratch..which worked fine. Windows activated my license with no issues. The Ryzen 5 2400g APU leaves much to be desired from a gaming standpoint. Its comparable to a Nvidia 1030gt which isn't much. If you esport you'll be fine but anything more and you will regret this decision. Granted this is not meant to be a gaming rig but that is what I tested. The case is so small you won't find much room for upgrading. The psu is only 180w so you wont be putting a 1060 inside here anytime soon. Temps are marginal idles around 30-40 under OCCT load maxed at around 90c, cpu is rated up to 105c. One exhaust fan inside. Overall I would not recommend this without the understanding it really needs a SSD to even begin to be on par with usable this day in age. If you game don't bother with the APU you will be disappointed. Save up and get yourself an actual gaming machine with dedicated graphics. If you add an SSD and just plan to use it as a workstation or casual browsing perfect setup then.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend