HP Pavilion MS214a review: HP Pavilion MS214a

Typical Price: $1,399.00

HP Pavilion MS214a

(Part #: CNETHP Pavilion MS214a)
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Lots of bundled applications. Easy installation.

The Bad Design is plain. Keyboard is ordinary.

The Bottom Line It won't thrill any Apple fans into not buying an iMac, but HP's latest all-in-one is quietly powerful at an acceptable price point.

7.8 Overall

Design

There's been a resurgence of late in all-in-one PCs hovering around the AU$1000 price point. Whether you're a fan of the iMac concept, prefer the minimalism of a nettop or simply want something that'll look OK in your living room, most manufacturers have stepped up with interesting designs.

The HP Pavilion MS214a isn't one of them. That is, it isn't one of the interesting designs; it's still an all-in-one PC. It's just that it's a rather plain looking all-in-one PC that could easily be mistaken for an 18.5-inch TV if the mouse and keyboard were absent. It's not an unpleasant design, and it doesn't look overbearingly cheap. It's just that it's rather unremarkable.

The same thing can be said about the bundled keyboard and mouse, both of which are corded. They do work quite well, but they're very plain pieces of kit. Almost any keyboard or mouse would be an upgrade both aesthetically and functionally, but it's perfectly feasible to get by on what you're given if the budget is tight.

Features

Behind the Pavilion MS214a's 18.5-inch display screen sits an AMD Athlon X2 6850e 1.8GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, a 7200rpm 500GB hard drive and a 512MB Nvidia GeForce G210 graphics chip. It's not the most powerful solution we've seen in an all-in-one, but for basic office-style tasks it should suffice.

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