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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 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.