HP Compaq Presario SR5050NX review: HP Compaq Presario SR5050NX

In the event that you are looking for that expandability, we'll give Presario the nod over the eMachines, even though the two are nearly identical (down to their 15-in-1 media card readers). The reason we like the Presario better is because its DVD burner offers LightScribe capability, which means lets you print a custom image on the surface of your optical discs. We also like the Presario's new keyboard, which is sleek and simple, with just enough media and hot keys to be useful without cluttering things up.

As the systems compare, so does the support. eMachines and HP's policies are nearly identical. Both give you one year of parts and labor coverage with a toll-free number to call for help. HP's phone lines are open 24-7. That gives HP a slight edge over eMachines, which lets its support techs take a break during the very wee hours. You'll find useful resources on each vendor's Web site, with drive downloads, frequently asked questions, and other help, and both vendors also offer a remote control option for over-the-Internet tech support. We continue to appreciate HP's Total Care software suite, which helps you diagnose problems with your PC before they happen, and we find the interface a bit more polished and intuitive than eMachines competing BigFix service. We also like that HP has cut down on the desktop icon clutter in this system, with only three shortcuts prompting you toward trial software. Still, none would be better.

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System configurations:

eMachines T5226
Windows Vista Home Premium; 3.0GHz Intel Pentium D 925; 1GB 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 224MB (shared) Intel GMA 950 graphics chip; 250GB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive

HP Compaq Presario SR5050NX
Windows Vista Home Premium; 3.0GHz Intel Pentium D 925; 1GB 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 224MB (shared) Intel GMA 950 graphics chip; 250GB 7,200rpm Samsung hard drive

HP Pavilion SlimLine s3020n PC
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6400; 1,024MB DDR2 533MHz SDRAM; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7600GS graphics card; 320GB 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive

iBuyPowerValue 640
Windows Vista Home Premium; 2.13GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6400; 1,024MB DDR2 533MHz SDRAM; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7600GS graphics card; 320GB 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive

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HP Compaq Presario SR5050NX

Part Number: RX897AA#ABA Released: Apr 3, 2007

MSRP: $559.99

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  • Release date Apr 3, 2007
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 950 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0
  • Capacity 1 x 250 GB
  • OS Provided Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Monitor Type None.