The HP Pavilion Elite E9220y is plainly slower than the less expensive Asus, but we find the $799 HP's speed relative to the $679 HP Pavilion P6230y almost as problematic. That lower-end HP comes up marginally faster than the Pavilion Elite E9220y, and because it also offers wireless networking, and HP's polished aesthetics and robust support, the only thing the Pavilion Elite really has to recommend it over that model is its budget ATI graphics card, which you can find online for $40. That hardly accounts for the $120 premium HP wants for Elite over the standard Pavilion. If the Asus doesn't convince you that this HP is a dog, surely HP's own Pavilion P6230y will.
We can't even argue that the Pavilion Elite E9220y's graphics card gives it an advantage by adding more video outputs. Yes, the Radeon HD 4350 card in this HP has VGA, DVI, and HDMI outputs, but so do both the Pavilion P6230y and the Asus. None of the systems has eSATA jacks, but all three have optical audio outputs. HP's only connectivity advantage is its FireWire 400 port, which you'll also find on the Pavilion P6230y. The two HPs also share the same motherboard, which means they have the same combination of three 1x PCI Express slots and a single 16x PCI Express slot. The Asus expansion slot array has a few variations, none particularly crucial.
|HP Pavilion Elite E9220y|
|Raw (annual kWh)||309.04842|
|Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh)||$35.08|
As if the Pavilion Elite E9220y didn't have enough issues, it's also a power hog compared with its faster, less expensive competition. Around $35 on the year isn't all that burdensome, but it still adds roughly another $3 to your monthly power bill. That's only an extra dollar above the Pavilion P6230y and the Asus, but compounded with the Pavilion Elite's other failings it might as well be an extra $100.
HP's service and support is on par with its large vendor competition. You get a year of parts and labor coverage out of the box, plus 24-7 toll-free phone support and a variety of resources online and on the system itself to help you troubleshoot. That's more than you get from Asus, but no less than what you'll find with the less expensive Pavilion P6230y.
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HP Pavilion Elite E9220y
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