HP Pavilion Media Center A1640n (Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz review: HP Pavilion Media Center A1640n (Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz

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We've sung the praises of a minirenaissance in PC support over the past few months, and our opinion remains favorable. It's not that warranties have gotten any longer. The Pavilion Media Center a1640n still comes with a single year of parts-and-labor coverage and 24/7, toll-free phone support. What's changed is that HP has added a program called Instant Care support, an over-the-Internet troubleshooting feature that, with your permission, allows an HP tech to take direct remote control of your PC to fix any problems. This cool feature takes the guesswork out of having to explain a problem over the phone.

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System configurations:

Apple Mac Mini Core Duo (1.83GHz)
OS X 10.4.7; 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo T2400; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; integrated 64MB Intel GMA 950 graphics chip; 80GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm SATA

HP Pavilion Media Center a1640n
Windows XP Home SP2; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6600; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7900 GT; Western Digital 250GB 7,200prm SATA

HP Pavilion Slimline a7600e
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2; 2.4GHz AMD Athlon 64 3800+; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated Nvidia 6150 LE graphics chip using 256MB shared memory; 200GB Western Digital 7,200rpm SATA

Systemax Venture C2D
Windows XP Home SP2; 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6300; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 256MB ATI Radeon X1600; 320GB Western Digital 7,200rpm SATA

Velocity Micro Vector GX Campus Edition
Windows XP Home SP2; 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6300; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7600GS; 250GB Western Digital 7,200rpm SATA

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