HP Pavilion Media Center m7070n review: HP Pavilion Media Center m7070n

The m7070n Photosmart PC didn't fare as well on our 3D graphics and gaming performance tests, scoring 18.1 frames per second (fps) on our Half-Life 2 test at 1,024x768. Today's high-end SLI-based gaming systems typically score well above 100fps on this test. However, the m7070n Photosmart PC is a Media Center PC and uses an entry-level 3D card. Upgrading to a high-end graphics card will greatly improve the system's 3D graphics and gaming performance. Unfortunately, the system ships as is, so you'll have to make this upgrade after purchase.

There's no shortage of video connections, as the WinTV card provides inputs for TV, FM radio, S-Video, and composite video; the ATI Radeon X300 SE also has a VGA connector as well as S-Video and composite video outputs. This PC does not use a BTX form factor, but the system fans and the hard drive are virtually silent, making the m7070n Photosmart PC very quiet overall, an increasingly important factor in all PCs, especially Media Centers.

The system doesn't ship with a monitor or speakers, so you'll have to shell out for these components unless you plan on connecting the HP Media Center m7070n Photosmart PC to an existing A/V setup. The m7070n includes a standard USB sensor for the included Media Center remote control, an IR blaster for controlling your cable box with the remote, and a multimedia keyboard and optical mouse that match the system's silver finish, although neither is wireless. Along with Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 , the m7070n Photosmart PC ships with enough software to get you started recording your favorite TV shows, editing and organizing photos, creating DVDs, and recording or playing your favorite tunes. Bundled titles include HP's Image Zone Plus photo-editing suite, Apple iTunes, InterVideo WinDVD Creator, Muvee Technologies AutoProducer, and Sonic RecordNow, as well as Microsoft Works 8.0 , Money Standard 2005, and Quicken 2005 New User Edition.

HP includes several printed manuals and a quick-setup card with the HP Media Center m7070n Photosmart PC, and HP's Web site has a comprehensive support and troubleshooting section for this model, including user documentation, setup and installation instructions, drivers and software downloads, and a problem-solving tutorial. The one-year parts-and-labor warranty comes with 90-day software support, and you can extend the service plan to two ($169.99) or three years ($219.99).

Application performance
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BAPCo SysMark 2004 rating  
SysMark 2004 Internet-content-creation rating  
SysMark 2004 office-productivity rating  
* Note: The Gateway 832GM was unable to run our Half-Life 2 test.

Half-Life 2 Custom Demo (in fps)
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Half-Life 2 1,024x768 4xAA 8xAF  
* Note: The Gateway 832GM was unable to run our Half-Life 2 test.

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System configurations:
Gateway 832GM
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 3.0GHz Intel P4 630; Intel 915G chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB integrated Intel 915G (shared memory); WDC WD2500JD-22HBB0 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

HP z555 Digital Entertainment Center
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 3.0GHz Intel P4 530; Intel 915G chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 (PCIe); Maxtor 6B250S0 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

HP Media Center m7070n Photosmart PC
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 3.2GHz Intel P4 640; Intel 915G chipset; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB ATI Radeon X300 (PCIe); Seagate ST3250823AS 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

Polywell MiniBox 939AX
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 2.1GHz AMD Athlon 64 3200+; ATI Radeon Xpress 200 chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 64MB (shared) integrated ATI Radeon X200; Seagate ST3200822AS 200GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

Shuttle XPC G5 8300mc
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005; 3.0GHz Intel P4 530; Intel 915G chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 6600 (PCIe); WDC WD2500JD-98HBB0 250GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

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HP Pavilion Media Center m7070n

Part Number: PS590AA#ABA Released: Apr 3, 2005

MSRP: $1,249.99

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Apr 3, 2005
  • Graphics Processor ATI Radeon X300 SE
  • OS Provided Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
  • Installed Size 1 GB / 4 GB (max)
  • Video Memory 128 MB DDR SDRAM
  • Monitor Type None.