The back of the HP Pavilion p6320y gives you four USB ports, an Ethernet jack, a FireWire 400 port, VGA out, DVI, digital audio, and 7.1 analog audio, but eSATA and HDMI are absent. This relatively small handful of external connections doesn't match up with its competition, especially the Gateway DX4831-01e that offers just about every port you need, including HDMI and eSATA for $150 less.
Despite our disappointment over the lack of motherboard connections, we still hooked the p6320y up to a standard desktop monitor using a VGA cable and ran full-screen video from sites like YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, and Netflix without interruption. It also played full 1080p HD movie trailers from Apple.com without a glitch. We wouldn't expect otherwise from a $700 desktop, and again, the slim tower Gateway SX2840-01 is a more living-room-friendly PC, but if you intend to watch video on this HP, you shouldn't run into any problems.
To its credit, HP also offers ample potential inside the tower for upgrades in the form of a 16x PCI Express slot for a 3D video card, one 1x PCI Express slot, one standard PCI slot, and room for another hard drive. You can also get more storage with one of HP's proprietary media drives that fit in the expansion bay slot underneath the optical disc drive, but all four memory slots are occupied, so future upgrades will require you to discard at least two sticks.
|HP p6320y||Average watts per hour|
|Raw (annual kWh)||314.703|
|Energy Star compliant||No|
|Annual power consumption cost||$35.72|
Out of the five desktops we compared, this HP and another we've reviewed recently cost the most to power annually--$34.91 for the p6310y and $34.75 per year for the p6320y. Compared with the $22 it costs to run the generally faster Asus, it's clear that HP has work to do in terms of power efficiency. You might also not be surprised to learn that neither HP system comes close to Energy Star certification.
HP includes a standard one-year warranty with the Pavilion P6320y, with just enough free support to keep you happy. Also you get 24-7 toll-free phone assistance, a comprehensive list of Web help, including manuals, FAQs, live customer service chat, and driver updates.
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