HP Pavilion p7 1070t review: HP Pavilion p7 1070t

You also get eight external USB 2.0 jacks on each system, and only 5.1 analog audio support, but where the HP has VGA and DVI outputs, the Acer provides VGA and HDMI. You can always add a DVI-to-HDMI adapter to the HP, and a VGA-to-DVI adapter to the Acer.

Juice box
HP Pavilion P7 1070T  
Off (watts) 0.74
Sleep (watts) 1.65
Idle (watts) 36
Load (watts) 66.16
Raw (annual kWh) 143.6421
EnergyStar compliant Yes
Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $16.30

HP has never done that well on our power efficiency tests, and its scores this round are no exception. In the past we've placed the blame on configurations that used power-hogging AMD chips, but with Intel across-the-board in this case, we have to look to the HP's faster spinning hard drive and its greater quantity of RAM. Although the Acer's sub-$12 finish is admirable, we expect most of you can handle the extra $5 a year for the HP.

HP includes a standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the Pavilion p6720f. You also get 24-7 toll-free phone support and a variety of support resources available on HP's Web site, as well as on the system itself.

Conclusion

Unlike its competition, HP isn't cutting corners by using slower hard drives. That and its Photoshop CS5 performance redeem this system, at least for photo enthusiasts. Otherwise, Acer is putting too much pressure on HP on both sides of the price spectrum, which makes it hard for us to recommend this desktop for value shoppers.

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System configurations: Acer Aspire AM3970-U5022
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 3,1GHz Intel Core i3 2100; 6GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel HD Graphics 2000 embedded graphics; 1TB 5,400 rpm Western Digital hard drive

Gateway DX4850-45
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.8GHz Intel Core i5 230; 6GB 1,066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB Intel HD 2000 embedded graphics; 1TB, 5,400rpm hard drive

HP Pavilion P7 1070T
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 3,1GHz Intel Core i3 2100; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel HD Graphics 2000 embedded graphics; 1TB 7,200 rpm Hitachi hard drive

HP Pavilion Slimline S5 1060
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.9GHz Intel Core i5 2130; 6GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 512MB AMD Radeon HD 6450; 1TB 7,200rpm Hitachi hard drive

Lenovo H320
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Core i5 650; 6GB 1,066MHZ DDR3 SDRAM; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 310; 640GB, 7,200rpm hard drive

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HP Pavilion p7 1070t

Part Number: LW148AV#ABA_1649818

MSRP: $729.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

About The Author

Rich Brown is an executive editor for CNET Reviews. He has worked as a technology journalist since 1994.