HP Pavilion s5-1060 - Slimline - Core i5 2310 2.9 GHz - Monitor : none. review: HP Pavilion s5-1060 - Slimline - Core i5 2310 2.9 GHz - Monitor : none.

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good The HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 boasts a versatile assortment of home entertainment features in an attractive, reasonably fast computer.

The Bad A competing slim-tower PC from Lenovo offers similar features and faster performance in the same price range.

The Bottom Line Amid increasing competition from other mainstream PC vendors, the HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 offers a wisely chosen mix of speed and functionality that will appeal to college students and digital media enthusiasts.

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As a kitted-out media slim tower, the HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 offers few surprises given its price and its specifications, despite an updated chassis design. This system will provide you with capable day-to-day performance, and a versatile assortment of multimedia-oriented features that make it well-suited for general purpose duty in a dorm, in a living room, or elsewhere. Our one hesitation comes from a competing slim tower from Lenovo that offers similar features and a faster CPU in the same price range as this Slimline, which HP sells for $829, although we've seen it for as low as $769. Although the HP is likely a touch slower than that Lenovo system, it has a few extra features that expand its functionality, making this a more well-rounded do-it-all PC, and the better value.

The new design on this Slimline isn't a major departure from the older model. The front panel has a cleaner look, with less emphasis on gray trim than in the past, as well as a completely hidden optical drive tray, but otherwise the glossy black Slimline case retains the same stature as a monolith-in-miniature.

HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 Lenovo H330
Price $829 $799
Motherboard chipset Intel P67 Intel P67
CPU 2.9GHz Intel Core i5 2130 3.3GHz Intel Core i5 2500
Memory 6GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Graphics 512MB AMD Radeon HD 6450 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6450
Hard drives 1TB 7,200 rpm 1TB, 7,200 rpm
Optical drive Blu-ray/DVD burner combo drive Blu-ray/DVD burner combo drive
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

We have not reviewed the Lenovo H330, so we can only speculate as to its performance, but based purely on its spec sheet, it seems to offer more robust performance than the Slimline S5-1060. The Lenovo system has a faster CPU, and more system and 3D graphics memory than the HP, so barring a significant configuration error on Lenovo's part, we would expect the H330 to outperform the HP. They match up very closely on features as well, although the HP has a few extras you won't find on the Lenovo system, including a TV tuner, a dedicated optical audio output, and wireless networking.

You could call these two PCs equal in terms of overall value, but we find that the HP's Wi-Fi and the TV tuner in particular have more everyday benefits than the Lenovo's likely marginal performance increases. It's possible that an extra portion of video memory may push a game over the edge into playability, or that heavy photographers may appreciate shaving a few seconds off of a batch process, but we'd bet that the average consumers to whom these PCs are targeted will find the HP's extras more useful.

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 (Core i5 2130, Summer 2011)
106 
HP Pavilion p7-1070t (Core i3 2100, Summer 2011)
107 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 (Core i5, Summer 2011)
68 
HP Pavilion p7-1070t (Core i3 2100, Summer 2011)
81 

Adobe Photoshop CS5 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 (Core i5 2130, Summer 2011)
226 
HP Pavilion p7-1070t (Core i3 2100, Summer 2011)
249 

Multimedia multitasking (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 (Core i5 2130, Summer 2011)
315 
HP Pavilion p7-1070t (Core i3 2100, Summer 2011)
402 

Cinebench 11.5
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Rendering Multiple CPUs  
Rendering Single CPU  
HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 (Core i5 2130, Summer 2011)
4.8 
1.28 
HP Pavilion p7-1070t (Core i3 2100, Summer 2011)
2.97 
1.23 

We have not reviewed the competing Lenovo H330, nor do we have results for any recent comparison systems in the HP's $800 price range, so our performance analysis can only say that the Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 is as fast as we expect in relation to systems above and below the HP's price point. The Pavilion P7-1070t and the Acer AM3970-U5022 both cost around $500, the Gateway comes in at $599, and the Lenovo IdeaCentre K330 goes for $1,000. That said, the K330 and its 3.3GHz Core i5 2500 chip likely offer similar performance to the slim-tower H330 with the same CPU, making it a good competitive stand-in. As you can see, the Slimline is slightly slower than the Lenovo IdeaCentre K330, but not enough to make a dramatic dent in your productivity.

We spent some time gaming on the Pavilion Slimline S5-1060, and despite its discrete graphics card, this system really isn't what we'd call a gaming PC. With only 512MB of onboard video memory, the already lower-end Radon HD 6450 card in this system can't handle more demanding games like Metro 2033, even at lower image quality settings. You should be able to play more mainstream games on this system, including ports of console titles, but serious gamers shouldn't even consider this an upgrade platform. You might get away with adding a slightly faster 3D card, or a card with more memory for a marginal performance boost post-purchase, but the Slimline's 270-watt power supply and a half-height card limitation due to the narrow case will prevent more robust upgrades.

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HP Pavilion s5-1060 - Slimline - Core i5 2310 2.9 GHz : none.

Part Number: QN565AA#ABA

MSRP: $799.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Graphics Processor AMD Radeon HD 6450
  • OS Provided Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Video Memory 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Monitor Type None.