You actually get a reasonable amount of room for other upgrades, though, which is surprising given the size of the Slimline case. Along with the discrete graphics card and the TV tuner card, you also get two free 1x PCI Express slots, which would let you add a sound card, a specialized data input or some other upgrade. You also get room to add two additional memory sticks. The only big limitation comes with internal storage, where you get only a single hard-drive bay.
External connectivity is a little more disappointing. HP has at least provided a variety of media-oriented outputs. You get HDMI and DVI outputs on the graphics card, along with 7.1 analog audio and a dedicated S/PDIF digital audio output. For data ports, though, you get only four USB 2.0 jacks on the back of the case, and another two on the front. USB 3.0, FireWire, and eSATA are all absent.
|HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060||Average watts per hour|
|Off (60 percent)||0.41|
|Sleep (10 percent)||1.34|
|Idle (25 percent)||42.46|
|Load (5 percent)||90.11|
|Annual energy cost||$19.55|
The power consumption for these systems scales almost in direct proportion to their relative performance. We can't ask for much more than that, and the low draw from these systems, all based on Intel's second-generation Core i3 and Core i5 chips, is a strong testament to the improvements Intel has made to power efficiency in its newest CPUs. Your move, AMD.
Service and support
HP includes a one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the Pavilion Slimline S5-1060, in keeping with the industry-standard one-year coverage plan. 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.
Lenovo has stepped up its consumer desktop efforts in the United States over the past year or so, and the Lenovo H330 poses a significant challenge to the HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060. Thanks to a savvy selection of features, HP fends off the competition with the overall value in this system, sacrificing a marginal performance increase for more versatile functionality. As long as you don't mind a few extra processing seconds here and there, the Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 should meet all of your home productivity and entertainment needs.
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Gateway FX6850-51u (Core i7 2600, Spring 2011)
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HP Pavilion Slimline S5-1060 (Core i5 2310, Summer 2011
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Lenovo IdeaCentre K330 (Core i5 2500, Spring 2011)
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 3.3GHz Intel Core i5 2500; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1.5GB Nvidia GeForce GT440; 1TB 7,200rpm Hitachi hard drive
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