HP Pavilion s7200n Slimline Desktop PC review:

HP Pavilion s7200n Slimline Desktop PC

The HP Pavilion s7220n Slimline ships with an Internet keyboard, which features Web buttons and media controls, as well as dual eject buttons when the computer includes only one optical drive. The eject command is a nice thing to have at your fingertips, although in this case, the operation takes a while, leading the user to press the button several times in frustration. This causes a backlog of commands, and the drive continues to open and close until all the commands are executed. It's annoying. Equally annoying is the bundled PS/2 rollerball mouse; we expect an optical mouse with even the cheapest PCs these days. The PS/2 peripherals allow you to keep all five USB 2.0 ports free (four back, one front). There's also one six-pin FireWire port on the back panel along with integrated 5.1 audio ports. A headphone jack sits on the front panel.

At this price, HP could in good faith include no software or documentation. But the company gives you Microsoft Works, Quicken, and PC Doctor system-recovery software. HP also preloads electronic getting-started and PC basics guides on the hard drive and includes some minimal printed documentation.

The system is backed by a standard one-year warranty, which you can upgrade to a two- or three-year plan. We recommend taking advantage of HP's Accidental Damage protection, which you can add to an extended warranty for only $50 more, no matter the warranty's length. You get toll-free phone support for the life of the warranty, but you can use HP's Total Care Web services even after the warranty expires. These services include e-mail support, online chat with a service representative, and a thorough help and support center.

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System configurations:
Bully PC Surgeon AMD
Windows XP Home SP2; 1.8GHz AMD Athlon 64 3000+; Nvidia Nforce 4 chipset; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Nvidia GeForce 6600GT (PCIe); Seagate ST3160827AS 160GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

Gateway 3200XL
Windows XP Home SP2; 2.93GHz Intel Celeron D 340; Intel 845GV chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 333MHz; 64MB (shared memory) integrated Intel 845G; Seagate ST3160021A 160GB 7,200rpm

HP Pavilion s7220n Slimline PC
Windows XP Home SP2; 1.5GHz Intel Celeron M 370; Intel 915G chipset; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; integrated Intel 915G graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; Samsung SP2004C 200GB 7,200rpm SATA

Shuttle XPC K6200h
Windows XP Home SP2; 2.8GHz Intel Celeron D 335; ATI 9100IGP chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated ATI 9100 graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; Western Digital WD1600JB-00GVA0 160GB 7,200rpm EIDE

Sys MediaMax S2600
Windows XP Home SP2; 1.8GHz AMD Sempron 3100+; Via K8M800 chipset; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 AGP; Western Digital WD800JD-75JNCO 80GB 7,200rpm Serial ATA

What you'll pay

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