HP Pavilion Slimline s5220y review: HP Pavilion Slimline s5220y

With the more capable Gateway out there for less money, we don't advocate buying the HP as an upgrade platform. If you went that route, you'd find the single hard drive bay occupied by the 640GB hard drive, and both memory slots filled, but you would get a free 16x PCI graphics slot and a pair of 1x PCI Express slots to play with if you remove the 56k modem. That's roughly what we expect to find in a slim tower, although an extra pair of RAM slots, like you'll find in the Gateway, would have been welcome.

Juice box
Off (watts) 1.04
Sleep (watts) 2.66
Idle (watts) 47.57
Load (watts) 78.34
Raw (annual kWh) 186.34
Energy Star compliant Yes
Annual operating cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $21.15

Annual power consumption cost
HP Pavilion s5220y
$21.15 

Given its relatively poor performance next to other budget PCs, we'd hoped the HP would save more power. Its power efficiency isn't terrible, and it's in Energy Star-certified territory, so we can't be too disappointed. Still, we'd rather get something in exchange for the HP's lack of speed.

HP backs the Pavilion Slimline s5120y with a one-year warranty that covers parts and labor, alongside 24-7 toll-free phone support. The system itself comes with self-help software for troubleshooting and system maintenance and you'll find the usual assortment of drivers, support chat, and other resources on HP's Web site.

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System configurations:

Asus Essentio CM5570-AP003
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 2.6GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5300; 6GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 32MB Intel MGA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 750GB, 7,200rpm hard drive

Dell Inspiron 545s-1476N
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 2.6GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5300; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB Intel GMA 3100 integrated graphics chip; 640GB, 7,200rpm hard drive

Gateway DX4822-01
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; 2.6GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5300; 6GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 32MB Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 1TB, 7,200rpm hard drive

Gateway SX2800-01
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit; 2.3GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 32MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 640GB, 7,200rpm hard drive

HP Pavilion Slimline s5220y
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit; 2.6 GHz Pentium Dual-Core E5300; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB Intel GMZ 3100 integrated graphics chip; 640GB, 7,200rpm hard drive

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    HP Pavilion Slimline s5220y

    Part Number: S5220Y

    As Reviewed: $480

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