Our benchmark tests provide an equally damning argument that you should avoid this system. The Slimline lags behind the less-expensive eMachines system on every single test. We could see value in an affordable slim tower PC if it offered competitive performance. With its poor performance in our tests, the Slimline has little going for it.
Its lack of an HDMI port hinders this HP as a living room system, but we're also unimpressed by its other connectivity options. You get two USB 2.0 jacks on the back, a set of analog audio inputs, a VGA output for video, and an Ethernet jack--that's it. We've seen $450 slim towers from Gateway and Acer with FireWire and eSATA jacks, so it's not out of the question that this HP system could have them, too. Again, we'll blame its lack of options on the outdated motherboard that holds this system back in a variety of ways. You at least get reasonable expandability inside the Slimline for its size, with half-height slots for a 1x PCI Express card and a 16x PCI Express graphics card. It unfortunately lacks room for more memory or a second hard drive.
|HP Pavilion Slimline s5510y||Average watts per hour|
|Raw (annual kWh)||233.36202|
|Energy Star compliant||No|
|Annual power consumption cost||$26.49|
At risk of piling on, the HP's relatively inefficient power consumption also bears mentioning. Whether it's the chipset, the CPU, or some other component, we can't say. But for whatever reason, this slow Slimline costs about 50 percent more to operate per year than its budget PC competition does, or about 80 cents per more a month than the eMachines. Monetarily speaking, we suspect most of you can handle that, but we hope you won't have to. Not only is this desktop slow for its price range, it's also a power hog.
HP's service and support matches the industry-standard one-year warranty coverage with 24-7 toll-free phone support. HP's Web site also has some useful features, from FAQs, driver, and manual downloads, as well as support chat. The system also comes with a few diagnostic tools, although you'll have to sort them out from the various trial offers and bloatware icons in the dock at the top of the Windows desktop.
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Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.7GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core E5500; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 128MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics chip; 1TB 7,200rpm Hitachi hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.7GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 32MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics chip; 500GB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.7GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core E5400; 4GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) Nvidia GeForce 7050 integrated graphics chip; 750GB 7,200rpm Seagate hard drive
HP Pavilion Slimline s5510y
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.8GHz AMD Athlon II X2 240; 3GB 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM; 256MB (shared) Nvidia GeForce 6150SE integrated graphics chip; 640GB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive