HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f review: HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f

If you've seen our reviews of recent Slimlines, you'll know we haven't looked favorably on them. That's mostly because the past few review units have been low-cost, fixed-configuration models that lacked any appeal for living-room computing. The biggest offense was leaving off the HDMI port, which never made sense to us, considering the Gateway SX systems, also found in retail in the same price range, do include HDMI. You can still find those dated Slimlines at Best Buy and elsewhere, and we encourage you to avoid them because they don't take advantage of the slim tower design.

This model, though, offers the complete package in terms of its connectivity options. You get HDMI output, crucial for connecting directly to your HDTV. You also get wireless networking, the aforementioned TV tuner, an SD card slot, and a coaxial digital audio output. You even get IR blaster outputs, if you're inclined to take that always-clunky step. We would like to see an optical digital audio output, as well as FireWire or eSATA ports for peripheral devices that don't use USB. For most standard devices and setups, though, the Pavilion Slimline s5660f offers all of the inputs and outputs we expect to find in a living-room system.

With all of its memory and expansion card slots occupied, this Slimline isn't the most upgrade-friendly desktop. Consider, though, that this system basically includes all of the upgrades we've suggested in past reviews of the Gateway SX systems. Given that the slim tower case automatically limits your upgrade room, you always have to temper your expansion expectations for PCs in this category. Between the size limitation and the fact that this system is already fully loaded, we can't recommend it as an upgrade platform. But we also can't think of much that we'd want to add.

Juice box
HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f Average watts per hour
Off (watts) 0.33
Sleep (watts) 2.75
Idle (watts) 80.85
Load (watts) 140.37
Raw (annual kWh) 312.1626
Energy Star compliant No
Annual power consumption cost (@$0.1135/kWh) $35.43

Annual power consumption cost
HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f

The Slimline's power consumption is high for its price range, but that's not entirely surprising given its fast AMD quad-core chip and its dedicated graphics card. This system is a relative power hog, to be sure, and you can expect it will add $3 or so to your monthly power bill. That's more than we're used to for sub-$1,000 desktops.

HP includes a standard one-year parts and labor warranty with the Pavilion Slimline s5660f. 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.

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System configurations:

HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 550; 4GB 800MHZ DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics chip; 640GB, 7,200rpm hard drive

Apple Mac Mini (Spring 2010)
Mac OS X 10.6.3; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo; 2GB 1,067MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 320M; 320GB, 5,400rpm hard drive

Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.7GHZ AMD Phenom II X4; 6GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450; 750GB 7,200rpm hard drive

Gateway DX4840-03e
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 3.0GHz Intel Core i3 540; 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics chip; 1TB 7,200rpm Western Digital hard drive.

Gateway SX5850-33
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 3.2GHz Intel Core i3 550; 4GB 800MHZ DDR3 SDRAM; 64MB (shared) Intel GMA X4500 HD integrated graphics chip; 640GB, 7,200rpm hard drive

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Where to Buy

HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f

Part Number: BM430AA#ABA Released: Oct 1, 2010

MSRP: $799.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Oct 1, 2010
  • Graphics Processor ATI Radeon HD 5450
  • OS Provided Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  • Video Memory 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Monitor Type None.