The Good Sleek design; wide range of configuration options; front-accessible USB and FireWire ports.
The Bad Standard warranty is only one year; cluttered start menu due to excessive software bundling; little room for future expansion; base model has no AGP slot.
The Bottom Line The low-end HP Pavilion 700 model suffers from poor 3D performance, but the midrange and high-end models deliver.
HP Pavilion 792n (Pentium 4 2.4GHz
HP's Pavilion 700 series runs the gamut from basic productivity systems to fully loaded multimedia powerhouses. These compact computers won't take up much space on your desktop, but each small case limits room for growth, so it's important to make the right component choices when ordering. Thankfully, you have plenty of options: these Pentium 4 machines can be customized in configurations ranging from less than $1,000 to more than $4,000. And although these systems won't break any benchmark records, they're still respectively speedy. Overall, the 700 series is an excellent choice if you're more likely to replace a system than to crack it open and upgrade individual components. We suggest bypassing the base 2GHz model, however, unless you'll never need 3D graphics.
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