The Good The HP Pavilion 23's giant, 23-inch display is uncommon in all-in-one PCs under $700.
The Bad The low price means slow performance and few extras. The lack of an HDMI input hurts the most.
The Bottom Line HP has made an aggressive move in the budget PC space with this big-screen all-in-one that will serve as an affordable, generally capable home computer.
HP Pavilion 23
Hewlett-Packard's Pavilion 23 is one of the first 23-inch all-in-one PCs to hit the sub-$700 mark for its starting price. The core specs aren't that remarkable, and HP again proves stingy with HDMI inputs, but you can chalk all of that up to this PC's $699 price tag. I expect that low-cost, 23-inch all-in-ones like this one will be a new battleground among mainstream PC makers. Right now, this HP has the lead, and it's easy to recommend to anyone looking for a basic desktop.
The design of the Pavilion 23 is neither particularly impressive nor offensive. It's a close replica of the
Unsurprisingly for its price, the Pavilion 23 does not have a touch screen. That's not really an issue for Windows 7, the operating system it ships with, but if you have a Windows 8 upgrade in mind, this system does not provide you with a great way to experience the touch interface in Microsoft's new OS. Your best solution will be an after-market device.
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