HP Pavilion Slimline e7500y (Celeron M 1.6 GHz review: HP Pavilion Slimline e7500y (Celeron M 1.6 GHz

Bundled in with the HP Pavilion Slimline s7500y is a Media Center remote and an HP-branded wired keyboard and optical mouse. A wireless version, which is probably more useful for Media Center users, is an extra $30. Included software includes HP's Photosmart suite of image-editing tools. as well as Microsoft Works 8, Quicken 2006, Microsoft Money 2006, and Muvee AutoProducer for basic video editing and DVD burning.

HP backs the system with a standard one-year warranty, which you can upgrade to a two- or three-year plan. A dizzying array of upgrades are available, from a simple two-year extended plan ($55) to a two-year HP House Call Extended Service Plan with onsite service ($85) to the three-year Total One Solution ($240), which includes priority phone support, coverage for select monitors and printers, and overnight shipping for replacement parts. In addition, HP's Total Care Web services offer e-mail support, online chat and a robust collection of Web-based FAQs and documentation.

Multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Multitasking test  

Adobe Photoshop CS2 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Adobe Photoshop CS2 image-processing test  

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Apple iTunes encoding test  

Microsoft Office productivity test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Microsoft Office productivity test  

3D gaming performance (in fps)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Quake 4 1,024x768, 4xAA 8xAF  

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System configurations:

eMachines T6536
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2; 2.4GHz AMD Athlon 64 3800+; 1,024MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; integrated Nvidia 6100 graphics chip using 256MB shared memory; 250GB Western Digital 7,200rpm SATA

HP Pavilion Slimline s7500y
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2; 1.7GHz Intel Pentium M 735; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM; integrated Intel 945G graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; 200GB Seagate 7,200rpm SATA

Shuttle G5 3600mc
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2; 3.0GHz Intel Pentium D 930; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; integrated Intel 945G graphics chip using 128MB shared memory; 250GB Seagate 7,200rpm SATA

Shuttle XPC X100
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 SP2; 1.6GHz Intel Core Duo T2050; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1400; 250GB Seagate 7,200rpm SATA

Velocity Micro Vector GX Campus Edition
Windows XP Home SP2; Intel Core 2 Duo E6300; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7600 GS; 250GB Western Digital 7,200rpm SATA

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