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HP Pavilion a6400zThe price of the HP Pavilion a6400z is definitely tempting, but you'll be much better off if you spend a little bit more on the right upgrades.
^B00:00:00 [ Music ] >> Hi. I'm Rich Brown, Senior Editor for CNET.com. Today we're going to take a look at the HP Pavilion a6400z. This is a pretty spare, basic desktop. It's designed for email, web surfing, just straightforward computing As you can see, this is a pretty clean design, mostly black and it'll pretty much fit anywhere you want to put it. The front panel has a CD drive. There's room for one more. There's also a slot that has some USB ports and a few audio inputs, but there's no media card reader. That's definitely kind of a downside because you can get that in systems that cost about the same as this one. Now, inside, you can see that there's room for a little bit of upgrading. You have a few car slots as well as a graphics card slot. So you can throw a little bit of money in this system to make it a little more powerful. The hard drive case is a little irritating because you have to take it out if you want to put another drive in. Still, there is room for one more, so you can expand it there as well. You're a little limited as far as how you can upgrade the memory, though, 'cause there's only two slots here. So if you want to add more, that means you have to throw out the two sticks that come with the system. Now, we found this system was a pretty good deal for the dollar, but we were a little bit unhappy with its performance. We thought that other systems in this low-end price range offered a little bit more bang for the buck. That said, it's configurable. So you can go online, add a larger hard drive, throw in a few other things, take some out. Depending on that, you might be able to get a better deal. So I'm Rich Brown. And this is the HP Pavilion a6400z. ^M00:01:16 [ Music ]