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HP Pavilion a400n

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The HP Pavilion a400n is a very good budget desktop computer system provided that users are able to find the deals on it for under $500.
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Pros

  • DVD-ROM Included
  • High Speed Celeron CPU
  • Large Capacity Hard Drive

Cons

  • No Speakers Included
  • Pricing

Description

  • Intel 2.7GHz Celeron Processor
  • 256MB PC2100 DDR Memory
  • 80GB Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD-ROM and 48x CD-RW Optical Drives
  • Integrated AC'97 Audio
  • Intel Extreme 3D Graphics with 64MB of Shared Video Memory
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem and 10/100 Ethernet Port
  • Six USB 2.0 Ports and Three PCI Slots
  • Windows XP Home Operating System and Microsoft Works 7.0

Guide Review - HP Pavilion a400n

4/15/04 - HP has gradually been moving away from the budget computing market leaving their Compaq division to produce the lower costs systems. The Pavilion a400n is their latest budget desktop system, but price fluctuations for its components can drive the price over the $500 mark.

Powering the a400n is the latest 2.7GHz Intel Celeron processor. This gives a slight speed boost over many competing budget desktop computer systems. Matched up to this is 256MB of PC2100 DDR memory to give a smooth computing experience.

Storage is where the a400n has the edge on its competitors. Most notable of the components is the 80GB hard drive. This is twice what most of the budget computer systems offer. This should be important for those looking at doing digital photography or video. Also included is a DVD-ROM drive and CD-RW burner.

Multimedia on the system is average. It uses the integrated Intel Extreme 3D graphics which limits the usefulness of its 3D capabilities. It lacks an AGP slot, so graphics upgrades are difficult. Audio is also powered by an integrated solution and the system does not ship with any speakers.

Overall, the Pavillion a400n has a number of key features to offer that set it apart from other budget systems, but its pricing holds it back. Component prices can drive the system above the $500 mark unless special offers are available.

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