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HP All-In-One 200-5020 21.5-inch All-In-One Desktop PC

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HP All-In-One 200-5020 21.5

HP All-In-One 200

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The Bottom Line

May 25 2010 - HP's All-In-One 200-5020 is an affordable desktop system that provides a good deal of performance and a very high resolution display capable of 1080p video playback. Many may see this as a low cost alternative to the iMac 21-inch system and it can be but it does have some issues such as limited 3D graphics functions and lack of external ports. Still, it is refreshing to see some non-touchscreen all-in-one's come to the market.
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Pros

  • High Resolution LED Display Capable of 1080p Support
  • Good General Performance
  • Very Affordable

Cons

  • Integrated Graphics
  • Lackluster Design With Too Many Plastics
  • Needs More Variety of External Ports

Description

  • Intel Pentium E5400 Dual Core Desktop Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner With LighScribe
  • 21.5" WUXGA (1920x1080) LED Backlit Display With Intel GMA X4500HD Integrated Graphics
  • HDA Audio With Stereo Speakers
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Seven USB 2.0, 1.3 Megapixel Webcam, 6-in-1 Card Reader
  • 20.5" x 16.8" x 8.7"
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Works, HP MediaSmart, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Norton Internet Security

Guide Review - HP All-In-One 200-5020 21.5-inch All-In-One Desktop PC

May 25 2010 - HP's All-In-One 200-5020 is designed as a highly affordable all-in-one desktop system. With a price tag hovering right around $750, it is hundreds less than the much lauded 21-inch iMac but still more expensive than the more basic netbook classed Atom based systems.

Performance on the All-In-One 200-5020 is pretty good for its overall price. The system is based around an older Intel Pentium E5400 dual core processor but since it is a desktop class part, it does much better than many all-in-one PCs that rely on mobile processors. This combined with 4GB of DDR3 memory allow it to run smoothly in multiple applications. About the only area it stutters slighting is in 1080p HD video streaming. It is still capable of doing this but there are periodic frame drops.

Storage features on the All-In-One 200-5020 are fairly standard. A modest 500GB hard drive provides a fair amount of storage for applications, data and media. There are systems that provide more space but many have settled on this drive size. A mobile class dual layer DVD burner provides playback and recording of CD and DVD media. The drive also supports burning labels directly to LightScribe compatible media.

One of the nice features of the All-In-One 200-5020 is the display. The 21.5-inch panel provides a very high 1920x1080 resolution that is capable of fully supporting 1080p video. This is fairly uncommon in the sub-$1000 all-in-one desktops. The LED backlighting provides it with a nice level of brightness and contrast but the color quality isn't up to the same level as Apple's IPS based iMac displays. On the other side though, the display uses an anti-glare coating which is very welcome as it cuts down on glare and reflections. Don't expect to be using this system for any sort of gaming though as the Intel GMA X4500MHD graphics aren't capable of even casual 3D gaming.

While the HP All-In-One 200-5020 does feature a total of seven USB 2.0 ports, that is pretty much it for external device connectivity. It would have been nice to see HP include a few other ports such as eSATA or FireWire for external storage devices. Another nice addition would have been an external video connector such as VGA or HDMI for use with external monitors for those that would like to use a secondary display.

Overall, the HP All-In-One 200-5020 is a good value for those looking at a general purpose all-in-one desktop that isn't too expensive. It could use a bit less plastic feel to the casing and additional external connectors but many probably will not miss these.

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