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HP z565 Digital Entertainment Center

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HP z565 Digital Entertainment Center

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The Bottom Line

HP's z565 Digital Entertainment Center is their top of the line home theater computer system that provides loads and loads of storage space for your media files and television programs. Its large capacity along with the digital and analog tuners make this a great platform for digital video recording and media. It isn't perfect though as the price tag is quite high and HP should really update its processor to the latest Core models for better efficiency and performance.
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Pros

  • Loads of Hard Drive Space
  • Two Full Gigabytes of Memory
  • Digital and Analog Tuners

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Limited Software Suite
  • Older Pentium D Processor

Description

  • Intel Pentium D 945 Dual Core Processor
  • 2GB DDR2 Memory
  • 500GB and 300GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drives
  • 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner with Lightscribe
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7600GS Graphics with 256MB and HDMI Connector
  • Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
  • ATSC HDTV Tuner and Dual Analog Tuners
  • Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11a/b/g Wireless
  • Six USB 2.0, Two FireWire and 9-in-1 Media Reader
  • Windows XP Media Center, Sonic Digital Media

Guide Review - HP z565 Digital Entertainment Center

12/4/06 – HP's z565 Digital Entertainment Center is powered by the Intel Pentium D 945 dual core processor. While this is a fairly capable processor, it is somewhat dated since the release of the Intel Core 2 Duo. It would be nice to see HP update the system with these newer processors. Still, the processor is quite capable of handling all the digital media thrown at it and even multitasking. A lot of this ability comes from the two full gigabytes of RAM included in the system.

Digital media, particularly video, take up a large amount of space. This is a problem for many home theater PCs, but HP has included a whopping 800GB of storage space with the z565. This is actually done through two drives, one primary 500GB drive and a secondary 300GB drive. This allows for hours of video programming to be stored on the system and still provide plenty of space for audio, photos and programs. A desktop 16x DVD+/-RW dual layer DVD burner is included for playing back DVDs or creating your own video programs. The drive also supports Lightscribe media for burning labels directly to the discs.

Graphics wise the HP z565 is quite good. It comes with an NVIDIA GeForce 7600GS graphics card that provides enough performance to even drive high resolution 3D graphics to a high definition TV. Another important feature is the inclusion of an HDMI connector letting the system be connected directly to a HD television. The system also includes an over the air ATSC digital turner and dual analog tuners.

Overall, the HP z565 Digital Entertainment Center is certainly a high quality home theater system, but it also is one that is priced beyond what many consumers may be willing to pay.

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buyer beware, Member wpg_guy

I bought a media center years ago and thought it was the best machine on the market. I liked the convienience of the pvr and having all my media right on my TV. But i gotta warn you, if it breaks down look out. My power supply blew and it took almost a year of run arounds before they finally replaced my machine duej to lack of parts(they could not even find 1). Now the power supply blew on that 1 and i am screwed again. They can't even help me again.

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