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HP Pavilion a1350n

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HP's Pavilion a1350n may be one of the best overall values when it comes to a mainstream desktop PC computer system. It performs extremly well in most all applications other than PC gaming.
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Pros

  • Very Strong Dual Core Processor
  • Full Gigabyte of RAM
  • Excellent Storage Features

Cons

  • Integrated Graphics
  • Media Center OS Without Appropriate Hardware

Description

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Dual Core Processor
  • 1GB PC3200 DDR Memory
  • 250GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner with Lightscribe and 16x DVD-ROM Drive
  • AC'97 Audio
  • Radeon Xpress 200 Integrated Graphics with 128MB Shared Memory
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem and 10/100 Ethernet
  • Seven USB 2.0 Ports, Two FireWire Ports and 9-in-1 Card Reader
  • Windows Media Center OS, MS Works 8, Encarta, Norton Internet Security, WinDVD, MyDVD

Guide Review - HP Pavilion a1350n

2/22/06 – HP has become one of the primary companies to use the AMD processors. The new Pavilion a1350n uses the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ dual core processor. This provides the system with excellent performance even when multitasking. It is matched up with a full gigabyte of memory that should let it run smoothly even with memory intensive applications.

Storage is extremely strong on the Pavilion a1350n. HP has included a very large 250GB SATA hard drive. This should provide plenty of space for large files such as digital video, photographs and audio that users are starting to compile. It also includes a 16x DVD burner to allow users to create data, movie and music CDs or DVDs. With compatible Lightscribe media, labels and also be burned straight to the discs.

Graphics wise the system is a bit below average. The system uses the integrated ATI Radeon Xpress 200 graphics processor. This is better than the Intel integrated graphics but it still lacks 3D performance for applications such as PC games. The system does come equipped with a PCI-Express graphics slot allowing an after market graphics card to be installed.

HP markets the Pavilion a1350n as a multimedia computer system. It certainly has the ability to do things like music and video, but this is really just a label given to it because of the Media Center operating system. One of the key features to this OS is the ability to watch and record TV programs but HP does not provide the hardware to use this feature.

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