The Bottom Line
- Eight Gigabytes of Memory
- Large Hard Drive
- Wireless Network Built-In
- Relatively Few Number of USB Ports
- Contains a Lot of Trialware
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Quad Core Desktop Processor
- 8GB PC2-6400 DDR2 Memory
- 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 16x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner with LightScribe
- ATI Radeon HD 4850 Graphics with 512MB Memory
- Intel HDA 7.1 Audio
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
- Six USB 2.0, Two FireWire, 15-in-1 Card Reader
- Vista Home Premium 64-bit, Works, Power2Go, Norton 360
Guide Review - HP Pavilion Elite m9550f Mainstream Desktop PC
Feb 9 2009 - HP's Pavilion Elite m9550f differs from the traditional Pavilion models with the use of the Intel Core 2 Quad processor. This gives it substantial performance boost when dealing with multitasking. Of course, it also benefits from having eight gigabytes of DDR2 memory compared to the traditional four.
Even though terabyte hard drives have been out for some time, most desktop computers are not shipping with them installed. HP has decided to include such a drive in the Pavilion Elite m9550f giving it plenty of space for applications and data. They include a standard dual layer DVD burner compatible with burning labels directly to LightScribe compatible media. A front Pocket Media slot is available for adding in one of HP's portable hard drives for additional space.
HP's computers have not been known as gaming systems. In fact, the Pavilion Elite m9550f is not really advertised as such but it is capable. The ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card allows it to play all of today's 3D games with reasonable resolutions and speeds. Games should be able to be played up to the 1680x1050 resolution without issue.
One unique feature to the Pavilion Elite m9550f is the addition of an 802.11a/g/n wireless networking card in it. This allows it to be easily networked into a home network without the need of running Ethernet cabling through a home.
The system isn't without its flaws though. The biggest of these is the fairly limited number of USB ports. Most desktops have between eight and ten, but the HP only includes six. It also doesn't feature the eSATA port that is becoming more common.
HP also has a large amount of applications that are installed on the system that can cause some performance problems until the system is cleaned up of unwanted programs.