HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f Video
HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f Video Transcript
-Hi, I'm Rich Brown, Senior Editor for CNET.com. Today, we're gonna take a look at the Editor's Choice-winning HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f. So, this is a slim tower PC that's pretty much fully-loaded with digital media extras. This system comes with a Blu-ray drive, a dedicated graphics card, as well as a TV tuner. It also has an HDMI video output and wireless networking. That makes it very well suited to your living room and you can connect it directly to your TV with minimum cable fuss, and pretty much play any content that you want from the system. Its dedicated graphics card is a budget card but it's still fast enough to play most 3D games. It also has a fast AMD Quad-Core CPU. So, it's actually a pretty good computer as well. So with all these features, this system doesn't come cheap. It's $750 and it's a fixed-configuration. You'll find it at retail and on HP's website. It also might be a little bit bigger than some people have in mind for a PC in the living room. We have this Dell Inspiron Zino for comparison, and it's about twice as high as the Mac Mini which is another system that's like this, that's small, has an HDMI port in the back, and it kinda just as easily goes into your living room. The difference between those is that this system has a relatively full-sized desktop chassis. That means it has a full-power desktop CPU as well as a full dedicated graphics card. The Dell and other systems like it, in small contained little chassis like this, tend to have slower CPUs and other parts. That means that while they're still pretty good for bringing media in the living room, they're definitely not as fast for computing. Because the HP uses standard desktop parts, you should have no trouble using it for editing media files. So, let me give you a little bit of a tour with the HP here. You can see there's a Blu-ray drive behind this front panel. There's a couple of USB ports down here as well as an SD card reader. Pretty clean on the front though, so it's more or less suited for putting in your living room. In the back of system, you'll see more of its connectivity options. You have a few more USB ports as well as 7.1 analog audio. You see the TV tuner down here as well as the DVI output and the HDMI output for connecting it directly to your TV. You've got an Ethernet cable here as well as a digital audio output up here. Now, there's no FireWire or eSATA or some more advanced data ports like we've seen on some systems, but overall, the system is pretty much everything we'd look for in a living room PC. Now, inside this HP, you'll see it's pretty fully loaded. It has the graphics card here, the TV tuner here, and underneath here, you've got the 2.9 gigahertz AMD Quad-Core CPU. There's a Blu-ray drive. There's a hard drive in there as well as the memory, but it's kinda hard to get to given the tight quarters. Now, there are other PCs out there that fit in the same sort of slim tower product family. Gateway has one----that SX Series----that we've actually liked quite a bit over the years. The difference though is this HP is a little bit higher than that Gateway. And usually, when we reviewed the Gateway, we said, "Yeah, this is a great system but you'll probably wanna add X, Y, and Z parts." HP has pretty much done all that work for you here. So this HP is a little bit more expensive. There's really nothing we can think to add here. So even though you'll have to pay a little bit more for this HP, then say, a nettop or some of the other slim towers out there, it really is one of the most complete living room PCs we've seen for its price. That's why it's an Editor's Choice-winning system. So, I'm Rich Brown, and this is the HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f.
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If you're looking for a general-purpose desktop or a small, affordable PC to send media files to your TV, the HP Pavilion Slimline s7600e should be your pick.
HP's small-form-factor Pavilion s7500y Slimline is compact andconfigurable, with features such as a TV tuner, but we wish the upgradeoptions included newer, more powerful CPUs.
The latest in Gateway's line of versatile slim towers, the SX2850-33 stays current with a fast Intel Core i3 CPU, and more importantly adds Wi-Fi to improve its suitability as a living-room desktop. It might cost more than a Nettop or a dedicated video-streaming device, but for its overall speed and flexibility, we'd pick this system as a budget PC or an online living-room content center.
The configuration of the HP Pavilion a6700y almost feels phoned in by sticking a wireless network adapter in a desktop with relatively slow performance for its price range.
Gateway's SX2800-01 offers a strong combination of performance and features all wrapped up in a design that fully embraces the merits of a slim tower PC. We recommend this system to anyone looking for a fast, affordable desktop for the home office, the living room, or anywhere in between.
HP's new Pavilion Slimline s3020n leads the small-PC field overall with its attractive, glossy, black chassis and its added expandability, plus a new keyboard.
The HP Pavilion Elite m9500y in its current configuration offers a speedy processor, plenty of memory and storage, and even includes Wi-Fi.
Don't expect the world from HP's low-cost Pavilion All-in-One MS2255, but as a basic day-to-day PC for light-duty productivity or Web and media accessibility in the kitchen, it's a very good deal. You'd be wise to look here before considering an Atom-based Nettop.
HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f Review
The good: All of the features we'd want in a living-room-friendly slim tower; fast computing performance; budget video card will play HD video and most 3D games.
The bad: No FireWire or eSATA ports; power hog.
The bottom line: From fast performance, to a Blu-ray drive, to plentiful other features, HP's Pavilion Slimline includes almost everything we'd ask for in our ideal living-room slim tower PC. It will seem expensive if you're more inclined to get a Nettop or a set-top box, but for committed PC media enthusiasts, this HP offers the complete package.
HP Pavilion Slimline s5660f Specs
Part number: BM430AA#ABA
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