There are no two ways about the fact that Hewlett-Packard is one of the leaders in computing technology. It manufactures desktops, laptops, netbooks and other state of the art products. HP specializes in desktops that are a cut-throat competition to other companies in the same range. Phoenix is the new addition to its Pavilion series. HP has presented this mainly as a Gaming pc but it caters to your home and office needs as well. The model is sold under the name HP Phoenix H9-1040. It has a solid performance and is suited for gaming enthusiasts. Brought into the market in September 2011, this PC has already wooed the hearts of many. Great design, smart ergonomics- it has everything one looks for in a desktop. Plus it is compact, not too bulky and is just the right size so that it doesn’t take up too much space in your home or office. Find out more about this wonder machine in the given review.
Designed to impress:
Since the desktop is part of the much popular Pavilion series, one starts to expect extreme performance and amazing features. Named after the legendary bird, this desktop comes great on your expectations. Phoenix H9- 1040 has a sleek and stylish design. With a shiny black and silver exterior on the front and a matte finish on the sides and rear, HP has made it look quite impressive. Made out of a sturdy plastic, it is slender and yet strong and durable. The machinery is contained in an armor-like structure to provide protection. There are exterior and interior illuminations as well to make it look hi-tech. It’s measurements, which read as (H x W x L) 16.26 x 6.85 x 16.73 inches, make it clear how sleek the HP Pavilion Phoenix H9-1040 is. It weighs around 12 kg that is 26.46 lbs. without packing. It’s not too heavy and fits around easy because of its petite size. Be it your elegantly done living room or a beautiful corner office, HP Phoenix looks great kept anywhere.
The desktop uses one of the most powerful processors by Intel. An i7-2600 chipset keeps this baby up and running. It is a super-fast processing unitand performs all your tasks swiftly. It’s a quad-core processor which means there are a total of four cores in the CPU, each capable of running two simultaneous threads- thanks to the Hyper Threading technology by Intel. The processor runs at the speed of 3.4 GHz which is remarkable. Using Turbo Boost 3.9 GHz is the maximum speed recorded that is achieved by this desktop. A 3 MB level 3 Cache is provided to further enhance the processing. If there is any processor in the market that can match the specifics of this desktop, this is it.
Easy and Efficient Operating System:
Every Laptop or Desktop these days comes with the latest and smartest OS in the market- Windows 7 Genuine Home Premium OS. It is the 64 bit version that is pre-installed in this desktop. Microsoft has made by far the best operating system. It has remarkable features and is very easy to use. Along with this you get various utilities making for a wonderful computing experience. All kinds of software and hardware updates are compatible with this OS.
More than enough system Memory:
One cannot deny that while buying a computer it is of utmost importance that there is plenty of space and memory provided. HP has given proper attention to this and hence there is 8 GB of enormous RAM space. The RAM is of DDR3 type. There are four 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets present which means you can also expand the memory if u need. For a 64 bit system, the maximum expanding limit supported is 16 GB and for 32 bit system it is 4 GB since they cannot address a full 4.0 GB of memory.
Plenty of Hard Drive space:
There is a Solid State Drive of 120 GB with SATA interface to cater to your memory needs. The SSD is only 2.5 inches wide making sure the computer isn’t bulky. In some systems, a 2TB of Hard Drive is also present, also SATA interface. It is superfast and has data transfer speeds up to 3 GB per second. It takes 7200 revolutions per minute (rpm). For those of you who aren’t aware about rpm, it is the measure of how fast and efficient your hard disk is. Higher the rpm, faster is your HD.
Extreme Graphics for High powered gaming:
This computer is a boon for all the gaming enthusiasts and people who enjoy high power gaming. What is must for a good gaming PC is a power packed graphic card. HP phoenix hence comes equipped with the market leader in Graphics card: NVIDIA.
1 – HDMI
2 – DVI
NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 550i is installed in this PC. It provides flawless graphic display. There is 1 GB onboard memory. The graphic card also supports Blu-Ray and supports up to 2 displays at a time. The maximum resolution for HDMI is 1920 x 1080(1080p). For DVI, the maximum resolution is 2560 x 1600 x 3200 bpp at 60 Hz. VGA resolution( with adapter) is 2048 x 1536 x 32bpp at 60Hz. There are also integrated graphics by Intel HD 2000.
HP Phoenix H9-1040 PC comes pre-installed with a plethora of software for your ease and usage. There is Adobe Flash Player and Adobe PDF reader. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 is present with limited access. That is only Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel is accessible. For the complete version, purchase the key from market.There is Norton Internet Security 2012 antivirus package present for protecting your computer from internet threats and malware. This is a 60- day trial pack after which your subscription has to be renewed. For burning CD/DVD Cyberlink Power2Go is provided. Various other utilities are present from HP as well such as HP Linkup, HP Update, HP Vision Hardware Diagnostic tools and HP Support Assistant. All these software and applications help you to manage your tasks easily and efficiently.
Phoenix H9-1040 comes with multiple options for connectivity. There are four USB 2.0 ports present on the front and four more on the rear of the tower. Two additional USB 3.0 ports in the front are present for faster data transfer and access. There is one microphone and one headphone jack also present.
Memory Card Reader:
A 15-in-1 memory card reader is also present. It recognizes formats like Secure Digital (SD), Mini Secure Digital (mini-SD), SDHC, Multi Media Card (MMC) and MMC DualVoltage, Reduced-Sized Multi Media Card (RS-MMC), MMC 4.0, RS MMC 4.0, RS-MMC DualVoltage, Memory Stick (MS), including MS-DUO, MS-PRO, MS-PRO DUO, MS-Memory Select Function, MS ULTRA II, MS ROM, Magic Gate MS, Magic Gate MS Pro, Magic Gate MS-DUO, Magic Gate PRO DUO, Compact Flash (CFI), (CFII), IBM Microdrive (MD), Smart Media (SM), xD – Picture (xD) and TransFlash(with an adapter).
TV Tuner Card:
TV (antenna port)
Isn’t it wonderful to be able to watch television on your desktop only and save the space and money of buying an additional TV set? Well, HP completely agrees with you and hence provides you with an in-built TV Tuner card. It supports High Definition television. One can also record programs which are stored in the computer’s hard drive. A remote control comes with the package to operate it.
Keyboard and Mouse
The desktop comes along with a handy black keyboard. There are a total of 104 keys. The interface of the keyboard is USB and the cable length is almost 1.8 meters. The keys are in island style with proper gap between two adjacent keys. The arrow keys are wide lending ease to all gaming enthusiasts. They are arranged in an inverted T-manner. Volume control is present on all models. There is a special Beats key for turning on Beats functions of the speaker. A HP Optical Mouse is also part of the package. Its like an ordinary mouse with USB interface. There are left and right keys along with a clickable scroll wheel.
HP Phoenix has a total wattage of 600 Watts. The nominal input range is 100-127v (50-60 Hz) and 200-240v (50-60 Hz).
There is a 2-year hardware warranty and 1-year software support provided for HP Phoenix.
HP Phoenix H9-1040 Desktop PC is a fairly great computer. It has everything that one looks for in a PC. With an average price tag that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket, HP is the perfect choice if you are looking for a reliable system with good ergonomics, high-end graphics and impressive design.
|Model Name||HP Phoenix H9-1040|
|Finish||Black with aluminium finish|
|Processor||Intel i7-2600 3.4 GHz|
|Motherboard||Custom Intel Z75 Chipset Board|
|Hard Drive Memory||120GB|
|Hard Drive type||SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)|
|Spindle Speed||7200 rpm|
|RAM Memory||Installed RAM: 3GB with DDR3|
|Optical Drive||Blu-ray/DVDRW Combo Drive|
|Audio||IDT 92HD73E1 (with Beats Audio)
Speaker, mic/line-in, surround jacks, optical out for 7.1 sound
|LAN||Integrated 10/100 Base T-network interface|
|Peripherals||HP USB keyboard and HP USB optical mouse|
|Entertainment||HP Games, HP MediaSmart software suite and Music station|
|Security Software||Norton Internet Security 2012|
|Warranty||2 year hardware warranty and 1 year software support|