Hewlett Packard Company or HP is one of the largest multinational information technology corporations of America. Found in a car garage by William Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard it is one of the world’s leading PC manufacturer. HP has been into developing data storage, computing, and networking hardware, software, and personal computing device, industry standard servers, networking products and diverse range of printers since its foundation. HP Pavilion 23 series is HP’s venture into low priced decent functioning all-in-one system. With its full HD screen, powerful processor, low price and attractive looks it all feels worth your money. The down-point here is that HP has cut down on many features to make it a budget machine. Hence it is more of use to people who need a general day to day use desktop.
Display: HP Pavilion 23 1000-Z is no less than its high end counterparts in terms of looks. Hewlett Packard is known for giving their products a good design without compromising on top-notch features. This all-in-one comes with a 23 inches or 58.72 cm LCD widescreen display. Its full HD screen provides bright and clear display. The native screen resolution of the desktop is 1920×1080 pixels, which accounts for sharper images and provides a great experience for watching movies and HD videos. The aspect ratio is 16:9 and the contrast ratio is 1000:1. A reflection free screen allows you to work in broad daylight. The viewing angles are very wide and the screen can be viewed from different positions without encountering ghost images. A kickstand in the back allows you to re adjust the screen. HP has not included a touch interface in Pavilion 23 but the smooth screen and bright display will make you want to touch it nonetheless.
Design: The design of HP Pavilion 23 1000-z is neither amazing, blows the top of your head nor is it too poor and tacky; it follows the usual standards of HP. The front side of the desktop is glossy black and sports a silver lining all over it and makes it impressive. The bezel around the screen adds to its good looks. A built-in integrated webcam with LED Flash is provided just above the widescreen display that allows taking better and sharp pictures. The built-in microphone along with the webcam allows you to video chat with your friends. Integrated speakers are provided just below the screen. The company’s logo is at the center of the big screen. The power button is provided on the left. The back side of the desktop is made of sturdy plastic with a kickstand that supports the desktop. The dimensions of this desktop are 57.1 cm (22.4 inches) x 9.9 cm (3.9 inches) x 43.5 cm (17.1 inches) (WDH) respectively including stand. The desktops looks, make it a light weight component but not, its weighs around 7.7kg (17.02 pounds).
Keyboard: HP Pavilion comes with a standard type keyboard. The keys are wide shaped and are soft to press. The keyboard is of Chiclet style, which allows more space between keys for comfortable use. A separate numeric keypad is provided for better office use. You can carry the keyboard around up to 10 meters after which the connectivity is lost. A total of 104 keys are provided out of which 12 are function keys. Arrow keys are placed in an inverted T-manner. The dimensions of the keyboard are: length: 460 mm (18.1 inches), width: 157.4 mm (6.19 inches), height: 32.8 mm (1.29 inches). The weight of the keyboard is around 0.61kg. The buttons are standard and are not configurable.
Mouse: HP Pavilion 23 is packed with a wireless mouse which allows you to navigate through your applications without the hassle of the wires. Made up of sturdy plastic, it is black in color and the buttons provide negligible flex when pressed. It comes with a wireless USB dongle for connecting it to your system. There are two buttons for left and right click respectively, and a clickable scroll wheel to scroll through your documents.
Ports and Slots: Pavilion 23 is packed with a number of ports and slots for better purpose. On the left side, you find a power button, a HDD activity indicator, two USB 3.0 ports which allow fast data transfer. Along with this, a six-in-one card reader is also present for you to transfer your data from a phone or camera. It reads almost all the digital formats such as SD, SDHC, SDXC and Memory Stick including MS-PRO. It also has a memory card reader activity indicator that indicates whether the card reader is in use or not. Separate headphone and microphone jack are also included. The right side holds a Slim Tray Super-Multi DVD burner that helps to burn your data on disks. Data transfer rates can be up to 3600KB/s for CD (read/write) and 10,800KB/s for DVD (read/write). It has a data buffer of 1MB max and supports 8cm disks. It doesn’t support Blu-ray disks and HD DVD. The remaining ports are on the back. The rear side holds 4 USB 2.0 ports, so that you can connect all your peripherals into it. It has a DC input power port along with a power supply indicator. An RJ-45 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet port is provided for LAN connections. Wireless connectivity includes IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. There is no Firewire port, which means you have to use 3.0 USB ports for fast data transfer. Neither an HDMI port nor Bluetooth is provided in the system which might be a negative for people looking forward to connect video devices to the PC. For connecting your external speakers a Subwoofer connector is included.
Speakers: The system is equipped with Integrated High Definition Audio. The Audio Codec is of RealTek ALC269Q-VC with a built in amplifier. The power used by the speakers is 2 Watts per channel. The speakers produce decent sound and on maximum volume fill the entire room. A sub-woofer port is at the rear side of the system, in case you need it for house-hold parties etc.
Processor: HP Pavilion 23 1000-z comes with AMD A6-5400K dual core processor. It clocks at a speed of 3.6 GHz, but with the help of Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost technology the clocking speed goes up to 3.8 GHz. There’s an option to upgrade your processor to 3.2GHz AMD A85500 quad core. With its higher speeds, it also supports multi-tasking and meets all your requirements efficiently. 1 MB of L2 cache leads to fast data transfer. With the help of hyper threading the dual cores run four threads at one time, accounting for fast execution and multi-tasking.
Graphics: This system comes with Integrated AMD HD 7540D graphics which provides smooth and high quality graphics. With the HD features, it makes your high definition video look bright and clear. High end games run perfectly fine. Games enthusiast can enjoy playing there games at good speeds.
Memory: There is 4 GB of DDR3-1600 MHz SDRAM available. It allows faster execution of your programs and applications and account for multi-tasking at enormous speeds. It has dual channel memory architecture. You can also upgrade your RAM up to 16GB for 64bit operating system. A SATA 500 GB of hard disk is provided. It rotates at a speed of 7200 revolutions per minute (rpm) which accounts for high data transfer rates. 500GB of storage is adequate for storing all your movies, music files and documents. However an upgrade option is also available to 1TB.
Operating System: HP Pavilion 23 1000-z desktop comes pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit operating system. The applications are managed in an orderly manner and it also provides an amazing computing experience. It boots up really fast. Web browsing is made easy and you can surf over the Internet at high speeds. Windows 7 supports all the latest software available in the market.
Software: The Pavilion 23 1000-z is not loaded with lots of software; it has the essentials you require minus the clutter of applications and software you will hardly use. First let’s talk about the anti-virus software. To protect your system from viruses and other online threats HP has included a 60 day trial version of Norton Internet Security 2012. Along with this a 30 day trial of Norton online backup has been provided that allows you to create an online backup of your data. For burning your CD’s and DVD’s software called Cyberlink Power2Go is present. The system also has Cyberlink Power DVD for Entertainment, Music and Games. A trial version of Microsoft office with very less features is also present. For reading your documents with ease, complete version of PDF complete is present. Imaging, Photography, Video and Films we have Cyberlink You Cam that lets you take pictures, record videos etc. easily. Web browsing is made easy by Internet Explorer 9 and Adobe Flash is also included in the system for playing videos online. A number of software from HP itself are provided like HP help and Support Center, HP PC Hardware Diagnostics UEFI, HP Support Assistant, HP Update and HP Recovery Manager.
Performance: The performance of HP Pavilion 23 is really outstanding. With 3.6 GHz processor clocking speed and reaching up to 3.8GHz with turbo boost feature, processing is really fast. Intensive tasks run very smoothly. Multi-tasking can be achieved without slowing the processor. You can open as many tabs on Internet Explorer but the surfing speed will not go down. However upgrades are also available. The graphics are adequate and are not disappointing. The High definition videos run smoothly and are a delight to watch. With 4GB of RAM you can navigate through your applications faster. Also upgrades up to 16GB are available. The hard disk space is quite adequate and you can store all your important data on it. The sound systems are good and produce decent sound without any distortion. You can also enjoy gaming on this system. HP itself has provided a number of software along with many others that keep you well equipped.
Power Requirements: HP Pavilion 23 needs a 180 watt power adapter (100-240 V). At the back of the system is a power port where you have to plug in the cable so your system isn’t bundled with a number of wires.
Energy efficiency: As the system is Energy Star Qualified, it doesn’t cause any harm to the environment.
Warranty: Hewlett Packard has provided a limited twelve months warranty on the hardware of this system.
Verdict: HP Pavilion 23 1000-z is a complete desktop. With remarkable processing speeds, good graphics and a decent look, the desktop is worth your money. The 23 inch wide screen, along with a glossy finish makes this desktop very attractive. The only drawback is that there is no HDMI port. If you are looking for normal computing or surfing, we recommend this desktop, but if you are looking for high end gaming you must spend a little more than this. However all the above features makes it a decent buy.
|Model Name||Pavilion 23 1000-z|
|Dimensions:||57.1 x 9.9 x 43.5 cm (WDH)|
|Screen Type||LCD screen|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Processor||AMD dual core(3.6GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache)|
|RAM||4GB DDR3(Extendable up to 16 GB)|
|Hard drive||500Gb Hard drive|
|Keypad||104 keys; 12 functional keys|
|Graphics||Integrated AMD HD 7540D|
|Speakers||Integrated High Definition Audio|
|Wireless support||WLAN 802.11 B/G/N|
|Memory card slot||6-in-1card reader built-in|
|Connectivity||4 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 6-in-1 integrated Card reader,
Ethernet port, microphone and headphone jack
|Warranty||1 Year complete warranty on hardware|