September 17, 2012
- Budget price
- Large 23-inch display
- USB 3.0 ports
- No touch screen
- Lacks an HDMI-input
- Performance is slightly reduced compared to competitors
The HP Pavilion 23-1000z is a 23-inch all-in-one PC that aims to get ahead of the competition by being budget-priced and having good all-around performance. However, the budget price does come at a sacrifice of some features other similar PCs have, like an HDMI-input.
This HP all-in-one is one of the first 23-inch PCs to break the $700 price barrier. While this will definitely appeal to a lot of buyers, some may want to avoid it due to the specifications not being as strong as other similar all-in-ones. HP tries to do the best with what they give you, which is always respectable and worth a good look.
The design of the Pavilion 23-1000z is fairly straightforward and nothing special. It has a mainly black design with some gray accents. The screen is surrounded by a piano black bezel, which makes it look a little stylish. The display rests on a kickstand-like support that allows for a decent range of tilt.
HP gave the HP Pavilion 23 a 23-inch display, which is sort of atypical for a cheaper all-in-one as they typically have a 21-inch display. While this added screen real estate is great for the money, it lacks a touch screen. Typically we wouldn't see this as too much of a disappointment, but the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 operating system has an interface designed for touch screens. Overall, however, the display looked very nice and has a full 1080p HD resolution. The screen also was not too glossy, so reflections weren't much of an issue.
The connectivity selection includes two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, the usual audio ports and an SD card reader. The lack of an HDMI-input means you cannot use the extra-wide 23-inch display as a way to show video from something like a cable TV box or video game system. An HDMI-input is fairly standard on other competitor all-in-ones, so this was disappointing.
The specifications of the HP Pavilion 23-1000z includes an AMD A6 3.6GHz CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive and AMD Radeon HD7540D graphics with 512MB of dedicated video memory. There is also built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi and a dual-layer DVD burner.
Because of the use of a low-cost AMD A6 CPU, you do see slightly reduced performance, both in benchmarks and in real-world use. With that said, the AMD chip is more than capable for most PC users. The AMD graphics system is built-into the AMD A6 CPU and is speedy enough to run today's 3D games at slightly dialed-down graphics levels.
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