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HP Pavilion P6610F

  • Category: Desktop Computers
Last Updated
October 27, 2010

Editor's Rating
4 Out of 5

Pros
  • Excellent value
  • Lots of room for expansion
  • Speedy performance
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi

Cons
  • No HDMI port
  • Too much bloatware/ads preinstalled

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The HP Pavilion P6610F is a performance desktop computer with a quad-core AMD Athlon 2.9GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and 750GB of hard drive space. Other features include integrated Wi-Fi, a dual-layer DVD burner, and room for expansion inside.

The HP Pavilion P6610F has a sleek design that has a shiny, black finish that looks quite attractive. In total, the body measures 6.7 x 16.9 x 15.3-inches (wdh) and weighs just short of 10 pounds. The front panels cover the optical drives to make it look quite seamless and sleek. Above the optical drive bays is a 15-in-1 media card reader and under them behind a slide down panel are two USB 2.0 ports and headphone/line in audio ports. The chassis on the inside has one optical drive bay open and two 3.5-inch drive bays open for hard drives, three empty x1 PCIe slots, one empty x16 PCIe slot for graphics expansion, and two free DIMM slots to add more RAM memory. This makes this desktop quite expandable in almost all ways.

HP also includes a fairly standard wired keyboard and mouse. The keyboard is full-sized and felt decently comfortable.

In terms of ports, the HP Pavilion P6610F has a decent amount of them. On the back, you get both VGA and DVI video out ports (but no HDMI), 4 USB 2.0 ports, digital audio out, 5.1 analog audio out ports, and an Ethernet connection.

The internal specifications of the Pavilion P6610F include a quad-core AMD Athlon II X4 635 processor that is clocked at 2.9GHz, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, and a large 750GB hard drive for storage. Like we said earlier, there is room for RAM and hard drive expansion. HP included an integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics processing system, which won't give you enough performance for demanding 3D games, but does the job for mostly everything else. A dual-layer DVD+/-RW optical drive is also included in one of the two drive bays. 802.11/b/g/n Wi-Fi is built-in and HP has chosen to install the 64-bit edition of Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium on this computer.

Performance with the HP Pavilion P6610F was quite good, especially with mundane computing tasks, like word processing and Web browsing, but it also did quite well with Adobe Photoshop use and video encoding. It also played back HD video quite well. As we said before, if you want to play 3D games, you'll want to purchase a dedicated graphics card and insert it into the open x16 PCIe expansion slot. For a budget desktop with a price of around $500-600, this is a great computer for the value.

We need to mention the amount of bloatware that comes preinstalled on this computer, which is something that HP has been guilty of for a long time now. On the desktop, you'll find numerous icons for free trials of software and Web services, like eBay. There are also trials versions of Norton Internet Security and Quicken preinstalled. HP also includes over a dozen HP-branded WildTangent games. You'll definitely want to spend some quality time in the programs module of the Windows 7 control panel to remove a lot of these applications.


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