HP's Pavilion p6720f is a speedy desktop PC with an AMD quad-core processor, 6GB of memory and a massive 1TB hard drive. There's also a decent amount of ports, but it lacks USB 3.0 or eSATA, which is slightly disappointing. However, it's a good, solid computer that won't break the bank.
The design of the HP Pavilion p6720f has a glossy black front plastic panel with a slim 7-inch black metal chassis. The blue LED-backlit power button is located on the top of the unit as opposed to the front.
HP gives you a generic mouse and keyboard and both are wired USB, which means you'll be sacrificing two of the available USB 2.0 ports. The keyboard is very basic, but does include some multimedia buttons and volume controls. The mouse is comfortable to use and is of the two-button and scroll-wheel type.
On the inside of the chassis, it's decent on expansion room, including an open optical drive slot on the front. Other than that, there are two additional 3.5-inch drive bays, one PCI slot, three PCIe slots and one extra RAM slot. This means you can install a discrete PCI video card if you choose. We were disappointed at the rather low-rated power supply that is included as it is only rated at 250 Watts when it should be at least 300-500 Watts.
The front of the HP Pavilion p6720f has a 15-in-1 memory card reader, two USB 2.0 ports and headphone/microphone ports. The backside has four USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, DVI out, VGA out, SPDIF audio out and support for 7.1 surround sound. There's no USB 3.0, eSATA or HDMI ports, but the lack of the first two are the most disappointing.
The internal specifications of the HP Pavilion p6720f include an AMD Phenom II 840T quad-core CPU (2.9GHz), 6GB of DDR3 RAM and a huge 1TB 7200RPM hard drive. There is also a SuperMulti DVD burner with LightScribe, ATI Radeon HD 4200 integrated graphics and integrated 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity. You also get Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) edition pre-installed.
Because this unit has an ATI Radeon integrated graphics, playing any 3D games is definitely out of the question. However, if you choose to utilize that open PCI graphics slot, you can change that. The quad-core CPU and 6GB of RAM work extremely well together for everything else, including some video encoding and heavy Adobe Photoshop use. Productivity tasks and multitasking works extremely well with the p6720f. While it might not be the fastest machine out there, for the money, it's definitely a great value.
HP, like with every other computer it sells, installs a lot of bloatware and trialware, which just litters the desktop and the programs menu. Plan on spending some quality time on the Programs module of the Control Panel to remove all of the trials and advertisements that come pre-installed.