HP Pavilion AMD A8 Desktop 500-424 via Amazon
HP Pavilion 500-424 is one of the newest desktops by HP with a powerful quad core AMD A8-6410 accelerated processor (2MB L2 cache) at 2GHz up to 2.4GHz speeds with turbo function, 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM memory with plenty of multitasking power, very spacious 2TB SATA hard drive at faster 7200rpm rotating speed with fast read and write times and 64-bit Windows 8.1 with a free upgrade to the latest Windows 10. It offers a fast, powerful, efficient and reliable computing performance in your daily tasks and more- is suitable for both work and fun. It is easy to set-up and when you first turn it on you’ll just need to follow some very easy steps and you will be ready to go with internet and more. The Thermal Design Power- TDP for the AMD A8 processor is only 15 watts, which is pretty good and has a Passmark benchmark score of 2517 as of today. The unit is offered with a 1 year limited parts and labor warranty by the manufacturer.
Monitor is not included in the box but a decent USB chiclet style keyboard and mouse set is and the system supports multiple displays (up to two monitors) via VGA and DVI-D. AMD Radeon R5 graphics with up to 8448MB total available video memory helps with beautiful images with rich detail and vibrant colours and in terms of gaming and general multimedia you can compare it to a Radeon HD 7470M and Intel HD 4200 graphics which means it will run the older games fluently at higher settings and only a few of the newer titles at lower. The DTS Sound+ High Definition 5.1 channel audio with surround sound capabilities offers decent sound and the quality will depend on the sound quality of your monitor’s or external speakers you may use. Gray and black HP Pavilion 500-424 Desktop weighs 15.8 lbs and measures 15.40 x 6.90 x 14.50 inches, has a beautiful modern design with a glossy front exterior and includes a great range of connectivity options includlng 2.4GHz single-band 802.11bgn wireless with 1×1 MIMO, 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN for easy wired internet connection, Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support, 7-in-1 Media Card Reader that supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, MS, MSS, MS Pro and MS MagicGate formats, 2 x USB 3.0 ports so you can transfer data, sound and video much faster and 4 USB 2.0 ports, 1 x External 5.25″ bay, 1 x Internal 3.5″ bay, a VGA output and 3.5mm audio.
Conclusion: HP Pavilion comes with 8GB memory, that is great for being able to run multiple tasks smoothly and can be expanded up to 16GB if you are a very advanced user in need of very large capacity RAM and 2TB massive hard drive storage for those that save a lot of multimedia files- songs and videos on their computers, and 7200rpm speed is quite all right for the desktop’s price level concerned and you’re also getting 6 months of 25GB Cloud based online storage via Dropbox. Although it has the previous and not so popular Windows 8.1 pre-installed, the first thing you should do is to download the latest Windows 10 free of charge off the internet- Microsoft website and enjoy its newer features like Cortana personal assistant, Windows 7-like Start menu and Edge browser- reports are positive so far (at least better than Windows 8). Cyberlink Suite and a month trial version of Microsoft Office 365 are pre-installed and there is no mention of an anti-virus or much of junkware so you probably won’t need to worry about removing much to get better performance. AMD A8-6410 is similar to a regular Intel i3 in overall performance and you should have no problems with your daily multimedia , Office or internet tasks. So overall this is a decent desktop workstation that seems to be really good value for money.