HP Pavilion 20-b010z Review

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The HP Pavilion 20-b010z all-in-one desktop PC has most of the features you'd expect to find, but it's held back by a slow, budget AMD CPU. The lack of power at this price (even for an all-in-one) just isn't very attractive.

The biggest knock against this budget all-in-one desktop, according to HP Pavilion 20-b010z reviews by experts and consumers, is lack of pep. To be sure, entry-level PCs are not designed to be high performance machines, but even they must meet performance expectations. PC Mag likes the non-touch 20-inch LED display, saying in its HP Pavilion 20-b010z review that the 1600x900 resolution nicely handles 720p content, with sharp lines and colors that pop. Testing with 2GB of RAM and a low-end AMD processor, however, showed power deficits even though the review notes that this modestly-priced all-in-one is adequate for basic computing jobs, like web surfing and playing videos. Pokey performance is the major complaint lodged by users against this system. At Amazon, which has been selling machines with 4GB of memory, users' HP Pavilion 20-b010z reviews report irritating waits before a program opens and a general lack of responsiveness. On the other hand, many users assert this all-in-one is a decent value, easy to set up, and compact.

The towerless HP Pavilion 20-b010z (starting at $454, Amazon) all-in-one runs on an AMD CPU and comes equipped with 2GB or 4GB of RAM (varies by vendor), a 500GB hard drive, a multi-format card reader, and a webcam. The Pavilion 20-b010z includes two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and an Ethernet 10/100 port; some versions are configured for Wi-Fi.

Like the Dell Inspiron One IO2020, the HP Pavilion 20-b010z is designed for small spaces. However, HP cut a significant corner with the budget AMD CPU. This decision should have held down the cost to buyers, but the Pavilion 20-b010z is priced on par with the Dell all-in-one, which uses a faster Intel processor. We don't expect a budget PC to be a powerhouse, but there are better, faster all-in-ones to be found at this price.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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