As an IT Tech, I selected this computer for three main reasons. 1. It has an Intel processor. 2. It is built by HP. 3. Price.
After having this one for a week, I went and bought another one! This is a great value for the money! The Intel i5 processor is plenty fast and the motherboard supports a processor upgrade if necessary in the future. The 8GB of RAM is probably enough, however I added 4GB more right away because up to 4GB can be allotted to video. Beats Audio is awesome. My wireless works perfectly and my printer drivers loaded automatically. The 1TB hard disk drive is all I'll ever need and this machine runs amazingly quiet. I even like the included keyboard.
I'm picky, so here are the things I'm not as excited about. There are only 4 rear USB ports and they are all USB 2.0. I had to add a hub to accommodate all my devices. I would have also prefer a USB 3.0 port in the rear for my external hard drive. There are two USB 3.0 ports in the front. The motherboard only has two total DIMM slots, one of which comes occupied. I intended to add two additional 4GB sticks of RAM, but there is only one available DIMM for expansion. More DIMM slots would be nice.
My biggest complaint is that at the time of my purchase, the specifications (on the Wal-Mart website under Additional Features) specify "...1 x VGA-out, 1 x DVI-out". This information is INCORRECT. If you check the specifications for the video i/o ports for the H-Joshua-H61-uATX motherboard on the Hewlett Packard website you'll notice the video i/o ports for this computer are actually: 1 x DVI-I out, 1 x DVI-D out. That is what this computer has. Not 1 x VGA and 1 x DVI. This was a problem for me since I want to run dual SVGA monitors. My last complaint is that the machine was assembled with torx security screws which makes service & upgrades awkward.
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