HP 20-e010 All-in-One Desktop Review

November 5, 2015
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An affordable All-in-One desktop could be a good choice if you don’t care so much about raw performance but want easy to use (and setup) system. HP 20-e010 seems to be a prime example, offering 20″ screen, basic AMD processor and 4GB RAM ready to get you started. Operating system is the once again user friendly Windows 10. Let’s see about the desktop’s other features, and if it would be sufficient for everyday computing needs or not.

Is it fast enough?

I must say HP 20-e010 is one of the slowest desktops currently being sold. It has a processor named AMD E1-6010, a really, really basic dual-core unit with 1.4GHz clock speed and no turbo. CPU Mark gives the AMD 836 points, compare that to popular Intel Core i5-5200 with 3500 points. The AMD is indeed slow, that kind of processors were really popular like 5-10 years ago, so what is it doing in a 2015 desktop? You can surely surf the web, check emails and even run YouTube videos with this computer, but most installable games and many advanced programs (like apps from the Adobe family) are too much for this system for sure.

System memory is 4GB, that’s not bad for daily computing, but again not enough for power users. The system has a single memory socket, and specifications say it supports a maximum 4GB stick, so might be you can’t upgrade the memory even if you wanted to.

There’s an entry-level 500GB (5400RPM) hard drive inside. Now, many home/office users won’t ever fill that up, so in a way such a drive is adequate. But it’s also pretty slow, you might have heard about solid-state drives that are much faster. I’m sure that with some skills you could install one here, after removing the current drive, that is.

Is it good for gaming?

HP 20-e010 is absolutely horrible for gaming, it has a slow Radeon R2 graphics engine integrated to the feeble AMD processor. To give you an idea what we’re getting here, let me tell you the Radeon’s performance is even inferior to the infamous Intel HD 4000 . Most new games are unplayable no matter what settings you use; but you could play games like Sims 4 and World of Warcraft using low settings and resolution. Also all browser games should work alright here.

How is the display?

HP 20-e010 includes a 20 inches (19.45 to be exact) non-touch display. Unfortunately it supports only 1600×900 resolution, I think it’s pretty bad considering the size of this screen. For example, some laptops with 13.3″ displays have 1920×1080 resolution and you’re only getting 1600×900 on this 20″ screen. Some casual users don’t probably mind, but I know many people stay away from bigger screens sporting bad resolutions.

Ports and connections

HP 20-e010 can be connected to Internet using the 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n WiFi card. There’s also 100Mbps RJ-45 plug at your disposal if you prefer cable. Bluetooth is not available.

External ports include three USB ports, one of those is USB 3.0. The HDMI-out can be used to hook up another display (such as HDTV) and use the desktop through that.

DVD burner is installed on the side, SD card reader supporting SD(HC/XC) is there as well.

You can use the front-facing webcam for some video chats or YouTube filming.

Anything else to keep in mind?

Because the unit is so slim, there is no room for expansions like dedicated graphics card or secondary storage drive.

Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit). Keyboard and mouse are included.

Wrapping it up

HP 20-e010 is a very entry-level desktop, offering enough oomph to get you started with web surfing and other lightweight activities. It’s also easy to setup and use, you don’t need to install operating system or buy monitors separately here. Furthermore, it’s very inexpensive desktop, you have hard time finding even laptops for this price. But keep your expectations in check, it will be slow to use and you can’t multitask or run heavy programs here at all. If you’re fine with that, spending your money on this simple HP should be a smart move.

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