HP ENVY 750-420 Desktop Review

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November 30, 2016
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The age of desktops is still not over, many want a good old system unit for their home or small office computing needs. These desktop computers indeed offer better bang for your buck than laptops and can thus be interesting for budget hunters. HP ENVY 750-420 isn’t exactly an affordable computer, but its strengths lie in performance. Let me give you critique about the desktop below!

General performance

You won’t certainly run out of processing power with the Intel Core i7-6700 processor. Coming with four cores, this bitcruncher offers a 3.4GHz clock speed and 4.0GHz turbo boost which are darn high numbers. Also high is the CPU Mark score of ~10000, only a handful of processor beat it. No matter what software you are using, this HP will take care of it all.

Installed is one 8GB DDR4 2133Mhz memory stick. The mainboard has a free slot if you want add more, the maximum being 16 gigabytes.

This model has storage drives that everyone would like: a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive for the majority of your files and then a quick 256GB solid-state drive too. Both drives can be upgraded by a person with relevant skills.

Can it be used for gaming?

HP ENVY 750-420 has some muscle for gaming. It includes the AMD Radeon HD R7 450 graphics card (2GB GDDR5 video RAM). Now, this rare bird surely beats all the integrated chips easily, but it’s not in the same league than GTX 960 and the like. Anyway, you can expect to play many new games with decent frame rates – those including GTA 5 and Battlefield – if you use conservative settings. With simpler types like Minecraft and Counter-Strike: Go you can splurge with the presets.

Of course you can upgrade the graphics card, motherboard has PCI-e x16 expansion slot.

Ports and connections

Many connectors are at your disposal so you can spice this HP up with peripherals. Included are four USB 3.0, two USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 Type-C port for the bulk of your devices. And monitor can be hooked to the HDMI-output in the back panel.

How can you connect this desktop to Internet? Simple, use the Gigabit RJ-45 port if you’re a friend of cable, or then the integrated dual-band 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth card for wireless networking.

The DVD burner can read and create CDs and DVDs, but indeed no Blu-Rays.

What other things should I keep in mind?

HP ENVY 750-420 includes wireless keyboard and mouse, a nice addition certainly. Monitor is not shipped with it, that you must acquire separately.

This computer has a 500W PSU, remember that if you’re upgrading many components. However the default power supply should suffice even if you’re putting in a new graphics card.

Operating system is Windows 10 Home (64-bit).

Summing it up

HP ENVY 750-420 is a decent desktop meant for power users, professionals and otherwise demanding users. You see, the Core i7 processor is quite a heavyweight unit, a casual user might not be able to appreciate its full power. The desktop can also work for gaming, although only if you’re not greedy with settings. Enough ports should be present even for a person with many devices to connect. As it is, I can recommend this HP if you require solid desktop performance!

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