HP Pavilion 23-g110 Review

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March 19, 2015
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HP Pavilion 23-g110 is an All-in-One desktop. It’s not only a system unit without monitor or pointing devices, but all of those are indeed included in it. This can be a money saver and pleasant experience if you don’t want to bother hunting for screen, keyboard and mouse discounts. But is this desktop powerful enough for you, and is it ultimately worth its price tag? I’ll tell you that below.

Performance

There’s a processor called AMD A6-5200 in HP Pavilion 23-g110. It’s a system-on-a-chip (CPU + graphics engine), released in 2013 and featuring a quad-core setup with 2.0GHz clock speed. According to professional reviews and benchmarks it seems to have performance similar to 2013-2014 Core i3s from Intel. As such, it suffices for daily computing and for occasional demanding use too.

The computer has 4GB RAM installed which in my opinion is the bare minimum for a today’s Windows-based desktop. The four gigabytes is installed on one chip while the system’s maximum is 16GB. There is one free slot on the mainboard, so adding another 4GB module to double the RAM should is convenient.

The hard drive has 500GB storage which is pretty much the lowest acceptable amount these days. Many desktops have 750GB or even a terabyte drive, although it doesn’t really matter unless you’re planning to store hundreds of huge files (think of movies, games). The current 500GB is still able to take ~100 DVDs worth of data, to give you an example. The revolutions per minute rate is 7200RPM, a small upgrade from 5400RPM. This should contribute to slightly smoother user experience, although not that of a quick solid-state drive.

Display and graphics

It’s – at least – on paper where the display of HP Pavilion 23-g110 looks solid. It’s 23 inches big, so similar to a typical PC display although larger than many other All-in-Ones have. It also has a Full HD resolution, something that is the only option for screen this big. The panel type is IPS (In-Plane Switching), and it’s often said and verified in tests that such IPS displays are superior to regular TN (Twisted Nematics) panels in terms of color accuracy and viewing angles.

The monitor is not a touch screen, so you can’t try some new features the pre-installed Windows 8.1 64-bit has. But in my experience that’s not a problem, since the operating system is essentially designed to work without one, too.

Graphics engine is what interests the gamers. In this model, it’s called Radeon HD 8400. Sadly, it’s not so high end card. It hardly reaches the performance of Intel HD 4000, leaving a lot of new games with poor frame rates. But somebody asked if the Radeon can run older (or otherwise less demanding) titles fluently. It surely can, including Sims 4, Minecraft and Steam-based games like CS: Go in the list of smoothly running games.

Connectivity

HP Pavilion 23-g110 features in total 6 USB ports. Two of those are USB 3.0, located on the side. In the rear panel there are four USB 2.0 ports backing you up. Unfortunately, there are no video outputs or inputs (like HDMI), so you can’t use this system as a display for gaming console or other devices. This is something manufacturers don’t usually skimp on with All-in-Ones, but for some reason HP left it out.

An optical drive is however installed, with the ability to burn DVDs and CDs. 7-in-1 media card reader is also available if memory cards are your thing. The 720p webcam should be decent for video chatting.

Networking is made up of a Gigabit Ethernet adapter and single-band WiFi card. Bluetooth is not mentioned in the HP specifications.

Anything else to keep in mind?

HP Pavilion 23-g110 might be an All-in-One, but it still needs to be plugged in at all times. There’s no battery in it and it doesn’t work like a laptop.

The HP doesn’t offer much space for expansion. There is one PCI-E x1 mini slot on the motherboard but it’s already occupied. Installing a dedicated graphics card for gaming is not possible.

In addition to the monitor, there are basic USB keyboard and optical mouse included.

The system seems to come loaded with HP bloatware. If you think that slows the computer down you can simply go to Control Panel and uninstall it.

Verdict

All-in-One desktops have gained a lot of popularity during the recent years. And I can see why – they offer a very convenient way to use a computer, with everything being shipped in one package. The HP Pavilion 23-g110 model does all that, and its best side is probably the display. It’s bigger than these desktops usually have, and image quality should be decent at least. The HP has adequate performance for everyday computing, some heavier applications and many games (if you can do with limited details and resolution). Missing HDMI input would be the biggest hurdle for gaming system or set-top box owners, but if you don’t have those the absent HDMI doesn’t really matter. All in all, a solid computer, and in my opinion totally worth the money.


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