HP Pavilion 27-a030 is the kind of computer that’s extremely convenient to set up. It includes not only the actual system unit, but also monitor and keyboard & mouse. Indeed, it might be tempting to get such a plug’n’play setup, but don’t rush with the purchase, read this review first…
You can’t criticize the HP Pavilion 27-a030 for having bad performance. See, it runs on Intel Core i5-6400T, a processor with four cores, 2.2GHz clock speed and 2.8GHz turbo boost. People use this kind of units for resource-intensive work – like editing images – all the time. If you’re interested, the CPU Mark score of this processor is very decent ~5400.
There is 12GB DDR4 (2133MHz) memory backing you up. It’s installed on 4GB and 8GB sticks, and you are able to replace the other stick so the maximum memory would be 16GB.
I see only good things about the glossy display. At 27 inches, it’s large enough for comfortable user experience, and the same can be said about the 1920×1080 (Full HD) maximum resolution. It’s a touch enabled screen, and the IPS panel gives semicircle-like viewing angles.
The included mouse and keyboard are both wireless.
HP Pavilion 27-a030 won’t earn any extra points for its storage section, there’s just a “blast from the past” type 1TB 7200RPM SATA hard drive installed. For people wanting to maximize performance, a solid-state drive would be ace. Of course, a tech-savvy person can always open the computer, get to components and replace the drive if he has the skills.
You can use discs with this desktop, it has a DVD burner inside. Also memory card reader (often found in laptops) is available, it’s useful with SD cards in digital cameras and such.
There are five USB ports to choose from: two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 and one USB 3.0 Type-C. So finding connectors for your devices shouldn’t be a problem. Also HDMI output (yep it’s out, not in) is available, you can hook up another monitor to that.
Two ways to connect this desktop to Internet exist: Gigabit RJ-45 LAN port and 802.11ac WiFi adapter with Bluetooth 4.0 support.
I must list gaming performance as the weak point of HP Pavilion 27-a030. There’s no dedicated graphics anywhere, just Intel HD 530 which is integrated on the processor. Older games like Diablo 3, World of Warcraft and Minecraft run smooth, but problems arise with never 2015-2016 games. Battlefield 4 and GTA 5 are playable on low settings (30-40FPS), The Witcher 3 not so much.
It is safe to assume that for any kind of software, HP Pavilion 27-a030 has adequate power. The Core i5 processor with 12GB memory are a tough pair, running programs ranging from YouTube to Adobe Premiere are not going to put the system on its knees. The computer might also work for gaming if you’re not a hardcore player – just keep the settings and resolution in check. At the current price, it’s a decent buy for people after a powerful desktop computer.