Summary: This computer died when it was less than two years old. I bought it, put it in one place and never moved it. Hard drive died. I have a Dell that is still going at 10 years with no repairs necessary. Very disappointed.
Was fascinated with the specs on paper. The computer ...
28 December 2014
Summary: Was fascinated with the specs on paper. The computer itself is generally slow. Windows 8 compounded the problems. The overall experience with this tower has been frustrating. Has since upgraded to windows 8.1 and will eventually replace the hard drive.
Summary: AMD serves one nitch: Casual gamers. Their processors have better integrated graphics than Intel. Other than that, Intel is better/faster in just about every other way. I wanted a machine for light gaming, that wouldn't need a dedicated graphics card.
Pros: Small, quiet, very affordable. Kaveri APU. Seems to be in good shape for a refurb.
Cons: No dual channel ram!!! Why HP??? Dumb, dumb, dumb! Having only one stick severely gimps this machines capabilities. Also, the wifi card sucks. The worst reception I have seen in a wifi device in > 5 years. I'm about 10 feet from the router and have only 3 bars. 8-20meg downloads speeds with 126me...
Summary: Overall, system works out of the box and has the basic features you would expect. We bought this system with Windows 7 (on purpose). Within a year, our system began to occasionally power itself down without explanation. It then wouldn't power back up right away.
Summary: I've owned HP computers for a long time and I've always liked them. That's why I keep buying them. I waited a year to review the computer because it takes a while to find out how good they really are. The p7-1410 has been a good machine despite Windows 8 that came pre-installed.
Summary: It broke 3 times in the first month. When I first get the unit, it wouldn't start. I got a replacement and that worked really good. For about 2 weeks and then the hard drive needed to be wiped. I get a third one and then the fan came broken.
Summary: I have owned a few PCs before, all Dell. I was attracted by this HP's specs and price. And... I shouldn't have. Had I known all the quirks and problems that new Windows 8 consists of, I would have gone with an Apple, for sure. And I wouldn't been writing this.