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. I figured this A8-7600 Kaveri system would fit the bill. But HP made a dumb decision that severely cripples the integrated graphics. The 8gb of ram is in a single stick, instead of 2x4gb sticks.
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 126meg connection. Wireless N should do better than that.
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. We would have to unplug it, let it be for a few minutes, then plug the power supply back in and turn it on.
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. Once 8.1 came out it fixed a few of the annoying new features of 8.
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. It worked for about a few minutes until it overheated and shut down on me. At this point I gave up and just got a 3rd laptop instead. Ugh... P.S. Extra star for how well it worked during those two weeks.
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. But I didn't, because I wanted a good deal. So now I constantly have problems with this thing. Particularly persistent and un-fixable is the sleep mode. Which is as temperamental as an old, neurotic New-Yorker.
Summary: Although this looks nice, having problems with compatibility. It says "things" are supposed to work with this model although I can't get even simple documents to open. Says no path on just about everything. The only thing I have no problems with is surfing the net.