You may notice some similarities between this write up and the Envy 23 review we posted back in April, although this HP does not come with as many bells and whistles. Nonetheless, the Pavilion 23 is built for both work and play with a Windows 8 operating system and delivers faster than expected processor speeds. The 23 touch screen allows you to do everything from navigating the web to playing games, and a variety of customizable features let you get the specs you are looking for without spending a fortune in the process.
Main features and specifications:
- OS: Windows 8 64
- Processor: 3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3220T Dual-Core; 2.80 GHz
- Memory: 6GB DDR3-1600MHz
- Hard Drive: 1 TB 7200 RPM
- Display: 23 diagonal full HD touch-enabled widescreen LED backlit (1920 x 1080); Intel Integrated HD graphics
- USB Ports: 3.0 ports x 2; 2.0 ports x 4
- 6-in-1 card reader
- Slim Tray SuperMulti DVD burner
- Dimensions: 23.74 x 4.1 x 18.7 inches
- Weight: 21.5 pounds
- Audio: Integrated speaker and sound, DTS audio
- One-year limited warranty support & one-year technical support
What We Liked:
- No Hassle Setup: This desktop is so easy to setup and is totally fail proof right out of the box. Just plug in the cables to the back and plug it into the wall and that's it. HP also includes a cheaply made wired mouse and keyboard in the box, but you will probably want to replace them with some of your own. Push the power button located on the top left-hand side to begin customizing your home settings and you are ready to go.
- Touch Capabilities: Like the Envy 23, the touch screen on this desktop is truly impressive. With its 5-point multi-touch tech, you get instant response with even the slightest push of the screen. Watching movies and playing games became truly addicting, and we had a hard time pulling the kids away from all the tantalizing apps and games available to download from the store. If you decide that you do not want to use your keyboard for typing, simply switch over to the touch keyboard found under settings for full touch screen mode.
- Daring Display: The HD display on this desktop is simply beautiful and we could not keep our hands off of it. This model came with Intel's standard HD graphics and they do not disappoint, most of the time. The graphics were best when playing games, but were lacking when it came to HD programming; more details can be found below.
- Customize Your Desktop: Like all other HP's, this desktop is totally customizable so you can spend the amount you want and upgrade to the features that fit your style. This model starts around $850 and goes up from there depending on your personalized specs, which is not too shabby when compared to other all-in-ones on the market today.
- Decent Audio: Although you don't get an upgraded audio system on this model, the sound quality of this desktop does a decent job. Don't get us wrong here, you aren't going to get deep bass and amazing tone range, but the speaker bar found along the bottom of this PC can fill a room without any problems.
What We Didn't Like:
- Minor Grievances: We only had a few run ins with slow load up times, but they did occur and it was usually when we needed to get something done quickly. We also noticed that when we were in touch screen mode and wanted to switch back to using the mouse, the computer would freeze up and we had to go back to the start screen and reload our page in order to get any kind of response, which became very annoying very quickly.
- Graphics Lacking: Much like the Envy 23, the display on many of the movies and TV shows we tried to watch on this desktop came across grainy and pixilated up close. Although colors were bright and the screen looks good, the graphics do not even come close to an older desktop that we still currently use today.
- Dated Design: The Pavilion 23 is definitely a solidly built unit, in fact it may be a little too solid. At almost 2.5 at its thickest point, the design feels outdated in the lineup of today's all-in-one desktops. It seems that the team at HP has decided against modernizing even the simplest of features, like the cheaply made mouse and keyboard or the flimsy tray loading DVD player. Why have these items not been upgraded and made standard to a more modern, nicer keyboard and mouse or a slot loading Blu-ray player? These things may seem small, but they make the whole system just feel old fashioned and outdated. Also, we were not thrilled about the design of the support stand attached to the back of this desktop, which feels like it will break off if you have to move or adjust the desktop at all.
The Pavilion 23 All-In-One is a desktop that is built to perform for both work and play, but the touch screen feature really makes this unit shine. Of course you are not going to use touch screen mode every time you use your desktop, but it does come in handy for gaming, navigating through web pages, going through pictures and the list could go on and on. Unfortunately, HP still needs to step it up when it comes to this desktop's HD graphics and the outdated design and look of this system needs a modern overhaul.
Our Score: 4 out of 5
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HP TouchSmart Pavilion 23 -- f260xt All-In-One Desktop Review