Hewlett-Packard Australia Pavilion Slimline s7525a
- Vista premium from 1st March, digital coaxial audio, media card reader, small form factor
- Celeron M CPU, limited upgrade options
Though it's not the fastest performer that we've tested in this price bracket, the Pavillion Slimline is a compact, stylish and functional PC that will suit the home environment.
Price$ 1,399.00 (AUD)
The tiny HP Pavilion Slimline PC (s7525a) would happily find a home in any environment. While it may not be the fastest performer, its compact design and media centre functionality make it a good value option.
The Pavilion Slimline is a complete package that includes a keyboard, mouse and 17in LCD monitor. The system reviewed was running Windows Media Center Edition (MCE), however it will ship with Windows Vista Premium as of 1st March 2007. Built with an Intel Celeron M 1.6GHz CPU and touting 512MB of DDR2 533MHz RAM, the Pavilion Slimline managed a score of 71 in our World Bench 5 test. This is a low score when compared to other PCs in its price range, but it should still run most common software packages.
Critically, the Pavillion Slimline makes up for its low score with some excellent media centre functionality. This includes a 9-in-1 media card reader supporting CF I/II, SM, MMC, SD, MS/MS-Pro, MD and xD media cards. It also comes with a FireWire port for connecting a camcorder, a 7.1 channel audio port with analogue outputs and a digital coaxial output, an S-Video-out port as well as a composite video-out port for watching movies on your regular television.
We encoded 53 minutes of WAV files to 192Kbps MP3s, which took the Pavilion Slimline two minutes and 45 seconds, a slow result in this price bracket and a rather disappointing result for a media centre PC. This machine is better suited to casual media centre users looking for a compact solution rather than power users who want to encode their entire music library.
Unfortunately, an 80GB hard drive isn't adequate for a media centre and the small chassis doesn't allow any additional drives to be installed. If you find yourself running out of storage space, an external USB, LAN or FireWire storage device is always an option, as is the installed DVD-rewriter. The DVD drive is concealed behind the front panel and emerges when ejected, giving the face a clean, uncomplicated feel. A single USB port and headphone jack are also available on the front panel for easy access.
The rear the Pavilion Slimline offers plenty of USB connectivity with five USB 2.0 ports and only one of these needs to be occupied for the supplied wireless keyboard and mouse hub. Should you need an extra port though, the Slimline includes PS2 ports.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Kogan Agora 4G Pro review: the final word on Kogan's best smartphone
- 2 Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet (LTE) review: The tablet of choice for anyone on Android
- 3 Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth speaker review
- 4 Apple MacBook Air 2015 review: Only better with time
- 5 Lenovo ThinkPad T550 laptop
Deals on PC World
- Networking, Wireless & VoIP
Deals on PC World
Latest News Articles
- HP refreshes notebook and desktop offerings ahead of Windows 10 launch
- Mozilla to focus on minimizing desertions to Edge with new Windows 10 Firefox
- Intel profit falls as PC slump continues
- Michael Dell: Dell will ship Windows 10 PCs on July 29
- The mystery of the iMac's granddaddy: The Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh
GGG Evaluation Team
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
- FTBusiness Development Manager & Account ManagerVIC
- FTSenior Network EngineerNSW
- FTTechnical Sales Support Representative - The Worlds largest Search Engine!NSW
- FTField EngineerNSW
- FTDevOps Consultant - Microsoft Experience - Digital ConsultancyVIC
- CCMarketing Coordinator - World's largest search engine!NSW
- CCAccount Strategist | Sales Executive | Global Search EngineNSW
- FTDesktop Engineering ManagerNSW
- CCLead Generator - Software SolutionsNSW