HP Pavilion Slimline S5380a desktop PC
A reasonably priced mid-range HP desktop PC
- Reasonably priced, good performance, comprehensive connectivity
- Difficult to upgrade hard drive, preinstalled software is largely unnecessary
The HP Pavilion Slimline S5380a has a few design flaws and a lot of unnecessary software, which could irk tech-savvy users. However, as a basic homework and multimedia desktop PC, it's a well-priced option that delivers good performance
Price$ 1,199.00 (AUD)
The HP Pavilion Slimline S5380a desktop PC is small and well-priced, though it doesn't come with a monitor. It's equipped with a mid-range Core i3 processor, which is more than enough for homework and even some light video editing, while its graphics card will handle older, DirectX 9–based games.
As its name suggests, the HP Pavilion Slimline S5380a isn't a full tower PC. Like the Dell Inspiron 545s, this is a small form factor desktop PC, which means it has an emphasis on looks and space-saving rather than upgradeability. It looks attractive, though it's likely to sit in a corner or under a desk rather than in plain sight, so its aesthetics aren't particularly important.
Connectivity, however, is important — and here the Pavilion Slim S5380a certainly excels. There are eight USB 2.0 ports (two are accessible from the front), Gigabit Ethernet, 6-pin FireWire, as well as DVI and HDMI ports. You can directly insert SD, MemoryStick and xD memory cards through a reader on the front. Audio outputs include a headphone jack on the front, as well as an optical TOSLINK port and surround sound 3.5mm jacks for a 7.1 speaker setup.
The HP Pavilion Slimline S5380a desktop PC has integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi. A wireless keyboard and mouse combo is bundled with the PC, though you'll need to plug in a USB dongle for the peripherals to work.
Though we understand the desktop PC's lack of expansion options, we would have liked swapping out the hard drive for greater storage (or in case of failure) to be easier. It's easy enough to open the side and front panels, but Torx head screws on the interior fan and optical drive brace make it hard to upgrade the hard drive.
Configuration and performance
The HP Pavilion Slimline S5380a desktop PC comes equipped with a dual-core Intel Core i3-530 processor clocked at 2.93GHz, along with 4GB of DDR3 memory. Like the Core i5-661, the Core i3-530 has an integrated graphics controller, and the enclosure even has a spare DVI port that could be used in conjunction with the CPU. However, HP has blocked this port and forgone the integrated graphics in favour of an ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics adapter with 512MB of dedicated memory.
The desktop PC also comes with a 500GB 7200rpm Seagate hard drive and a DVD burner with LightScribe capability.
|Model||Price||WorldBench 6||3DMark06||3DMark Vantage||iTunes Encoding
|HP Pavilion Slimline S5380a||$1199||121||3574||P818||54s||50s|
|Apple Mac Mini||$999||N/A||N/A||N/A||1m 33s||N/A|
|Dell Inspiron 545s||$1199||88||1780||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|MSI CR620||$1199||93||1665||N/A||1m 15s||1m 9s|
|HP Pavilion All-In-One MS212a||$1199||58||N/A||N/A||3m 5s||2m 27s|
|Medion akoya P4010||$1299||87||1316||N/A||1m 21s||1m 23s|
The HP Pavilion Slim S5380a performed particularly well when loading cached Web pages and multitasking, but fell behind during processor-intensive tasks like 3D rendering. It also performed much better than computers with lower-specced Core i3 processors, like the one used by MSI's CR620 notebook, particularly when encoding media.
Graphics performance isn't too bad for a low-end machine. While the Pavilion Slimline S5380a won't cope with the latest games, it will be able to play older DirectX 9 games like Half-Life 2. Unfortunately, the low-profile enclosure limits expansion options for those who want a little more grunt.
Like many current HP desktop PCs and notebooks, the Pavilion Slimline S5380a is littered with preinstalled software, most of which you'll probably never use. Some of it is useful; the MediaSmart software, for example, provides a good central dock for viewing multimedia and it even has a surprisingly good entry-level video editing suite if you just need to compile separate clips. However, the inability to choose which software is included when setting up the computer and HP's customised setup process itself initially make this desktop PC harder to use than it should be.
The Pavilion Slimline S5380a sits at a reasonable price point considering its performance. Though it doesn't come with a monitor, it's a great value option for most homes.
Stay up to date with the latest news, reviews and features. Sign up to PC World’s newsletters
Follow PC World Australia on Twitter: @PCWorldAu
Join the PC World newsletter!
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Acer Swift 7
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® Portable SSD
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Surface Pro 4
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 5 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
Latest News Articles
- Judge paves the way for British hacker's extradition to US
- FBI faces lawsuit because it's stayed mum on iPhone 5c hack
- Early iPhone 7 reviews: You'll miss the headphone jack, but the camera and battery life are tops
- Toshiba's new SSD line features rock-bottom pricing
- Watch out: iOS 10 install is reportedly bricking some iPhones
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.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- TPIT Project Officer - TMRQLD
- CCSenior Networks Specialist - DNS PlatformVIC
- TPService Desk ManagerVIC
- FTCustomer Support ManagerSA
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Supply Chain Modules)WA
- CCMDM Consultant/DesignerVIC
- CCTest AnalystWA
- TPFunctional AnalystVIC
- CCProject Manager - Adelaide basedVIC
- TPProject OfficerQLD
- FTSenior Full Stack .Net Developer with Strong SQL DevNSW
- CCWindows System EngineerNSW
- CCSenior Mobile Application DeveloperNSW
- CCSenior Technical SpecialistNSW
- TPAnalyst Programmer (Adabas)SA
- FTPMO Specialist - PermanentACT
- CCProject Manager - Adelaide basedNSW
- FTLevel 3 EngineerNSW
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Sales & Marketing Modules)NSW
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Manufacturing and Trade & Logistics Modules)ACT
- FTLevel 2 Technical Support OfficerQLD
- CCWicked Front-End DeveloperQLD
- TPSOE AdministratorQLD
- FTFront End DeveloperQLD
- CCLevel 2 IT Service DeskQLD