HP Compaq Presario SR5560AN (KT494AA)
Mainly for home use
- Quad-core CPU, plenty of USB and FireWire ports, standard micro-ATX motherboard
- A little slow in the MP3 encoding test, no Gigabit Ethernet, no wireless network adapter
A basic and well-featured PC for home or small office use. It's useful for multitasking and for running everyday office applications, as well as photo and video editing.
Price$ 1,320.00 (AUD)
When you're at the mall browsing for a new PC to furnish your bedroom or home office with, this Compaq Presario won't stand out from the Pavilions next to it, much less the iMacs. But it's definitely worth stopping to check it out if you do see it, because it's a well-stocked PC that's perfect for running office applications and storing media files.
It ships with a quad-core CPU, a 500GB hard drive and 3GB of RAM, so it will handle most office applications and multitasking scenarios without balking, and it can also be used for encoding media files and photo and video editing. One thing it can't be used for is playing games. Its GeForce 8400-based graphics card just doesn't have enough juice to run many (if any) modern games, and its score of 1628 in 3DMark06 is a testament to this.
To test its media encoding abilities, we used iTunes to convert 53min worth of WAV files to 192Kbps MP3s and we used Blender 3D to put all of the CPUs four cores to work on a rendering job. It took 1min 50sec to convert the music to MP3s, which is similar to the score of the Pavilion Elite M9380a_01, but no match for the Pavilion a6560a. In Blender, the rendering time of 50sec is only one second slower than what we expected.
User-friendliness is a key feature of most of the PCs HP puts out, but this Presario doesn't have as extensive a list of 'one-touch' functions and shortcuts as some of the company's more expensive PCs. Still, you get a four-slot memory card reader on the front panel, along with two USB ports, a FireWire port and audio ports, and the supplied keyboard has shortcuts for manipulating the sound, launching Web and mail programs and putting the computer to sleep. It's also a very comfortable keyboard to use, but we can't say the same of the mouse.
Both of these peripherals are corded and they use the PS/2 interface, rather than USB, which we don't mind at all as it leaves more ports open for USB devices (six altogether). For connecting a screen, you get a DVI port and an HDMI port on the graphics card, while for networking you get a 10/100 Ethernet adapter; there is no built-in wireless adapter.
On the inside of the PC there is space to add a PCI Express–based wireless adapter, and you can even add one more hard drive and another module of DDR2 memory. The unit runs an AM2+ based AMD Phenom 9550 CPU, which runs at 2.2GHz and is cooled by an aluminium heat sink and fan combination that doesn't make too much noise. A rear extraction fan is also present to keep the enclosure cool.
It's worth noting that the motherboard has been installed upside down, but it's still a standard microATX-based board with standard sockets and layout. It has two free Serial ATA ports, as well as a free IDE port. The DVD burner that's installed is based on Serial ATA, so the IDE port will probably go unused unless you have a drive from an older machine that you wish to resurrect.
The only feature that's not worth much use is the Pocket Media Drive Bay, which is a slot for HP's proprietary small external hard drives. USB- or FireWire-based external hard drives are much easier to procure and use.
The system runs Windows Vista Home Premium, and it ships with some preinstalled trial software, such as Microsoft Office, but you also get some HP add-ons such as Total Care Advisor, which can keep you informed about your PC's health status (including whether you've backed up your hard drive or not) among other things. All up, this PC is useful for a home user or small business user who wants a basic machine that also has plenty of power for multitasking and media encoding.
Join the newsletter!
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Apple iPhone X
cloudandco Smart Cane
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Toys for Boys
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Google Daydream View VR Headset
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Bose SoundLink Micro
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Xbox One X
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 TCL X2 review: QLED escapes the premium market
- 2 Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- 3 Acer Spin 5 review: Value for money but conditions apply
- 4 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 5 Sony LF-S50G review: Google Assistant and then some
Latest News Articles
- CES 2018: Everything Announced By ASUS
- CES 2018: Everything Announced By Dell
- CES 2018: Intel Reveals VR-Ready ‘Hades Canyon’ NUC
- iMac Pro first look: Apple’s most powerful Mac is a multiprocessing beast
- macOS High Sierra ‘root’ security issue allows admin access to your Mac—but there's a fix
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- CES 2018: Belkin go big on wearables accessories
- Amazon Alexa and Echo set for Febuary launch
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- CCTechnical Business Analyst - Government - 12 Month Contract - SydneyNSW
- CCSecurity Operations SpecialistQLD
- CCHadoop DeveloperQLD
- FTProject Manager - Product & Value ChainOther
- FTSenior Project Manager - BI / DWHOther
- CCNetwork Engineer (Juniper)NSW
- CCLead Pega Systems ArchitectACT
- FTTest AnalystOther
- CCSolution Architect - Financial ServicesVIC
- FTBusiness Analysts - apps developmentACT
- FTSoftwares Support AnalystOther
- TPSenior Java Developer / IntegratorQLD
- TPProject ManagerNSW
- TPBusiness Process Improvement AnalystQLD
- FTSitecore Developer/ArchitectOther
- TPIntermediate Solution Architect - DataQLD
- TPICT Business AnalystNSW
- CCFull Stack Developer (Angular / .Net)NSW
- FTCloud Systems EngineerOther
- FTProject Coordinator - $500 per dayOther
- FTPower BI DeveloperOther
- FTLead Business AnalystOther
- TPTest Analyst / CoordinatorQLD
- CCSystem Access Administrator - TelcoVIC
- FTIntegration SpecialistQLD