Hewlett-Packard Australia Slimline Pavilion s7540
- Very compact and quiet, media centre capabilities.
- Limited room for upgrades, not outstanding performance.
While it seems this unit only goes halfway to being a good media centre, at $1999 it’s a tidy little package that will perform above and beyond the normal needs of the average user, even if it doesn’t top the charts.
Price$ 1,999.00 (AUD)
Best Deals (Selling at 1 store)
- HP 72 C9383A No.72 Magenta and Cyan Printhead (... 100.60
When a notebook doesn't fit your needs and a skyscraper-like tower, humming with fans won't suit either your room or your chosen aesthetic, smaller can definitely be better.
HP's answer to this problem is the Pavilion s7540, a small form factor PC that doubles as a media centre, though it lacks some essential features. It has many of the attributes of a good media centre, starting with Windows Media Center Edition (MCE), a remote control with receiver, and wireless mouse and keyboard. As well as the remote, HP's colour matched keyboard is crammed with media centre controls for easy navigation. There's also a 9-in-1 media card reader so you'll be very unlucky to have a camera that isn't compatible. FireWire should take care of any other camera or camcorder needs. Of course a DVD player is essential and the DVD writer sits snugly behind the front panel until ejected.
For audio, there are a couple of options: the motherboard supplies 7.1 surround sound output, which can be sourced through an array of 3.5mm ports at the rear of the case for analog 7.1; or, you can use the coaxial digital output for digital surround sound. Also for convenience, a single 3.5mm analog output is on the front panel.
There's enough USB connectivity for USB keys or an external hard drive with four USB 2.0 ports on the rear and one on the front panel. Plugging in the receiver for the remote takes up one USB slot, while the peripherals use up one more for their shared hub. If you really need to free up that one extra port, you can always plug your mouse and keyboard into the PS2 ports available. With a 160GB 3.5in hard drive (7200rpm), you've got enough space to store a fair chunk of your movies, photos and MP3s. Ripping the MP3s in the first place may take some time as this unit's Intel Pentium M 1.7GHz and 512MB RAM only managed to rip 14 WAV files to 192Kbps in three minutes and took 16min44sec to encode a full audio CD. We also ran WorldBench 5 and got a score of 71. This is indicative of the CPU and by no means a powerhouse score, but should suffice for casual usage.
The onboard Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 won't win any blue ribbons either, scoring only 3580 in 3DMark 2001 SE and only supplies a VGA output, not DVI. Sadly that is all the Slimline offers in video ports, with no S-Video or composite output. This essentially cancels any hopes of plugging this unit into your TV, though you also get a 19in screen as part of the $1999 package. There is no TV tuner installed for watching and recording TV onto your computer.
The unit runs fairly quiet with one fan cooling two heat sinks over the CPU and chipset. Two DIMM slots mean there's some room for a RAM upgrade, though space is otherwise too tight for any storage improvements with the DVD writer and hard drive taking up most of the front two-thirds of the chassis. Naturally there's a 10/100 LAN and a 56Kbps modem for network connections.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Sony 75-inch UHD TV (X9400C) review: Sony and Android are a winning duo
- 2 LG 55EG960T OLED UHD TV
- 3 Panasonic Viera UHD TV review: good hardware, fragmented software
- 4 Ford Focus ST (2015) review: Absolutely mental styling, engine, handling
- 5 LG 65-inch UHD TV (65UF950T) review
Deals on Good Gear Guide
- Networking, Wireless & VoIP
Deals on Good Gear Guide
Latest News Articles
- 3D scanning Sprout by HP computer provides tactile immersion for only $4,598
- Raspberry Pi gets its first official touchscreen display
- Lenovo debuts a dozen PCs with Skylake, from ThinkCentre Tiny to huge AiOs
- This week in PC gaming: Cliff Bleszinski’s LawBreakers defies gravity, XCOM 2 defies release
- High-quality 1080p Xbox One-to-PC streaming now live for all
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.
- FTDatabase Marketing ManagerNSW
- FTProduct Marketing ManagerNSW
- FTSenior Account Manager - PR AgencyNSW
- FTLevel 2 IT Support TechnicianVIC
- FTSystems Administrator - Managed ServicesNSW
- FTField EngineerNSW
- FTMid level IT consultant | Systems Integration & Managed ServicesNSW
- FTLinux Administrator with AWS & DevopsNSW
- CCE-Commerce - Senior Web Application DeveloperNSW
- FTSenior Consultant | Project work | National Systems IntegratorVIC
- FTManual Test Engineer | Financial Institution | Web testingNSW
- CCMilitary simulation programmer with C# and Unity - 3 monthsNSW
- FTAndroid DeveloperNSW
- FTBusiness Development & Account ManagementNSW
- FTAccount Manager | Client Side - Previous Agency Experience Welcome!!NSW
- FT1st & 2nd level IT support all-rounder in beautiful rural BathurstNSW
- FTDigital ManagerNSW
- FTSales SpecialistNSW
- FTSystems Administrator | National commercial law firm | MS, AWS & eDiscoveryNSW
- FTAccount Manager | Music IndustryNSW