Hewlett-Packard Australia Compaq Presario SR1925AN_01

Hewlett-Packard Australia Compaq Presario SR1925AN_01
  • Hewlett-Packard Australia Compaq Presario SR1925AN_01
  • Hewlett-Packard Australia Compaq Presario SR1925AN_01
  • Hewlett-Packard Australia Compaq Presario SR1925AN_01
  • Expert Rating

    4.50 / 5


  • Media card reader, 160GB hard drive, good connectivity, free upgrades before June 07


  • Multi-tasking test result, encoding test results

Bottom Line

The Compaq Presario SR1925AN_01 is a good deal for anyone who wants a PC that will provide a good all-round user experience with a some functionality for everyone in the family.

Would you buy this?

Not only a budget PC, but a media centre PC, the Compaq Presario (SR1925AN_01) has a few nice attributes that will suit a range of uses and also has plenty of connectivity.

In line with the media centre title, there are a few features that give this machine its media centre qualities, the most obvious being Windows Media Center Edition (MCE). Windows MCE comes with a selection of easy to use media functions including a picture and movie viewer as well as functionality for live television should you choose to install a TV tuner. The Presario also has a 9-in-1 media card reader, which allows quick access to digital photos and movies. The digital coaxial audio output allows high quality audio to your stereo and finally, the 160GB hard drive is adequate storage for the casual media centre user and a good size for this price point. The Presario is also one of the quieter PCs we've reviewed, making it ideal for watching movies.

This system immediately stands out due to a couple of free upgrades available if purchased before June 2007. These include a free upgrade from a 17in LCD monitor to a 19in, as well as a free HP Photosmart printer. It also qualifies for a free upgrade to Windows Vista Home Premium.

With a digital coaxial port for 7.1 audio channels as well as analogue ports, six USB 2.0 ports, a pair of FireWire ports, 10/100 Ethernet and a 56k modem, the Presario packs more connectivity than any other PCs we've looked at in this price range - and that's before you count the 9-in-1 media card reader.

The Presario is ready to go as soon as you buy it; it comes with a keyboard and mouse combination, as well as the 19in LCD screen. An AMD Athlon 64 3500+ processor is combined with 512MB of DDR2 533MHz RAM, which pushed this system to an acceptable 82 in our World Bench 5 benchmark. Individual test results from this benchmark suggest that it will run the most common programs with relative ease, such as Microsoft Office, but the results also suggest that once you begin any heavy multi-tasking the system is likely to experience some slow down. We did an encoding test using CDEX by encoding 53 minutes of WAV files to 192Kbps MP3s, which the Presario completed in one minute and 59 seconds. This is not particularly outstanding, especially for a computer with media centre aspirations. It reflects the mid-range CPU's performance, but should be fine for the casual encoder.

The fairly compact case houses a mini-ATX motherboard, which has one free PCI Express slot and two PCI slots free and a modem installed in the third PCI slot, as well as a couple of IDE ports for IDE drives. Three of four SATA ports are still available for additional drives, while three of the four internal 3.5in drive bays and one of two 5.25in optical drives bays are free. There's also one external 3.5in drive bay for a floppy drive or other device.

Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

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.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

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.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

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.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

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.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

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

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?