The new Atom-powered HP Compaq Presario all-in-one seems familiar; likely because we reviewed something very similar in the form of the eMachines EZ1601-01 just a few months ago. Granted, the new Compaq CQ1-1020 uses the next-generation Atom CPU, the D410, but all signs point to the new breeds offering up similar performance as the last group – just with a bit more power efficiency.
Still, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The eMachines rig was pretty great, once you understand that the Atom CPU at the heart of it all has very specific, if limited, uses. If you give HP your hard-earned cash, this is what you get:
- Processor: Intel Atom D410 @ 1.66GHz
- Memory: 1GB DDR2 (2 DIMMs, 4GB max)
- Display: 18.5-inch, 1366×768 resolution
- Graphics: Intel GMA3150 integrated
- Hard drive: 160GB SATA @ 7200RPM
- Optical drive: 8x DVD+/-RW tray loading
- Networking: 10/100 Ethernet
- Wireless networking: 802.11b/g/n
- Operating system: Windows XP Home SP3
- Webcam, microphone
- Dimensions: 3.66×18.50×18.50 inches (WxDxH)
- Weight: 11.02 lbs
- One year limited hardware/software warranty
You also get a wired keyboard and mouse, 6 USB2.0 ports (2 left, 4 rear) and a 6-in-1 card reader. Tht total cost adds up to $429.99, about thirty dollars more than the eMachines model, though you obviously get the next-gen Atom and GPU, as well as N wireless (though you lose out on the Gigabit Ethernet). If you’re looking for a very slim PC to set in a non-standard location, such as a kitchen, HP’s answer to the eMachines model might be a good place to look.