HP is never one to stay still with their desktop releases, and today’s products are no exception. Starting at just $299, the new desktops hit the low and high ends of the market. The HP Pavilion Slimline s5305z has a base price of three hundred bucks, but offers users a choice of upgrades, going from the AMD Sempron 140 single-core CPU @ 2.7GHz up to the Athlon II 250 dual-core running at 3.0GHz. With the base CPU, you can make the s5305z a nettop; with a stronger CPU and discrete GPU upgrade, you can make it a reasonably powerful desktop. This is a really versatile machine for HP to offer.
Bumping up the model number to the s5350z nets you another slimline unit, but with upgraded specs – this is no nettop. Starting at $479.99, the Pavilion Slimline s5350z offers the choice of Athlon and Phenom quad-core CPUs, Blu-ray optical drives and a max of 8GB of RAM. Not too shabby for two AMD budget systems.
On the other end of the gamut is the new HP Pavilion Elite HPE-190t. The new Elite starts at a whopping $1899.99 – but trust me, you’re getting your money’s worth. The only CPU option on this model is Intel’s fastest consumer product, the Core i7-980X, which runs six physical cores and 12 threads of processes at the same time. The HPE-190t also comes with a base 9GB of RAM and only goes up from there. Graphics options are a little weak, topping out at an ATI Radeon HD4850, but overall, this is a machine prepared to do some serious crunching to whatever numbers you’ve got.