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HP Pavilion Slimline s5108uk-p review

Will Stapley
21 Sep 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
499.99
inc VAT

The small, quiet HP Pavilion is fine for undemanding users, but it can't handle games, and you pay a premium for the compact design.

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Specifications

2.5GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200, 3.000000 RAM, 20in 1,600x900 display, Windows Vista Home Premium

With its small, thin case, the Pavilion Slimline s5108uk-p is by far the most compact PC on test.

However, its combination of a Pentium Dual Core E5200 processor and 3GB of RAM is the slowest here. What's more, the use of integrated graphics makes it unsuitable for gaming, with both Call of Duty 4 and Crysis steadfastly refusing to run.

The compact design means there's barely any room inside, so this isn't a good choice if you want room for future upgrades. The power supply blocks the motherboard's sole PCI slot, while the DVD writer and 320GB hard disk fill the only available drive bays.

On the plus side, it's virtually silent, with a side-mounted Cooler Master case fan quietly keeping the innards cool. The lack of a separate graphics card and the low-powered processor also mean the PC can make do with a 220W power supply; when running at full pelt, it drew just 65W, so your electricity bills won't rocket.

The 20in HP 2009v monitor complements the system. Although it has a relatively high native resolution of 1,600x900, we found that colours were oversaturated and text wasn't as sharp as on the other models on test, perhaps due to the analogue-only interface. The built-in speakers are passable for Windows sounds.

The Pavilion Slimline s5108uk-p is the only PC on test to include built-in WiFi, but it doesn't support the faster Draft-N standard, which the majority of new routers use. As with Dell's keyboard, we found that the keys on this HP model were too deep, making it too easy to bash your thumbs on the lower edge. HP also bundles a Deskjet F2280 all-in-one printer and scanner. Don't expect wonders from this, but retailing at around £30 it's a nice extra to have.

With integrated graphics and virtually no upgrade potential, the S5108uk-p won't appeal to everyone, but those who want a slim, quiet PC will find it fits the bill nicely. If that's not a concern, Mesh's Matrix II TT is a better buy.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual Core E5200
Processor external bus200MHz (800MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Processor multiplierx12.5
Processor clock speed2.5GHz
Processor socketLGA775
Level 1 cache64KB
Level 2 cache2,048KB
Memory3.000000
Memory typePC2-6400
Maximum memory4GB
MotherboardMSI MS-7525
Motherboard chipsetIntel G31 + ICH7
Power consumption standby3W
Power consumption idle47W
Power consumption active65W

Ports

USB2 ports (front/rear)2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear)0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear)0/0
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11b/g
Other portsnone

Internal Expansion

Casemini PC
PCI-E x1 slots (free)2 (2)
PCI-E x16 slots (free)1 (1)
Free Serial ATA ports2
Free memory slots0
Free 3.5in drive bays0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s)Hitachi DeskStar 7K1000.B (HDT721032SLA380)
InterfaceSATA 300
Total storage capacity320GB
Spindle speed7,200rpm

Graphics

Graphics card(s)Intel GMA 3100
Graphics/video portsVGA

Sound

SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Sound outputsstereo line out
Speakersnone

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy driveno
Supported memory cardsSD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
Optical drive modelHL-DT-ST GH40L
Optical drive type(s)DVD+/-RW +/-DL DVD-RAM

Display

Viewable size20 in
Screen modelHP 2009v
Native resolution1,600x900
Response time5ms
Screen inputsVGA

Other Hardware

ModemNo
KeyboardHP KU-0841
MouseHP optical mouse

Software

Software includedMicrosoft Works 9
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionrestore partition

Buying Information

Warrantyone year collect and return
Price£500
Detailswww.pcworld.co.uk

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