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HP Pavillion MS228uk review

HP Pavillion MS228uk
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £500
inc VAT

This all-in-one PC has everything you need for basic computing, but is underpowered for the price.


1.6GHz AMD Athlon II X2 250u, 4.000000 RAM, 18.5in 1,366×768 display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

HP’s Pavillion MS228uk is a compact and surprisingly unobtrusive all-in-one PC. It’s not big enough to replace the TV in your sitting room and it doesn’t have extra features like a touchscreen or even a wireless keyboard and mouse. But all this helps make it relatively inexpensive.

The 18.5in screen, although small by current standards, is bright, with rich, accurate colours and a non-reflective finish. Unlike some budget net-top all-in-one PCs, the MS228uk comes compete with a DVD RW drive, so you’ll have no trouble installing software or watching movies. There also a memory card reader for uploading your photos. The 500GB hard disk isn’t as big as we’d like from a desktop system, but it’s in line with a lot of all-in-one PCs.

Unfortunately, once you’ve scratched the surface, the MS228uk starts to look far less appealing. The 18.5in integrated display might be widescreen, but it’s certainly not high definition, with a resolution of just 1,366×768. This means you have no more desktop space than a far smaller laptop. That said, the screen itself is bright with vibrant colours and even backlighting.

The ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics chipset can handle 1080p HD video, but there’s no DVI or HDMI output, so you can’t hook it up to your TV to make the most of this. The onboard audio is limited to 2.1 stereo – there are two line outputs and a mic input, but these can’t be reassigned as 5.1 audio outputs.

Due to the limitations of the 1,366×768 screen resolution, we were unable to run our usual 1,680×1,050 tests of CoD4 and Crysis. Instead, we ran them at the Pavilion’s maximum resolution, which produced frame rates of just 3fps in CoD4 and 1.5fps in Crysis. You’re unlikely to be able to play anything much more demanding than a game of mah-jong.

The MS228uk is highly energy efficient, with a standby power consumption of 2.7W and idle consumption of 48W. This is thanks to its energy-efficient dual-core AMD Athlon II X2 250u processor. Unfortunately it’s one of AMD’s least powerful processors too; though there’s 4GB of RAM fitted which should be sufficient for any task you’d want to undertake on a PC this powerful. As might be guessed from this modest specification, the MS228uk doesn’t perform at all well, even by the standard of cheap all-in-one PCs, with an overall score of just 42 in our benchmark tests.

Although its wired and wireless networking capabilities aren’t exactly cutting edge, the 10/100 Ethernet port and 802.11b/g integrated wireless adaptor shouldn’t be a problem unless you regularly copy large files over your network.

The MS228uk isn’t without its charms. It looks good, is power efficient and has a great screen. Despite a few nice touches, it’s poor value for money. Similarly-priced laptop or desktop systems can provide significantly better performance for the money. If you have your heart set on an all-in-one, then you really need to spend more to get something decent. The Asus ET2203T (see Labs, Shopper 266) costs almost £250 more but is a full entertainment PC, with a 22in HD screen and a Blu-ray drive.

Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor AMD Athlon II X2 250u
Processor external bus 200MHz (1.6GHz HyperTransport)
Processor multiplier x8
Processor clock speed 1.6GHz
Processor socket AM3
Level 1 cache 3x 128KB
Level 2 cache 2x 512KB
Memory 4.000000
Memory type PC2-6400
Maximum memory 4GB
Motherboard Quanta CaprionaD
Motherboard chipset AMD 780G


USB2 ports (front/rear) 2/4
Firewire ports (front/rear) 0/0
eSATA ports (front/rear) 0/0
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11b/g
Other ports none

Internal Expansion

Case all-in-one
PCI-E x1 slots (free) 1 (0)
PCI-E x16 slots (free) 0 (0)
Free Serial ATA ports 0
Free memory slots 0
Free 3.5in drive bays 0

Hard Disk

Hard disk model(s) Western Digital Caviar (00AAKS-65A7B2)
Interface SATA 300
Total storage capacity 500GB
Spindle speed 7,200rpm


Graphics card(s) ATI Radeon HD 3200
Graphics/video ports none


Sound Realtec ALC269
Sound outputs 2x stereo line out, mic in
Speakers integrated

Removable Drives

3.5in floppy drive no
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro, xD
Optical drive model HL-DT-ST GT20L
Optical drive type(s) DVD+/-RW +/-DL


Viewable size 18.5 in
Screen model integrated
Native resolution 1,366×768
Screen inputs none

Other Hardware

Modem No
Keyboard HP KU-0841 wired keyboard
Mouse HP M-U0009-HP1 wired optical mouse


Software included Cyberlink DVD Suite 6, Micrisoft Works 9
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition, restore disc

Buying Information

Warranty one year collect and return
Price £500

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