This is a full review of the HP 2000 series PC. I bought this PC a little more than a month ago to replace the old HP G62 series that is going bad. As for this PC, it would not have been my first choice, or even in a top 5. That is not to say this system is bad for its purpose, just that it does not meet my purpose fully.
This system as purchased from Office Depot has an Intel Pentium Class 2.4Ghz CPU, running with 4GB of memory, integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics, a 5400 RPM 500GB hard drive, and a DVD Writer. The system has a keyboard with no numeric pad, and a touch pad in the center of the system below the keyboard. There is a 15.6” LCD screen with a 1.3MP webcam. It has a 1GBPS LAN, Wifi-N, HDMI-Out (plugs into a TV or screen), audio-in, and audio-out as well as an SD card reader. There are two additional USB ports on the right hand side with the optical drive. All USB ports are 2.0. As for the Operating System, it runs Microsoft Windows 8, and one could use a 32GB or larger USB thumb drive to move the restore partition to the thumb drive. Since the thumb drive is only for the partition, I will suggest not wasting money by using a 64GB.
As for software, it comes with the normal S**tware that comes with all HP PCs including Norton. Since I might use my PC to watch movies, I have chosen to keep the Cyberlink software on it. HP Games are worthless in my opinion, while the Assistant package does help, especially in making sure the drivers are updated.
There is no Bluetooth. Personally, I feel new computers should come with Bluetooth especially when you look at HP configuration site, and adding Bluetooth is usually about $15. There is also no back lit keyboard which has been a pain as well. Last, I would have preferred to have an SSD even at just 256GB rather then the slowest SATA hard drive possible.
As mentioned, this system is not a high performer. The best feature was the cost. I was able to get it on sale and with S&H/Taxes, I paid about $400. While this is a major cost to me living on SSI, this should be tolerable for most people. It will play videos, and function as a productivity machine, don’t expect any screaming performance though.
One can’t complain too much with a price tag of just $400. However, there is a lot to be desired. There is no Bluetooth which means if I wanted to use headphones, or a bluetooth keyboard, I will have to buy an external dongle that will consume one of my 3 USB ports.
The graphics while it works for movies, and basic functions has failed to perform for all of my needs. A virtual reality client chokes with this system, and therefore any real gaming (if you’re into that) is out of the question. The fact there is only 4GB of memory doesn’t help matters neither. There is a maximum potential of 16GB, but this will be a cost of about $125 in upgrades.
No backlit keyboard. This means I better have enough light to position my fingers to where they have to go, and use my knowledge of the QWERTY design keyboard to type as needed. Obviously, I have full vision during the day time, but I am writing this post at 6:30AM before the sun comes up enough to bring light in the apartment.
The hard drive capacity is sufficient, however the speed is not. It’s a 5400 RPM hard drive which will mean it will take longer to start up, and fully load. It will also take longer to start applications that don’t run often, or are very large. If HP didn’t want to install an SSD, fine – but at least provide a 7200 RPM drive instead, even if it must be a slightly smaller drive.
Windows 8 is another major flaw. I personally consider the OS as half-baked, and unsuitable to get anything real accomplished. In the preferred tiled UI that Microsoft wants to push everyone to has multitasking similar to a smart phone. They only way you can work with 2 applications at the same time is in a 1/3-2/3 or 2/3-1/3 split. If you want a 50/50 split – you’re SOL. Want to be more productive, than you have to jump into the desktop environment which makes the tiled (as I call Fisher Price) interface unusable. This may work well for slate tablets, bus most computers are not slate, nor even touch screen. This has forced me to purchase a shell program that will force Windows to load in the desktop environment, and place a button similar to function as the Start Button in older versions.
The design and port layout is not the best in my opinion. However, I have yet to find my ideal solution on port layouts. USB 3 would have been nice especially since it has been a standard for enough time. And since this system has no e-SATA, there is no true high speed port.
The space bar on the keyboard squeaks when you press it sometimes. This is an annoyance to say the least. While I am sure this is not a flaw on all of these models, I can’t send it in as I have no other PC.
If you are on a tight budget, and willing to compromise, this is a good enough system for basic work. However, with the rise of the newer systems, this one will likely be obsolete in a couple of years. USB 2 will not be on any machine, and Thunderbolt might even replace the need for HDMI. I will also like to hope there will be a standard for SSD as storage. Bluetooth, and Wifi-AC should also be predominant in all systems, as well as a touch screen. All of these things are lacking in the HP 2000. If you want a machine that will be functional with tomorrow’s technology, this is not it. And yes, you can upgrade the drive, and memory, but that seems to be about all.