Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Review: HP Pavilion Elite e9120f:
As impressed as we have been by 2009's small-form-factor budget desktops, such as the $500 Gateway SX2800-01, they typically lack upgrade potential—one of the main reasons many still choose desktop PCs over laptops. A traditional tower desktop like the HP Pavilion Elite e9120f remains a great choice if you're looking for a solid balance of performance and price in a system that also has room to grow with your needs. While its $739.99 price is in the upper range of what we consider a budget PC these days, it's a highly capable all-around mainstream computer. (At time of our review, the system was sold direct from HP, and the price reflected an $80 instant rebate.) It's a good value, too: With the exception of 3D-gaming performance, the e9120f is at least as fast as, if not a bit speedier than, the $919.99 HP Pavilion Elite m9550f we looked at in March...