Intel’s GMA X4500HD graphics support DirectX 10.0 and Shader Model 2.0 and share 1.2GB of main memory, according to DXdiag, hence the unusual 3GB provided. Although it’s a good GPU by embedded standards, it’s not up to discrete nVidia or ATI chips, so some games may stutter.
PCMark Vantage Results
Packard Bell oneTwo M
Longer bars are better
An overall PCMark Vantage score of 3345 is poor, even compared with some laptops and comes in somewhere at the Radeon HD3400 and GeForce 8500GT graphics level. This is also reflected in the gaming score, which is down at 1876. As you might expect, the machine is better at TV and Movies, which recorded 2501 and at Productivity, where it scored 3064.
Considering the size of the speakers in the facia below the screen, the sound is unexpectedly good, with plenty of volume and a nicely balanced frequency range. Dolby Home Theater is implemented and works well to enhance DVD content. Equipped with a 640GB, 7,200rpm Sata hard drive, the storage is enough for a couple of weeks of TV, but with only a single Freeview tuner, you will have to be viewing the channel you’re recording.
Intel gfx boo hiss
I know that they're meant to have gotten better in recent years, but I've been lumped with too many machines in the past with Intel graphics which just couldn't do much of anything in the gaming department. This machine looks really nice, but for 600 squids it's not really an "all in one" if you can't fire up a bit of the online 3D rumpety pumpety every now and then, is it?
Mother is perfectly happy with hers
Wouldn't normally go down the route of buying HP but the parents (read mother) wanted a new computer as the old one was getting slow (it was 6 years old !?!)
She wanted something that look nice (read as few cables as possible) and these were the only real choices. I have no knowledge of Macs and given I have to provide support (remotely), apple was ruled out.
Installed and get it running quickly but agree with the review about the wireless mouse and keyboard dongle - very poor instructions on this.
First ever saint bill from me as the mother quite likes Windows 7
Windows 7 not yet there
I tested the sony and acer similar computers in Mediamarkt (to the exasperation of the personnel). Truth is, I was expecting more from the windows 7 tablet pc (touch) extensions. The biggest problem is it doesn't do anything about the size of the buttons (think photoshop tools' panel or zoom with the fingers, macbook style). So it's pretty hard to close an application. Or if the application is custom skinned it might be even impossible to do it by touch-click. I would have also expected that there are special gestures and things that are translated directly by the OS to clicks or keyboard events, whichever. But there doesn't seem to be.
As the author says, same problem is none of monitors can be laid down without some kind of self built contraption, and after about 20-30 minutes the RSS starts to manifest.
I was pondering to get one of these touch computers, but the software is not yet there. Maybe mac will bring a better thought alternative - I'll stay on the lookout. Maybe in support package 2 for w7.
Is the correct pronunciation...
"Packard Hell"? I shudder at the memories of skanky "all in one PCs" that you'd discover when managers went technology shopping for themselves.
Wow, i thought they passed on years ago (wish they had).