Newest Hp Pavilion Mini Desktop (Intel Dual Core Processor 1.7 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 500
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Newest Hp Pavilion Mini Desktop (Intel Dual Core Processor 1.7 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, USB 3.0, Bluetooth, HDMI, Windows 8.1)
Product specifications See below for important legal information HP Data Sheet View Document Operating system Windows 8.1 64 Processor Intel® Pentium® 3558U with Intel HD Graphics (1.7 GHz, 2 MB cache, 2 cores) Graphics Intel HD Graphics Memory 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L (1 x 4 GB) Maximum memory Upgradeable to 16 GB Memory slots 2 SODIMM Hard drive 500 GB 7200 rpm SATA Memory card device 3-in-1 memory card reader Network interface Integrated 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet LAN Wireless 802.11b/g/
- Intel? Pentium? 3558U with Intel HD Graphics (1.7 GHz, 2 MB cache, 2 cores)Graphics (1.7 GHz, 2 MB cache, 2 cores)
- 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM, 500GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
- 802.11b/g/n (1x1) and Bluetooth? 4.0 combo, 4 USB 3.0, 1 headphone/microphone combo
- 3-in-1 memory card reader, Integrated 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet LAN, DisplayPort, HDMI, Tiny size, only weighs 1.47 lbs, 2 inch tall
- Windows 8.1 64 bit, Upgrade to Windows 10 for free
Enter the HP Pavilion Mini. Because it is a PC, there's nothing it can't do. Netflix? Easy, just go to netflix.com in a browser, then expand the screen. Done. Amazon Prime? Same thing. NHL GameCenter? No problem - same thing. What about streaming wonky file formats from a NAS or USB drive? I just downloaded a media player called VLC (free) which can handle just about anything, and for hi-resolution music (FLAC files at or above 16-bit/44 kHz), I use a paid software called JRiver, but even then, one doesn't need to pay anything to play those types of files. This thing hooks up to a TV with a HDMI cable and comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse. You're good to go right out of the box.
I read online that a few modest changes to the PC will make it even faster, longer lasting, and more responsive. However, one does NOT need to do any of what I did below in order to use this as a HTPC or streaming box. It works fine as is for TV and most applications (browsing, MS Office, etc.). Opening the PC for upgrading is a snap, and there are YouTube videos out there showing how to do it. For the modifications below, I opened the PC up, and left the cover off while I installed different components.
1. SSD vs. HDD. The unit comes with a 500 GB hard-drive (HDD) based on the 2.5" laptop standard, and it is a platter-drive. This means its read/write times are a bit slower than you might be used to with tablets. The drive is sufficiently large as is, and the OS boots up cleanly, and everything runs on it just fine. However, SSDs are much quicker, though smaller. I had the desire to minimize bootup time and speed up browsing and what not, so I bought a Transcend 256GB SSD and installed it. I recommend this modification because it will minimize the time for so many tasks. The 128 GB and 64GB varieties will also work, but I caution against going down to the 32 GB SSD. Windows will take up most of it, and you'll be left with practically no space for things like Dropbox or Google Drive or whatever. For putting the OS onto a SSD, be sure to follow these steps:
a) Upgrade to Windows 10, if it doesn't come with the PC already (mine had 8.1 on it). Write down your Windows product key code.
b) Buy a USB 3.0 compatible flash drive no less than 32 GBs in size, and create a Windows image on the flash drive.
c) Remove the USB drive, and shut everything down.
d) Open the back cover, then disconnect the plug to the HDD. You don't need to remove the drive; just let the connector hang there so the drive doesn't get power.
e) Insert the SSD in the appropriate slot. Of the two M.2 slots, I think it's the one on the right. There are YouTube videos showing where it goes if you get lost.
f) Leave the HDD unplugged. Put the USB stick back into one of the USB slots, and power up the PC. The PC will get confused because it can't find a bootable OS because you disconnected the boot drive in step d above. The OS also won't like the SSD you just put in there because it doesn't have a boot sector or an OS on it (or anything at all, really), so now it will automatically start checking other drives (this all happens in an instant). It will see a bootable OS on your flash drive, and use that...Read more