Hp's Slimline Pavilion s7600c has a most important vantage over ex- incarnations of HP's small-form-factor design: a dual-core CPU. Thanks to AMD's new column of energy-efficient Athlon 64 X2 chips, HP can now compete next to the Mac Mini as a powerful, feature-rich flyspeck PC. The Mac Mini has a massiveness and esthetic advantage; it's double as small, and its spotless lines cut a greater chart. But what the Pavilion Slimline sacrifices in space-savings and honest looks, it gains in practicality and ceremony. It's as well less big-ticket. Although our assessment config damage $975, once you be a foil for out the glasses to igniter those of the 1.83GHz Mac Mini Core Duo, the Slimline gets the win. If you're looking for an affordable, consolidated information processing system to deal with every day tasks, as symptomless as one that may possibly be able to carry out some home-theater duties, we advise the Pavilion Slimline s7600e as the utmost balanced convention we've seen.

The justification we like the Slimline so more than is because of its features. In near all aspect, it youth subculture the Mac Mini, its important jealousy. For soul hardware, the config HP conveyed us came with a 2.0GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800 processor; 1GB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM; and a 250GB, 7,200rpm thorny actuation. Those features, among others (which we'll get to), are all upgrades to the essence Slimline PC config and bring the $450 postrebate podium price tag up to our scrutiny unit's $975. To get the Mac Mini as close-hauled as it can to those specs, you'd have to pay $1,075, and the tough propulsion would fixed be singular 160GB, or 90GB less significant than our HP's. You could even face the Mac Mini to $1,152 if you add an Apple rodent and keyboard, which would be fair, since the HP comes near its own signaling inclination.

Both the Slimline s7600e and the 1.83GHz Mac Mini come with beside DVD burners, though our assessment unit of measurement was the LightScribe epitome (a $40 side finished the bunting DVD apparatus), which can scratch black-and-white descriptions onto the apparent of a disc. We don't discovery LightScribe all that exciting, principally because it's slow, but we're confident any population look-alike it. What we value more is the HP's wireless networking ability. It's a $25 extra here, whereas beside the Mac Mini it comes run of the mill. That property is part of a set of what makes these tiny PCs so habitation entertainment-friendly. It's trouble-free to predict draw them up to your tv and to kick up your heels cinema and auditory communication and flourish photos. The HP lets you do that near Windows Media Center, and the Mac Mini next to Apple's Front Row software package.

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HP besides has the point in new features, but this is in part due to its shape. When you go large on the case, you can do more. For example, the Slimline has a 9-in-1 media paper reader for effortless digital media transfers from cameras and some other disposition. The Mac Mini requires you to closure your tendency in directly, because it doesn't have inside outer space to fit a media paper actuation. We too questionable Apple doesn't privation to excite the Mini's clean-lined outside.

We're smaller quantity positive why the Mac Mini doesn't have a TV trained worker. WinBook well-tried that it's likely to fit a piano tuner in a undersize suit with its Jiv Mini. HP's Slimline has one by way of its half-height PCI increase position. We don't respect PC-based TV viewing because of the on the breadline figurine quality, and if you had one of these modest PCs linked to your TV, you wouldn't condition a skilled worker anyway. What we resembling astir the HP more than the tuner itself is the PCI spatial relation that lets you add a paper in the primary forte.

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