Advantages when it worked it was fast and efficient and it looked sleek and stylish.....
Disadvantages It 'died' after 14 months!
Back in November 2008 I was on the lookout for a new desktop PC for use at home. I didn’t have a long list of requirements my main one being a machine that would get me online quickly, efficiently and without any fuss. I have had various PCs over the course of my 15 years online and one of my earliest computers that I first bought was a Hewlett Packard which I had been pleased with. So with this in mind and whilst browsing the selection available at PC World I noticed this, the Slimline Pavilion S3541 from HP priced at a reasonable £449.99. Bearing in mind my past positive experience and with the price being roughly in the middle of my budget I bought it, brought it home and set it up.The first thing about the 3500 series of computers from HP that you can’t fail to notice is the size of them. Measuring up at roughly a third of the size of a traditional desktop PC its dimensions appealed to me. It had a 10.7cm width, 35.2cm depth and 27.6cm height and only weighed 8.5 kgs. It had a sleek, black appearance with flashing azure lights which I did find to be quite fancy and as I was looking for a new, smaller desk for at home this computer made my choices of suitable locations perfect and overall I was delighted with my purchase.
A DVD rewriter was included in the specifications, a graphics card and really everything else that you would expect in a brand new, up-to-date PC. It had Windows Vista already installed and was good to go from the moment it sprung to life when switched on. All was going great for 14 months until one day, back in February this year my computer died. Out of the blue, whilst I was on the internet my computer ‘blue screened’ and up came a warning that the memory had corrupted. I tried to run system diagnostics to pin point where the problem was but the test failed to run.
Instead I took my computer to an independent, well established (and frequently visited) computer stockist who said they would run various tests and try and pinpoint what the actual problem was and so I left it in their capable hands.
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