Create customized CDs or DVDs with this desktop's double-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW drive that features LightScribe technology for high-quality labels. The built-in high-speed wireless LAN allows you to easily connect to the Internet without wires.
VISION Premium Technology by AMD
For every detail to jump right off the screen when you're viewing high-definition movies and videos, playing games, converting MP3 tracks or video chatting online.
AMD Athlon II quad-core processor 630*
For true multicore performance, optimized to deliver the benefits of Windows 7. AMD PowerNow! 3.0 and Cool'n'Quiet technologies for a cool, quiet and energy-efficient PC.
4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM
For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible media. Also supports DVD-RAM and LightScribe direct-disc labels using compatible LightScribe media.
2MB L2 cache memory
For efficient system processing.
750GB Serial ATA hard drive (7200 rpm)
Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.
ATI Radeon HD 4200 graphics
Features up to 1919MB total available graphics memory as allocated by Windows 7 for lush images.
15-in-1 media reader
Supports SmartMedia, xD-Picture Card, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, miniSD, CompactFlash I, CompactFlash II, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo and Memory Stick PRO Duo formats.
Also supports Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard, MultiMediaCard mobile and MultiMediaCard Plus formats.
6 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital data transfer and easy peripheral connectivity.
Built-in wireless LAN (802.11b/g/n)
Connect to the Internet without wires.
Built-in 10/100Base-T Ethernet networking interface
For a simple wired Web connection.
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled
Provides a stable platform for word processing, Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more.
Software package included
With Cyberlink DVD Suite Deluxe, HP MediaSmart Software Suite and more. Microsoft Office 2010 Starter also included (product key card required for activation; sold separately).
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Tablets have grown immensely in popularity over the past several years. This has caused a variety of manufacturers to begin making them. At the same time, it has made buying one a more difficult task as there is more to choose from. With some simple tips for buying a tablet, however, you can feel more confident about your decision.
1. What will you use it for?
Tablets are very multifunctional devices that can be used for a variety of different purposes. For example, some businesses rely on tablets to make inventory-taking a much easier process. And some people buy tablets just to watch movies in bed. Knowing what you'll use your tablet for will help you to decide what features are important to you. For example, is constant access to the internet a necessity? Will you want to someday increase the storage capabilities of the tablet? When you shop with the answers to these questions in mind, it can make ruling out tablets that won't work for your purposes much easier.
2. What apps does it have?
Although the answer to this question is constantly changing, if you have certain apps or types of apps that you know you'll want to use, make sure they're offered on the operating system your tablet uses. More apps can mean more functionality from your tablet, so go with an operating system that has a wide selection. More isn't always the best, however, so you shouldn't simply choose the manufacturer with the most apps (Apple, right now) and go with them. Just make sure you have the variety you need in the type of apps you plan to use.
3. Price doesn't always predict quality
As is the case with most products, just because you pay more for a tablet doesn't mean it's of the highest quality. Some companies, like Amazon, have been able to offer tablets for a low price because they know they'll make money from additional purchases (e.g. books, apps, etc.). Yet their tablet is still a very high-quality product.
4. Size matters
It will matter to you in one way or another, whether it is that you want a tablet of a certain size or want to pay a certain price for your tablet. The smallest tablets are around 7 to 8 inches across. They are very portable and lower-priced than larger models. Medium tablets range from 9 to 10 inches; most tablets fall into this size category. They have higher resolutions screens than the smaller tablets and are better for watching movies or television. There aren't many tablets over 10 inches available now but they are becoming more popular. Many manufacturers call them hybrids because they offer the processing power of a PC but the touch screen of a tablet.
5. Screen resolution
The highest resolution available right now is 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, but you don't need to go that high to have a clear picture. You should test your tablet out, however, and make sure the resolution is to your liking before you make the purchase.