HP 110-010xt Budget Desktop PC Review

HP 110
Hewlett-Packard Company

It is no longer possible to find the HP 110 series of desktops as they have been discontinued by HP. They still offer newer low-cost Pavilion desktop systems. If you are looking for a new budget desktop system, check out my Best Desktops Under $400 for a more current list. Remember that all of these systems do no include a monitor so you can also look at my Best 24-inch LCD Monitors for a low-cost display to complete the system.

The Bottom Line

Sep 30 2013 - The HP 110-010xt offers a different experience when it comes to budget class systems by allowing customers to customize the system at the time of purchase. While this is certainly a nice feature, it ends up falling flat as most of the upgrade options end up costing the consumer more than if they did it themselves after purchase. At least this is one of the few traditional desktop towers that features Wi-Fi that its competitors still seem to ignore.

Pros

  • Customizable
  • Wireless Networking

Cons

  • No USB 3.0 Ports
  • Most Customization Options Too Expensive

Description

  • Intel Pentium G2020T Dual Core Processor
  • 4GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual Layer DVD Burner
  • Intel HD Graphics 2500 Integrated Graphics
  • Intel HDA 5.1 Audio
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
  • Six USB 2.0 Ports, VGA, DVI, 6-in-1 Card Reader
  • Windows 8

Review - HP 110-010xt

Sep 30 2013 - HP's 110 is the companies latest low-cost desktop system design that keeps with the traditional desktop tower look.

The HP 110-010xt is actually one of the more expensive of the systems with a full Intel platform that isn't watered down to create an even more affordable option but with very limited performance. This is a customizable system which means that buyers have the option of adjusting a number of specifications at the time of order.

Like many budget systems, the HP 110-010xt uses a slightly older platform when it comes to processors. The base system is powered by the Intel Pentium G2020T dual-core processor which is based on the same Ivy Bridge as the 3rd generation Intel Core i processors. It doesn't have the same clock speed or Hyper-Threading that the Core i3 but still provides good enough performance for the average user that mainly uses their PC to browse the web, watch media and use productivity software. You can upgrade to the Core i3 processors but the price is quite high. The system comes with 4GB of memory which provides a smooth enough experience with Windows 8. It should be noted that the system has two memory slots and it is configured with a single 4GB module meaning that it is quite easy to upgrade the memory by purchasing and adding a second 4GB memory module.

Storage for the HP 110-010xt is pretty typical of a desktop system at its starting price point. It features a 500GB hard drive for storing applications data and media files. Most systems are moving to the larger one terabyte drives but they price tags closer to $400 than $350. HP does offer the ability to upgrades the drive to one terabyte for $50 which still keeps the price just under $400 and is the one recommended system upgrade.

Why? Because the system still relies on the older USB 2.0 peripheral ports rather than the newer USB 3.0 which means that external storage won't be as fast as an internal drive. HP also includes a dual-layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.

The HP 110-010xt uses the Intel HD 2500 Graphics that are built into the Pentium processor. This is a relatively old version of the Intel graphics solution that has very limited performance especially when it comes to 3D graphics. This is not something that you would want to use for PC gaming as it struggles even with older games at low resolutions.

The graphics processor does provide some acceleration for media encoding when used with Quick Sync enabled applications but it still falls short of Intel's newer graphics. Now there is an available PCI-Express graphics card slot in the system for installing a dedicated video card. The drawback here is that the power supply in the system is extremely limited such that only the most basic graphics cards that don't really require additional power. In fact, the graphics is not even one of the things that HP allows to be upgraded at the time of purchase.

HP was one of the first major companies to really start offering Wi-Fi networking standard on their desktop systems. The HP 110-010xt is no different and features an 802.11b/g/n wireless network which is still somewhat uncommon on many of the budget class systems. The only real downside is that it uses just the 2.4GHz spectrum and is not dual-band to also use 5GHz

While the system is customizable via HP's website, it should be noted that many of the upgrades that can be purchase will push the price of the system up over $400 quite quickly. A great example of this was the memory. To move from 4GB to 6GB of memory costs $60 at the time of writing. That is almost as much as the cost of buying a new 8GB memory kit to replace the existing memory. This makes the customization option less useful when it can be less expensive to just buy the parts and upgrade after the purchase for many of the parts.

With a starting price of $350, the HP 110-010xt is one of the least expensive traditional tower desktop PCs available on the market.

The primary competition at this price point comes from the ASUS CM1735 and the Lenovo H535 which are both slightly more expensive and use the AMD platform rather than Intel. The ASUS CM1735 uses the A6-3620 which is an older quad-core processor that offers a bit more performance and also features a terabyte hard drive. The Lenovo H535 uses a newer A6-5400K with 6GB of memory for the best performance in this price range. It also features a one terabyte hard drive. What both lack which the HP does offer though is wireless networking.