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HP Pavilion Mini 300
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HP Pavilion Mini 300 2 Core Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.2GHz 8GB

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2 Intel Core I5-5xxx 2.2GHz 8GB Sep 2015
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Primed for productivity with Windows 10, a powerful Intel processor, plenty of hard drive storage, and dual monitor support. Small and cool enough to be kept in a cabinet, yet cute enough to show... More
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Three Industry Awards

The editors of three expert review sites all thought that this personal computer was good. Computershopper.com gave this HP PC a "Good For Families" award, 01net.com gave it a "4 Star" award and it received a "Best in Test" award from Pcforalla.idg.se.

Expert Reviews Are Average

Sixteen experts from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and PC Mag have rated this PC on average 72%.

Good Owner Reviews

On average, Pavilion Mini 300 owners rated this desktop computer 89 out of 100.

Good Size

A few customers concluded that it was compact. Colin Michael Cartwright rated the product as very good and he said in his HP Pavilion Mini 300 review “Nice and compact”. Last year expert website Computershopper.com mentioned in their review of the HP Pavilion Mini 300 “A cross between a compact desktop and an HTPC”. Expert review site Alphr.com wrote in their review “In the face of declining sales, manufacturers have been fighting back with a slew of minimalist compact boxes” but they only scored it 60 out of 100.

Nice Design

A number of people wrote in their reviews that it was neat. Andreas Iacovou mentioned in his review on Amazon “Four stars because it is a really neat good looking and compact package with decent connectivity” and rated the HP Pavilion Mini 300 80 out of 100.

One HP Pavilion Mini 300 reviewer said in their reviews that it was good looking. Trustedreviews.com wrote in their review on expert website Trusted Reviews “The Pavilion is a small, stylish box that takes up barely any of you”. One HP Pavilion Mini 300 owner wrote in their reviews that the product was a good design. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “This classy design is matched only by the Mac Mini, whic” in their review of this PC.

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Easy to Use

Some HP Pavilion Mini 300 owners said that the product was easy to setup. Eileen wrote on Amazon “I am delighted with this purchase - easy to set up” in her review. In December last year John Springer said in his review of the HP Pavilion Mini 300 on Amazon “Easy to set up on powering up for first time”.

Acceptable Noise Level

Three customers considered that it was quiet. P.finey mentioned on Amazon “The unit itself runs silent & cold”. Techradar.com said in their review on expert review site Techradar “A small, quiet and energy efficient desktop”. Expert review site Alphr.com mentioned in December last year “A quiet revolution has been taking place in the world of desktop PCs over the past year or so” in their review of this PC.

Robust

A few HP Pavilion Mini 300 reviewers agreed that it was well made. Gordon Modyor wrote on Amazon in December last year “Seems well put together, quick enough for what I wanted which was to use it as a media server / tv streamer”. In the same month Techradar.com/au/ wrote “If you want a small, pretty desktop that has a ton of storage space and a solid amount of ports”. Techradar.com/au/ also mentioned “The HP Pavilion Mini is a solid bet”.

Good Connectivity

One HP Pavilion Mini 300 owner wrote in their reviews that the product was good in terms of connectivity.

One person reckoned that the HP Pavilion Mini 300 was good in terms of HDMI connections. Last year expert website Computershopper.com said “The Pavilion Mini can be a dual-monitor desk workstation (it has both HDMI and DisplayPort outputs).”.

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Reasonably Priced

Some people reckoned that the HP Pavilion Mini 300 was a bargain for the price. Last year Mr Brian Lunt mentioned in his review of the HP Pavilion Mini 300 “Excellent it is I deal for what I want”.

One HP Pavilion Mini 300 reviewer who purchased this PC concluded that it was cheap. Pcmag.com mentioned in their HP Pavilion Mini 300 review on expert review site PC Mag “The HP Pavilion Mini ($449) is a budget desktop PC that fits neatly behind a HDTV or monitor”.

One customer thought the product was good value for money. Expert review site Techradar.com said in their review of this PC “The small-footprint desktop computer market features a wide range of affordable options”.

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Large Storage Capacity

A number of customers who purchased this PC thought it had good storage. Cnet.com mentioned in their review of this PC on expert website CNET.com “The HP Pavilion Mini focuses on big storage over fast performance”.

HP Computers Have Good Reviews

HP has good average ratings for its few processor core computers as well as across its entire computer range compared to other brands.

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Good Environmental Credentials

One person said in their reviews that this PC was good in terms of power usage.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many desktop computers of this spec and age.

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Very Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

The average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of computers of this age and type is 3.1GB. At 16 gigabytes, the Pavilion Mini 300 has a fairly big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Pavilion Mini 300.

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

Computers of a comparable age and spec to the Pavilion Mini 300 have hard drive capacity of between 320GB and 2TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 650GB. With a hard drive capacity of 1,000 gigabyte, the Pavilion Mini 300 has one of the bigger hard drive capacity amongst comparable spec desktop computers of this age.

Personal computers with a bigger hard drive capacity that might also be worth considering include the Acer Revo One RL85 (£299.99) (2TB and higher rated).

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The Pavilion Mini 300 has one of the bigger internal memory (8 gigabytes) amongst few processor core computers of this age. Across all the computers of a comparable type and age to the Pavilion Mini 300 the internal memory range from 2GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 4.7GB.

Other 8GB memory computers currently available that you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Asus GR8.

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10/100/1000Base-T(X) Cabling Technology

This personal computer has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is typical of many similar spec computers that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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DDR3L-SDRAM Internal Memory Type

The Pavilion Mini 300 has a DDR3L-SDRAM internal memory type which is newer than the DDR3-SDRAM internal memory type found on most few processor core computers that are a comparable age to it. The best internal memory type of all few processor core computers that are a similar age to the Pavilion Mini 300 is DDR4-SDRAM and the worst is DDR3-SDRAM.

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Very Shallow

Few processor core computers that are a similar age to the Pavilion Mini 300 have depths of between 33mm and 1,100mm. The HP Pavilion Mini 300 is quite shallow (only 145 millimeters) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been around for a comparable time to the Pavilion Mini 300.

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Light

Few processor core computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Pavilion Mini 300 have weights of between 140g and 14kg, and the average weight is 4.3kg. When compared to other few processor core computers that were launched around the same time as the Pavilion Mini 300 that we have assessed, the weight of the Pavilion Mini 300 of only 145 grams is one of the lightest.

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5 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of only 900 megahertz, the Pavilion Mini 300 has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other personal computers of a similar age and type to the Pavilion Mini 300. The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of personal computers of this type and age is 750MHz and the fastest is 1,200MHz.

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Quite Small Max Internal Memory Supported Processor

Computers of a similar type and age to the Pavilion Mini 300 have max internal memory supported processors of between 4GB and 64GB, and the average max internal memory supported processor is 27GB. The Pavilion Mini 300 has a fairly small max internal memory supported processor (only 16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been on the market for a similar time to the Pavilion Mini 300.

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Very Slow Hard Drive Speed

The slowest hard drive speed of personal computers that are a comparable age to the Pavilion Mini 300 is 5,400 RPM, the fastest is 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 7,000 RPM. At only 5,400 revolutions per minute, the Pavilion Mini 300 has a quite slow hard drive speed compared to most of the other few processor core computers that have been available for a similar time to the Pavilion Mini 300.

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Only Has One Memory Slot

The HP Pavilion Mini 300 has a greater number of memory slots than most few processor core computers that were launched more than a year ago. The most commonly found memory slot is 2x DIMM, but this memory slot is not found on this desktop computer. The memory slots 1x DIMM are also found on this computer.

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Very Wide

The average width of desktop computers that were released around the same time as the Pavilion Mini 300 is 180mm, and the widths range from 29mm to 660mm. With a width of 660 millimeters, the HP Pavilion Mini 300's width is one of the widest amongst few processor core computers that were released around the same time as the Pavilion Mini 300.

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2 Other reasons to consider the HP Pavilion Mini 300

Released Over a Year Ago

HP released the Pavilion Mini 300 over a year ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

The Pavilion Mini 300 has a fairly average processor clock speed (2.2 gigahertz) compared to most of the other computers that were launched more than a year ago.

If you would prefer a computer with a faster processor clock speed then you might want to consider the Zotac Zotac (2.9GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Integrated Card Reader
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DisplayPort
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Combo Headphone/mic Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
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Intell Identity Protection Technology
Intel Quick Sync Videotechnology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel FDI Technology
Idle States
OS Guard
Intel Insider
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Thermal Monitoring Technology
Execute Disable Bit
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
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Intel Clear Video Technology for MID
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Intel Virtualization Technology

3 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(22)
12 August 2015

A classy mini PC with room for expansion, but very strong rivals means its appeal is limited...

4 August 2015

Sadly, the HP Pavilion mini desktop isn't as slick as it looks...

11 June 2015

At £350, the HP Pavilion Mini is a cheaper option than the Apple Mac mini, but is it cheap enough? The cheapest Mac mini may be £50 more expensive, but it boasts a beefier Core i5 with faster...

20 April 2015

Everyone is used to the portability of a laptop, a tablet, etc. HP has taken power and minimal footprint to a new level with the HP Pavilion Mini. Mini is a key word. It is a full powered computer... Read more…

26 February 2015

Though it looks more like a streaming box than a desktop, the HP Pavilion Mini offers more full-fledged PC goodness than you'll get from a Roku or Chromebox. But as with all things, the added...

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User Reviews

(30)
Reviewed 24 August 2015 by Kiyoshi60

Had high expectations for this little unit but it crawls...

Reviewed 13 June 2015 by Steve "fenlander"

I bought one of these a few weeks ago when John Lewis and HP had them at

(Verified Purchase)

I too bought this as a media server. I'm familiar with windows so it seemed more sensible to get this rather than an Android box and overall I'm very pleased with it.

If like me, you... Read more…

Reviewed 2 June 2015 by A. Brown
(Verified Purchase)

Great product, fast delivery.

Reviewed 28 May 2015 by Cresto2
Cresto2 would recommend the HP Pavilion Mini 300

Wow, this box is as small as a portable dvd player. So far no issues, it's powerful enough, doesn't overheat or noisy. It fits perfectly in plain sight but is never noticed as it looks like a... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers hp ram1, hp ram1t, hp 300250, hp ram1tb, hp 300250n, hp 300250na

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