Top critical review
Decent home system.
on November 28, 2008
I purchased this PC a year or two ago from Best Buy, as my previous custom PC had been utterly destroyed in a heavy lightning storm. The only reason I bought this was its cheap price. being a minimum wage earning college student, I had to settle with what I could afford so that I could continue doing my school work and side business projects.
When you receive the SR2010NX, you also receive a host of HP Games and Trial Offers, all of which are simple to remove yourself, so it's no big deal. You'll also want to delete many of the Start Up entries, so this puppy isn't bogged down upon load up.
As far as overall performance goes, she handles OKAY if you're running things like MS Office, Firefox, and such. As soon as you start packing on the big boys though (iTunes, Adobe Photoshop, and mid range video games even on low graphics settings) this computer will rip you a whole new black hole of stress and anger. Think of the SR2010NX as a 2002 Honda Civic. You get it because you either don't need performance, or you can't afford performance. It gets you from A to B, it's comfortable, and it makes a great low profile family machine. I, on the other hand, use programs like Adobe CS, Firefox, and iTunes all at once, and I have video games that this Civic can't handle at all, and to make matters worse, this poor thing can only be upgraded to 2GB of SDRAM.
I am currently saving up, slowly but surely, for a replacement PC, custom built by yours truly that can handle my intensive daily regimen without constantly freezing and crashing programs (as the SR2010NX does). In essence, I'll be trading my trusty old Civic in for a 2009 Pontiac G8. Yum.
If you're looking for a PC that can handle the basics, and/or you are low on budget, this is a fine computer to get you by. If you need to crank more out of your machine however, you will be quickly disappointed and wracked with buyer's remorse. Get by for just a couple more months on a friend's PC or your college's computer room, and save up just a little more for something better.