HP Pavilion Wave review
Last Updated on October 4, 2021 by Daniel Osakwe
PCs such as the HP Pavilion Wave are anything but bland and boxy. A TV connected to this system in your living room, bedroom, or office could serve as the entertainment hub of your home. An innovative desktop that features neutral styling, a complete desktop, and a B&O speaker is the star of the show.
Design and Features
It resembles a vertically oriented triangular tube, like a Toblerone chocolate box, but it is rounded. There’s no doubt that its body is more angular than the circular bodies of Apple Mac Pro or MSI Vortex. The side panels are wrapped with dark gray acoustic fabric because they’re meant to evoke the look of high-end audio equipment.
As a result, the system looks much like a speaker you’d find at a Bang & Olufsen store in an upscale shopping mall. This makes it an attractive-looking speaker that can be left outside. With dimensions of 9.25 by 6.62 by 6.81 inches (HWD) and a weight of just over 6 pounds, the Pavilion Wave is easy to move from room to room. Using dual-array microphones, it projects sound into the room via its triangular top, which has an open space surrounding it.
When using Windows 10, you can ask Cortana to read your schedule, search the Web or play music. Besides being optimized for Skype sessions, the microphones can also be used to talk to family members who live in other parts of the world over Facebook Messenger.
A medium-sized room can be filled with clear sound thanks to the speaker built into the unit. In general, the Pavilion Wave doesn’t have a lot of basses, but it’s tuned to make the most of its size, and it sounds good in general.
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With its single USB 3.0 port and headset jack stand, the Pavilion Wave features B&O branding and is ready to connect headphones and USB memory sticks, for example. DisplayPort, Ethernet, HDMI, Kensington lock port, Power jack for the AC adapter, SD card reader, USB-C port, two USB 3.0 ports, and Power button are located on the back panel.
Despite our preference to have the SD card slot on the front panel, we recommend the Pavilion Wave as it has a good set of I/O ports. HDMI and DisplayPort ports both support simultaneous use of two full HD or 4K displays. Wireless connectivity is provided by dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.
A lot of components make up the inside of the system. The base model comes with the Intel Core i3-6100T or i5-6300T processor, 8GB of memory (upgradable to 16GB), and a 1TB 7,200rpm hard drive. Additionally, SSDs and AMD Radeon R9 M470 discrete graphics are options based on configuration. For efficient air cooling, three vertical panels hold the motherboard and components vertically.
Our final recommendations will be based on our review of the Pavilion Wave later this year, but from our brief hands-on time, it appears like the desktop you’d choose if you monitor your kids’ online activity regularly or if you want a computer for entertainment and Skype calls with grandparents. It’s a great fit for the rooms in your house that you spend a lot of time in, and if you connect it to a large screen, you can share music, photos, and videos much easier than with a laptop or mobile device.
|Dual microphones for Skype and Cortana.||SD card slot inconveniently located on the back panel.|
|Compact form factor.|
With HP Pavilion Wave, your home becomes a communication and entertainment hub that combines the power of the desktop PC with the latest audio technology.