HP Slimline Compact Tower Computer model: 260-A129

Here's what I had to say the last time recommended this stationary computer

Watch the video above to hear why you should (or shouldn't) get it for yourself. This was recorded during the December 7th, 2018 live stream, so if you let the video run, you will also hear me talk about other devices you might be interested in as well.

I make new recommendations according to latest rebates every Friday, and you can see my latest picks here.

Quick Description

It might not be a powerhouse, but this compact computer will handle web browsing, social medias and videos watching just fine. It will even handle homework and some multitasking.

This is a good stationary computer for...

Other Considerations

Here are a few things about this stationary computer which could come as a surprise. For each point, you will find how to fix it (if it's an issue) and how much to budget for it. Not every point below will be a concern, but hopefully, we can keep your surprises to a minimum.

Frequently Discounted. This device gets discounted on a regular basis (63.78% of the time to be exact).

Speakerless. This stationary computer needs external speakers to play sounds. Your options are to hook it up to a TV or a monitor with built-in speakers, use external speakers or a headset.$0-$500

No Camera or Microphone. If your plans include skyping with family members, you would need a webcam or, for best results, a headset and microphone.$40-$380

Screenless. If you don't already have a monitor from your last computer, you could connect this stationary computer to a TV or get a new monitor.$115-$650

Assuming you are starting over fresh, you can expect to spend $290 on accessories.

Currently out-of-stock everywhere I've looked.

It was last seen on 2018-12-09, priced at $144.99.

Based on 588 days of observation, the HP Slimline Compact Tower Computer usually costs ~$500 in Canada. The lowest price on record for this stationary computer is $144.99.

Scroll down to find charts comparing the HP Slimline Compact Tower Computer to similar devices, to see how well it runs your favorite apps and to find where it can be bought from.

Pricing

History

Here's how this device has been priced up to now:

Sorry, this stationary computer is currently out-of-stock for every Canadian retailer I've looked at.

Look for Similarly-Priced Alternatives

Specs

Here's how the HP Slimline Compact Tower Computer ranks compared to similar devices. The more stars there are, the better (except for the price row).

The Meaty details

The Specs

Operating System: Windows
Processor: AMD A8-7410
Graphics: AMD Radeon R5 Graphics
Memory: 8.00 GB
Storage: 1 TB
Screen Size: No built-in screen.
Dimensions: 10.00 × 39.59 × 31.95 cm
Weight: 2.00 kg

The features

  • DVD
  • HDMI
  • USB 3
  • Wi-Fi b
  • Wi-Fi g
  • Wi-Fi n
  • Built-in Media Card Reader
  • USB 2
  • 3.5mm Headphone+Microphone combo jack
  • Fixed storage: 72000+ RPM hard drive (fast)
  • Bluetooth 4
  • Ethernet 10
  • Ethernet 100
  • Ethernet 1000 (Gigabit)
  • VGA
  • USB Type-A
  • Multiple Monitor Support

Repair / Upgrade Options

Score Ease of Maintenance
Memory Upgrade8/10Easy project for an enthusiast
Data Storage6/10A technician can help you with that
Graphics Upgrade0/10Can't be repaired or updated

What it's capable of

Here are the tasks this computer can handle and how easily it'll breeze through it. A 5-star rating means it should handle the task at a professional level, a 1-star rating means it can do it, but it likely won't be a pleasant experience.

Activities it will handle

  • Web & Communication

    The basics 5/5
    Design Websites 1/5
  • Audio & Visual medias

    The basics 2/5
    Music Production 1/5
    Drawing and Illustrations 2/5
    Photo Editing 1/5
    Video Editing 1/5
  • Texts & Numbers

    The basics 4/5
  • Video Games

    Casual and Mobile Games 3/5
    Enthusiast Games 0/5
    Triple-A Video Games 0/5
  • 3D and CAD

    The basics 0/5

Programs, Apps and Games it will handle

Activity ratings are good but sometimes, you want to be absolutely sure your next purchase will be able to run a specific piece of software.

A 1 star rating means the program'll be usable (according to the developer's own definition; some are more demanding than others); 3 stars mean recommended specs are met with this device; 5 stars will means you will have plenty of overhead to handle uncommon uses of that program like mods, plug-ins and more.

Web & Communication (4 / 4)

Texts & Numbers (5 / 6)

Drawing and Illustrations (6 / 8)

Audio & Visual medias (2 / 2)

3D and CAD (1 / 8)

Music Production (4 / 7)

Photo Editing (2 / 3)

Video Editing (4 / 8)

Video Games (6 / 17)

Enthusiast Games (8 / 47)

Triple-A Video Games (2 / 48)

In the same price range

For roughly the same price, you could get one of these. Anything in there sounds like a better deal?

Know someone who's looking for a stationary computer like this one?

  • Pinterest