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HP Pavilion Elite m9520f

HP Pavilion Elite m9520f
alaScore 75

98 reviews

Oct, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 98 reviews of HP Pavilion Elite m9520f. The average rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Media Centers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Media Centers the HP Pavilion Elite m9520f is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 93 user reviews of HP Pavilion Elite m9520f from The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Media Centers on

61% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: HP Pavilion Elite M9520F Desktop PC (2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 750 GB Hard Drive, Blu-ray Drive, Vista Premium)HP Pavilion Elite M9520F Desktop PC (2.5 GHz Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Processor, 8 GB RAM, 750 GB Hard Drive, Blu-ray Drive, Vista Premium)

Oct, 2015

Consumer review by: Griz (

HP Pavilion Elite M9520F(FQ561AA) Core 2 Quad Q8300(2.50GHz) 8GB DDR2 750GB NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GS Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit


Added a Blu-Ray recorder drive in the expansion slot, like I said this PC has the speed to run high processor demand programs with speed.

Excellent HTPC, love the ease of recording programs, much better than DVR, great PC, very fast running video recording programs from my video camera. The included remote operates all my video componets, big plus

As with others HP tech support sucks, they know nothing. Blu-Ray playback uses a different program than DVD playback, something that can be fixed but HP hasn't yet, I have a HP laptop that uses only one program for both Blu-Ray and DVD

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: GreatFirstDVR (

Great Media Center / TV Tuner Issue Resolved


I would have given this a five rating if it wasn't for HP's horrible tech support and that the wireless that HP installed in the system interfered with the TV tuner.

This machine has plenty of power and memory to become my home media center. It has HDMI output so I can connect it directly to my HDTV. It has a Blu-ray disc reader so I don't have to use my PS3 anymore for HD movies. It has a remote control for Vista...

HP tech support is horrible. They don't know anything about the systems. They are only going by scripts

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: John (

A lot of hardware - it needs a little software tuning


It is a desktop that has all I need. The Vista Windows Experience score is 5.6, due to the video card score of 5.6 as all other components scored a 5.9.

A lot of technology that can keep you busy understanding all that is available if you want - or you can leave it alone

I ran into similiar TV tuner issues that a prior reviewer had with analog TV signals getting out of synch every minute. After spending a lot of time trying to resolve the problem, the problem is fixed. Turns out the problem is not with the tuner card...

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: Al in San Diego (

Update to first review


I wrote the first review on this, prior to having the tuners working. Since then, I have spent several HOURS on the HP tech support chat with very technical knowledge-limited Indian chat techs, each very polite but ultimately very useless in coming to...

The promise of the machine is high... the delivery on that promise is somewhat lacking

The TV tuner functionality is not good. While I got both the NTSC and ATSC tuners to function after hooking an RF splitter and two cables into both tuner inputs, both have issues. The analog tuner drops into sync loss once per minute for 7 seconds. It...

Mar, 2009

Consumer review by: Al in San Diego (

HTPC powerhouse


I still don't have the tuner working to my satisfaction. If I hook my analog to the ATSC tuner input, I get ONLY the HDTV channels. If I hook to the NTSC tuner input, I get ONLY the analog channels. Apparently, I need to put a splitter on the coax and...

Pretty much comes loaded with everything you need to put it in a Home Theatre- Blu-Ray, ATSC and NTSC tuner, 7.1 sound, and HDMI output. I couldn't put one together that had all the required stuff for less ; Worked fine out of the box, was pretty easy...

The usual HP stuff- No discs, silly recovery stuff on hard drive ; Not sure why, but the HDMI stopped working and needed to be re-booted to bring it back. But is working fine after a re-boot ; Windows Media Center is one bizarre program, highly...

Jan, 2009

Product Specifications

Incredible performance matched with unique features like true wireless, HP Easy Backup, HP Personal Media drive bays deliver the very best in digital entertainment, photography and mainstream gaming experience. HP's Easy Back-up button, a simple to use one-touch back-up button, located on the front of the chassis adds an increased layer of security by automatically duplicating media and personal files. Featuring a smooth, high-gloss piano black exterior and a unique Imprint pattern, the HP Pavilion Elite m9500 PC is a stylish, sleek PC. With hard disc drive, consumers can conveniently store their entire portfolio of movies, music and photographs in one place. A unique recessed landing pad for USB and 1394 devices, located on top of the PC, provides handy storage and easy access for all USB devices such as digital cameras or iPods.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Display (Projector)



Country Kits:United States
Model:Elite m9520f
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:HP Pavilion


Chipset Type:Intel G33 Express
Data Bus Speed:1333MHz


Type: None

Multimedia Functionality

TV Tuner Type:Digital and analog TV


Data Link Protocol:Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)

Optical Storage

Read Speed:40x (CD) / 16x (DVD) / 6x (BD)
Rewrite Speed:32x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Write Speed:40x (CD) / 16x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.5GHz
Installed Qty:1
Max Supported Qty:1
Multi-Core Technology:Quad-Core
Processor Number:Q8300
Type:Core 2 Quad


Installed Size:8GB
Max Supported Size:8GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:750GB
Recommended Use:Home use
Type:Media center

Video Memory

Installed Size:768MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS
Interface Type:PCI Express x16