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HP Digital Entertainment Center Z556

HP Digital Entertainment Center Z556
alaScore 76

27 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 27 reviews of HP Digital Entertainment Center Z556. The average rating for this product is 3.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design. Some have doubts about the reliability. There are some mixed views about the price and usability.

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reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the HP Digital Entertainment Center Z556 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for HP Digital Entertainment Center Z556

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of HP Digital Entertainment Center Z556 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the design, whereas there are some critical reviews about the reliability and usability. Views are divided on the price.

design

usability, reliability

48% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Evan Blass (engadget.com)

HP Digital Entertainment Center z556 Media Center PC reviewed

 

When PC Mag says that a product should top our shopping list, we take the recommendation seriously, so their recent review of the HP Digital Entertainment Center z556 Media Center PC should be helpful to anyone looking for a Windows MCE solution....

Feb, 2006

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Expert review by (pcmag.com)

HP Digital Entertainment Center z556

 

This latest system, like the z555, comes with a 3.0-GHz Pentium 4 640 processor, a 250GB hard drive, nVidia GeForce 6600 graphics, 512MB of memory, and a dual-layer DVD burner with LightScribe, the company's technology for burning labels on discs. HP...

One HDTV and two SDTV tuners. Horizontal A/V-component-style shape. Quiet. HP Personal Media drives. Wireless networking. Wireless keyboard with trackball mouse. Plentiful input/output ports. Costs $500 less than its predecessor

ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) HDTV tuner works only with over-the-air broadcasts, not satellite or cable HDTV. Only 60-day Norton Internet Security subscription

The HP Digital Entertainment Center z556 is cheaper than its predecessor, the z555 and includes Windows Media Center Update Rollout 2, which improves the Media Center experience. The system remains the standard for home-theater-friendly Media Center PCs.

Expert review by : Scott Wilkinson (avguide.com)

Hewlett-Packard z556 Digital Entertainment Center

 

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, one of the big watchwords was “convergence.” As you'll read in our comprehensive show report in the next issue, convergence products were everywhere, including lots of mediacenter PCs. The only problem with most...

I’m a big believer in the media-center PC concept, and HP has done a lot to promote it. The z556 has much to recommend it, including a gorgeous picture (with a compatible display), excellent EPG, expandable hard-disk storage, and a well-designed menu.

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : John Higgins (hometheater.com)

HP z556 Digital Entertainment Center

 

Back in the age of acid-wash jeans, my dad brought home our first home computer: a MacPlus with 512 kilobytes of RAM. I would stay up late into the night playing Zork and Planetfall, all the light radiating from its small CRT screen keeping me warm. We...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : John Higgins (hometheatermag.com)

HP z556 Digital Entertainment Center

 

Back in the age of acid-wash jeans, my dad brought home our first home computer: a MacPlus with 512 kilobytes of RAM. I would stay up late into the night playing Zork and Planetfall, all the light radiating from its small CRT screen keeping me warm. We...

If you are interested in connecting the HP z556 DEC, or any other HTPC, to your home theater system, check out our HTPC Connection Guide located at both www.hometheatermag.com and www.htgamer.com.

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : Adrienne Maxwell (avrev.com)

Hewlett-Packard z556 Digital Entertainment Center

 

Introduction Behind HDTV, "convergence" is one of the most bandied-about buzzwords in the consumer electronics industry. Companies large and small have deluged the market with products designed to meld the PC and A/V environments, from tuner cards that...

Jan, 2001