This PC, dc7800, is compliant with Intel’s vPro platform. This is a double-edged sword: while system administrators will appreciate the kind of remote access, diagnostic and troubleshooting vPro allows, the system requirements for the badge – a Core 2 Duo, Intel’s Q35 chipset and Intel Gigabit Ethernet – are reflected in the price. The dc7800 SFF is a good example for intensive applications such as media handling. But it’s a gratuitous amount of power if all you need is a system for tapping out emails and gentle web browsing. With dimensions of 340 x 390 x 105mm (WDH), it’s perfect for hiding away under a desk. But, unlike the Ultra Slim, it’s built entirely from desktop-sized components. This is a clear benefit when it comes to replacing parts, with desktop components easier to handle and cheaper than their laptop equivalents. The hard disk, for instance, is a standard 3.5in model. The 160GB capacity is practical for Windows 7 and a comprehensive application library, plus a healthy smattering of after-hours music. It’s all housed in a well-designed chassis. Push the two buttons on opposite sides of the case simultaneously and the lid pops off, although there’s a padlock lug at the back to prevent illicit access. Everything is neatly put together, with most component replacements a mere five-minute job. There’s even some upgrade potential, with a spare PCI slot, as well as a spare 16x PCI Express slot for adding a half-height card later, and a pair of PCI Express 1x slots. Two of the four DIMM slots are spare, too, and there’s even a free 3.5in drive bay. A spare SATA port on the motherboard allows for another hard disk here, although the slot has a removable faceplate, so you could install a floppy drive instead. A real bargain for a highly reliable HP computer for everyday use.
- Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium with License (COA)
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz v-Pro Processor
- HP dc7800 Small Form Factor (SFF) Wi-Fi enabled Desktop PC
- 160GB Hard Drive – 2GB Memory (RAM) – DVD MultiPlayer