Desktop PCs are finding themselves usurped by laptops in more and more workplaces, but if power and value are more important to you than portability, a compact business desktop should still be at the top of your list.
HP Compaq's dc-range of desktops are a familiar sight in PC Pro's labs, but now its small-form-factor model has received an internal makeover courtesy of Intel's latest Q45 Express chipset. Don't be misled by the SFF moniker however, the dc7900 isn't nearly as compact as the likes of HP's own dc Ultra-slim models, nor the likes of Transtec's Senyo 610. Its 378 x 337mm footprint is hardly giant-sized, but if desk space is at a real premium, it's worth bearing in mind.
However, if you can make the room, the dc7900 has plenty to recommend it. Where more compact models have to resort to cramming laptop components inside their more diminutive chassis, the dc7900 makes room for fully-fledged desktop parts, which makes both upgrading and replacing broken parts significantly cheaper and easier.
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3 GHz|
|Hard Drive||160 GB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||8|