REVIEW: The dc7900 from HP

The dc7900 small form factor PC from Hewlett-Packard Co. is part of a business desktop line of PCs from the vendor, which also includes an ultra-slim desktop and a convertible minitower model.

The dc7900 business desktop PC line is now available worldwide, starting at a list price of US$599.

It’s compact indeed, but not the smallest on the market. It measures 3.95 x 13.3 x 14.9-inches, fitting comfortably and neatly on a desktop. At 18.75 pounds, I thought the unit could have been built a tad smaller.

As a comparison, I reviewed Lenovo’s ThinkCentre A61e small form factor desktop computer earlier this year, which measured 3.19 x 8.2 x 9.53-inches and weighed in at less than eight pounds.

Size and weight aside, though, the dc7900 computer is an efficient and reliable PC for daily work. The computer also does’t make a lot of noise and turns off and boots up quite quickly.

In addition to the computer, I also tested HP’s L2455w 24-inch diagonal widescreen LCD monitor. The screen is generous in size and, with a contrast ratio of 1000:1 and resolutions of 1920 x 1200, the display boasts great colours and sharp images.

Epecially handy are two built-in USB hubs on the left side of the monitor. The ergonomic flexible stand easily adjusts its height and orientation with its swivel, tilt and pivot capabilities. This monitor starts at US$419.

The computer came with Microsoft’s Genuine Windows Vista Business installed, and used an Intel Q45 Express Chipset with an integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator and ran on the Intel Core Duo processor. The computer has a hard drive capacity of 160GB and its RAM can expand to 2GB.

HP says the dc7900 PC also helps end-users be more energy-efficient, as it uses low-wattage processors and software power management tools to help reduce costs.

The computer features two external USB 2.0 ports, with a headphone/line-out, microphone-in jack and DVD drive, all located on the front. On its rear, the dc7900 has six USB ports, one serial, one audio in and one audio out slot.

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