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Sometimes, that's all you need. Your clerical and bookkeeping personnel, brochure writers, and even your project manager won't need to render 3D animations or do heavy number crunching, and even the "slowest" of today's PCs will run Microsoft Office or even at an acceptable level for day-to-day functions sales and marketing people responsible for elaborate PowerPoint and multimedia presentations notwithstanding.
The dx is well equipped as tested, with a 3. Though an 80GB hard drive is small for a consumer PC which you expect to hold all your music, photos, and videos , it's fine for most business use. Even if a worker rips a bunch of MP3s enough to fill up a 30GB Apple iPod to the hard drive, there would still be around 40GB of free space left over to hold files. That's enough for everything that one worker can write and plenty of other documents. If your employees need more room for graphics files, then the dx is ready with an open, prewired internal drive bay for an additional SATA hard drive.
The dx's integrated graphics are fine for business use, and you can always upgrade if you need more power. The system can be configured to order on HP's Web site or via a reseller. It can be customized to handle the needs of most any office worker, including specialized employees such as graphic designers you can get up to a Core 2 Duo E, 2GB of RAM, and a GB hard drive.
The benefit here is that the same basic support issues are shared. Hard drives, internal components, and drive images can be swapped among your business's dx systems. You'll need specialized drivers only if you customize the graphics card or certain other components. The dx isn't a barn burner on performance. It posted mediocre scores on the SYSmark Preview benchmark tests 57 overall, whereas Core 2 Duo systems score in the 80s.
It's meant to be a cheap, reliable business system that serves a wide range of users. At this it succeeds. That's more than many small businesses can afford to shell out per system.
Compared with the competing Dell Vostro , the HP shows that it is all business. The dx's system build is so clean that possibly the only thing you'd want to remove is Symantec AntiVirus if you already have a boxed copy , since the included trial subscription is only for 60 days. Though both can be very useful, they're still an annoyance if you want to uninstall them.
The Vostro has a slight edge in expandability, as it requires fewer tools to service and upgrade. That premium is justified by the Vostro's extra memory and hard drive space, dual-core processor, and better graphics.
The HP dx is a solid, cheap, and capable business desktop. It can easily slot into the branch office of a humongous conglomerate or provide those important first PCs for a start-up. It works for firms in between those extremes, too. A growing company may not want or need to buy the flashiest, expensive notebook and desktop PC for its workers when it needs the cash for other things.
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He is responsible for overseeing PC Labs testing, as well as formulating new test methodologies for the PC Hardware team. Along with … See Full Bio. Editor Rating: Good 3. Bottom Line The HP dx minitower is an optimal worker-bee PC: not too expensive and able to keep your clerical and frontline workers swarming on the productive side. Become a fan of PCMag.
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