HP ProDesk 400 G2 MicroTower PC
Computer world of today has changed a lot since the first PC was launched. These days, you get so many options to choose from. Customers can even assemble a new custom CPU from scratch without having any kind of technological expertise. Moreover, the development of technology has helped manufacturers to make computers as small as a notebook. Some brands have even launched tablets that are capable of running desktop grade operating systems.
Still when it comes to upgradability, PC towers are the best option to go for. However, this approach creates a big problem for the people or offices that do not have huge space to install big towers. Well, do not worry because HP has a solution for you.
Recently, this company has launched its ProDesk 400 G2 Microtower PC that occupies very little space and is fully upgradable. The base model of this tower PC is available in the market for an amount of 36336 rupees.
Super Solid Built and Compact Design
This PC tower consumes so much less that you can place it alongside a desktop monitor. It weighs in at just 6.5 KG and looks great. The outer shell is made up of high-quality materials and it will not break easily.
The Black finish of the outer shell and nice grilled design of the front panel adds to the ergonomics of the whole setup. It is a perfect solution for schools, colleges, small business houses, customer care offices and even for people who have small apartments.
In no circumstances, the case of this tower will affect the performance of the hardware featured inside. However, I am not going to make any comment on the performance capabilities of this device mainly because it comes in so many configurations.
Light users can choose from Intel Core i3 or Pentium setup. On the other hand, users who work on power hungry applications can go with the fourth generation Core i7 4790 setup. There are two memory slots on the motherboard and the highest supported RAM configuration is of 16 GB. The storage setup varies from 120 GB to 500 GB for SSDs and from 500 GB to 2TB for HDDs. Alternatively, you can go with a 1TB SSHD.
Do not be fooled by the size of the case, this PC build is highly upgradable. The mounts and shelves that have been featured inside will allow you to increase the performance of your setup according to future needs. There is an extra enclosure for placing secondary hard disk. HP also offers three PCIe x1 and one PCIe x16 optional slots.
Impressive Connectivity Options
The manufacturer has equipped this device with a bunch of connectivity ports that will impress many customers. On the front, you will find two USB 3.0 ports along with audio/microphone jacks. While on the back, there are four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports. It is also equipped with a full-size Ethernet port and a DisplayPort 1.2 jack. HP was also kind enough to feature an optical drive in the vertical position.
Not a Gaming Build
From a productivity perspective, this mini-tower PC offers some nice configurations. However, for gamers, this setup will be of no use. Of course, you can choose from various variants that come with dedicated graphic cards, but those will not be enough powerful to run modern day games.
- Dozens of configurations to choose from
- Durable and compact build
- Ships with 64bit Windows 10
- Features a DisplayPort
- Users can upgrade the hardware
- Lags behind on the gaming front
The ProDesk 400 G2 is a nice product to buy, but only for those who can afford its price, which is close to 40000 rupees. In my opinion, budget customers would like to go with a custom-made build because in that case they will be able to save a whole lot of money. Therefore, profitable offices and government institutions will only purchase this PC.
Dell Optiplex 3020MT
Intel Core i3/ H81 Intel Chipset Motherboard / 4GB DDR3 RAM / 500GB HDD /3 Years On-Site Warranty
Laptops and all-in-one PCs might have become very popular, but they cannot match CPU towers in terms of computing power for multitasking and simultaneous connectivity with multiple peripherals. Old style towers offer a lot of benefits, they are easy to repair, easy to manage, easy to upgrade and come at affordable prices.
However, while doing shopping for a tower based PC people always are stuck with two choices. They can go either with a custom build or with a readymade branded CPU. Both builds have their own pros and cons. But the latter one is better for people who do not want to get engaged in the technical matters. Besides, brands like Dell and HP offer premium on-site service warranty.
Although you might not see many ads in television and newspaper about PC towers but brands do make these devices. Dell, which is popularly known for offering great quality laptops, has recently launched its 3020MT Mini Tower in the market. Customers get many configuration options to choose from, so I cannot give an exact price estimate for everyone.
However, the build that I tested for this review was priced at 29778 rupees. I will discuss more about the hardware of this variant later in this review.
Compact and Durable
You get to choose from two types of cases. The first or bigger one is suitable for homes and offices where space is not a concern. The second case on the offering is for limited size rooms. Both these cases offer almost similar design and finish. The build materials used in the manufacturing process are of super high quality. In the market, the equivalent of these will easily cost you more than 50,000 rupees and that also if you are lucky.
Dell has also taken a good care of user friendliness while designing this product. The power button on both the size variants is located on the top left side where users can easily find it without much struggle. Vertical positioning of USB ports at the front reduces chances of accidentally damaging thumb drives.
The configuration that I chose for this review featured Intel’s Core i3 4150 fourth generation processor. It features 2 cores each of which is clocked at 3.5 GHz. Moreover, this processor is capable of running 4 threads simultaneously.
The onboard memory of 4 GB sometimes feels less, especially while using Windows 10 operating system. Then the option to upgrade the RAM up to 16 GB makes the condition even. My build had 500 GB Hard Disk, however, I was expecting an SSD at this price point.
I know I said that tower PCs are good for upgrades but for this device, we will have to retreat from that claim. There are only two PCI slots on the motherboard, so it will impossible for me to use a graphic card, a sound card, and a wireless card together. This means for serious upgrades, users will have to change the motherboard, which will possibly force them to change the processor.
Average Connectivity Options
This CPU features four USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports, which is nice. It also features a full size Ethernet port on the back. No matter which variant customers go for, they will always get the configuration option of an optical drive.
- Offers high level security
- Performance is good for normal home and office use
- Compact design
- Multiple variants are available
- Solid build quality
- 3 years of warranty
- Only two PCI slots
- Integrated wireless LAN comes as an optional feature
As I said in the beginning, this Dell product is great for people who just want prebuilt tower PC, which can be used right away just after un-boxing it.