HP Compaq 6005 Pro Small Form Factor PC: Not So Small in Size or Performance

PCWorld: HP Compaq 6005 Pro Small Form Factor PC

PCWorld lab tests a new HP slim-line desktop PC and gives it high marks. Bottom line: a speedy system for one so small, but with a few flaws.

“HP’s Compaq 6005 Pro Small Form Factor PC–yes, that‘s its full name–is about as big a compact system as its name is long. This system’s relatively plain, all-black enclosure reflects the simplicity of its components and feature list. You aren’t getting a lot of whiz-bang computing with the 6005 save for its processing speed. But at that, the 6005 delivers one of the better price-for-performance trade-offs on the Value PCs chart. Its $899 cost (as of February 1, 2010) might seem to be a lot for a system that isn’t wrapped in a standard minitower case, but the 6005 plays within the realm of the category’s top systems in performance, before the rest of its specs get left in the dust.

All this magic happens as a result of the 6005’s mighty brain, a 3.0GHz AMD Phenom II X4 B95 processor that calls on an included 4GB of DDR3 memory. It’s a potent combination that isn’t actually the top dog in the Value PC category, but it doesn’t have to be. With a tested WorldBench 6 score of 128, this system beats out all other compact systems on the Value PCs chart and does a great job of delivering better general performance than most comparatively priced (or higher) value desktops. The sole exception is Micro Express’s MicroFlex 75B, a minitower system that delivers a score of 132 for a $700 cost. It is this machine that will forever be the thorn in the 6005’s side.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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