Review: HP Z200 Workstation SFF Desktop PC

PCWorld: Review – HP Z200 Workstation SFF Desktop PC

With a 3.33GHz Intel Core i5-660 processor and 8GB of DDR3 memory, this compact $2,000 desktop offers all the power most users will ever need, but value for price isn’t what it could be, the reviewer says.

“HP’s Z200 Workstation SFF desktop is a compact system designed for business users. Packing impressive performance in its modest dimensions, the machine costs just over $2000 (as configured, as of June 1, 2010). That price puts the Z200 on a par with other business-class machines we’ve reviewed, but comparably priced consumer desktops generally offer quite a bit more.

Inside the system’s chassis rests a 3.33GHz Core i5-660 processor, plus 8GB of DDR3 Error Correcting (ECC) memory. Manufacturers commonly use ECC memory in servers, because it’s designed to protect against critical errors that might otherwise result from component failures; ECC memory is also very expensive, which explains much of the Z200’s cost. The PC is also outfitted with a 500GB hard drive, which houses Windows 7 Professional Edition. Though that storage space may seem small, some competing business machines are configured with even less: The HP Compaq 6005 Pro, for instance, provides 400GB, and the Compaq 8000f Elite has only 160GB.”

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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