HP Compaq dc5800 Small Form Factor PC is encased in a narrow, gray metallic case - not very stylish but acceptable for an office.
It is visibly slimmer and smaller than a mainstream home desktop. The
HP Compaq dc5800 can either be placed upright or on its side, depending on available space. Next to the optical drive at the front, there's a grilled cooling vent with an HP logo.
To open its casing's side cover, place the
HP Compaq dc5800 on its side, and press the two latches on either side. HP does a good job here with a well laid out board, with enough signage around to help you while handling its innards. Green stickers with arrows tell you its optical drive tray, SMPS, and hard drive tray are hinged and can be opened for greater accessibility.
Cable clutter inside computer cabinets can lead to dust accumulation and poor ventilation.
It also has a cabinet lock to prevent unauthorized access inside.
Packed with a decently fast processor, a fast hard drive, and adequate RAM, the
HP Compaq dc5800 notched up a score of 107 on WorldBench 6 - a decent score for a budget desktop PC, let alone a business PC. At this level, all your basic office computing needs - working on productivity suites, browsing the web, listening to music, email, etc - are easily taken care of. In terms of power usage, it is in line with other business desktops in the market. Throughout our testing, the
HP Compaq dc5800 didn't unduly overheat and ran relatively quiet.
Desktops for businesses are a different ball game than home desktops. Things like data security and power efficiency, not to mention design form factor take precedent over other aspects. The
HP Compaq dc5800 delivers on its claim of a slim mainstream business desktop, and its performance is very good.
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