PROS / The processor is upgradable through Intel Pentium, Intel Core 2 Duo and maxing out with the Core 2 Quad processor running at 2.66 to 3.0 GHz for each core.
CONS / The base processor for the series is the Intel Celeron 450 running at 2.20 GHz.
VERDICT / The HP Compaq 6000 Pro series of computers offer great flexibility for small and medium sized business requirements.
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The HP Compaq 6000 Pro series of business computers are among the top reasons that the once maligned Hewlett-Packard mark has become well respected and ubiquitous among both business and personal use PCs. Just about everything about the series of computers is customizable to fit the needs of individual users. The custom features even go as far as being able to specify the CPU manufacturer. While the HP Compaq 6000 Pro uses a variety of Intel chips, there is a corresponding line called the HP Compaq 6005 Pro series which opts for AMD processors. Either way, this is a family of computers that will serve most medium and small businesses very well. Compare additional highly rated systems on our Business Computers Review site.
For use in small to medium sized businesses, it’s hard to find a computer that’s more capable and flexible than the HP Compaq 6000 Pro family. The computers are available as a Microtower PC or, for those who need to take advantage of every bit of available space, there’s also a Small Form Factor case that takes up even less room. Regardless of the tower option chosen, the works of the computer are pretty much the same.
At the heart of the computer is the Intel Q43 Express chipset. The base processor for the series is the Intel Celeron 450 running at 2.20 GHz. The processor is upgradable through Intel Pentium, Intel Core 2 Duo and maxing out with the Core 2 Quad processor running at 2.66 to 3.0 GHz for each core. There’s always a trade-off between processor power and cost but we believe that most business users are best served by opting for the faster processors since they’ll not only run current applications better but will ultimately provide a longer life cycle for the computer as programs and requirements inevitably change. For users who opt for the AMD processors, options start with the AMD Sempron and graduate up through dual and triple core processors with the ultimate option being the AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core.
Memory & Storage
Memory for the base unit is 2 GB of DDR3 SDRAM but that’s upgradeable to 16 GB using the four available DIMM memory slots. Like processor speed, it’s generally going to be better to get more when purchasing the computer rather than to scrimp now only to realize that an upgrade is needed in short order.
Hard drive options begin with a 160GB 7200 RPM unit up to 500GB at 7200 RPM or from 80GB to 160GB at 10,000 RPM speed. One of our favorite options is to add a 64GB solid state drive, i.e. no moving parts, for faster booting and launching of applications. HP refers to the combination of the solid state drive and a convention hard drive RapidDrive. Available optical drives include DVD-ROM, LightScribe DVD Writer and Blu-ray Writer drives.
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional is provided as the operating system but users have the option of downgrading to Windows XP Professional. We like the fact that two independent audio streams are available allowing for simultaneous VoIP phone calls and speaker usage. IT professionals will be happy knowing that HP’s ProtectTools suite and the Trusted Platform Module 1.2 compliant security chip are installed allowing for hardware based encryption of sensitive data.
The 6000 Pros come equipped with ample expansion and interface capabilities including four front and six rear Hi-Speed USB ports. The Microtower version of the computer has a full-height PCI expansion slot, a full-height PCI Express x16 and two full-height PCI Express x1 slots while the Small Form Factor model comes with low profile versions of the same slots.
The HP Compaq 6000 Pro series of computers offer great flexibility for small and medium sized business requirements. They allow for balancing computing needs with financial constraints that any business must consider and offer a lot of bang for the buck.