Hewlett-Packard unveiled a new lineup of its business desktop PCs this week at CES 2011. Among the various models are some that the company says are designed to benefit small- and mid-sized businesses.
SMBs with no dedicated IT staff, or where the IT team is running short-handed are likely to appreciate the HP 100B All-in-One PC. As its name implies, the HP 100B is essentially a business-grade PC with a 20-inch LCD display and new dual-core AMD processor incorporated into a single space-saving package. It can be upgraded to 8GB of RAM and is available pre-installed with various editions of 32-bit Windows 7 or Red Flag Linux.
It might not be immediately apparent, but the simplification inherent to an all-in-one workstation does reduce the overall maintenance workload as well as lower the likelihood of problems due to the fewer external cables or parts that could be disconnected or damaged. Having supported various SMB environments in the past, I will say that any reduction in support calls every time a cable is disconnected by mistake, or when an employee wants to reposition their workstation is very welcome.
SMBs looking for a more mainstream offering to replace aging systems might want to look at the HP Compaq 4000 Pro, which offers Intel processors in a Small Form Factor chassis. According to HP, the 4000 Pro comes with a greater number of interfaces such as legacy PCI expansion slots, PS/2 support and even a standard serial port. I took a look at its product page and was impressed by the range of available processors, from the older Dual-Core Intel Celeron processors to the powerful Intel Core 2 Quad Processor operating at 2.83GHz.
The HP Compaq 4000 Pro implements a number of security measures that SMBs can use at no additional cost. For example, it is possible to disable various external interfaces such as its serial port, parallel port and USB ports via its BIOS, which can also be password-protected. And yes, the 4000 Pro also comes in EPEAT Gold-certified configurations to help save on your energy bills.
Both the HP100B and HP Compaq 4000 Pro are expected to be available next month, with starting prices of $499. Note that a separate monitor will need to be purchased for the HP Compaq 4000 Pro. You can either reuse an existing display or get a new one from the refreshed HP Advantage Series family of business monitors here.