The HP Compaq 4000 Pro isn’t the fastest desktop out there, but in terms of overall value, it’s hard to beat.
- Three-year warranty
- Solid build quality
- Old chip socket
- Weak GPU
HP Compaq 4000 Pro Full Review
When it comes to outfitting your business with the proper equipment, a good desktop can be the foundation of the rest of your office. HP’s 4000 Pro is designed to serve as an affordable candidate; as we found out, it might be good for your living room, too.
- Processor: Intel Pentium Dual-core E5800 @ 3.20GHz
- Operating system: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
- Memory: 2GB DDR3 SDRAM @ 1333MHz
- Storage: 250GB HDD @ 7200RPM
- Graphics: Intel integrated GMA 4500
- Optical storage: DVD+/-RW with LightScribe capability
- Networking: Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
- Wireless networking: not present
- Power supply: 240W (internal)
- Dimensions: 13.3 x 14.9 x 3.9 inches (HxWxD)
- Weight: 16.7 pounds
- Warranty: Three year parts and labor with onsite next business day support and 24×7 telephone support.
What’s in the box:
- HP 4000 Pro desktop
- Wired keyboard
- Wired mouse
- Power cord
- Product manuals
Build and design
Aside from the very inexpensive models found in lines like Dell’s Vostro brand, most business desktops start a cut above when it comes to the build quality of the chassis and components. Much of the system is constructed of solid black aluminum, and the side panels resist flexing. It looks a lot like the super small 8200 Elite we reviewed recently, just a bit bigger.
From the front, the 4000 Pro looks like many other small form factor desktops. Well, those SFF desktops that are all business, at least. The staid pseudo-grille and black plastic finish means that this member of HP’s Compaq brand would make the desktop a welcome member of any business environment from the 60’s onward.
The sides of the machine are equally conservative, with black metal sheeting covering everything; a giant HP logo is embossed into each. The left side also has four large rubber feet; as is the case with many small desktops, the 4000 Pro is designed to be situated horizontally or vertically – with your display beside it or even on top of it.
HP has also designed an interesting screw to hold on the panel door; it’s actually tensioned with a medium-sized spring. The tension makes it easier to loosen and tighten the fastener, which makes opening the system easy.
One change that would be nice is for HP to add some sort of handle to the desktop. These machines are inexpensive and hardy, making them prime candidates to roll out across medium and large networks. A handle would make the process a lot easier.
Inputs and expansion
Despite being an inexpensive addition to the HP Compaq business PC lineup, the 4000 Pro manages to bring a full complement of inputs and expandability to the party. On the front of the computer are four USB 2.0 ports as well as analog audio in and out jacks. There’s also a LightScribe DVD+/-RW optical drive and an empty 3.5-inch drive bay.
If you plan on adding a card to the 4000 Pro, you’ll need to find something in the ‘half-height’ class, as most normal cards will be far too wide to fit inside the machine. An obvious choice would be to pick up a discrete video card, as there are some instances in which Intel’s integrated graphics just won’t cut it.Read the complete Review on Desktop Review